General FAQ about DCFC


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 eight to age 80+.  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.

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 or call 301-562-1990.

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

Wear clothes you can move in (t-shirt and sweat pants, for example) and sneakers.

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.