Fence with Us
Thank you for your interest in Columbia Fencers’ Club (CFC). We are a registered USA Fencing “Member Club” located in Columbia, South Carolina.
CFC members are beginners through advanced level fencers. Our club and classes include youth (ages 9 and older) through adults (of all ages).
CFC meets at two locations in Columbia. Please see our drop-down menu for information about classes and our program schedule at each of our two sites: the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center (306 Flora Dr., Columbia, SC 29223) and Seven Oaks Park (200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC 29210). Classes at the Kahn JCC meet twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:30-7:30 PM. Classes at Seven Oaks Park (the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission) meet on Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM. There is “Open Fencing” after class at both locations for those who choose to stay longer.
No previous experience is needed to join CFC. When someone enrolls, we coordinate a time to meet with them to provide an individualized introduction to the concepts and skills that will be needed to enable class members to follow along when they join in with the class.
Cost*: $75 per month (includes class once a week) or $95 (includes classes twice a week)*
*USA Fencing Membership is required of all participants since Columbia Fencers’ Club is an insured Member Club of USA Fencing. A $10 one-time fee payable at the first class covers USA Fencing membership through July 31, 2020.
USA Fencing members not paying CFC monthly dues may Drop-In for a fee of $20 per visit.
Equipment Policy: All equipment will be provided for new fencers for their first month or two to give them an opportunity to try out this sport without having to purchase a set of gear. After two months, we recommend fencers purchase their own starter set. A complete (7 piece) new beginner set costs about $200 and includes a foil, mask, jacket, glove, underarm protector, plastic chest protector, and a fencing bag. But if the fencer prefers, he or she can continue to use the club equipment for a rental fee of $30 per month.
Class participants are expected to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes (athletic footwear). No shorts, and no sandals, crocs, boots, heels, or dress shoes are permitted for everyone’s safety.
You are welcome to visit and observe a class. It is a Fundamentals class. I adapt each class according to who is in it and their levels so that everyone will progress in his/her skills and enjoyment of the game. There is no charge to visit and observe, and no obligation to enroll.
You may start/join at any time during the year. I prorate the first month if you start mid-month.
It’s a terrific sport for all ages! Our club and classes meet year ‘round.
Thanks for your interest. Please let me know if you have additional questions. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you. Our Columbia Fencers’ Club email is JRL5837@yahoo.com, and our website is www.columbiafc.com.