Our Junior Classes are gradually being expanded. In 2017 there will be at least 1 class offered for all age groups.
There is some flexibility in the age guidelines to allow enrollment in the class which most suits the individual student – Whenever ages are specified this can be considered a guide rather than a rule. The maturity and skill level of the fencer is more important.
Beginners aged 12+ should consider our Beginner and Novice Classes prior to joining the Competition classes or training squads.
Fencers interested in competing or extending their skills are advised also to participate in open club training sessions, and to arrange individual lessons with club coaches. These options can be discussed with the class coach or other coach of their choice.
New members are welcome at the start of each term.
In addition to class fees (paid quarterly or annually), there is an additional club membership fee which includes the affiliation fee for Fencing Victoria. This only needs to be paid once a year. Prospective members can join the first class of term for $20 to see if the sport is for them, then pay the balance if they wish to continue.
If paying for the full year, our new Fencing Plus membership option is usually the cheapest option – it includes access to all suitable classes so no class fees need to be paid. Participants can upgrade to Fencing Plus membership at the upgrade discount rate later if they wish to try a single term first.
More information for Junior Fencers
If you would like a reference book to assist with learning fencing, we recommend the following titles aimed at 9-14 year olds.
Learning Fencing by Berndt Barth. ISBN 1-84126-095-9
Training Fencing by Berndt Barth. ISBN 1-84126-095-7
They can be found in online bookstores, and many local stores can order them in if you provide the details above. These books contain exercises for fencers to complete, and our coaches will be happy to help answer any questions.
Once you have learned the basics, fencers are welcome to join in with adult training sessions if they feel comfortable doing so. It is important to accompany this with coaching in some form in order to progress in the sport. Speak to your coach about how to make the most of your training.
Individual lessons with club coaches are available by appointment, the cost of these is not included in the class fees. Standard lessons run for 30 minutes, but junior fencers may prefer to start with 15-20 minutes.
There are a number of junior competition events run throughout the year at club and state level. Some of our fencers also travel to larger competitions held interstate. Fencers interested in competition should speak to their coach about how best to prepare and which events to enter. As many of the junior classes are focused on fun and skill building rather than competition, preparation will generally need to include some bout practise on the electric equipment and individual lessons.
We generally do not recommend competition for ages under 7, and although there are U9 competitions available to enter, suitability will always depend on the skill and maturity of the individual child. Fencers usually reach their peak ability in the mid to late 20’s, or even early 30’s. It is important for kids to enjoy the sport so they can persist for the long term.
All required equipment can be borrowed at the club training sessions, and competition-grade equipment can be hired for a small fee when required. However the amount of equipment available is limited, so it is expected that fencers will begin purchasing their own once they have decided to continue with the sport.
The club does not sell equipment, however if you wish to buy some of your own we can provide advice on what to buy and where it can be bought. It is sometimes possible to obtain second-hand equipment for fast-growing junior fencers. (You might like to start with our Equipment guide)