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Join the Fun and Learn to Fence!

With more than 40,000 members and hundreds of clubs throughout the country, fencing builds character and athleticism to create champions on and off the strip.

A unique sport that challenges kids both physically and mentally, fencing builds character and athleticism to create champions on and off the strip.

With more than 40,000 members and hundreds to clubs across the country, now is the time to join the fun and try fencing!

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Why Kids and Families Love Fencing

  • It's fun for kids in an active and social setting
  • All sizes, body types, backgrounds, abilities and skill levels are welcome
  • It's considered one of the safest sports around — safer than basketball, football, soccer, baseball and cheerleading
  • Fencing develops important physical skills such as speed, strategy, coordination and agility
  • Fencers learn from professional coaches
  • The sport offers both recreational and competitive opportunities, with some of our best athletes getting to travel to tournaments around the world
  • Fencers join a community of more than 40,000 members with hundreds of clubs throughout the country
  • Fencing builds character and develops life lessons such as discipline, respect, maturity and sportsmanship
  • Fencing provides both individual and team competition opportunities
  • It's a lifelong sport, with competitors ranging from age eight to 80-plus
  • Fencing continues in college, with fencing a proven way for many young people to a leg up in the application process
  • Fencing is a sport with a long history of inclusion and belonging

USA Fencing Memberships

The membership year coincides with the fencing season, which occurs between Aug. 1 and July 31 of the following year.

  • Access Membership ($29): If you want to try competing, this membership allows fencers to compete at unlimited local sanctioned tournaments.
  • Competitive ($99): Fence at any sanctioned local, regional or national competition with the Competitive membership.

For more information on memberships, click here.

For any questions about USA Fencing memberships, finding a club or trying the sport, email

You can help grow and support the sport of fencing by donating today! 100% of all donations are a direct investment in the future of fencing in the United States.

Fencing 101

Fencing began the move from a form of military training to a sport in either the 14th or 15th century, and is one of only five sports contested at every summer Olympic Games since 1896.

Fencing includes both individual and team competitions. Points are received by making a touch in the opponent’s target area. Individually, the goal is to reach 15 points (in direct elimination) or five points (in pools) before your opponent, or have a higher score before time expires. In the team event, fencers rotate during nine rounds of competition with the goal of reaching 45 points, or have a higher point total before time expires.

There are three weapons: epee, foil and saber. Each has a distinct style and target area.


The most defensive of the weapons, a competition of careful strategy and patience.


A combination of the offense of saber and defense of epee


Fast and aggressive  with  fencers  rushing  their  opponent

About USA Fencing

USA Fencing is the recognized NGB for the sport of fencing in the United States. USA Fencing was founded in 1891 as the Amateur Fencers League of America and is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE), the international federation for fencing.

To grow and promote the sport of fencing in the United States, honor its rich traditions, and achieve sustained competitive international excellence.

To inspire a lifetime enriched by fencing