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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RDF to Host Equinox Epee Tournament

RDF is pleased to announce we’ll be hosting Equinox Epee, our 2nd tournament with USA Fencing-sanctioned events, on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Hillside Elementary in West Des Moines.

Events Scheduled:
9:30 AM – Open Mixed Epee
12:00 PM – D & Under Mixed Epee
2:00 PM – Y12 Mixed Epee (Unsanctioned)

Times listed are close of registration. We recommend fencers arrive 40-60 minutes before close of registration to allow time for check-in, warm-ups, and a few practice bouts. Fencing will begin 10-20 minutes after close of registration.

Format will be the usual pools (groups of 5-7, fence each person in the group to 5 points) to direct elimination (15 points for open/D & Under, 10 points for Y12). Fencers ages 13 and up may fence in the Open and D & Under events. Fencers 12 and under may fence in Y12.

USA Fencing competitive membership is required for the Open and D & Under events, but not Y12. (Unsanctioned basically means that the results don’t count for any sort of points or ratings in the USA Fencing system.)

As always, spectators are always welcome and it’s free to watch.

Fencers: Click here to sign up on!

Click here to download a flier to hang at your club.

Equinox Epee flier

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Igloo Open Results

RDF had two fencers in Mixed Epee at the Igloo Open, hosted by the Iowa City Fencing Center. Sarah tied for 3rd place and Harris finished 9th at his first tournament. Full results available here:

Harris and Sarah in Iowa City

Harris and Sarah in Iowa City

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Thanks for Fencing with Us!

Couples' Learn to Fence

On Valentine’s Day, we introduced 15 people to our sport. We had an adults/teens group and a special couples’ session. Kevin and Sarah enjoyed working with both groups. Thank you to all who came – we hope you had fun!

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Frosty Open Results

RDF medalists

Five RDF fencers traveled to Ames on Valentine’s Day to compete at the Frosty Open, hosted by the Iowa State University Fencing Club. They had a great time fencing and took home two medals and two new classifications:

Julia – 3rd
Mike – 3rd earning his D15
Lance – 5th earning his E15
Carl – 18th
Seth – 19th

Full results are available on

RDF fencers lookin' snazzy in their new jackets at the Frosty Open.

RDF fencers lookin’ snazzy in their new jackets at the Frosty Open.

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Icicle Invitaional Results

Julia and Sarah in Lincoln

Six RDF fencers traveled to the annual Icicle Invitational tournament in shiny Lincoln, NE. A special congratulations to Julia for earning her D15 in the Mixed Epee event, and to Sarah for winning Women’s Epee!

Our full results:
Mixed Epee:
Julia – 10th, earning D15!
Jim – 13th
Sarah – 15th
Lance – 20th
Carl – 27th
Seth – 39th

Women’s Epee:
Sarah – 1st
Julia – 3rd

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February Learn to Fence Sessions

Update: Both sessions are now full. Please check back as we will be announcing more sessions soon!

So far, we have two Learn to Fence sessions on the calendar for February:

Saturday, Feb. 14
10 am – 12 pm

Adult/Teen Learn to Fence Session

If you’ve ever wanted to try fencing, or if you’re looking for something new for the new year, this is a great way to see if the sport is for you. We’ll teach you the basics of epee fencing and then you will get to try out your new skills fencing others in the class. All equipment is provided, but please wear athletic clothes – you’ll be up and moving a lot! Cost is $20 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 14
1-3 pm

Couples Valentine’s Day Learn to Fence Session

Looking for a unique Valentine’s Day date? Try fencing! We’ll teach you the basics of epee fencing, and you’ll get to try out your new skills on your partner/spouse/date. This is a special session for couples, but if you don’t have a partner, you can sign up for the regular adult session in the morning. Cost is $20 per person ($40 per couple). All equipment is provided, but please wear athletic clothes – you will be up and moving a lot!

Fencer Wedding

Don’t worry, you won’t be using foam swords.

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December NAC in Dallas Results

Coach Kevin gives Julia a warm-up lesson in Dallas

This weekend, Julia and Sarah competed in the North America Cup in Dallas, TX.

In Division 2 Women’s épée, Julia won two of her pools bouts and fenced hard against an experienced opponent in DEs. She finished 52nd, an excellent place for her first NAC. Sarah came out strong, and was third out of pools. She had a tough time focusing in her bout in the round of 32, so she ended 17th. Full results available here:

In Division 1 Women’s épée, Sarah fenced well in a strong pool had a 2-4 record. She made the cut to DEs for the first time in Div 1, and finished 89th. Full results available here:

Julia and Sarah get their weapons all tuned up in Dallas

Julia and Sarah get their weapons all tuned up in Dallas

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New Schedule Starts January 5, 2015

Starting January 5th, we are making a few changes to our schedule. These new hours will help accommodate the changing schedule of some of our coaches, as well as bring our saber practice to a time that is accessible to more people. Due to the disparity of available coaching between epee and saber, we are dropping dues for saber-only members down to $10 per month. Monthly dues are still $40 for epee and epee/saber fencers.

The new 2015 schedule will look like this:

2nd & 4th Mondays of the month: (new schedule)
Youth Saber Practice: 5-6pm
Adult Saber Practice: 6-8pm

Tuesday: (same as before)
Conditioning: 6-7pm
Adult Epee Practice: 7-9pm

Wednesday: (new schedule)
Youth Epee Practice: 6-7pm
Adult: 7-9pm

Thursday: (same as before)
Youth Epee Practice: 5-6pm
Conditioning: 6-7pm
Adult Epee Practice: 7-9pm

Saturdays we will remain open on non-tournament weekends from 8-11am for conditioning and an open (both weapons) practice.

As in the past, adult saber fencers are welcome to come to conditioning and practice saber during the adult epee practice times – there just won’t be a saber coach there.

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Holiday Hours

Red Door Fencing will be closed for a few short periods during the holiday season to let our fencers and coaches relax and spend time with their families.

We will be closed on:

Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th
Wednesday, December 24th through Friday, January 2nd
Snow fencers

And by relax, we mean build snow-fencers.

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Sioux City Challenge Results

Sam lunges at an opponent.

Nine RDF fencers competed in the annual Sioux City Challenge tournament: two in saber and seven in epee. It was the first tournament for Seth, and an exhausting day for Julia, who fenced 3 events.

Mixed Saber:
Sam – 24th
Shelton – 26th

Women’s Epee:
Julia – 1st
Sarah – 3rd
Sara – 10th

Mixed Epee:
Jim – 8th
Chris – 10th, earning his D14!
Julia – 20th
Carl -29th
Seth – 35th

Team Epee:

Fencers of the Corn (Jim, Carl, Seth) – 3rd
Flying Mantis Shrimp/The Better Halves (Sarah, Julia, Sara) – 4th

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


Tuesday & Wednesday 6-9:00 pm
Thursday 5-9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00-11:00 am

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