Classes are provided by the Kettering Recreation Complex, and the Oakwood Community Center, the instructors are USFA professional members and work for the location.  AFAD (our club), acts as a volunteer facilitator / supporter to the instructors and locations, and provides equipment for rent.  We try to keep the information below on Classes up-to-date.  To register for classes you will need to contact the location at which you will take the class.  Information is below.  For Open Fencing, fencers can just drop in during any of the Open Fencing times.

Private Lessons

Private Lessons are one of the best ways to improve your fencing.  Email us (see home page for email) if you are interested in private lessons and we will get you more information, or put you in touch with an instructor.  Currently Byron Branch is teaching private lessons during most Open Fencing times for $25 (approximately half hour lesson).


Fall Classes begin in September.  The KRC (Kettering Recreation Complex) Activities Guide is not accurate for the classes that will be offered.  The correct information is available below, and from the KRC staff or on their online registration.  Classes will be limited in December but will start up again in January.


If you have no experience you will need to start with a Beginning Class.  Beginning classes are offered for ages 7 and up, no experience is required.  We will rent you the equipment you need (see location for equipment rental rates).

Before your first class, open fencing, or other activity with us you will need to get an AFAD Fencer Card, see our ‘FORMS’ page for details on obtaining one - It’s easy but requires you to fill out some forms. Filling out the forms in advance will help make the first class start smoother.

To start, Register for a class, details available on the specific location page.  Bring in your filled out forms to class along with payment for equipment rental.  Be prepared to exercise, you should come to class in tennis shoes and long pants.  If you have any other questions contact, or the contact information for where you are taking classes.


If the weather is bad, class may be canceled.  Contact the location of your class to see if class has been canceled.  For Open Fencing holiday schedule cancelations check our home page announcements.

Kettering Recreation Complex - Inclement Weather Hotline (937) 296-3282

Oakwood - (937) 298-0775


We are located in the Kettering Recreation Complex, where we provide all levels of instruction and electric open fencing.  We have taught at other locations, but are currently refocusing only on the Kettering Recreation Complex, due to limited instructors.

Kettering Recreation Complex

All levels of instruction are provided, including electric Open Fencing.  The Kettering Recreation Complex is our home location.

Oakwood Community Center

Will Erwin is teaching classes at Oakwood; Beginner through Advanced is offered.  Classes are $45 for Oakwood Community Center Members, $68 for Non members, and $90 for Non Oakwood residents.


Designed for the absolute beginner, these classes teach the basic techniques and tactics for the sport and martial art of fencing. Equipment is available to rent, so you don’t need to purchase your own gear to try the sport. For information on order Equipment see our Equipment page. Come to class in tennis shoes and long pants. Once fencers have completed Beginning fencing they are encouraged to come to Open Fencing. Start with Beginning 1, then take the Intermediate / competitive and or Sabre class.  For more information, you can click on the locations below:

Kettering Recreation Complex

Beginning 1: Sunday Noon - 1 p.m. Jan 8 - 29; Feb 5 - 26; March 5 - 26

Oakwood Community Center

Youth & Beginning Level 1: Wednesday 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. See OCC for info.

Beginning Level 2: Wednesday 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. See OCC for info


For fencers who have completed beginning classes or equivalent. Focus is on improving technique, automating actions, tactics and strategy needed to prepare and be successful in tournaments. Intermediate fencers are encouraged to purchase their own gear, but it is also available to rent. Come to class in fencing gear, or tennis shoes and long pants. Fencers are encouraged to come to, or stay for Open Fencing after class to practice what they are learning. For more information, you can click on the locations below:

Kettering Recreation Complex

Sundays: 1 - 2 p.m. Jan 8 - 29; Feb 5 - 26; March 5 - 26

Tuesdays 6- 7 p.m.: Jan 8 - 29; Feb 5 - 26; March 5 - 26

Oakwood Community Center - Adult/Competitive

Wednesday 7:45 - 8:45 p.m. See OCC for info


Kettering Recreation Complex

Sundays: Noon - 1 p.m. Jan 8 - 29; Feb 5 - 26; March 5 - 26


Open fencing offers the chance to bout with fencers of all levels and practice for tournaments. Open fencing is essential for the competitive fencer, and is also a whole lot of fun. Open Fencing is open to all fencers who have completed Beginning Fencing, and are ready to take the Intermediate Class.  Scoring machines, which register touches electronically, are provided at the Kettering Recreation Complex. Drop in fees are $5, or free if taking a class that day. ($3 with ‘Frequent Fencer Discount’), electric and regular gear is available. Come in fencing gear, or tennis shoes and long pants or knickers.

Kettering Recreation Complex

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. May fence later if Supervisor approves.

Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.  Must be out of room by 8 p.m. Room available at 5 for private lessons.

Sundays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. May fence later if Supervisor approves.