USFA membership: $60/year (required for competition and insurance purposes)
Floor fee, applies to non-members: $15/day (for open fencing)
Private lessons: members $45/lesson, non-members* $50/lesson w/Sergei Golubitsky (*by special arrangement)
Camps: members $100/day, non-members $125/day
(All prices subject to change)
Tournaments: registration fees and event fees as set by organizer
Equipment: Expect to spend between $450-$750 or more for mask, lame, jacket, knickers, plastron, chest protector, glove, 2 body cords and 2 weapons. Fencing socks and shoes are also recommended.
Foil mask: $60-250
Foil Lame: $50-150
Knickers (pants): $35-60
Plastron (underarm protector): $16-100
Chest protector: $35
Body cords: $15-30 each (2 required for competition)
Mask leads: $4-5 each
Electric foil weapons: $50-150 each (2 required for competition)
Many youth begin competing within their first year of starting regular classes and private lessons.
How is a typical class structured? What is the difference between the introductory and intermediate classes?
Introductory classes teach basic skills, terminology, rules and principles.
Intermediate classes focus on competitive skills. Prerequisite: mastery of basic fencing skills and understanding of competitive rules & principles.
Advance classes focus on refining and expanding skills and strategy for competitive performance.
Assistant coaches may conduct introductory classes or assist in intermediate and advanced classes as needed.
Individualized instruction through private lessons are open to students of any level with Sergei.
Is there an additional cost for the coach to go with the student to competitions? If yes, how much for local, regional, and national competitions?
In the introduction class is gear rental included in lessons or do I need to invest in gear? If I need to buy, does the club have a store on site and/or provide assistance with sizing for correct fit?
The club has an armory for equipment repairs, but currently does not sell equipment.
Equipment is best purchased in-person for proper fit. Local retailers include The Fencing Post in Escondido. Additional retailers are usually at major tournaments.
Can I tour the facility and have my child go through a class and get feedback from the coach if the sport will be a good fit?
Fencing is a contact sport that requires both physical and mental strength and agility. The basis of the sport is derived from combat training. Your child should be receptive to non-lethal combat actions (hit and being hit).