Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know which class is right for my child?
One of the Vivo coaches will let you know which class is right for you. If your child has had fencing classes through a rec center or other club, we’ll evaluate your child and then place him or her accordingly.
What age do kids have to be to start fencing classes at Vivo?
We prefer to have kids be 6 years old before they start classes with us. That way, it’s easier for them to follow the class directions and be an important part of the class group.
What should my child wear?
Class members should bring athletic shoes, preferably court shoes, to wear on the strip. No open toed shoes are allowed. Please don’t wear your fencing shoes outside as we aim to keep the strips clean. You should wear warm-up pants and a tee shirt.
What about the fencing equipment?
Vivo provides all the equipment necessary for beginners classes. Fencers in the Intermediate and advanced classes must provide their own uniforms and equipment.
When should I get to Vivo?
Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the class start time so that you can sign in, get your shoes on and be ready to start on time.
Where do I park?
Plenty of parking is available outside of the building.
Are you hard to find?
No, not if you know where you’re headed. First, we are on the second floor of our building at One Jewel Drive. Four buildings make up the complex. Make sure you turn onto Eames Street if you are coming up or down Route 38 – then take a right onto Jewel Drive. We’re at the end of the long building on the right – enter through the last door on the right parallel to Jewel Drive. (There is another One Jewel Drive sign in front of Gymstreet that actually fronts on Route 38. Don’t enter here!)
What if I want to buy my own equipment?
Talk to us and we will make recommendations to you.
Do I have to be a member of Vivo to take classes?
Participants in the beginner classes do not have to be club members.
All fencers in Intermediate and above must become members of the club. We have two levels of membership. $150 for the LIMITED Vivo Annual membership that covers Intermediate I and Cadet I and $300 FULL Vivo Annual membership for the competitive classes.
Do I have to join the US Fencing Association?
Non-competitive beginner fencers and Intermediate I must join the USFA at the $10 non-competitive rate. Cadets and the Competitive classes must have a competitive membership — the fee is $70 per year. As a USFA competitive member you will receive American Fencing magazine and are eligible to compete in USFA-sanctioned competitions. 2015-16_USFA_Individual_Membership_Form
What about private lessons?
Private lessons are included as part of the monthly package fee for competitive fencers. Intermediate I and Cadet I fencers can take optional lessons for $30/20 minutes. You can use our online private lesson scheduler to sign up.