Learn to Fence!

So your child thinks they’re a pirate, a swashbuckler, a Viking, or a Jedi knight? You’ve come to the right place. Fencing is one of the most enjoyable, exciting ways to introduce a child to sport. At VRI Fencing Club your child will improve their level of fitness, learn self-discipline and respect, and gain confidence in a group of like-minded people.

For kids who love games and solving puzzles, fencing is a great challenge. In learning strategy and technique, children engage their brain in the technical and tactical challenges of fencing.

While some VRI fencers go on to compete locally, nationally and internationally, many of our young members love coming into the club to bout, train with friends…and maybe live out a few swordfighting fantasies.

The discipline, challenge and enjoyment of fencing has flow-on effects for the rest of their lives.

Your child will improve their level of fitness, learn self-discipline and respect, and gain confidence

Pathways to fencing

VRI has a structured pathway for children who want to learn to fence.

VRI Swordplay: An introduction to fencing for young children (ages 7-11). A fun, play-filled environment where the focus is on ‘skills’ rather than ‘drills’.

Junior Épée Squad: Young people (ages 12-20) can train with their peers, develop their skills and fitness, and take their epee fencing to a whole new level.

Sabre & Foil Squad (ages 12+): A 2-hour squad for people who want to train for a higher level of sabre and foil fencing

Contact VRI direct to enquire about your child’s pathways to fencing.

Is fencing safe?

While fencing is one of the fastest Olympic sports, it’s also one of the safest. At VRI we uphold high standards of fencing safety. We take care to follow the rules of the sport, and to respect the weapon both on and off the piste. Children and beginners are taught to always wear full safety gear (mask, glove, and protective clothing) before stepping on the piste. As a result of the strict adherence to safety, fencing has one of the lowest injury rates of any sport.