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Intermediate and Advanced Classes

Classes and Individual Lessons are a benefit of Membership:

Member fencers who have completed the BFC Beginner classes or demonstrate equivalent experience, ages 8+, may participate inIntermediate Classes.

  • Classes build on fencing foundations including footwork, blade work, warm-up, conditioning, strip strategy, target practice and open fencing (self-directed bouting).
  • Intermediate level fencers are encouraged to take private lessons.

Serious fencers who are interested in more highly developed skills and fencing strategy may participate in advanced and/or competitive level classes.   Age 8+. These classes are designed for both the recreational and competitive fencers who have a seriousness of purpose and are willing to set and achieve fencing goals. Advanced foot and blade combinations, mental training and drilling, tactical and situational bouting, and analysis of fencing style and tactics from video and discussion. Emphasis is also placed on knowledge and application of USFA Rules.  



Class day and time must be established prior to the first of the month.  Make-up classes can be scheduled in advance of absence and must be used in same contract period. Whether the fencer attends all or some of the unlimited package classes, there are no refunds/credits for less than maximum participation. The following charts show the two main ways to look at BFC packages.  One requires a commitment of annual membership and provides the lowest costs. The other is a little more expensive, but gives options for make-up lessons and ongoing and consistent dates/times/coaches.



Note: All Classes are paid thirty days in advance of each month, but have individual rolling start dates depending upon the date you join. Members may join classes mid-month with the fee prorated to the first day of month. Payment may be by check, cash or on-site or on-line credit card payment. Auto-pay with a credit card or automatic account debit is also available beginning September 1, 2012. Cancellation requirements and refund/credit limitations apply.



Class Make-up Policy:

Missed classes may be made up for all classes by rescheduling for another class of the same level.  All make-ups must occur before the end of the contract month.  Make up classes may be scheduled in advance, and make ups are unlimited; however, all make up classes must be taken within the contract period. No extension or refunds/credits will be given.  




Private Lessons

Members improve their skill more quickly with private lessons.  Private lessons are generally twenty (20) or thirty (30) minutes and are scheduled by appointment.  Private lessons for BFC members only are scheduled in monthly packages based on the level of time, instructor, and frequency of lessons. All lessons begin on the first of the month and no discounts or additional fees are assessed whether a lesson meets four or five times per month. All lessons must be scheduled for a specific day and time.  Missed or rescheduled lessons are determined according to payment plan and are coordinated by BFC staff with agreement of scheduled coaches/instructors.


  • PLAN B:  One (1) date and time certain lesson per week scheduled prior to first of month with specific coach/assistant coach/instructor. 
    • One (1) twenty (20) minute private lesson per week 
    • One (1) thirty (30) minute private lesson per week

    • No MAKE UP lessons or refunds/credits with PLAN B Private Lessons.  Coach and lesson times are based on BFC availability and, although all efforts will be taken to provide consistency, there is no guarantee of a permanent coach or continuing lesson time from month-to-month.  This plan is good for fencers who do not miss classes and are willing to take a substitute instructor if an emergency requires the coach to occasionally miss a lesson.
  • PLAN A: One (1) date and time certain lessons per week scheduled prior to first of month with specific coach/assistant coach/instructor. Lesson times and coaches are reserved on continuing schedule.
    • One (1) twenty (20) minute private lesson per week 
    • One (1) thirty (30) minute private lesson per week 

    • MAKE UP lessons [two (2) per month] and fixed Coach and lesson times are available with PLAN A private lessons; however, all rescheduling MUST be scheduled immediately or prior to absence and must occur within the current month. Established coach and lesson day/time will be continuing from month to month.  Priority scheduling will reset upon interruption in schedule by fencer. 24 hour written notice still applies for Make-up lessons.  This must be confirmed by e-mail (do not leave voic messages on answering machines).
  • PLAN C:  Individual one-time lessons scheduled on a date/time/coach certain and as-needed basis, scheduled according to coach availability.
    • One (1) twenty (20) minute private lesson (members only) 
    • One (1) thirty (30) minute lesson (members only) 
 A limited number of twenty (20) minute private lessons, taught by experienced youth fencers, are available at a reduced rate for first time private-lesson-students. Please ask for more details.


Private lessons with Head Coach Bin Lu are limited and his lesson fee is established individually



Lesson Make-up policy:

Plan B lessons are not entitled to make-up privileges.  Plan A private lesson plans are rescheduled by the BFC staff at the discretion of the lesson coach and only with 24 hours advance notice (by acknowledged e-mail or personal contact with the lesson coach.)  Make ups are unlimited and are not limited to specific permissible reasons such as illness, weather emergencies or other unavoidable exigencies.  Do not leave messages for BFC coaches in BFC voicemail. 

Private Lesson students are encouraged to re-schedule fixed time sessions in advance as soon as conflicts are known.  These are referred to as re-schedulings, and are most courteous to coaches whose income is dependent upon advance scheduling.  



Elite Team participation is by invitation only and requires advance approval by Head Coach Lu.  Elite Team members receive private training and competition plans, priority scheduling for private lessons and strip coaching at qualifying and national tournaments.  Athletes contract to:

  • Commitment to physical training recommendations
  • Commitment to fencing training schedule
  • Commitment to competition schedule as designed by Coach Lu and staff (with input from Parents if Junior Team)
  • Maintain academic eligibility for Junior Team
  • Maintain valid USFA Membership
  • Fence for BFC (wear BFC patch and warm-up uniform, club registration with ASKFRED as BFC)
  • Journal fencing training in addition to competition journal

Competitive fencers will be dropped from the Elite Fencing Competitive Program if it is determined that the fencer is taking lessons from other non-BFC coaches without advance approval, and/or breaking team rules.


 Training intensifies November through February for Jr. Team members and May through July for all teams.  Competitive team training does not ensure a place on national team rosters. 


Please ask for an explanation of additional discounts and in-house tournaments/clinics and training camps.