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Introductory Group Fencing Classes

Olympic Sport Fencing - Foil, Sabre, Epee - Spring 2018

Known as the physical game of chess, Olympic sport fencing provides a tremendous physical and mental workout for students of all ages and athletic abilities. As one of the safest sports, fencing makes fitness fun! It builds muscle strength, provides a great cardiovascular workout, and improvies endurance coordination and speed. VAF is a place where those who are just starting to learn fencing can do so in a safe, friendly, and fun environment. At the same time, VAF is also a place where more experienced and competitive fencers can receive the highest level of training offered in the US.

Equipment rentals are available for an additional fee. Please click here for more information.

Little Musketeers (Introductory class ages 4 to 5 years) – six 45-minute sessions
Monday March 12 5:15 pm
Saturday April 21 9:15 am
Young Gladiators (ages 6 to 8 years) – six 45-minute sessions    
Wednesday March 14 6:00 pm
Wednesday April 21 5:15 pm
Saturday April 25 9:15 am
Youth (ages 9 to 13 years) – six 1-hour sessions    
Saturday April 21 2:00 pm
Monday April 23 6:00 pm
Adult/Teens (ages 14 to adult) – six 1-hour sessions    
Sunday April 22 11:00 am
Monday April 23 7:00 pm
All Ages (ages 9 to adult) – six 1-hour sessions    
Wednesday March 14 7:00 pm

Historical Swordsmanship: Rapier & Longsword

Explore the sword arts the way they were originaly practiced on the battlefields of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance! Historical swordsmanship re-creates the techniques used by fencers who lived before the modern sport was created, bringing these fighting arts to life in a safe and fun environment. Students gain fitness, coordination, reflexes, and endurance, as well as learning about the chivalric history of these knightly arts.

The practice swords used in class are the shinai, made of bamboo, and the foil. By the end of the course, students will understand different styles of swordsmanship used throughout history and be able to fence bouts with each other.

Youth (ages 9 to 13 years) -- six 1-hour sessions
Sunday April 22 10:00 am
Tuesday April 24 7:00 pm
Adult/Teen (14 to adult) -- six 1-hour sessions
Sunday April 22 1:00 pm
Tuesday April 24 8:00 pm
All Ages (ages 9 to adult) – six 1-hour sessions    
Saturday March 10 1:00 pm



Phone: Call (703) 321-4922 to sign up with a VAF representative
Fax: Send to (703) 321-3585
In Person: Visit us weekdays: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 11pm; Saturdays and Sundays: 9 am to 3 pm
Mail: Send registration to Virginia Academy of Fencing
5401-B Port Royal Rd., Springfield, VA 22151

Private lessons are also available for sport or historical students who require scheduling flexibility or more personal attention.