En Garde! Welcome to the Iowa City Fencing Center!
If we need to close because of inclement weather, we will post a notice on our Facebook page and this website. If you feel it is unsafe for you to travel but we are open, you are welcome to attend a different class that week to make it up. We want everyone to stay safe!
We are holding group classes and individual lessons for all ages. If you would like to register for classes or schedule a private lesson, please send us an email.
Covid face masks are currently required at all times at the ICFC.
If you have any kind of coupon for an Introduction to Fencing class that expired during our pandemic closure, don't worry, we will honor them in full for the class. Please see the sidebar for dates and times. Space is limited and preregistration is requested - please call or email to register.
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.
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. Our next six-week term of Beginner classes will start the week of February 19th.
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.
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!
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."