Beginners- Are you new to fencing and are looking try it for the first time? Get started right away!
Step 1- For students between ages 7-10 purchase the "Just one Class" or "Youth Basics." For ages 11-adult, go to the online store and buy either "Just one Class" or "Membership with Lessons." (You can also pay with a check or cash at PVFA. ) You may also want to try one of our Spring, summer, or winter clinics.
Step 2 (optional)- Purchase a copy of A Basic Fencing Companion which is an inexpensive fencing textbook that is used by Vassar and Temple University.
Step 3 -
For ages 7-10, come to PVFA between 2 and 2:15 on a Saturday afternoon for our Youth Class.
For ages 11-adult, come to PVFA between 6pm and 6:30pm on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday or between 3 and 3:30 on a Saturday afternoon for your first lesson/class. Be sure to bring sneakers, long athletic pants, t-shirt, and a water bottle. Boys and men should also bring a protective cup. (Instruction may be through individual lessons or in small groups.)
For ages 18+ you also have the option of Monday nights for Historical Fencing.
Step 4- Come as often as you can, and have fun! Beginners ages 11-adult are welcome up to five days a week! We welcome beginners to come as often as they can so they can get to know everyone and start fencing right away. We will pair you up with coaches and other fencers to teach you the skills you'll need to feel confident and have fun from the very start.
Please see the rest of the website for our FAQ as well as other information about what we have to offer more experienced fencers, our summer and winter clinics, and coaching education.