top of page



Basic Level

Basic Fencing Competencies

6 - 9 Months

Learning Objectives





Learn to engage in partner work in a safe and respectful manner

Learn about the different elements of fencing practice

Demonstrate basic sabre comptetencies

Display basic refereeing skills

How you should participate



Private Training

1-2 Footwork and Target classes a week

1-2 Movement and Conditioning classes a week

1-2 Basic Drills classes a week

1 Basic Bouting Skills sessions a week

1-2 Open Bouting Sessions a month

1 Private Lesson a month

How you should compete

Novice Competitions on on occasional basis

Basic Level

The Basic Fencing Membership is for fencers who have demonstrated an understanding of the fundamental movement skills of fencing and are ready to begin working in partner drills and bouting.

In order to participate in Partner Drills a Basic Fencing Kit of fencing gear is required. Bouting requires a Bouting Kit.

Fencers at the Basic level work on:

  • Learning to engage in partner work in a safe and respectful manner

  • Increasing their offensive and defensive capabilities

  • Regularly working in paired drills and bouting exercises

  • Gaining familiarity with the electrical scoring equipment

  • Introduction to tactical progressions

  • Understanding the rules of the sport

  • Learning the mechanics of refereeing

  • Having their first competitive experiences in fencing


At this level you'll need a complete Basic Fencing Kit in order to participate in partner drills and bouting. See our equipment page for more details. 

How long to spend

Most fencers take about 6 to 9 months to progress through the Basic Level, depending upon their own personal development schedule.


Our Coaching staff regularly evaluates each fencers progress and will recommend advancement based upon each fencers unique readiness for the next level of fencing.

Training Structure

Fencers at the Basic Skill Level spend their time working on technical competencies with Footwork and Targets class. They also can attend Movement and Conditioning sessions to increase their physical literacy.


At this stage of training, they add in Basic Partner Drills and Basic Bouting Skills Classes. They can also participate in Open Bouting. 


It is highly recommended that these athletes take at least one private lesson a month in order to supplement their group training.  

bottom of page