Fencing Classes

Black Hills Fencing Club offers instruction in all three fencing weapons.  However, we primarily focus on foil for our beginners classes.  We offer two classes per year, one in the fall (usually around the first of October) and one in the winter/spring (usually early- to mid-February). Photo of fencers with instructor

Our primary location is in Rapid City at the RC Aquatics Center; however, we also offer classes at other locations if there is sufficient interest. Classes in Spearfish are hosted at the Spearfish Rec Center, and we also regularly meet at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (primarily for Tech students). Other classes have been hosted in Pierre, and the club is open to offering classes in other locations. Contact Us for more details.

Upcoming Classes


2021 Beginners Class (Rapid City)

Learn the fundamentals of the Olympic-style fencing. Fencing is a unique sport in many way.  It blends athleticism with strategy, honor and tradition with modern technology, and team dynamics within an individual sport.  Like many martial sports, fencing is a life-long journey, but you can learn the fundamentals quickly.

This class includes 12-hours of instruction over 10 weeks, and equipment rental is included in the price. The first night is no-obligation, so feel free to show-up to check out the class before committing. Open to all ages 12 years-old* and up, and it is a great family sport.

* Students under 12 years-old are welcome and will be considered on a case-by-case basis; we just want to make sure they can handle the equipment.

From: 2021-02-18 to 2021-05-06

Price: 100

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2021 Beginners Class (Spearfish)

Learn the fundamentals of the Olympic-style fencing. Fencing is a unique sport in many ways; it blends athleticism with strategy, honor and tradition with modern technology, and team dynamics within an individual sport.  Like many martial sports, fencing is a life-long journey, but you can learn the fundamentals quickly.

This class includes 12-hours of instruction over 10 weeks, and equipment rental is included in the price. The first night is no-obligation, so feel free to show-up to check out the class before committing (see following note for qualifications). Open to all ages 12 years-old* and up, and it is a great family sport.

NOTE: this class is subject to minimum participation requirements and preregistration is required.  Email info@blackhillsfencing.com to preregister.  At least 6 registrants are required for the class to occur.

* Students under 12 years-old are welcome and will be considered on a case-by-case basis; we just want to make sure they can handle the equipment.

From: 2021-02-23 to 2021-05-11

Price: 120

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2021 Beginners Class (Tech)

Learn the fundamentals of the Olympic-style fencing. Fencing is a unique sport in many way.  It blends athleticism with strategy, honor and tradition with modern technology, and team dynamics within an individual sport.  Like many martial sports, fencing is a life-long journey, but you can learn the fundamentals quickly.

This class includes 12-hours of instruction over 8 weeks, and equipment rental is included in the price. It is free for all Tech students and staff.

* Non-students will be considered on a case-by-case basis; we just need to prioritize Tech students.

From: 2021-02-13 to 2021-04-24

Price: Free

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