Youth Program

The IFC Youth Program is athlete-centered with a holistic approach to student development. Its dual focus promotes athletic progress as well as personal growth. The club provides a fun and safe environment, so that participants can enjoy a gradual learning experience. The positive class atmosphere created by the coaches allows students to master the sport of fencing while learning self-awareness, the skills needed to appropriately navigate social interactions, life lessons about cooperation and competition, and how to handle winning and losing in a healthy manner. Our high school graduates move on to some prestigious universities such as Notre Dame, Yale, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Duke, MIT, Northwestern, and Purdue.


The program enters its 13th year after another successful season. With its four levels (Introductory, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced), it offers opportunities for students interested in competing at the local and national level as well as fencing just for fun. The program is designed to be flexible and as such can change to better meet our young fencers' needs and interests. All three weapons are taught, with foil and epee being the main focus of the higher level classes.


For further information about our youth program or classes, email Youth Program Director Ina Harizanova at Ina@IFCfencing.org.

Download a Youth-Teen class registration form.

Fall Session 1 -- 10 weeks from August 7 to October 14, 2018

Fencing equipment (jackets, masks, gloves, and weapons) is provided. All classes are held at the Illinois Fencers Club on the lower level of the Lions Recreation Center. Meet our coaches

Students in the program are welcome to take two or more classes. All additional classes come with a 30% discount.

Introductory and Beginner Classes

Parents and visitors: Please contact Ina via phone (773) 588-6244 or email Ina@IFCfencing.org prior to stopping by at the club for a first time visit. All Youth Program classes are scheduled back to back, leaving no time for a meeting during class times. A phone call or email to Ina will help answer all your questions and concerns.

Students should wear comfortable gym clothes including long pants and gym shoes used only indoors.


Introduction to Fencing (two classes) for children 8 to 12 years old with no fencing experience. Fee is $95.

  • Seven Saturdays (2pm to 3pm) from August 25 to October 6.
  • Seven consecutive Tuesdays (5 to 6pm) from August 21 to October 2.


Beginner Fencing (two classes) for children, 8 to 12 years old, with minimal experience. Fee is $180 and includes 2 private lessons.

  • Eight Mondays from August 13 to October 8 (no class on 9/3).
  • Seven Saturdays from August 18 to October 6 (call for details).


Intermediate Classes

Intermediate Foil(two classes) for children 10 to 14 years old who have taken more than 1y of beginner classes anywhere and are familiar with right of way. Fee is $190 and includes 2 private lessons and a tournament fee.

  • Nine Tuesdays (6-7pm) from August 14 to October 9.
  • Eight Saturdays from (9:30-11am) from August 11 to October 6 (no class on 8/25).


High School Epee. Epee for teens wanting to prepare for their high school fencing season. From August 9 to October 11 - Thursdays 6-7:30pm and Saturdays (11am-1pm) – 8/18, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/29, 10/6. Fee is $295.


Intermediate EpeeEpee for children 12-15 years old with at least 2 years of consistent practice and tournament experience with epee: Three days per week beginning May 17 to July 21. Tuesdays (7pm to 9pm), Thursdays (6pm to 7:30pm) and Saturdays (11am-1:30pm). Class fee is $295 and includes 4 to 5 private lessons.


Advanced Classes

Advanced Foil. Three days per week beginning August 9 to October 11. Mondays (6pm to 8pm), Thursdays (6pm to 8pm), and five Saturdays (9:30am to 11am) – 8/18, 9/1, 9/15, 9/29 and 10/6. The fee is $290 and includes 2 private lessons.


Advanced Epee. Four days per week beginning August 7 to October 11. Mondays (7:30pm to 9:30pm), Tuesdays (from 7pm to 9pm), Thursdays (7:30pm to 9:30pm) and Saturdays (11am to 1pm). The fee is $335 and includes 7-8 private lessons. This class is run on a team basis.


Meet our coaches

Download a Youth-Teen class application form. It can be filled in on your computer and printed using free Adobe Reader. If you don't have a version of Adobe reader you can download the latest version here.