The West Branch Fencing Club, formerly the West Branch Fencers, is a program of the Donald Heiter Community Center. The group is led by passionate, talented fencers from the region who are dedicated to teaching, learning and sahring.

What is fencing?

Fencing is a combat sport in which athletes try to trick each other into making mistakes so they can hit with a lighweight, flexible sword. Advanced athletes are known to be fast, intense and physical, however, the sport is able to be modified for most ages and abilities and universally, all fencers have fun.

What kind of equipment do I wear?

Fencers wear protective gear including a jacket, glove, and head gear or a mask. Equipment is provided to all club members for borrowed use. The sport of fencing features three different levels, which are categorized by the type of weapon used in each level. The weapons used include the epee, foil, and the saber.

Who can participate?

Our Fencing Program is designed to mentor youth as young as 12 through adults. We welcome beginners, intermediate, and advanced participants and encourage people of all abilities to try.

What are the benefits of joining?

Club members have exclusive opportunities to attend weekly practices & club meetings, use club equipment and attend club facilitated clinics or competitions. Our club promotes a social, healthy and encouraging learning environment where good sportsmanship and self improvement are essential.

How do I find out more information or join?

Feel free to stop by during one of our beginner classes to check out our program and speak to one of our program mentors. If you would like more information, give us a call!

Dates: September through May
Beginners and Intermediate Fencers: Mondays 7pm-8:30pm
Advanced and approved Intermediate Fencers: Wednesdays 7:30pm-9pm
Ages: 12 & Up
Cost: Club dues are $200 per year
($100 due in September and $100 due in January)
Location: DHCC
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