No Fencing Tonight, Wed Jan 25

No surprise to anyone with a window, we have a Winter Weather Advisory from WMUR until 7:00 am Thursday, with heavy snow this evening (over an inch per hour). Mother Nature has been unrelenting this past week. I, for one, miss coming to the club and working with all my fencers.

So once again, there will be no fencing tonight, Wednesday January 25. Stay home, stay warm, and stay safe.

Seacoast Team Meet on Sunday January 8!

The second Seacoast Team Meet is Sunday, January 8, at our club in Rochester NH.  It is time to sign up for our first fencing opportunity of the new year!  Do so on Google Sheets (below).  Type your name under the events you want to enter.  You can enter as many as two events at the same starting time.

SFC Team Meet – Google Sheets

Pre-registration closes at midnight on Thursday, January 5, but please don’t wait until the last minute- your coach gets nervous (plus he has to line up director/coaches).

This is a great way to start 2023 and interact with the Seacoast fencers from both clubs.  You don’t have to be a competitive member of the USFA, since this is a club meet.  It will be all electric (rental gear will be available).  If you are new to the training groups, this is your first opportunity to try electric competition-so don’t miss it!

Age is your age on Dec 31, 2022.  Morning events are 14 & Under Foil, 10 & Under Foil, and Junior & Adult Epee (17 & older).  These will start at 10:00 am. You should be done around 1:30. For the morning events, be there between 9:15 and 9:30 to register and to have time to warm up.   

Afternoon events are 12 & Under Foil, Cadet Foil (16 & under), and Junior & Adult Foil (17 & older). These will start at 1:30 pm. You should be done around 4:30. For the afternoon events, be there between 12:45 and 1:00 pm to register and to have time to warm up

There will be a maximum of three rounds of fencing (if we have enough teams), each taking about an hour.  Age groups may be combined if there are not at least six people signed up.

Collegiate format- each member of your team fences five touch bouts with each member of the opposing team.

National Training Group fencers, please come in and direct and coach the morning events, and you can fence an afternoon event for free!  Lunch will be provided for directors.  The new fencers need your expertise to make their event a good experience.  And remember, someone did this for you when you were first starting out.

Entry fee is $25 for the morning events, which includes the director fee of $5.  Entry fee for the afternoon events is $15, which will be self-directed).

Rental gear is available for $15 (electric foil and lame)

Winter Term Has Started!

Winter term has started at Seacoast Fencing Club! So once again, it is time to pay the dues.

Please bring the tuition to the first meeting. Cash is accepted, and checks should be payable to Seacoast Fencing Club. Sorry, but we do not accept credit cards or e-payments.

Winter Tuition (December, January, and February)
Children        $365
Youth            $385
Junior            $405
Adult             $405

Manchester Schedule  

Children                          6:00 to 7:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays
Youths                            6:30 to 7:45 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays
Juniors and Adults         7:00 to 9:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays


Foil and epee is fenced every practice.  However, in Manchester, epee fencers big night is Thursdays, and foil fencers big night is Wednesdays.  Monday is usually an even mix of foil and epee.

 Rochester Schedule

Children                         6:00 to 7:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Youths                           6:30 to 7:45 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Juniors and Adults        7:00 to 9:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
                                      2:00 to 4:30 pm on Sundays
 (National Training)

Foil and epee is fenced every practice.  Time will tell which nights will have the best turnout for each weapon.  

Sunday practices in Rochester will have intensive training and coaching for those who want to prepare for regional and national competitions.  All Rochester and Manchester junior and adult fencers are welcome, but the program will focus on developing high level competitors. National Training will start December 18, and meet every Sunday except on weekends that we host a tournament (and during the Christmas to New Years break).

Advanced Class is currently going on. You can join this class anytime, and I will prorate the tuition to when you first show up. This is a great way to learn more offensive and defensive techniques for newer youth, junior, and adult fencers).  It will meet once a week for 30 minutes, for nine classes, 7:45 to 8:15 pm.  Manchester on Wednesdays and Rochester on Thursdays. The class will be taught by the head coach (Chris Pullo). Tuition is $110.

All Seacoast fencers can come to both the Manchester and Rochester locations if they want to pick up an extra day of fencing (with a new mix of fencers). There is no extra charge. 

As always, we are happy to stay an extra half hour if fencers want more time on the strip!

Holiday Schedule

With Christmas and New Year’s on Sunday this year, we will be closed from Friday December 23 thru January 1. We will reopen on Monday January 2 in Manchester, and Tuesday January 3 in Rochester. The only other holiday we will be closed is Memorial Day (a personally important day for me).  We are open for most of the federal holidays since schools & many employers are closed for those, that makes it a perfect evening to fence!

The New Season Starts this September!

We start the 2022-2023 season this September with good news- Thursdays are back in Manchester, and Sundays will be back in Rochester in October!  The three month Fall Term at Seacoast begins on Wednesday, September 7 in Manchester, and Thursday September 8 in Rochester. Beginning and intermediate classes in Rochester will start on Tuesday, Sept 6 in Rochester, and the Manchester classes will start on Thursday, September 8.

USA Fencing has dropped the mask mandate for vaccinated people, so if you are vaccinated, fencers and spectators do not have to wear breath masks. However, if you do not have an up-to-date vaccination card, you will have to wear a breath mask at all times, except when drinking. Bring your vaccination card (paper or cell phone photo) to your first meeting.

I will have a parent’s meeting at 7:00, on Wednesday 9/7 in Manchester, and Thursday 9/8 in Rochester, to go over procedures in the club and answer any questions, and to collect payments. The fencer’s meeting is at 7:00 on Monday 9/12 in Manchester, and Tuesday 9/13 in Rochester.

Please bring the tuition to the first meeting. Cash is accepted, and checks should be payable to Seacoast Fencing Club. Sorry, but we do not accept credit cards or e-payments.

Fall Tuition (September, October, and November)
Children        $365
Youth            $385
Junior            $405
Adult             $405

Manchester Schedule  

Children                          6:00 to 7:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays
Youths                            6:30 to 7:45 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays
Juniors and Adults         7:00 to 9:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays


Foil and epee is fenced every practice.  However, in Manchester, epee fencers big night is Thursdays, and foil fencers big night is Wednesdays.  Monday is usually an even mix of foil and epee.

 Rochester Schedule

Children                         6:00 to 7:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Youths                           6:30 to 7:45 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Juniors and Adults        7:00 to 9:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
                                      2:00 to 4:30 pm on Sundays
(National Training)

Foil and epee is fenced every practice.  Time will tell which nights will have the best turnout for each weapon.  

Sunday practices in Rochester will have intensive training and coaching for those who want to prepare for regional and national competitions.  All Rochester and Manchester junior and adult fencers are welcome, but the program will focus on developing high level competitors.

Advanced Class will be offered in early October. This is a great way to learn more offensive and defensive techniques for newer youth, junior, and adult fencers).  It will meet once a week for 30 minutes, for nine classes, 7:45 to 8:15 pm.  Manchester on Mondays and Rochester on Thursdays. The class will be taught by the head coach (Chris Pullo). Tuition is $110.

All Seacoast fencers can come to both the Manchester and Rochester locations if they want to pick up an extra day of fencing (with a new mix of fencers). There is no extra charge. 

As always, we are happy to stay an extra half hour if fencers want more time on the strip!