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SPECIAL EVENT - Fall Beginners - First Class Free Event!

sIgn up for our special events to kick off the fall beginner program. Week of September 8th

FIRST CLASS FREE EVENTS. Choose for Kids 7-12 years: Tuesday 9/10 or Thursday 9/12@ 4pm or Saturday 9/14 @ 10am. For Teens and Adults Tuesday 9/12 at 7pm. Registration is required - with no financial commitment. If you like the FIRST CLASS, you can easily register for 6 more classes of Fall Beginner fencing for $150.00

We provide all of the equipment for the beginner classes.




SEPT 8 @ 3-4PM

Come meet the coaches, watch a demo, see our venue and find out about Beginning Fencing @ Vivo. No registration required.

About Vivo Fencing Club

Founded in 2012, Vivo Fencing Club teaches both foil and épée classes to beginners through elite competitive fencers. We are now located in Haverhill, MA – which is about 35 miles north of Boston. The club has 15 electric strips, laid out using resilient sports flooring, in a 12-month climate-controlled salle. There is plenty of parking available right outside the door.  We supply all of the fencing equipment for our beginner classes, making Vivo a great place to try out the Olympic sport of fencing. Fencing requires a combination of athleticism and strategy – some liken it to “physical chess.” Our coaches reflect the best in the sport: Arpad Horvath is a former World Champion, and Molly Sullivan Sliney is a two-time Olympian. Come check us out. We are ready to welcome you. As we say, “En garde!”


"The skills taught at Vivo by the amazing coaches Arpi and Molly have carried over into my daughter's life outside of the club. She has a new sense of confidence, determination, and focus apparent on and off the fencing strip." -Nicole, parent


Phone & EMAIL




40 Rogers Road,
Haverhill, MA




Vivo Club Owner, Coach and World Champion Arpad Horvath began fencing in Budapest, Hungary in 1989 and was a Hungarian National Team member for six years in a row.  Arpad won the Under-17 World Championship as well as the Under-20 European Championship and received a full scholarship from St. John’s University in New York.  There, he went on to become a two-time individual NCAA men’s epee champion.  Arpad has been coaching for 12 years and has been in coaching in Massachusetts since 2010. He founded Vivo Fencing Club in 2012.



Molly Sullivan Sliney was a member of the 1988 and 1992 United States Olympic fencing teams. She also won two gold medals in the 1987 and 1991 Pan American Games. While fencing for the University of Notre Dame, she was the NCAA Women's Foil Individual Champion in 1986 and 1988. Molly also was U.S. National Champion in 1985. In 1987, she led the Notre Dame Women's Foil Team to an NCAA championship by posting a 10-0 record in the tournament. This was the first time the Fighting Irish had ever won an NCAA Women's title in any sport. She graduated with a 160-14 record, and Notre Dame named her 1980s Female Athlete of the Decade.  Molly has been an active public speaker and fencing instructor in the greater Boston area since 1992.



See below for our class descriptions and registration links. 

Click here to download:  Vivo Schedule 2019-2020

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Once a Week BEGINNER Youth/Teens/Adults – 1 class/week:  REGISTER NOW

  • 7-week session is $175. (Please note that the fall program is a FIRST CLASS FREE Event then 6 classes for $150

  • $10 non-competitive US Fencing Association Membership is required and is included with your class.

  • We provide all of the equipment for beginners! Please wear long warm up pants, a tee shirt and sneakers that tie tightly.

Twice A Week Intermediate Youth – 2 classes/week plus open fencing on Saturday morning, if desired: REGISTER NOW

  • This is a 40 week program running September - June. Monthly cost/class is $175. Recurring credit card payment is requested.

  • $175 Limited Vivo Annual Club Membership is required

  • $10 non-competitive US Fencing Association Annual Membership is required. Renew directly online at Upgrade to competitive membership when you start to compete!


  • Monthly cost/class is $100. Recurring credit card payment is requested.

  • $10 non-competitive US Fencing Association Annual Membership is required. Renew directly online at

Twice A Week Intermediate Teen/Adult – FOIL and EPEE - 2 classes/week:  REGISTER NOW

  • For the intermediate who wants to fence twice a week!

  • Monthly cost/class is $175. Recurring credit card payment is requested.

  • $175 Limited Vivo Annual Club Membership is required.

  • $10 non-competitive US Fencing Association Annual Membership is required. Renew directly online at

Competitive Youth – 3 classes/week plus optional open fencing on Saturday:  REGISTER NOW

  • This is a 40 week September-June program. Recurring credit card payments are requested.

  • $375/month class fee – includes 1 private lesson/week.

