Farmington Valley Fencing Academy



"The Pen may be Mightier than the Sword . . .
but Learn to use a Sword first!"

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Class Schedule

All classes held at:
111C West Dudley Town Road Bloomfield, CT
(off Rt. 187, near the Windsor Business District)

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Beginner Sessions (Ages 10+ & Adults):
8-week course (Beg. 1) followed by 11-week course (Beg. 2):
Session A: Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm 
Session B: Saturdays 12:00 - 1:30 pm  

Youth Program (Ages 7-8-9):
 Beginner Youth  Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Intermediate Foil Group Classes:
Mondays 5:00 - 6:30 pm (w/ Mal-sun) -- Youth class, recommended ages 12 and under 
Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 pm (w/ Mal-sun) -- All Ages
Saturdays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (w/ Mal-sun or Asst. Coach) -- All Ages

Intermediate Open Floor Fencing:
Mon. 6:00 - 10:00 pm (Youth 12 and under foil until 6:30pm, then all levels.  Foil, Epee & Saber)
Tues. 8:00 - 10:00 pm (Competitive.  Foil only)
Wed. 7:00 - 10:00 pm (All levels, most popular night.  Foil and Epee, sometimes Saber)
Thurs. 8:00 - 10:00 pm (Competitive.  Foil only)
Sat. 11:30 am - 1 pm (All levels.  Foil mostly)

FVFA Middle-School and High-School Team (Competitive):
Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm plus Competitive Open Fencing
Thursdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm plus Competitive Open Fencing

Similar to FVFA Foil Team--see description below--but for high school students only.  Minimum attendance: 2 practices per week.  Seasons as follows: Fall (Sept-Nov.); Winter (Dec.-Mar.); Spring (Apr.-June).

FVFA Competitive Foil Class:
Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Thursdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm

FVFA Competitive Foil Open Floor Fencing:
Tues. 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Wed. 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Thurs. 8:00 - 10:00 pm

The FVFA Foil Team is a new 2008-2009 program for competitive foil fencers (boys and girls) and is by invitation only (if I feel you qualify to be part of the Team, you will be contacted directly).  Fencers on the team must be willing to: train hard (absolute minimum 2x a week), attend USFA competitions (both at FVFA and at other fencing clubs)--both alone or with teammates--during the current season, have a good pro-active attitude, be able to put fencing at a higher priority than other activities, and, obviously, be able to represent FVFA as their primary fencing club at competitions.  This is currently the highest level program at FVFA for competitive foilists.  There are no age restrictions, but a certain level of maturity is key to be part of the team.  IF YOU DO NOT LIKE TO OR WANT TO COMPETE, THE TEAM IS NOT FOR YOU.

Seasonal Fencing Leagues (Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 pm):
Adult (16+) Epee League:  Spring & Fall

Private lessons in Foil, Epee and Saber available by appointment only for intermediate and advanced students during Open Fencing hours.


Visitors and guests welcome anytime during class and open fencing hours

For information on beginner session start dates and/or to request a membership form, please e-mail Coach Mal-sun at

Membership Info


Beginner Sessions: *

Beginner 1:  $195.00 (includes 8 classes and equipment rental)
Beginner 2:  $270.00 (includes 10 classes and equipment rental)
Beginner 1 & 2:  $395.00 (includes 19 classes and equipment rental)
* Prices all inclusive—no additional membership fees required. 

One-Time Intro-to-Fencing Class:  $50.00  --Great way to try out first-hand what fencing is all about!!
Small Group Class setting limited to 6-8 students per class.  One-time all inclusive price includes class fee, equipment rental fee and one-day club membership fee.  Class is 1 hr 30 mins long.  Please get to the class 15 minutes early for equipment fitting.  Classes filled on a first-come first-serve basis.  Class available the first Thursday of every month from 5 to 6:30pm, by reservation only.  Intro-to-Fencing Class attendees get 10% off the regular beginner session rates and higher priority in attending the beginner sessions.  

Memberships (paid in 3-Month periods):
Basic Membership:  $55.00/month (no group classes included)
Recreational Membership:  $130.00/month (1 group class per week)
Competitive Membership:  $160.00/month (2 group classes per week) 
Multi-Weapon Membership:  $210.00/month (3+ group classes per week) 
Membership includes:
~          Unlimited open floor fencing at designated times
~          Fencing gear and equipment at discounted prices
~           FVFA Member privileges allowing access to FVFA Member only special events: Summer Party, Holiday Party, etc.

Other Fees and Discounts:
Private Lessons (~20 min.): $280 for 8 lessons with Head Coach; $25/lesson with other Coaches (Club membership required)
Equipment rental fee: $75.00 for 3 months (no discounts on equipment rental)
Daily Floor Fee: $15.00 (for non-members only)
Monthly payment option: $10.00/month additional fee
Credit card option: 3% fee (credit card transactions online through PayPal)
20% Discount for second family members (valid only with full and half memberships)
Unauthorized Membership Freeze Fee: $50 upon student's return
Membership is paid 3 months at a time (4 months for periods that include July and/or August).  At the Intermediate level and higher a minimum of a Basic FVFA Membership must be maintained continuously for the Membership Year, Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st.
Membership "freezes" authorized only for medical reasons with physician's letter or extreme family circumstances.
Miscellaneous Info:
~          Beginner classes limited to a max of 12 students
~          Children 9 and under with instructor’s permission only
~          REQUIRED ITEMS: workout/gym attire with full-leg pants required (warm-ups, leggings, sweatpants, etc. NO jeans or cargo pants), a designated pair of sneakers for indoor use only to put on AT the facility, water bottle.
~          If your child needs help putting on the equipment (i.e., getting dressed/undressed), then a responsible adult must be available during class to assist him/her.
~          All safety rules strictly enforced.  Non-compliance with instructor’s orders will result in immediate dismissal without refunds.