Fencing classes in Livermore, CA
Signups for Fall 2018 (September - December) are now open!
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Livermore fencing classes and summer camps currently accept youth (6 -12), juniors (12-19), and adults (20+). The programs are offered through
the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD).
NEW: Since Jan 2018, adults can join the Thursday 7:00 PM class and Friday 5:30 PM class. Perfect way to vent out the work week, and start your weekend on a good note!
The Robert Livermore Community Center
is our location for fencing classes, serving students from the Livermore valley, including Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Tracy/Mountain House.
Come and learn the basics of the modern sport with professional fencing coaches. You'll get to try fencing in full, competition-grade
fencing gear. All the students use actual competition-quality fencing epees and electronic scoring equipment in every class!
Location: Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore, CA 94550
The facility is well lit, air-conditioned, and the parking lot is right outside the front door. The spacious high-ceiling studio can
accomodate 12 fencers for footwork and drills, and 4 fencing strips with room to mingle and rest between the bouts.
Summer 2018 classes & trainings:
- Youth (age 6 - 12):
- Thu, 5:30 - 6:45 PM (September class full. Sign up for Oct NOW!)
- Fri, 4:00 - 5:15 PM (10 spots open for September)
- Fri, 7:00 - 8:15 PM (11 spots open for September)
- Teens and adults:
- Thu, 7:00 - 8:15 PM (9 spots open for September)
- Fri, 5:30 - 6:45 PM (8 spots open for September)
- Class fee: $90/month (assuming 4 classes a month; prorated for months with more or fewer classes), due before the first class. Click here to sign up online.
Most students train once a week, either on Thursdays or on Fridays. If you have competitive aspirations, we suggest taking two classes a week
and talking to your coach about also attending competitive trainings at our other locations, and taking individual lessons. We want our athletes to suceed
and will help you to train as much, and reach as far, as you are ready to.
Prerequisits: None, besides being healthy enough for vigorous exercise (please note that we have wheelchair fencing program, too).
We want you happy and healthy; we will do our best to get you in shape and to keep you in shape; however, if at any point the exercise is too difficult,
causes you pain, or makes you dizzy or hard to breathe, please feel free to walk it off, or stop and take a seat, until you feel you are ready to contnue.
For students with conditions that may get exacerbated with exercise or may unexpectedly act up (epilepsy, diabetes, exercise-induced asthma and similar
conditions), we require that a parent or an adult guardian is present.
Equipment: We provide all the fencing equipment - fencing masks, jackets and plastrons, chest plates, gloves, epees and body cords, test and simple repair tools,
and electronic scoring equipment. Our students can use club's equipment at any class, training, or a tournament we host, for as long as they want, free of charge.
Dress code: All we ask from you is to come in T-shirt, long sports pants or warmups, and sneakers. Please no shorts, dresses,
skirts, jeans, cargo pants; leggings/tights/yoga pants, while advertised as athleticwear, are not appropriate for our fencing classes. We also ask you to
wear socks which are long enough that the skin between the sock and the pants is not exposed (i.e. "crew" or longer). All boys and men must wear an athletic cup, the same kind as used
in biking or baseball. Your clothing needs to be clean, with no tears or holes (during fencing a rip or hole can catch the epee's point, so its a safety concern).
If you have your own fencing gear, we encourage you to bring it to class. Our gear is, however, always available to you.
If you miss a class: If you are sick, if at all possible, please let us know before the class you are about to miss, and we'll gladly let you
come to another class for your age group, as long as you are healthy to our opinion and cleared by your doctor to resume trainings, and as long as
there is room on the floor at the time you'd like to come. Please get the coaches approval before you come outside your scheduled training.
If you miss too many classes in a month due to an illness or an urgent life event, please talk to the LARPD staff about possible refund or transfer of your fees to another month.
If you intend to miss a training because of the school, work, or family engagements, please let us know as soon as you know. We count on you coming,
so knowing that you won't be at the training is important - it helps us plan the training or class to everyone's, including your
benefit. We'll be happy to help you get your trainings if possible, as long as you let us know about missing training no later than 24 hours in advance.
We ask you to not ask for a schedule change more often than once a month.
Communication: Whenever you want to talk to us, about the class, about the equipment, about your personal goals in fencing, or about the sport in general,
we'll be glad to hear from you. Feel free to get in touch via e-mail, text message, phone, or in person, either right before or as soon as the training is over.
If you are a minor, please include your parent or guardian in all the communications.
If you are a parent or a guardian of a minor, please note that it is always about the athlete, and we will always include them in all the communications
related to their training with us.
Special needs: Due to the nature of the sport, we are unable to accomodate students with special needs. For the wheelchair program, please inquire for
the program at Stockton location.
For students with developmental, behavioral, or learning disorders (Bi-polar, OCD, ASD, ADD, ADHD, PDD, for example), or with an intellectual disability,
please notify the instructor BEFORE the beginning of the first class. If in doubt if this activity is appropriate for your child, please contact us BEFORE
Spectators: Parents, guardians and family members are welcome to stay and watch the class. We ask that they refrain from any activities that draw student's attention,
or from interfering with coaches. We also ask that they stay off the fencing floor.
Discipline and safety: The instructors will remove from the activity any student who jeopardizes their own, or other students, or spectators safety, even if un-intentionally.
To learn more: Call us at (209) 507-2633, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org