  • $300 Full Vivo Annual Club Membership is charged at sign up

  • $75 competitive US Fencing Association Annual Membership is required. Renew directly online at

Advanced Competitive Plus – 3 classes/week plus open fencing on Saturday required:  REGISTER NOW

  • This is a 40 week September-June program commitment.. Recurring credit card payments are requested.

  • $500/month class fee – includes 2 private lessons/week.

  • $300 Full Vivo Annual Club Membership is charged at sign up

  • $75 competitive US Fencing Association Annual Membership is required. Renew directly online at

How do the fees work?  There are two elements to our fees.  1) Monthly fees for all who fence 2 times a week or more. , 2) Vivo Club Membership - two levels $175/season for Intermediates, $300/year for Competitive fencers.

US Fencing Association Membership:  All fencers at Vivo are required to be a member of the U.S. Fencing Association. There are non-competitive and competitive memberships.  Existing USFA members are expected to renew online directly with USFA.

Vivo Fencing Club Annual Membership: Fencers involved more than once a week also pay for club membership. This covers coaching at local competitions if there are more than 4 Vivo fencers attending and allows the fencer to take private lessons.  Intermediate fencers take a Limited Vivo Membership ($175/season.)  Competitive fencers pay for a Full Membership ($300/season.)

Additional Private Lessons:  $40 per 20 minutes (as of Sept 1, 2019)

HEMA:  Before you fence at Vivo - we require $10 USFA membership.  Click on HEMA at this link:. REGISTER NOW  For all other fees and information, please contact Jeff Tsay –

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the beginner class refund policy?

For Beginner Classes only, a full refund will be issued if notification that you would not like to continue is provided prior to the second class.  

How do I know which class is right for my child?

If you are just starting, sign up for one of our 7-week Beginner terms.  If you have fenced before, one of the Vivo coaches will let you know which class is right for you. If your child has had fencing classes through a rec program or other club, we’ll evaluate your child and then place him or her accordingly.

What age do kids have to be to start fencing classes at Vivo?

We prefer to have kids be 7 years old before they start classes with us. That way, it’s easier for them to follow the class directions and be an important part of the class group.

What should my child wear?

Class members should bring athletic shoes, preferably court shoes, to wear on the strip. No open toed shoes are allowed. Please don’t wear your fencing shoes outside as we aim to keep the strips clean. You should wear warm-up pants and a tee shirt.  We do NOT allow shorts.

What about the fencing equipment?

Vivo provides all the equipment necessary for once-a-week classes. Fencers in the Intermediate and Competitive classes provide their own uniforms and equipment.

When should I get to Vivo?

Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the class start time so that you can sign in, get your shoes on and be ready to start on time.

Where do I park?

Plenty of parking is available outside of the building.

Are you hard to find?

No,  We are now located in Haverhill .  Click here for our map and directions

What if I want to buy my own equipment?

Talk to us and we will make recommendations to you. We will order the equipment for you to ensure the correct fit and to save on your shipping costs.

Do I have to be a member of Vivo to take classes?

Participants in the once-a-week classes do not have to be club members.

All fencers in Intermediate and above must become members of the club.  We have two levels of membership.  $175 for the LIMITED Vivo Annual membership that covers twice-a-week fencers, and $300 FULL Vivo Annual membership for the competitive classes. This allows the fencers to take private lessons and covers coaching at local area competitions.

Do I have to join the US Fencing Association?

YES. We will do this for NEW BEGINNERS. Intermediates must join the USFA at the $10 non-competitive rate. Competitive class fencers must have a competitive membership — the fee is $75 per year. As a USFA competitive member you are eligible to compete in USFA-sanctioned competitions.

What about private lessons?

Private lessons are included as part of the monthly package fee for competitive fencers.  Intermediate fencers can sign up for optional lessons at $40/20 minutes (as of Sept 1, 2019..  You can use our online private lesson scheduler to sign up.  



Birth Years for 2018-2019 Competitions

Junior                Cadet               Y14                 Y12                  Y10

1999-2005     2002-2005     2004-2007     2006-2009     2008-2011


Here is a link to a detailed Cadet/Junior/Open Competition schedule with registration deadlines and links (Thanks Gene!)

Here is a document for download for the Youth Competitive EPEE Class

Here is a document for download for the Advanced Competitive epee cLASS

USFA National Competition Schedule download 

Regional Competition Schedule is now available

Contact VIVO

Are you interested? Click here to fill out our interest form.

We are located in the Ward Hill section of Bradford – Exit 48 off of Rte 495, and also easily accessible from Rt. 125. Click the pin below to open the Google Map or click here.



40 Rogers Road
Haverhill, MA, 01835


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