This article is from the Fencing FAQ, by Morgan Burke with numerous contributions by others.
Start with your local Provincial or Divisional fencing association.
If you don't know how to find them, contact your national fencing body
(see section 3.1). Your national body may maintain a list of known
fencing clubs in the country. Otherwise, your local association will
be able to tell you about recognized clubs in your area. Many
universities and colleges also sponsor fencing clubs and teams that
will often accept non-students as members. You might also check out
courses or camps offered by local community centers.
Fencers with Web access can find a list of U.S. fencing clubs at
Once you have a list of potential clubs, you will want to
evaluate them and your needs. Desirable qualities vary,
depending on your skill level and what you want to get out of
fencing. Look for a good range of skill levels, decent equipment
inventories, adequate scoring sets, emphasis on your favourite
weapon(s), a spirited competition ethic, access to personal
lessons, and a coach or master with a good record (ie. successful
students). If you still have a choice, count yourself lucky, and
choose the club that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed
without sacrificing the athletic spirit that is essential to