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Nook Fencing is a United States Fencing Association (USFA) affiliate with training designed for all levels of fencing athletes. Our USFA certified coaches have tremendous experience and are committed to making this one of the finest fencing academies in the region. At Spooky Nook, you can learn fencing fundamentals or hone the skills you already have by working with the best. Open bouting and fun, competitive tournaments offer the chance to put those skills into practice. Classes meet all year round, so you don't have to miss an opportunity to improve your skills.

Protective Clothing for Fencing Classes

Everyone who participates in a fencing class at The Nook needs the proper protective clothing to stay safe. The right clothing includes:

  • A Fencing Mask: A mask made out of heavy cloth with a mesh or clear plastic window will keep your head and face safe. The padded throat guard will also help protect vulnerable areas.
  • A Lame: Foil and saber fencers need this metallic vest to register when the opponent touches them with a weapon.
  • Gloves: The right pair of gloves can help you keep a good grip on the sword and protect your hands from any accidental touches.
  • Knickers: As a part of the fencing tradition, knickers are typically white and help you move around easily. They also protect you from any cuts, as they're made from Kevlar or other heavy fabric.
  • Shoes: You'll need a specific pair of fencing shoes to help you grip the fencing strip during a class.

Different Weapons Used

When you think about fencing, it's common to picture the weapons involved. However, today's fencing clinics and classes usually provide a choice of three different weapons that have various target areas:

  • Foil: When you use a foil, you score points by putting the tip of the blade within the torso of your opponent's body. You cannot touch the arms, neck, head or legs to earn a point. Your opponent will wear a lame with the valid target area to show where you can touch them to earn a point.
  • Epee: An epee is heavier than a foil, but it has a larger guard with a stiffer blade. You score points by touching your opponent with the point or tip of the blade on any part of their body. They do not have to wear a lame.
  • Saber: Unlike the foil and epee, you can score points with the edge or tip of the blade of a saber. You have to touch the opponent above the waist on their arms or head to earn a valid point. Using a saber also requires a lame.

Health Benefits of Fencing

Fencing offers both physical and mental benefits as well as a fun exercise opportunity. Whether you're in a fencing clinic or class, you'll get a full-body workout that you'll feel from your feet all the way up to your neck. You'll also improve your balance, agility, speed, coordination and timing as you work to score points by touching your opponent.

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For more important information on our Beginner’s and Intermediate fencing classes, please contact fencing@nooksports.com for the latest FAQ.

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Fencing Open Bouting

Fencing Open Bouting

Nook Fencing offers open bouting with electric strips for experienced fencers. Fencers must be current USFA members and provide their own gear. Fencers aged 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Ages: 10+

Dates: Available year-round during all regularly scheduled fencing classes

Time:  Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Fee:  Members and Non Members: $8 per session.

Fencing Open Bouting at the Nook