Cal Fencing Club


Fencing is deeply rooted in Cal athletic tradition, with a team existing in some form since the founding of the school (it's the oldest club!). The sport itself dates back much further, and can be counted as one of the longest-practiced combat disciplines in history. Modern fencing is a fast-paced and challenging, yet at the same time, it is accessible to a wide range of ages and stylistically can be tailored to all levels of athleticism.

Fencing is divided into three weapon categories: foil, saber, and épée. The team is home to students of all three weapons.

The Cal Fencing Club is part of the Cal Sport Club Program and competes in the Northern California Intercollegiate Fencing League, in which the most active schools include UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and Cal Poly SLO. Cal has won the league cup for three years running!

Who can join?

Anybody can join, including community members and alumni. All levels are welcome, including beginners! College is the perfect time to get involved in fencing. Just want to try it? Check out our DeCal!

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Practice Times

Spring 2018 practice starts Thursday, January 18th.

Monday9:00pm-11:45pmNovice and Advanced
Thursday9:30pm-11:45pmNovice and Advanced


How much are dues?

Fall only$130
Spring and Summer only$130
Full year (must start in Fall)$200
DeCal (one semester)$40

This is a pretty good deal when many private clubs charge over $100 a month. Fees include storage space and equipment rental, although fencers are highly encouraged to buy their own gear if they stay for more than one semester. Dues do not include competition registration and travel expenses, although these are sometimes subsidized by the club. New members concurrently enrolled in the DeCal will have the DeCal fee waived.

If you are only here for the summer, please contact the club about summer-only fees. These are worked out on a case-by-case basis since there is no standard number of weeks that people stay for summer.

Where is the club?

The club operates in the Combatives Room of the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) at the southwest corner of the UC Berkeley campus, on 2301 Bancroft Way between Dana Street and Ellsworth Street. After entering the RSF, turn left and go past the treadmills to find the Combatives Room right next to the Martial Arts Room.

Where are competitions?

The club goes to tournaments hosted by NCIFL schools, as well as hosting a home tournament. There are two to four tournaments a semester, but several fencers will attend additional local tournaments such as the Bay Cup, and will often go as a group.

What should I wear?

Come in athletic clothing that allows you to move freely, rather than jeans. Come to practice wearing long non-jean pants, a t-shirt, thick socks, and athletic shoes. Any light athletic shoe will be fine, but the lighter the sole the better. Please do not come in jeans.

What about equipment?

For beginners, we have all the gear you will need. Those who already own gear can bring it and store it in the club armory, which is located it RSF Combatives Room (the same room practice is held in). However, after one semester you will probably want to buy your own gear. There is a fee to borrow electric equipment; please see or contact an officer for more details.

Does it hurt?

Though it may look dangerous, fencing is one of the safest sports. A smaller percentage of fencers were injured in the 2008 summer olympics than the percentage of winter 2010 curlers. Fencing blades are surprisingly bendy, and a lot of the force is absorbed by the blade's flexibility.

Why is practice so late?

Apparently, aerobics and hip hop dance are cooler than fencing...but the later practices are really not as bad as they sound. If you're concerned about the late walk home, there are groups of people going in all directions after practice. Talk to an officer to help find someone going the same way.

Where can I learn more?

Check out the resources page for links to more info. Questions about the club can be sent to our officers.