Calgary Fencing Club – Epic

Epic Fencing is the Premier Calgary Fencing club, and the ONLY designated high performance fencing training institute in Alberta.

At Epic, we offer programs in fencing for all ages (5 yrs to 50+) and all skill levels (beginner to Olympian). We are proud of our vibrant, engaged, and supportive community, including our world class coaching staff, volunteers, and administrative team members.

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Fencing Lessons in Calgary

Epic Provides fencing lessons and classes in Calgary that focus on all-around athletic abilities, fencing specific footwork, bladework, and strategies.

Our fencers learn to work hard and achieve their goals while learning and having fun in a team environment. Epic Fencing club offers something for everyone, at all commitment levels, and all competitive levels. First and foremost, fencing is about having FUN.

Feedback from our most recent beginner classes run through our partner, Sport Calgary

Epic Fencing was so friendly

Epic Fencing was great. We all had fun.

Epic fencing was AWESOME! So kind and welcoming and informative. Fun and engaging, thank you!

The fencing was really fun and the instructors at epic fencing were great, very patient and so helpful, really made sure everyone was having a good time!

Epic Fencing (Kelleigh and Peter) were awesome. I hope I can bring my kids next time.

Epic Fencing was great & responsive when we had questions.

Epic fencing was enthusiastic, fun, and informative

We went to Epic Fencing and LOVED it – great organization, great coaches, really fun!

“This is probably the most positive feedback about a sport group I have seen in one of our post-event surveys”

Sport Calgary

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no annual membership fee. Regular class are billed monthly and pricing depends on how many classes are attended each week.

Fencers who attend occasionally may instead opt to pay a drop in fee per class or event when applicable. Private lessons, camps, equipment and tournaments have additional costs.

Fencing equipment protects the fencers from injuries. Compared to other Olympic sports, it’s actually quite safe! A study from the 2008 Olympics found the injury rate was only 3% which is much lower than more mainstream sports like soccer and basketball with injury rates of 32 and 13%, respectively.

It’s not unusual to get some bruises on the arms and legs.

Any age is a good age to start fencing – it can truly be a lifelong sport. The earliest age to start fencing lessons and programs at Epic is 5 years old.

There are three fencing disciplines (Sabre, Epee, and Foil). Depending on the discipline, there are different rules and equipment. We recommend youth start in Foil fencing, and teens and adults start in Epee fencing. There are no formal Sabre programs at Epic at this time.

All classes and lessons are booked through our internal booking software and CRM called Amilia. We recommend parents bookmark this website if their child is a regular fencer. You may navigate to Amilia by clicking the “Register” navigation link at the top of this website, or clicking on the various links found on the age specific lessons/classes pages.

We recommend enrolling your child in an “new to fencing” program if they have not fenced before to see what it’s like. First and foremost, an athlete must find the love for fencing in a non competitive environment. Competitive fencers partake in the regular classes, and usually take 2-4 additional private lessons per week.

Epic fencing stocks a diverse line of gear suitable for most athletes which may be purchased from the club. Club Members receive a 20% discount. Additionally, Epic fencing has community gear which may be used for beginner programs etc. at no charge. Epic does not sell shoes, but we do recommend to purchase any “court” shoes – it does not have to be a fencing specific shoe.

Epic has in in house Armoury which offers Weapon re-wires, weapon assembly, weapon tune-up and sizing, diagnostic fees, body wire repairs, and equipment readiness checks for competition. Club Members receive a 20% discount. Rush orders are available. For more information, click the “Equipment” navigation link at the top of this website.

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Competitive Fencing at University & Beyond

Each year, Universities in both the USA and Canada recruit Canadian Fencers to join their ranks. With veteran competitions, fencing truly can be a lifelong sport, practiced in youth, University, and well into adult life. We recommend fencers with competitive personal goals speak to coaches directly if they are interested in competing at a high level in the future, at any age bracket.

Alanna Goldie

  • Olympic Games: 2020 – 5th (team foil)

  • Pan American Games: 2019 – SILVER (team foil); 2015 – GOLD (team foil), BRONZE (ind. foil); 2011 – 6th (ind. foil), SILVER (team foil)

  • Pan American Championships: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

  • FIE World Championships: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011

  • 4 NCAA Medals, 4 North American Cup Medals, Ranked #1 Junior in 2014, Youngest Junior National team member 2008

Kelleigh Ryan

  • Olympic Games: 2020 – 8th (ind. foil), 5th (team foil)

  • Pan American Games: 2015 – 5th (ind. foil), GOLD (team foil); 2011 – SILVER (team foil)

  • FIE World Championships: 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009

  • Pan American Championships: 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

  • 8 North American Cup Medals, 4 Satellite World Cup Medals, 4 Pan Am Championships Ind. medals

Eleanor Harvey

  • Olympic Games: 2016 – 7th (ind. foil); 2020 – 16th (ind. foil), 5th (team foil)

  • Pan American Games: 2019 – BRONZE (ind. foil), SILVER (team foil); 2015 – GOLD (team foil)

  • Pan American Championships: 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

  • FIE World Championships: 2023, 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

  • 4 Senior World Cup Medals, 2 Junior World Championship Medals, 2016 NCAA Champion

  • Did you know that fencing is one of the most physically intensive sports? Research done at the University of Hertfordshire showed on average for foil and epee fencing you are using 11-12 Kcal per minute!

Photo Gallery

coaches in Calgary giving a fencing lesson