The Carlisle Fencing Club was established by Tony Alvarez in
January 2010. It is a sabre-exclusive club that meets year round
(except August) at the Stuart Community Center in Carlisle, PA.
Here is a link to the center:
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All classes meet on Fridays, year round (except August).
8 week Beginners classes start periodically throughout the
year. Call the Stuart Center for current class dates: (717)
*Beginners meet 6:30-7:30pm.
*Club members (intermediate level) meet 7:30-9:00pm.
You can join the club after completing the Beginner's
session. A USFA (US Fencing Assoc.) membership is required to
join the Carlisle Fencing Club. Here are some links:
www.usfencing.org USFA homepage.
www.usfencing.org/membership-faq UFSA Membership FAQ.
www.usfencing.org/us-fencing-membership USFA membership
Who teaches the class?
Head Coach: Tony Alvarez. Tony has a long history of
involvement in fencing and competes frequently at the sectional
and national level.
Do I have to be in great shape?
Is there an age limit?
There are advantages to being physically fit when starting
out, but it is certainly not necessary. In fact, many people
start fencing to become fit since it is an interesting and
Most of our younger beginning students are about 10, and
older beginning students can be into their 60’s and beyond!
Do I have to have any previous
Not at all! CFC has members from different skill and
experience levels, from absolute beginners to recreational
fencers to competitive fencers.
Do I need my own fencing gear prior
to starting a new session?
No, we provide most of what you need to get started: Mask,
jacket, and a sabre (weapon). The glove is included in the
Beginners class fee. After completing the Beginners class, if
you continue on and join the club,you will need your own fencing
gear. We have a club discount with Absolute Fencing Gear
www.absolutefencinggear.com and can give you assistance with
Is fencing a dangerous sport?
Generally no, it is a safe sport due to all of the protective
gear, and by following the proceeding requests. Like other
sports, there are inherent risks such as bruises, muscle
strains, and aches and pains. Flesh wounds, and worse, can
occur, but they are extremely rare.
Is there anything that I should
bring, wear, or not wear to class?
Yes! Fencing is a sport, so proper
clothing and gear is very important. We care about our
students, their health, and reducing the possibility of injury.
The following requests are in the best interest of all students.
Properly fitting warm-up pants, not overly-long
and loose baggy pants as they obscure body positioning. They can
cause faulty and dangerous footwork.
Slim fitting sneakers with laces,
and a flatter sole, not Velcro sneakers with 2” spring-loaded
soles and excessive upper materials. These types of sneakers
lead to loss of balance, possible injury, and improper footwork.
Ladies- a sports bra as
fencing is a highly aerobic activity.
Please do not wear:
Shorts, especially when you progress to bouting. Even
though the legs are not a target area in sabre, attacks landing
off-target are prevalent, especially with beginners. You will
not participate in blade work if shorts are worn!
Jeans, they don’t allow for proper leg range of motion,
especially when lunging. Looser fitting styles provide
opportunity for off target hits to become entangled and cause
Any kind of footwear that is not a proper sneaker,
i.e.: sandals, flip-flops, Croc’s, slip-on’s, street shoes, work
boots, etc… Anyone wearing such footwear will not be permitted
to participate in class at that time.
I’m interested in checking out
a class before signing up…
We strongly encourage visits to CFC to meet us, watch classes
in progress, and to ask questions. Just stop in during the
regularly scheduled class times. If you want to let us know that
you will be visiting us, refer to the contact info below.
What is the cost?
The fee is determined by the number of classes in each
session. Sessions are 2-3 months, usually consisting of 8-12
classes. So, a typical fee for a 2 month session (consisting of
8 classes) is $80/R, $88/NR.
Payment can be made in person, or online, and is due no later
than the afternoon of the first class of a session. Link for
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I have more questions, who can I
For Beginners Class start dates or payment questions:
Stuart Community Center @ (717) 243-3318
For CFC questions: Tony Alvarez:
www.usfa.org USFA website
Please contact us with any questions, and I look forward to
seeing you at the Carlisle Fencing Club!