To sign up for our 'learn to fence' program, please click here.
For information on our youth programs (suitable for ages 7 - 12ish), please click here
Learn to Fence Program (White and Yellow armband)
Our learn to Fence Program runs from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday evenings throughout the school year. This program (for individuals aged 12 years and older) offers an introduction to foil fencing for those who are new to the sport, and an opportunity for those who have previously fenced to revisit and refine skills, while also developing new technical and tactical skills. During these classes, suitably qualified fencers may be encouraged to test for their white and yellow armbands.
Participants will receive instruction from NCCP trained instructors in small group classes which maintain a high instructor/student ratio (typically around 1 instructor for every 5-6 students). Westdale Fencing Club will also provide the necessary fencing equipment that is required for the duration of the program - all you need to bring is appropriate clothing (including long trousers) and a water bottle.
Competitive (Orange and Green armband) Program
Our competitive program is geared towards fencers who are motivated to improve their technical skills and/or are interested in becoming more competitive on the provincial circuit. Classes run on Monday nights, and will include footwork, conditioning, technical drills, and free fencing time. Fencers in this program are also strongly encouraged to participate in the Wednesday or Thursday night classes each week (at no extra charge, subject to space availability). Members of the competitive program are expected to purchase their own equipment, and should expect occasional travel to tournaments which are a little further afield. As fencers reach appropriate levels of experience and technique, they will be encouraged to test for their 'orange' and 'green' armbands.
Elite and hp (Green and Blue) Programs
The elite program is geared towards highly motivated fencers who wish to become competitive on the national circuit. Formal classes for the elite program run on Monday and Thursday nights.
The elite program differs from the ‘competitive’ program in that whilst there are some structured drills, footwork and themed bouting offered from time to time, there is also an emphasis on self-directed learning, and on physical conditioning. Members of the elite and hp programs are expected to maintain a regular competition schedule, which may involve travel outside Ontario. These programs include weekly individual or group lessons with the coaching staff, and assistance with long term development plans. Members of the Elite and hp Programs are strongly encouraged to participate in coaching clinics and other development opportunities offered, and are expected to help support the development of less experienced athletes.
Please note that entry to the competitive, elite and HP programs is by invitation only. All COMP, ELITE and HP members are expected to maintain accurate and up-to-date training logs (which include competition reports).