This course is designed for those new to the sport of fencing or perhaps those that haven't been an active fencer for a while and may need to brush up on their basic skills. Equipment is provided as part of the course! The basics of movement, attack, defense, right-of-way, and tactics as related to foil fencing are taught over an 8 week structured course. Following the structured course, students can continue to hone their skills in open sparring and potentially try epee or saber (based on instructor evaluation). Beginning fencing meets on Mondays form 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the main gym of The Cohn School. Cost is $80 for the semester.
Intermediate fencing builds upon the skills learned in beginning fencing. Primarily, students will engage in open sparring, learning from more experienced fencers in a one-on-one basis with each other or the primary instructor as available. All three weapons are fenced as students refine their techniques and tactics. Tournament preparation is also available with the use of electronic scoring. Personal equipment is encouraged, but not required. Intermediate fencing meets on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the main gym at The Cohn School. Cost is $50 per semester.
Welcome to Cumberland D'Escrime Fencing
Cumberland D'Escrime Fencing provides publicly available fencing classes through the Nashville Community Education Program,. Our goal is to provide a fun, relaxed atmosphere for people interested in experiencing the sport of fencing in an inexpensive manner. We also encourage those wanting to really hone their skills to continue with our Intermediate and Advanced courses! In addition, the Nashville Community Education Program has a large array of other classes that may interest you. Check out their catalog at their website linked above. Just a note, we do not offer private lessons. We only offer group classes through the Nashville Community Education Program.
Updated: April 28, 2021. As of yet, Nashville has not entered Phase IV of pandemic guidance and requirements. There is still the possibility of an abbreviated fencing period in May. However, because of the abbreviated time allowed for in-person classes (start date is still unknown), there will not be a Beginner class held this Spring. If in-person classes start in May, NCE has notified that class fees will be adjusted to reflect the shorter period of class time available.
About Cumberland D'Escrime Fencing
Cumberland D'Escrime Fencing has been a part of the Nashville Community Education program for over 20 years. Our goal has always been to provide a safe, fun, relaxed place for both beginning and experienced fencers to fence. We also aim to provide quality instruction at a very low cost to the student, especially to those just beginning in the sport or wanting to experience the fun of fencing.
Advanced Fencing focuses on open sparring with the primary instructor and other students. One-on-one instruction is available and the focus is on evaluation and advice on refinement of technique, tactics, and skills. Tournament preparation is available using electronic scoring. All three weapons are fenced. Personal equipment is encouraged, but not required. Advanced fencing meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the back gym at The Cohn School. Cost is $50 per semester.
Get in Touch
To get in touch with the Nashville Community Education Program:
The Cohn School (Nashville Community Education)
4805 Park Ave.
Nashville, TN 37209
To contact the instructor, Donovan Grimwood, email is preferred: