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 I - 10 weeks – August 12 – October 19, 2019

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 $100.

  • Seven consecutive Saturdays (2-3pm) from August 24 to October 12 (no class on 8/31).
  • Seven consecutive Tuesdays (5-6pm) from September 3 to October 15.


Beginner Fencing (two classes) for children 8 to 12 years old with minimal experience. Fee is $185 and includes 2 private lessons.

  • Eight consecutive Mondays (5-6pm) from August 19 to October 14 (no class on 9/2).
  • Seven consecutive Saturdays from August 24 to October 12 (no class on 8/31).


Intermediate Classes

Intermediate Foil(two classes) for children 10 to 14 years old who have taken more than 1yr of beginner classes anywhere and are familiar with right of way. Fee is $200 and includes 2 private lessons and a tournament fee.

  • Nine Tuesdays (6-7:15pm) from August 20 to October 15..
  • Eight Saturdays from (9:30-11am) from August 17 to October 12 (no class on 8/31).


High School Epee for teens wanting to get ready for their high school fencing season. From August 12 to October 14 (no class on 8/31, 9/2 and 9/28) - Mondays 6-7:45pm and Saturdays (11am-1pm). Class fee is $300 and includes 3 private lessons.


Intermediate Epee for children 12-15 years old with at least 2yr of consistent practice and tournament experience with epee: Three days per week beginning August 12 to October 15 (no class on 8/31, 9/2 and 9/28) Mondays (6-7:45pm), Thursdays (6-7:45pm) and Saturdays (11am-1pm). Class fee is $300 and includes 4 to 5 private lessons.


Advanced Classes

Advanced Foil Two days per week beginning August 15 to October 12 (no class on 8/31 and 9/28). Thursdays (6-8pm) and Saturdays (9:30-11am). The fee is $260.


Advanced Epee. Four days per week beginning August 12 to October 15 (no class on 8/31, 9/2 and 9/28 and 10/12). Mondays (7:15-9:15pm), Tuesdays (7:30-9:30pm), Thursdays (7:30-9:30pm) and Saturdays (11am-1pm). The fee is $360 and includes 7-8 private lessons. This class runs on a team basis.


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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.