The Southern Oregon Fencing Center welcomes men, women, girls and boys of all ages and all skill levels. We offer introductory classes to people who are interested in learning the sport of fencing, recreational classes for improving fitness and skills, and active competitive programs. We are a community of fencers dedicated to working together to learn and play this fascinating martial art.
Fencing development is substantially self-paced; students can approach the sport as a recreational and aerobic fitness activity or commit to become top-level competitors. Fencers quickly learn that size and strength are not the principal elements of success; balance, timing and – above all – good technique and tactics are essential. As with other martial arts, fencers emphasize honor and integrity in their sport. The formal etiquite of fencing helps assure the safety of the sport, which has substantially fewer injuries than most other common sporting activities.
Absolute beginners are welcomed and will receive classically-oriented training from our certified instructors and assistance from our more experienced fencers. Equipment is available for use by beginning fencers. Fencing gear and clothing also is available for purchase when students decide they want their own equipment.
The Medford program, operated by Southern Oregon Fencing Center LLC, enjoys the sponsorship of the Medford Elks Lodge and is located on the second floor of the Elks building at 202 N. Central Avenue, near downtown Medford. Introductory, recreational and competitive programs are offered here, as well as local and regional tournaments.
Individual and group instruction is available in all three weapons (foil, epee, and saber) for beginning to advanced students of all ages. Classes are arranged to suit skilll levels and generally are held in late afternoon or evenings to accommodate family and work schedules. Private lessons can be arranged with instructors at mutual convenience.
Our competitive program – emphasizing epee and foil – develops nationally ranked fencers; we will work with you to develop your maximum potential.
The Ashland program is operated by Southern Oregon Fencing Center LLC in conjunction with the Ashland Family YMCA. Classes are conducted in the Ashland YMCA building located at 540 YMCA Way in southern Ashland, just off Tolman Creek Road. The YMCA program offers beginning to intermediate fencing for youths to adults. Classes are offered on Tuesday afternoons and early evenings and are organized by age and skill level.
SOFC's classes at the YMCA are primarily recreational. Students learn the technique, rules and etiquette of fencing with the standard (non-electric) foil, which is the traditional teaching weapon of the sport. Students learn skills that are fundamental to safety, fun and success in each of the three fencing weapons (foil, saber and epee). Intermediate students also practice epee fencing. Our program emphasizes respect for oneself and one's companions along with skill-building, fun and camaraderie.