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 offer beginner classes, lessons, and training for children, teens, and adults. Our fencers compete in local, regional, and national tournaments, and we host additional educational opportunities (referee seminars, coaching workshops, fencing/training camps, etc.) and tournaments.
We are an affiliate member of USA Fencing, the national governing body for the sport in the U.S., and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Six RDF fencers competed at Summer National Championships in Minneapolis this year! It was the first national-level tournament for Daniel and Kalina, and Cheryl earned a medal and her C22 rating/classification! We’re really proud of everyone’s hard work over the last couple of years and thankful for our great, supportive families. We’ve also got some things to work on, and we’re excited to see what next season brings!
Here’s how everyone placed:
Div 1A WE: Sarah – 47th Vet 50 WE: Cheryl – 8th + C22! Div 2 ME: Daniel – 119th; Jack – 204th (tie) Y14 ME: Jack – 190th (tie) Div 2 WE: Sarah – 20th; Ava – 114th Div 3 ME: Jack – 152nd Y10 WE: Kalina – 53rd Div 3 WE: Ava – 82nd
Summer National Championships in Minneapolis have begun! Here’s when RDF is competing:
Sat. 7/2: Div 1A WE – Sarah Tues. 7/5: Vet 50 WE – Cheryl Thurs. 7/7: Div 2 ME – Daniel, Jack Fri. 7/8: Div 2 WE – Ava, Sarah; Y14 ME – Jack Sat. 7/9: Div 3 ME – Jack Sun. 7/10: Y10 WE – Kalina Mon. 7/11: Div 3 WE – Ava
Last Saturday, Sarah, Nick, Daniel, and Jack drove down to Kansas City for the Heartland Fencing Academy’s Summer Challenge tournament. Daniel brought home the gold medal, Sarah tied for 3rd, Jack tied for 6th, and Nick finished 8th. Coach Kevin stayed back to run lessons and practice at the club, but we all worked together and coached each other. Thanks to HFA for hosting!
Congratulations to Daniel and Jack for qualifying for Summer National Championships in Division 2 & 3 Men’s Epee at Iowa Divisionals last weekend! The competition in Minneapolis in July will be the first national championship tournament for both fencers.
Ben and Brevan traveled to Lincoln, NE today to fence at the Capitol City Youth Classic tournament. Ben tied for 3rd and Brevan finished 5th! Ben did a great job helping his less-experienced teammate, and Brevan learned a lot from fencing new and different people! Our friends at the Lincoln Fencing Club hosted another excellent event.
Huge thank you to everyone who volunteered to help set up, tear down, take on miscellaneous tasks, as well as our referees, families, coaches and 75 fencers who came out to our big annual tournament last Sunday! We really appreciate everyone’s flexibility in dealing with the last-minute venue change as well. We saw a lot of excellent fencing from our RDF athletes and fencers from across the Midwest (and beyond!).
In Senior Mixed Open Epee: 15th – Daniel 18th – Nick 26th – Jack 30th – Mat 36th – Chantal 40th – Natasha
In D & Under Mixed Epee: 6th – Mat 9th – Steve 11th – Jack 14th – Cheryl 18th – Alex 21st – Natasha 24th – Chantal 28th – Campbell 30th – Erin 31st – Sophie
This was also a good follow-up to the Iowa Division referee seminar that we hosted back in January. The local referees have had a few tournaments to work on their skills and incorporate feedback from the seminar, and at this event had a chance for more feedback from Certified Referee Observer Essene Waters. We really appreciate her instruction and professionalism, as well as the hard work and improvement from the referees!
Unfortunately between keeping everything running and refereeing, Kevin and Sarah weren’t able to take many photos, but hopefully everyone’s families has a chance to get some good shots!
At the Iowa State University Fencing Club’s Frosty tournament on Sunday, 8 RDF fencers competed in several events. In Senior Mixed Epee, Daniel tied for 3rd, Sarah was 5th, Mat finished 7th, Jack placed 8th, Campbell came in 17th, Nick was 18th, Natasha finished 19th, and Chantal was 29th. Jack also earned his E22 rating/classification! In Senior Women’s Epee, Sarah tied for 3rd, Tasha was 5th, with Chantal close behind at 6th. (And Mat also tied for 3rd in saber the day before!) There were a lot of close and well-fenced matches!