I've never fenced before...
No problem! Many fencers begin fencing in college (or later!), and fencing is one of the few truly lifelong sports: there
are octogenarian fencers competing today in the USFA! Furthermore, many of our current fencers did not learn to fence before
joining the IUFC or taking the class. We are not a varsity team, so there are no "cut-offs," and no matter what your
skill level you are welcome to come and train with us, even if you never compete. However, if you work hard and gain
the necessary skills, there’s nothing to stop you from competing. Every year we see beginning fencers learning to
fence first semester and competing in collegiate competition the next.
Does the club offer lessons for beginners?
We do offer a beginner class, through the HPER (Course number HPER E-127). The class will focus on either foil or saber to show
you the basics. If the class does not fit into your schedule, you can certainly stop by our regular practices and there will be
people available to introduce you to the sport. In the week or two before competitions, however, the attention on coaches will be
focused on the competitive team, so please check our competition schedule and plan to come when we can
devote our full attention to you!
I missed the callout, can I still join?
Of course! All you need to do is show up to any of the practice times listed on the home page and we can get you caught up.
How much does it cost to join the club?
Club dues are $70 for the year. This gives you access to club equipment and gear (both electric and dry), along with free lessons.
I'm not affiliated with IU, can I still fence?
The Fencing Club is open to anyone 18 or older. However, we encourage those who are not IU students or faculty to try
What should I wear to fence?
You should wear comfortable sneakers or athletic shoes. You should wear comfortable pants (no shorts, no jeans!). Expect
to sweat a lot when fencing, because the gym gets very hot when you are wearing fencing equipment. We have fencing gear at
the club you can use to get you started
What equipment do I need to buy?
We do encourage you to buy some of your own equipment after you have been fencing for a while. As a Club member, you can
get discounts from most vendors if you order through us, and we can also advise you about what equipment to buy.