World-class fencing NORTH of boston


Now at 40 Rogers Road, Haverhill, MA



Summer 2018 Programs  

Click here for all the details - Interested in Open Fencing?  M/W 7-8pm through Aug 22. 

We are featuring our full day Fencing Chess Camp for intermediate and competitive youth fencers.  It is the week of July  30th.  Click for a flyer with all the details. 

Thinking about fall fencing?  That's when our next Beginner Term will occur

We follow the school year in our class schedules.  So we are finishing up our last session now.  Our next session will start the week of September 9th.  Kids classes are Tuesdays or Thursdays 4-5pm.  Teen/Adult classes are Tuesdays or Thursdays 7-8pm. The first class is a free trial.  With discount it's $150 for 7 weeks plus $10 US Fencing Assoc. membership, Please fill in our interest form.   

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


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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.


Summer 2018 Program

We are pleased to offer a number of programs this summer to fit all of our fencers. Choose from summer-long/week-long half-day and full day camps or several sleep-away camps coordinated with other fencing clubs.  We have listed them by date. Want more info?  e-mail ann@vivofencingclub.com or call her at 617-470-8530

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ALL SUMMER FENCING FOR ALL @ Vivo with 1 hr open fencing option

Evening Classes @Vivo for All Vivo Fencers

July 9 – August 22 - Mondays and Wednesday Night Fencing

All Vivo Fencers Eligible.  Class from 6-7pm, then 7-8pm Open Fencing and Optional Private Lessons.

$250 summer package price for all ages, OR $175 if you are attending a camp too.

Register here: 


Beginner Youth Fencing Camp @ Vivo

For our once-a-week youth fencers  PLUS kids new to fencing. 

Monday Aug 20 – Friday Aug 24 in our air conditioned fencing club! 

10am – 2:30pm each day.  Fencers bring their lunch, please. We provide all equipment and do the rest. 

$250/week.  Register here




The Summer Schedule is on the SUMMER 2018 Page.


Click here to download:  Vivo Fall Schedule 2018

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There are three elements to our fees.  1) US Fencing Association membership, 2) Vivo Club Membership (for those who fence more than once a week, and 3) Vivo Class Fees:

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.  Competitive fencers 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 and allows the fencer to take private lessons.  Twice a week fencers take a Limited Vivo Membership ($175.)  More than twice a week fencers pay for a Full Membership ($300.)

Class Fees:

Once a Week BEGINNER Youth/Teens/Adults – 1 class/week:  click to register

  • Each 7-week session is $175 
  • $10 non-competitive US Fencing Association Membership is required.

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

  • 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. Upgrade to competitive membership when you start to compete!

Once a week INTERMEDIATE Teen/Adult – FOIL and EPEE  click to register

  • Monthly cost/class is $100. Recurring credit card payment is requested.
  • $10 non-competitive US Fencing Association Annual Membership is required.

Twice A Week Intermediate Teen/Adult – FOIL and EPEE - 2 classes/week: click to register

  • 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.

Competitive Youth – 3 classes/week plus optional open fencing on Saturday: click to register

  • This is a 10-month September-June program. Recurring credit card payments are requested.
  • $340/month class fee – includes 1 private lesson/week.
  • $300 Full Vivo Annual Club Membership
  • $75 competitive US Fencing Association Annual Membership is required.  Renew directly online at www.usfencing.org

Advanced Competitive Plus – 3 classes/week plus open fencing on Saturday required: click to register

  • This is a 10-month September-June program. Recurring credit card payments are requested.
  • $460/month class fee – includes 2 private lessons/week. 
  • $300 Full Vivo Annual Club Membership 
  • $75 competitive US Fencing Association Annual Membership is required. Renew directly online at www.usfencing.org

Additional Private Lessons:  $35 per 20 minutes

HEMA:  Please contact Jeff Tsay –  jeff@forteswordplay.com

Frequently Asked Questions 

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

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?

Non-competitive beginner fencers  and 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 $35/20 minutes.  You can use our online private lesson scheduler to sign up.  




USFA National Competition Schedule download 

Regional Competition Schedule is now available

Birth Years for 2018-2019 Competitions

Junior                Cadet               Y14                 Y12                  Y10

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


SYC (Super Youth Circuit) at BFC is first up - Labor Day weekend.  Close of Registration is August 10.

Information only can be found at https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=40110

Registration for all SYC's is now on USFA.org


RYC in New Haven is next - weekend of September 22-23. Close of registration is September 4th

Registration is at https://member.usafencing.org/details/tournaments/3153

Info only at https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=40679

Contact VIVO

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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