The secret to fencing consists in two things:
to give and to not receive.

L. Mark Dolata, Founder and Coach

Phone (518) 879-2716

Coach Mark is certified by the US Fencing Coaches Association

Days and Hours of Operation

Foil & Epee
Thursdays 7:00 -9:00 PM group lesson in foil & epee all ages and skill levels
Individual lessons on Thursdays and Saturdays by appointment
September - June
Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 PM group lesson all ages and skills levels (this class is temporarily suspended)
Fridays 7:00 - 9:00 PM group lesson all ages and skills levels
Individual lessons on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays by appointment

July - August
Fridays 7:00 - 9:00 PM group lesson all ages and skills levels
Individual lessons on Wednesdays by appointment

Open enrollment for epee, foil and sabre

Contact Mark at (518) 879-2716, or write to


Classes are held in the gym adjacent to St. John the Evangelist Church
806 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308
(Corner of Union Street and Nott Terrace)

The gym 's entrance and parking area are accessible from Eastern Ave. The entrance to the parking lot is the first gate on your left hand when entering Eastern Avenue from Nott Terrace.
The door is marked "employee entrance" and has our CDFS sign on it.

Directions: Google

Schedule of Fees
Group lessons are offered once or twice a week for all weapons.
  One group lesson lasting 2 hours consists of half an hour of footwork, half an hour of blade work and free fencing period.
The fees listed below include the basic membership cost.

1 Class Per Week 2 Classes Per Week
Monthly Fee: $70 Monthly Fee: $105
Quarterly Fee: $190* (suspended) Quarterly Fee: $240* (suspended)

*Discounted quarterly fees have been suspended until further notice.  If re- acivated, they are offered in conjunction with a one-year membership commitment only. Quarterly membership must continue for the four (4) consecutive quarters from the date of the first date of payment (i.e. one full calendar year). If quarterly payments are discontinued at any time during that year, membership will convert to monthly with payment due at the monthly fee schedule above. The quarterly discounted rate will not be available again if a member failed to fulfill one-year membership commitment.

Basic membership fee and membership fees for open fencing:
Basic membership: $15 per month
Open fencing only: $30 per month or $75 per quarter

Floor fee: $15 per day
Equipment rental: $ 20 per month
Floor fee with equipment rental: $ 20 per day

Individual lessons
Individual lessons are available only by appointment.
1-4 lessons, each 30 min. long - $35/lesson (not applicable to introductory lessons)
5-9 lessons, each 30 min. long - $30/lesson
10 and more lessons, each 30 min. long - $28/lesson
5 introductory lessons package: $125 (includes the use of equipment)

Family Discount

Families of two, or more, are eligible for a family discount.
This discount is available only in conjunction with quarterly fees.
For a family of four, the fourth person pays no fees.

Fencing equipment will be provided free of charge for the first two months of membership. After two months fencers are required to purchase their own equipment. A Club discount is available at Absolute Fencing Gear. See Mark for details.

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