>I've been iching to get into the habit of fencing again, so I've been looking
>around Boston for a place to do so. I've found the Boston Fencing Club
>in Watertown, and I wondered if anybody else out there has had any experience
>with them. I mostly fence sabre, dry (electric! ick!). If anybody knows
>about them or other available sals, I'd love to find out. I'm living up
>in the Burlington area....
>P.S. Ignore the fact that this post is originating in St. Louis....
So what do you want to know? :)
BFC has mostly foil and epee with a few scattered sabre fencers.
Tuesday is usually foil night, Thursday is usually epee night, but there
is usually a good mix on either day. I've heard that Wednesday is
sabre night, but I have no idea what kind of turnout there is. Usually
a handful (2-4) sabre fencers will show up on Tuesday or Thursday.
Fencing usually starts around 8pm and goes until 10-10:30.
Floor fee for non-members is $4. I think summer membership (June-August)
is $50, it's something like $100-$125 for the full year (Sept-Aug). But
don't hold me to that.
Tanner City FC is located in Peabody. A much small club and turnout,
but proportionally more sabre fencers. A handful of epee fencers tend
to show up (I only go up regularly on Wednesday so I wouldn't know about
other days) and there are usually several foil fencers. There were only 2
last night but I hear that Thursday is a big night for sabre. Again, I
wouldn't know since I'm always at BFC on Thursdays.
The club is open (I believe) from 6:30pm (could be 5:30) to 9:30pm.
There is a $40 club dues, but they're pretty lax about and people tend
to just show up.
Both clubs have a pretty good mix of fencers. All ages and all levels.
In my opinion, (and my opinion only) I'd say there are fewer *beginners*
at TCFC, but the higher level fencing is pretty good at both clubs.
You might also try the Universities - give the coaches a call.
Brandeis, BU, BC, Tufts, UMass, MIT (not Harvard though, I hear Zicovic[sp?]
never has open practices.)
If you need directions to the clubs, feel free to email me.