Forte Frequently Asked Questions

Forte offers both individualized and class fencing instruction, as well as open fencing (per discipline). We recommend:

Individual lessons - Individual 20-25 minute lesson. The focused attention from the coach gives the athlete better individualized feedback for quicker skill acquisition. Click here to purchase a lesson package. Click here to schedule a lesson with one of our coaches.

Free 15 - Team Forte Training – Footwork Intensive (nightly 7:00-7:15) has been streamlined and will be provided for free to anyone who wishes to improve their footwork. Be warmed up and ready for an intense 15 minutes of training! Precise and powerful footwork is the goal!

Open Fencing- Sign up for your athlete’s specific discipline for an hour of open bouting. Open Fencing is the best time to apply the skills and tactics that you have been refining in the classes and lessons. Click here to purchase an open fencing package.  Click here to reserve an opening bouting slot.

Times for Open Bouting:
NEW! Open Bouting has been expanded to an hour and 15 minutes!

5:45 to 7:00pm Sabre
7:00 to 7:15pm *** Free! Footwork Intensive ***
7:15 to 8:30pm Monday-Foil, Tuesday-Epee
8:15 to 9:30pm Monday-Epee, Tuesday-Foil

Other clubs have fencers wait and compete with the other weapons for fencing strips. However, we choose to designate times for each discipline to provide a more focused experience. Rarely do fencers at Forte have to wait for an open strip. We recommend that fencers arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of their open bouting session in order to warm up and get the most benefit out of the 75 minutes.

Individual lessons - Individual 20-25 minute lesson. The focused attention from the coach gives the athlete better individualized feedback for quicker skill acquisition. Click here to purchase a lesson package. Click here to schedule a lesson with one of our coaches.

When you are taking your first several lessons, your coach is evaluating which of the three disciplines (foil, epee, sabre) is best suited to your style and skills. This "sorting" will occur on or before the fourth lesson.

Equipment needs for your first lessons are included. For subsequent lessons, there is a rental fee of $15, which provides a weapon (foil/epee/sabre), a plastron (a protective garment), and a fencing mask. Female athletes are also provided a chest protector. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and supportive athletic shoes.

Forte has personalized handouts that give clear guidance about equipment to be purchased. Ask your coach for this.

A fencer comes in and checks in with Coach Lisa or Coach Jaime. Chairs are provided to leave your equipment next to. Warm up for 5 to 10 minutes (there is a laminated warm up guidance document available for anyone who is unsure of what to do). Take the nightly footwork class before (or right after) open bouting. Then put on your full fencing equipment and join in our open bouting session.

Other clubs have large windows of time to fence, but that often means long waits for bouts, or waiting for people in your weapon to show up. With our system, our fencers avoid long waits and get a more focused experience. By choosing to consolidate your fencing experience, everyone manages their time better. We also do a "challenge of the day" during open bouting. Examples of challenges include: fencing a pool, fencing dual meet style, fencing a relay team format, scenario bouting.

Forte allows lesson packages to be shared among family members. Contact billing@fortefencing.com to have your individual account(s) converted into a family account.

You can look up your balance at any time at https://fortefencing.com/bal.

NOTE: Family accounts are listed at the bottom.