Okanagan Freestyle Fencing
Fencing Throughout The Okanagan
Are you interested in Fencing? Have some questions? Here are some of Okanagan Freestyle Fencings most Frequently Asked Questions.
Q: What if you want to try fencing to see if you like it before signing up?
A: We offer a 6-class trial membership for $105 ($100 + GST). You will get a private introduction to the basics of fencing and eased into the club activities and fencing. The 6 classes must be used within an 8-week period. There is a $100 deposit on the equipment you borrow if you opt to take it home with you. After the trial, we will prorate your membership fee if you decide to join OFF and put the $100 deposit toward the purchase of your own equipment when you decide to purchase.
Q: How often are fees paid?
A: Fees are collected on a semester basis. Semester one runs from September to the end of January. Semester two is from February through the first full week of June. Fencers may sign up in the middle of a semester and will be charged a prorated semester fee.
Q: What do I need to bring and what should I expect from a fencing class?
A: No equipment is necessary except indoor athletic shoes and jogging pants. Please do not bring: skateboarding shoes, hiking boots, or any footwear that is dirty or does not provide any ankle support. Long shorts past the knees are permissible, but jogging/yoga pants are preferred. Come prepared for exercise and cardiovascular activities. Sweating, running, and lunging are a part of each lesson. To avoid overheating, please don’t wear thick shirts or sweaters. Just wear a t-shirt and bring a water bottle.
Q: What do I typically need to have to fence?
A: OFF has equipment to borrow, however we ask that you purchase a BCFA/CFF Licence (www.fencing.ca) if you continue to fence, in addition to purchasing your own equipment. The license will cost approximately $62.50 and is required to compete for tournaments.
Q: Is it expensive to start fencing?
A: Just like starting anything, the cost seems to be high, as there are many things to purchase. We are here to help make this as easy as possible and if you’re on a budget, please talk to Jamie or Coach Matt about your options.
Q: Can I fence if I am an adult or senior?
A: Fencing is a great sport for anyone, young or old. If you are able to be physical, then fencing can work for you. There are even tournaments for Veterans (fencers 40 and older). We are also developing a wheelchair fencing program, hopefully launching during the 2023-2024 season.
Q: Can we fence as a family?
A: Yes, but we do separate the groups based on ages. If everyone is 9 and older, you can all try together. You can also arrange a private group lesson as a family to try it out.
Q: What type of sword do we use when we fence at OFF?
A: While there are 3 different fencing swords, our club specializes in the epee. We are adding classes in sabre, and plan to add foil as well as soon as we can. Check out this video learn about the rules of epee.
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