Rhody Gem: Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club

February 2021


What it is:

Recognized as one of the premier fencing clubs in the country by USA Fencing, RIFAC offers classes for kids, teenagers, and adults, along with a retail shop stocked with gear.


Where to find it:

Watch for the gray building with a streak of green along Almeida Avenue in East Providence, neighboring CrossFit. 


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

It’s never too late to don a fencing mask and try your hand at executing a parry or riposte, and for families with kids, RIFAC Director Jill Ripa explains that many young fencers carry lessons from the sport through their lives. The club offers beginners’ classes for all age groups, even adults, with all equipment provided, and a retail shop right in the studio is available for serious fencers looking to stick with it and compete. Small class sizes of around eight students ensure individualized attention and every COVID precaution is being taken to keep students safe, too. “Fencing is a wonderful modern Olympic sport that challenges both the mind and body,” says Ripa. “At RIFAC, we appreciate and respect each student’s individual ability and unique personality.”

Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club14 Almeida Avenue, East Providence


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