Des Moines Fencing

Summer Schedule Updates

We have a few tweaks to our schedule for July and August:

JULY 3-5 – CLOSED (we’ll be in St. Louis for Summer Nationals!)

July 18-20th – Youth Day Camp with guest coach Gary Copeland

Wednesday, AUGUST 1 – CLOSED

Wednesday, AUGUST 8 – CLOSED


We’re taking some time in August to relax and recharge, but we’ll be back to our full, regular schedule in September!

Titanium Man Epee Tournament Results

On Sunday, Jim placed 6th and Sarah finished 14th at a tournament at the Iowa City Fencing Center with a bit of an unusual format… (Full results:

Normally, a tournament has two rounds: pools and direct elimination or “DE’s”. For the first round, they split everyone up into groups of 5-8, and each fencer fences everyone in their group (or pool) to 5 points. Based on how a fencer does in pools, they are then seeded into a direct elimination bracket (like March Madness) for the second round. All of the direct elimination bouts go to 15 points, and if you lose, you’re done – you’ve been knocked out.

At the Titanium Man, it’s one giant pool, and all of the bouts go to 15 points. There were 22 fencers this year, which meant that there had to be over 200 bouts fenced on 5 strips. We started fencing at 10:30 am and the last bout ended around 7:30 pm. It made for a long day, but it was good preparation for Summer Nationals!

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Jim lunges and hits an opponent at the Titanium Man tournament in Iowa City.

Bengal Invitational Results

Today, 6 fencers from RDF competed at Valley High School Fencing Club’s Bengal Invitational in Div 3 (D & Under) Mixed Epee. Jared won the event, Daniel A. was 2nd, Nick tied for 3rd, Carl was 5th, Alex came in 6th, and Daniel M. was 7th. There was a lot of fencing teammates, but it’s so nice to have another local event that’s easy for many of us to attend! VHSFC did great job organizing their first tournament. Full results available here:

Summer Beginner Class Registration Now Available!

Registration for summer beginner classes is now available! Have fun, make friends, learn a new sport!

Youth Beginner Fencing for kids ages 8-12 is Tuesday evenings 5:30-6:30 starting June 5 and running through July 17 (6 weeks, no class July 3).


Teen/Adult Beginner Fencing is Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30 starting June 6 and runs through July 18 (6 weeks, no class July 4).


Cost is $60 and all equipment is provided.

More info available here:

Teen/Adult practice one night in January 2018

RDF’s Annual Equinox Epee Tournament Results

Last weekend, RDF hosted our annual Equinox Epee tournament at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines. We’d like to thank all the athletes, parents, referees, and set-up/tear down volunteers for helping us make this our best Equinox Epee tournament yet!

Besides fencers from around the Midwest, we had 15 of our own fencers competing across 5 events. Full results are available here, but these are the RDF highlights:

Y10 Mixed Epee:
2nd – Henry
3rd (tie) – Harper and Graham

Y12 Mixed Epee:
3rd (tie) – Henry and Weston
5th – Evan
6th – Graham

Y14 Mixed Epee:
3rd – Nick
5th – Daniel
6th – Lily
7th – Kaden
8th – Winnie

D & Under Mixed Epee:
6th – Carl
14th – Nick
16th – Daniel A.
23rd – Daniel M.
31st – Kaden
32nd – Alex
33rd – Lily

Senior Mixed Epee:
3rd – Jim
22nd – Sarah
28th – Carl


HFA ROC Results

This past weekend, Jim and Sarah traveled to Kansas City to compete at the HFA Regional Open Circuit tournament. Jim finished 7th in Senior Men’s Epee, which qualifies him for Div 1A at Summer Nationals. Sarah tied for 3rd in Senior Women’s Epee on Saturday, and then she ended 2nd in C & Under WE on Sunday, which qualifies her for Div 2 & 3 at Summer Nationals. Full results:

RDF to Host Annual Equinox Epee Tournament

We’re gearing up for our big annual tournament – Equinox Epee – on Saturday, March 24 at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines. If you’re an epee fencer, sign up today:! We have events for Y10, Y12, Y14, D & Under classifications, and an open (ages 13+, any classification) category.

If you’re not a fencer or you know a fencer, this is a good chance to see what we spend all this time training for! As usual, it’s free to come watch.

Thanks to the great support we had last year, we’ve been able to make some upgrades to this year’s event: bigger gym with hardwood floors and bleachers so we can have more strips than last year, a grounded strip, another new scoring box, and more professional referees!

Events Scheduled for Saturday, March 24:
9:00 AM – Mixed Epee
12:00 PM – D & Under Mixed Epee

12:00 PM – Y10 Mixed Epee (Unsanctioned)
1:00 PM – Y12 Mixed Epee (Unsanctioned)
2:00 PM – Y14 Mixed Epee