Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is DCFC?

DC Fencers Club (DCFC) has a national and international reputation as one of the best fencing clubs in the United States.  The club offers instruction through classes, camps, workshops, and individual lessons. DC Fencers Club promotes excellence, sportsmanship, and safety in a friendly, easygoing environment.

Where is DCFC?

DCFC is located in Silver Spring, Maryland, just south of Beltway exit 31 (Georgia Avenue).  See the directions  for more information.

When can I fence at DCFC?

Hours are M-F from 5 – 10 pm.  Saturday beginner classes in epee and sabre are offered between 10 am and 1 pm.  See schedule and classes for detailed information.

Who can fence at DCFC?

Fencers are welcome from age seven to seventy and up.  DCFC welcomes both recreational fencers who bout at the club for fun and fitness, to competitive fencers who train for local, regional, national, and world cup tournaments.

New membership requirements in 2012-2013

Due to new national insurance policies in the 2012-2013 season, everyone who fences at DC Fencers Club must be a member of USA Fencing, the national association for our sport.  There are three easy options to fulfill this requirement, and we will help you with this at the club. 


  1. There is a one-time, free trial membership for people who take a one-time trial class.  For example, the trial membership applies to a fencer who takes a one-time lesson, or a fencer from out-of-town who visits our club for a one-time practice, or a fencer who participates in a one-time clinic or other event. 


  1. There is a nominal, $5 "non-competitive" membership fee for people who take part in classes or activities lasting more than a one-time trial lesson.  For example an eight-week beginner class would require the $5 non-competitive membership fee.  A student who takes four private lessons with a coach also would require this level of membership.  The non-competitive membership lasts for the entire 2012-2013 season. Fencers may upgrade to the competitive membership level at anytime during the season.


  1.  Fencers who wish to compete as well as practice at the club must have a current "competitive" membership with USA Fencing.  No additional membership fee is required for current USA Fencing competitive members.


DCFC will ask fencers to fill out the appropriate form at the club, which we then submit to USA Fencing.  If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask us at the club.  Thank you!


What is fencing?

Fencing is a combat sport using one of three types of bladed weapons: epee, sabre, and foil.  Fencing is one of only four sports which have been featured at every one of the modern Olympic Games.  For more information on the history of fencing, see this wikipedia article.

Is it safe?

DCFC promotes full safety measures in learning and practicing the sport of fencing. Fencers wear full protective gear (this includes mask, jacket, chest protector for women, pants, etc).  Be aware that fencing is a combat sport, and bruises happen.  As with any activity, there are risks, but DCFC focuses on safety (see code of conduct in "About DCFC" section).

Can I observe a class?

Yes.  Please contact the club to verify class times and operating hours.

Who do I contact about a beginning fencing class, private lessons, or club membership?

Contact dcfencers@gmail.com or call 301-562-1990.

I/my child is taking a class at DCFC.  What should I wear or bring?

Wear clothes you can move in (t-shirt and sweat pants, for example) and sneakers.  Please bring a bottle, and fill up on filtered water at the club.

I'm interested in competitive fencing.  Where do I start?

Classes and lessons provide a foundation for the competitive fencer.  For more information on competitive fencing for various ages and categories, please see this separate document.

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updated 9/24/12