Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Should I Train?
This depends on the students goals but for students who are trying out a new activity, studies have shown that one day a week of training is not enough engagement in a new activity to get “hooked” and generally leads to low retention.

The Club recommends that all students train a minimum of two days per week when starting out, to determine whether they will enjoy the sport.

Camps: Camps are an essential part of a competitive fencer’s progress. During a typical one-week camp, fencers receive 20-25 hours of training. During a typical week of training during a school year, most fencers receive between 4-10 hours of training per week.

(Thus, one week of camp is equivalent to roughly a month of training during a typical school week!)

  • Summer Training: Summer training is an essential part of fencers’ development. The Club recommends that students who are serious about making results (the camps will be fun also!) spend 4-6 weeks with us during the summer.

  • Winter Camp: The day after Christmas until the day before New Year’s Eve we host winter camps for Youth and Junior/Senior fencers. This is a critical week of training.

  • Summer Nationals: Every student’s first competitive “Big Goal” should be to qualify for the Summer Nationals/July Challenge, which is held annually beginning the last few days of June.

  • How Much Should I Train? Studies have shown that one day a week of training is not enough engagement in a new activity to get “hooked” and generally leads to low retention. The Club recommends that all students train a minimum of two days per week when starting out, to determine whether they will enjoy the sport. Since the fencing season is a nearly year-round, competitive schedule, the Club recommends 3-4 days of training per week (7-10 hours) during the school year from September-

June, leaving students with sufficient time to balance schoolwork and other interests.