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

Fall Session I –- August 19 to October 16, 2021

Welcome to our new location – Christian Liberty Academy, 502 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

All state safety guidelines are followed. Indoor and outdoor activities.

All classes will 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 Fencing for children 7 to 11 years old with no fencing experience. Fee is $100. Two classes.

  • Six Tuesdays (5:30-6:30pm) from August 24th to September 28th.
  • Six Saturdays (9-10am) from August 28th to October 2nd.

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

  • Seven Saturdays (1-2pm) from August 28th to October 9th.

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 August 28th to October 16th.

Beginner Epee for children 10-13y old with a year of previous experience. Two days a week at 6-7:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays (no 9/6). Fee is $300 (four private lessons included).

High School Epee for high school students wanting to prepare for their high school season. Two days a week – Tuesdays (6:30-8pm) and Saturdays (11:15am-1:15pm) from August 19th to October 16th. Fee is $320 (three private lessons included).

Intermediate Epee for children 13-16 years old with at least 2y of consistent practice and tournament experience with epee. Two days a week - Tuesdays (6:30-8pm), and Saturdays (11:15am-1:15pm). Fee is $300 (four private lessons included).

Advanced Foil. Two days a week - Thursdays (6-7:30pm) 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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