Getting Started

Welcome to Mid-South! As you browse our website you will find yourself asking a very important question, “Where will I/we fit in”?

If you are currently a fencer and considering Mid-South as a new home, head on over to our membership information page.

Your first fencing class – What to expect?

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Mid-South starts fencers as young as seven years old, all the way through adult-aged. It’s never too late to pick up a sword and try out the sport!  Beginning classes are fast-paced,  6-week courses, small in size, and designed to introduce the fundamentals of fencing in a fun, exciting, and supportive atmosphere. Our summer camps are also a popular way for kids (and parents) to see if fencing might be a good sport to invest your time and energy. Scheduled throughout the year, a beginner class tuition is $150. All equipment is included. If you are unsure about a full commitment to a group class, please register as unpaid online or in person at our club, and you can decide after your first class. All beginner classes provide the necessary equipment. Please come dressed in athletic clothing, wearing toe covering shoes and willingness to have fun trying something new! We added new for this season the option to take 6 individual introductory 1:1 lessons with one of our coaches for $240. If you want to get into the sport fast, take the classes and lessons combined to get best start. You will need to contact us directly to schedule your first individual lesson. Look for online individual lesson scheduling soon.

2019-2020 Group Introductory Class Schedule:

Intro to Olympic Fencing: Ages 7 through 12, Mondays – 4:00-5:00pm 

Intro to Olympic Fencing: Ages 9 through 14, Wednesdays – 5:00-6:00pm

Intro to Olympic Fencing: Age 13 through Adult, Fridays – 7:00-8:00pm 

Intro to Medieval Longsword (must be 14 or older), Tuesdays – 7:30-8:30pm

After you take a beginner class or camp you can begin to specialize your skills as part of our Mid-South Academy. Our youth program specializes in saber, but if your child insists on foil or epee, they are welcome to join our foil and epee program beginning at age 13.

 How do I register for a Beginner Class?

Please visit the link that takes to our customized MindBody Online website.  The site will ask for you to create a login and allow you to register for classes, camps, fitness, and more.  If you are registering your child, please provide their name, but use your email and contact information.  For support please contact or call Jeff at 919-800-7886 with questions. Mindbody runs on Java, please be sure your browser is running the most recent version (you can check here.)

Beginner Class Online Registration

Completed a beginner camp or class and want to know what to do next? Mid-South Fencing Academy!

To inquire about joining classes already in session or to schedule a private beginner lesson, please contact us at 919-286-3100 or by email at