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 14th 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

Spring Session – March 14 to May 14, 2022

Welcome to our new location – Christian Liberty Academy, 502 W Euclid Ave (N Walnut Ave Entrance), Arlington Heights, IL 60004

All local, state, CDC and USA Fencing safety guidelines are followed.

All classes close at eight students.

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

Introduction to Fencing for children 7 to 11 years old with no fencing experience. Fee is $100.

  • Six Saturdays (1-2pm) from March 19th to May 7th (no class on 4/2 and 4/30).

Beginner Fencing for children, 10 to 13 years old, with minimal experience. Fee is $195.

  • Nine Tuesdays (5:30-6:30pm) from March 15th to May 10th.
  • Nine Saturdays (9-10am) from March 19th to May 14th.

Beginner Fencing for children, 7 to 9 years old, with minimal experience. Fee is $145.

  • Seven Saturdays (1-2pm) from March 19th to May 7th (no class on 4/2).

Intermediate Foil for children 12 to 15 years old who have taken more than 1y of beginner classes anywhere and are familiar with right of way. Fee is $200.

  • Nine Saturdays (10-11:15am) from March 19th to May 14th.

Beginner Epee for children 10-13 years old with a year of previous experience.Two days a week at 6-7:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Fee is $280 (four private lessons included).

High School Epee for students 14-17 years old focused on learning and improving after the high school season end. Two days a week – Tuesdays (6:30-8pm) and Saturdays (11:15am-1:15pm).

Advanced Foil. Two days a week - Thursdays (6-7:45pm) and Saturdays (10-11:30am). The fee is $260. .

Advanced Epee Three days per week – Mondays (7:15-9pm), Thursdays (7:15-9pm) and Saturdays (11:15am-1:15pm). Fee is $360 (seven private lessons included). This class runs on a team basis.

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