Learn to Fence Classes – Nov. 15


Sunday, Nov. 15

Kids ages 7-12: 1-3 pm
Adults and teens: 3-5 pm

Learn to Fence classes are a fun way to give fencing a try! Students will learn the basics of Olympic-style epee fencing and get to fence each other. All equipment is provided, but please wear athletic clothes, specifically pants and close-toed shoes.

Cost is $20 per person.

Please call or email us if you have any questions.

Online Sign Up Form

Young epeeists

Young epeeists

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Red Door Fencing, located in Des Moines’ historic East Village, is an epee club that promotes competitive and recreational fencing by providing quality instruction, a safe and supportive training environment, and fostering personal growth and community engagement. We are an affiliate member of USA Fencing, the national governing body for the sport in the U.S.

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Sioux City Challenge Results

Sarah and Jim at Sioux City

Two RDF fencers competed in Sioux City today. Jim won Mixed Epee and earned an “A” classification, and Sarah placed 8th in Mixed and won Women’s Epee. Both did a nice job executing some of the things we’ve been working on in practice lately in their various bouts throughout the day.

SCC medalists

Top 8 mixed epee medalists at the 2015 Sioux City Challenge.

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Richmond NAC Results

Richmond NAC

One RDF fencer traveled to Richmond, VA for the October North American Cup tournament, a national-level competition. Sarah fenced Division 1 and 2 Women’s Epee.

Richmond NAC/Sarah

Sarah lands a touch in Div 2 Women’s Epee at the October NAC in Richmond.

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HFA Fall Classic Results

Women's epee medalists at the HFA Fall Classic.

RDF was back in Kansas City again for Heartland Fencing Academy’s Fall Classic tournament, where Julia and Sarah fenced both epee events. In open mixed epee, Sarah ended up 3rd and Julia was 8th. Sarah won women’s epee and Julia took 3rd. Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=30523

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HFA RYC Results

Posy fencing in Y14 Epee at the HFA RYC

We had one fencer travel to Kansas City this weekend for the Heartland Fencing Academy’s Regional Youth Circuit tournament, where she competed in Y12 and Y14 epee. Posy did a great job trying different strategies against unfamiliar fencers, never gave up, and learned a lot.

Posy Y12 medal

Posy on the medals stand for Y12 Women’s Epee.


The referee inspects Posy’s weapon before a bout.

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Heartland Circuit Results

Last season’s Heartland Circuit results are now available. The Heartland Circuit is a group of open tournaments with mixed-gender and women-only events in the Midwest for which fencers are awarded points throughout the season based on how many people are in the event and how they place.

RDF highlights:

Women’s Epee (full results)
Sarah – 1st
Julia – 2nd
Sara – 20th

Mixed Epee (full results)
Julia – 4th
Jim – 19th
Sarah – 33rd
Chris – 37th
Lance – 46th (tie)
Carl – 46th (tie)
Mike – 63rd
Seth – 83rd

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Summer’s End Open Tournament Results

Two RDF fencers traveled to Iowa City for the Summer’s End Open tournament hosted by the Iowa City Fencing Center. Sarah finished 3rd and Julia finished 7th in the open epee event. Great job, ladies!

Summer's End medalists

Medalists at the Summer’s End Open in Iowa City

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Iowa Games Results

The Iowa Games fencing event was held on July 18th in Ames, and 8 fencers represented RDF in this fun, recreational tournament. Jim finished 6th, Sarah was 7th, Connor was 9th, Carl was 10th, Arthur was 11th (and won foil earlier!), Julia was 12th, Henry was 15th (in his first ever Open event!), and Seth was 19th.

Full epee results:

RDF team at Iowa Games

RDF team at Iowa Games

Julia lunge

Julia on the attack!

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August Schedule Changes

In order to give everyone a little break before starting back into the 2015-2016 season, we will be going to a reduced schedule for the first 2 weeks of August:

Thursday, August 6th and 13th
 5:00-6:00 pm – Youth
 6:00 pm – Conditioning
 7:00-9:00 – Adult/Teen
(this is the same as our Thursday schedule has been all summer)

Starting August 18th, we will being our new (and more consistent!) schedule:
5:30-6:30 – Beginner Youth Epee (2 month class starting Sept. 1)
6:30 – Conditioning
7:00-9:00 – Competitive Epee
5:30-6:30 – Youth Epee
6:30 – Footwork
7:00-9:00 – Competitive Epee
5:30-6:30 – Youth Epee
6:30 – Conditioning
7:00-9:00 – Competitive Fencing

8:00-9:00 am: Conditioning
9:00-11:00 am: Open Practice

We’re looking forward to another great season of fencing!
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Capital City Youth Classic RYC Results

Four RDF youth fencers traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend to fence Y12 and Y14 Epee at the Capital City Youth Classic, a Regional Youth Circuit event. This was the first “real” tournament for the Y12 fencers, and all of our fencers did a great job! Posy finished 7th, Danny was 9th, and Victor was 10th in Y12, and Seth was 7th in Y14. Full results here.

Capital City RYC 2015

Victor and Posy fence a 15-point direct elimination bout at the Capitol City Youth Classic.

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Red Door Fencing
220 E. 3rd St. (Lower Level)
Des Moines, IA 50309


Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00-11:00 am

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