Metro Tacoma Fencing Club

The Home of Sport Fencing in the South Puget Sound

Private lessons

Private lessons are an important part of a complete training program to help a fencer improve and progress in this sport. It is helpful at all levels of ability. Private lessons can help the recreational fencer improve faster than in classes or open fencing alone. Private lessons are essential for every fencer who is competing at a high level. It may also be appropriate for some young fencers depending on interest and maturity. These individual lessons will allow a fencer dedicated time to practice the blade work (both offensive and defensive), footwork, timing, and distance that is much more difficult to perfect with other fencers who are just learning the sport. The coach will be able to practice more and more complex actions as the fencer progresses. Additionally, strategy and tactics are incorporated into these sessions.

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Private lessons are 25 minutes in duration. For Coach Chris and Coach Kim, a private lesson is $35 per session. Coach Chung lessons are $40 per session.

Fees and Tuition: Summer 2020


General membership $65 per month.

Senior (ages 55 years old and above) $45 per month.

Active duty military $5 total discount per month per family.

Veteran $5 discount per veteran fencer.

Private Lesson Tuition

Coach Chris $35 for a 25 minute session.

Coach Kim $35 for a 25 minute session.

Coach Chung $40 for a 25 minute session.

Active monthly or annual membership is required. Private lessons will be pre-booked on a first come, first served basis. Lessons will be released one week in advance. On the release day, please only book 1 lesson per fencer to give everyone an opportunity to book lessons. On the following day, you may book as many lessons as you wish. You may cancel your daily registration up to 2 hours prior to the class starting and will not be billed. Lesson times will be limited, so we hope that students will only sign up for the classes they intend to attend.

Private lessons can be in person or on Zoom and may include family lessons (fees are per session and not per person). Family lessons are for members of a household working with a coach during the private lesson time to allow bouting and contact bladework drills with personalized, dedicated, individual supervision for the session.

COVID-19 Reopening Protocols

The coaches and board of directors at Metro Tacoma Fencing Club (MTFC) are committed to doing all we can to make fencing a fun and safe experience again. We wanted to share some of the steps we have taken that not only follow but also go beyond the guidance from the Washington State Safe Start plan. All coaches are required to complete COVID-19 training developed and provided by Dr Diane Bartels, vice-president of the board. During the stay at home order the club purchased a washer and dryer to be able to clean our jackets daily. A detailed cleaning protocol was developed and will be followed by our staff to help keep our space clean and our fencers healthy. Please do your part to keep our club clean and safe. A fencer protocol was also developed that we ask you to familiarize yourself with and follow for your health and for the health of our other members. Everyone will be required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth whenever they are in the MTFC facility. The Washington State Safe Start rules mandate that every member using the club also attest to have watched an informational video on our safety procedures prior to participating. This fun video was made by Coach Chris and his family.

During phase 2 which started 5 June 2020 we are allowed in-person private and semi-private lessons for small groups (maximum of five students plus one coach). Strict social distancing and a modified curriculum are required. Whenever possible, outdoor facilities will be used, weather permitting. No bouting is allowed unless bouting is between members of a household in private or semi-private lessons. Equipment and facility contact surfaces will be sanitized after each session or class by program staff.

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