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Beginner Classes

DCFC Head Coach Janusz Smolenski and his students. Photo by Heather Boyer

Every champion starts as a beginner.  DCFC offers several beginner fencing classes in epee and sabre.  Whether you are a youth, a teen, or an adult, you will find an opportunity to learn the Olympic sport of fencing in a safe, friendly atmosphere.   Gear and equipment is provided for beginners.  Please remember to bring a water bottle.    For questions on beginner classes, please contact dcfencers@gmail.com or call 301-562-1990, or visit the class description page.  We hope to see you at the club soon!

Please note, schedules may be subject to change.  For more information, contact the club or our coaches.

Janusz Smolenski, Head Coach, dcfencers@gmail.com

Robert Suchorski, suchy28@yahoo.com

Ilya Lobanenkov, ivlobane@gmail.com

Peter Souders, petesouders@verizon.net










  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm: beginner class (age 7-12), monthly class, begins first Wednesday of the month.  Price: $190. Beginner.




  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: beginner fencing class (age 7-12) with Coach Lobanenkov.  Monthly, class begins first Saturday of each month.   Price $190. Beginner.


  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: All ages/all levels epee fencing class (13 – adult). Ongoing class with Coach Lobanenkov. New Groupon, Tippr, LivingSocial customers welcome.  DCFC Members: $86/month. Non-Members: $148/month. Equipment provided for first four sessions, purchase required to continue.  Beginner/Continuous



- updated 2.21.14