Forte Frequently Asked Questions
My fencer would like to come to club. What does Forte offer?
My high school fencer would like to continue their training on the off season. What are the best options?
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.
How many prepaid lessons or open fencing do I have remaining?
At any time, you can look up your balance at https://fortefencing.com/bal/.
Note that if you have a "family" account, it will be listed at the bottom of the list.
I have a new fencer, where do I begin?
I am a beginner, and I don’t know what discipline I am, how do I figure that out?
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.
What equipment will I need for my first 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.
My fencer wants their own equipment.
Forte has personalized handouts that give clear guidance about equipment to be purchased. Ask your coach for this.
What does a typical night of club look like?
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.
We have multiple athletes in our family. Are there any package deals?
Forte allows lesson packages to be shared among family members. Contact email@example.com to have your individual account(s) converted into a family account.
We purchased a lesson package or an open fencing package. How many do we have remaining?
You can look up your balance at any time at https://fortefencing.com/bal.
NOTE: Family accounts are listed at the bottom.