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

Download a Youth-Teen class registration form.

Spring Session -- 10 weeks -- March 7 to May 11, 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 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 for children 8 to 12 years old with no fencing experience. Fee is $95.

  • Seven consecutive Saturdays (2-3pm) from March 16 to May 4 (no class on 4/27).

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

  • Eight consecutive Saturdays from March 9 to May 4 (no class on 4/27).
  • Eight Mondays (5-6pm) from March 11 to April 29.
  • Eight Thursdays (5:15-6:15pm) from March 14 to May 2.

Intermediate Classes

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

  • Nine Tuesdays (6:15-7:15pm) from March 12 to May 7.
  • Nine Saturdays (10-11am) from March 9 to May 11 (no class on 4/27).
  • Nine Thursdays (5:15-6:15pm) from March 14 to May 9.

High School Epee. for teens focused on high school fencing and wanting to boost their skills. From March 9 to May 11 - Thursdays 6-7:30pm and Saturdays (11am-1pm).

Intermediate Epee for fencers 12-15 years old with at least 2 years of consistent practice and tournament experience with epee: Three days per week from March 9 to May 11 - Tuesdays (7pm to 9pm), Thursdays (6pm to 8pm) and Saturdays (11am-1pm). Class fee is $295 and includes 4 to 5 private lessons.

Advanced Classes

Advanced Foil. Three days per week from March 7 to May 11. Mondays (6-8pm), Thursdays (6-8pm), and Saturdays (9:30-11am). The fee is $290 and includes 2 private lessons.

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