En Garde! Welcome to the Iowa City Fencing Center!


In the best interests of our students, we have decided to close temporarily. When we reopen, we will finish the last two weeks of the Beginner classes before starting a new term. If you need to pick up personal equipment that you store at the ICFC, please email to make arrangements. If you have a Groupon for an Introduction to Fencing class, don't worry, we will honor them for the class even if they have expired. Stay healthy, and we hope to see everyone again soon!


Sadly, we must cancel all summer camps due to the pandemic. It is not possible to hold all-day camps and follow the guidelines put forth by USA Fencing and health organizations for the safety of our participants. If you have already paid for camp, please let us know if you would like a refund or if you would like to apply the payment to classes or lessons when we return to fencing or to virtual private footwork lessons now offered via Zoom.

Why Fence?

Fun, safe, exciting, challenging - these are the words our fencers often use to describe their sport. A lifetime activity, some of our fencers are just beginning their journey while others have fenced for forty years or more. Fencing is appealing because it is a sport that involves not just moving the body, but using the mind to outwit opponents. It reduces stress, increases fitness, and is a lot of fun!

How Do I Start?

Not sure if fencing is for you? Take one of our two-hour Introduction to Fencing classes. You'll go from how to stand on guard to fencing your first bout all while discovering the fun and excitement of fencing! See the sidebar on this page for dates.


Already enthusiastic about fencing? Sign up for one of our six-week Beginner classes. We have youth classes, adult classes, and even a parent/child class so everyone can get in on the fun. Use the Calendar tab above to see our class schedule.


No need to buy equipment: the ICFC provides students with everything needed to learn how to fence. You just need to wear long, comfortable pants, a t-shirt, and athletic shoes. 

Beginner Classes

Are you looking for a way to have fun, relieve stress, get more exercise, or spend more time with friends and family? Discover the excitement of outwitting others with the play of your blade as you learn to attack and defend. Experience the thrill of scoring your first touches and enjoy developing your skills further. Click on our Calendar tab above to see our schedule of classes. To reserve your place, simply call or email the ICFC.

A touch for ICFC!

The Iowa City Fencing Center is a dynamic venue of competitive and recreational fencing. We offer programming for all ages and levels. We invite you to join us to experience the excitement of fencing!


Call 319.338.7171 to find out more.

ICFC fencers heading to Nationals

Our Programs

Fencing isn't just a great fitness activity. It relieves stress, burns calories, strengthens muscles, and it's fun, too! Movement is also fun and healthy; you can meet people and make new friendships at any age.


Children improve focus, coordination, confidence, and develop fast-paced problem solving skills. Find out more about our group and private instruction opportunities!


Our Facility

Opened in 2010 by our coach, Judy O'Donnell, the Iowa City Fencing Center is an air-conditioned facility featuring special athletic flooring and grounded metal strips for competitive training.



ICFC featured on City Channel 4's IC People

The Iowa City Fencing Center was featured on City Channel 4's program IC People. Click the image to the right to watch the piece on our center! 


From their website: "Get to know your fellow citizens of Iowa City with Mary Bryant as she interviews noteworthy members of the community. In this episode Mary visits with Judy O'Donnell, president and coach of the Iowa City Fencing Center."

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