You’d better think fast and move fast, with a blade just inches away. Learn to do so during a fencing introduction course or the fencing trainings at USC!


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    Fencing at USC

    You can do fencing at Universum, with your martial arts membership.
    There are training sessions at different levels.
    With your martial arts membership you can also join the training sessions of all other martial arts.
    No experience? Do a beginners course fencing first.
    Corona proof: mandatory reservations and additional house rules.

    Which membership do you choose?

    MARTIAL ARTS YEAR (buy it here)
    you’re stuck with us for a year, after which you can cancel your membership monthly.

    MARTIAL ARTS FLEX (buy it here)
    a little more expensive but a lot more flexible, this membership can be canceled monthly from scratch.

    15x ENTRY (buy it here)
    15x entry to a sport in the passe-partout, to be used within 6 months.

    BEGINNERS COURSE (see subscribe)
    learn the ins and outs of fencing in 9 weeks/classes.

    Making a reservation and checking in

    • Make a reservation in the timetable on the martial arts page.
    • You need a reservation for every visit to USC.
    • You can make a reservation 6 days in advance.
    • You can have 2 active reservations for the upcoming 6 days. But as soon as your first reservation is over, you can make a new one. So, you can work out more than twice a week (if there are free spots)!
    • The number of reservations is unlimited on the day itself.
    • You can enter half an hour before the start of the class/training you booked.
    • Make sure you’re on time, you’re disrupting the class/training when you’re too late.
    • You can choose how you enter USC: by using the finger scan or by using the My USC – mobile access app. Download the app: Android and iOS.
    • If you choose to use the My USC – mobile access app, you check in by scanning the QR code at the access gates. This way (or by using your finger scan) you’re automatically checked in.
    • Bring a towel and a filled water bottle.
    • Read all reservation and house rules thoroughly before coming to USC! We can only keep things safe together.

    Cancelling and no show fee

    Booked a class, but can’t make it? Please cancel in advance: our capacity is limited!

    • Cancel up to one hour before the start of your reservation (but earlier is encouraged!).
    • Are you not cancelling (on time)? Then you risk a no show fee of €3,-.
    • Are you not paying the no show fee? In that case you can’t make a reservation/work out for 2 weeks.
    • Your no show fee doesn’t end up on the big USC company pile. Check in which sports goal we’re investing the no show fee income.

    Cancel your booking

    Wear and gear

    All fencing wear and materials are provided for. Please bring trousers, shirt and clean indoor sneakers.

    USC instructor

    The USC instructor for fencing is Daniël Nivard. As a Maître d’Escrime (Level 4), he holds the highest fencing instructor degree offered by the Royal Dutch Fencing Association. Next to his work training upcoming talent for the fencing association, Daniel Nivard also runs the company DNCoaching ( to promote fencing to as many people as possible. 2nd instructor is Christian Jelders, an épée specialist.

    Student Fencing club Esprit

    A.S.S.V. Esprit is the fencing club for students in Amsterdam. Join this international group of student fencers, and discover that a great atmosphere is just as important as an intensive training. See for more information.


    Are you a sports fanatic? Are you interested in various sports? Then the USC passe-partout is the right thing for you! Note that while fencing is part of the passe-partout, you can only join trainings after completing an introduction course.

    Get a trial membership!


    Preferably online. Try to avoid queues at our front desks!

    Martial arts membership
    You can purchase the martial arts membership on this martial arts page.

    15x entry / passe-partout
    You can purchase a 15x entry or passe-partout membership on this passe-partout page.

    Fencing course beginners
    You can purchase a course using the buttons above.

    Starting dates courses*
    Period 1: in the week of 13 September 2021
    Period 2: in the week of 22 November 2021
    Period 3: in the week of 14 February 2022
    Period 4: in the week of 25 April 2022
    *courses are available for purchase on the Monday 5 weeks prior to the starting dates above



    Sportcentrum Universum
    Science Park 306
    1098 XH Amsterdam
    (020) 525 89 55

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    Categories shortened for full categories

    Cat. IStudents UvA and HvA, other Dutch day universities
    Cat. IIEmployees UvA/HvA, alumni HvA, AUV-members UvA, other full time students of universities of applied sciences
    Cat. IIIAnyone else