If you ordered a warm-up jacket, they’re here! Stop by the club during practice to pick yours up!
We’re holding a youth tournament Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the club! Click here to sign up: https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=43569
9 AM – Junior (U19) Mixed Epee
11 AM – Y10 & Y12 Mixed Epee
Times listed are close of registration; fencing will begin shortly thereafter, so come earlier to make sure you have enough time to get dressed and warm up!
Events are unsanctioned, which means you DO NOT need USA Fencing membership to compete.
Thirteen- and 14-year-olds may fence Juniors. We may split Y10/Y12 into separate events if there are enough fencers.
Have you seen our snazzy warm-up jackets around at tournaments? Do you want one, too? Email us your name/size/fit at email@example.com by April 15, 2019 to place your order!
The cost is $65, which includes your name embroidered on the sleeve (about half of us have done our first names, half have done last names). Some of our taller fencers have said the sleeves run a little short, so if that is a concern for you, you may want to size up.
Check out the size chart below:
The jackets are unlined, fairly lightweight, full-zip, and have two zippered pockets.
Last Saturday, we hosted a training event for higher-level Midwest fencers. Compared to fencers in more densely-populated areas of the country, Division 1 fencers here can have a more difficult time getting in a lot of practice against a variety of fencers in that skill universe because we’re so spread out geographically.
This year we had 11 fencers from 7 clubs participate. We fenced a pool of 11 to determine a “top” and “bottom” pool, and then did pools of 15-point bouts so people could get more fencing near their skill level. We recorded video of many of the bouts and reviewed it afterwards as a group.
We’re so glad everyone made the trip!
We’re hosting the 5th annual Equinox Epee tournament the weekend of March 9-10 at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines.
Schedule of Events:
(Times are close of registration; fencing will begin shortly thereafter.)
12:00 pm – Senior Mixed Epee
3:30 pm – Y14 Mixed Epee
4:30 pm – Women’s Epee
9:00 am – Div3/D & Under Senior Mixed Epee
9:30 am – Y10 Unsanctioned Mixed Epee
10:30 am – Y12 Unsanctioned Mixed Epee
Athletes & parents: USA Fencing competitive membership is required for the Open, D & Under (Div3), Women’s and Y14 events, but not Y10 or Y12. Cost is $30 + $10 per sanctioned event (ex.: D & Under + Women’s = $50, Y12 + Y14 = $40). Sign up on askfred.
As always, it’s free to watch, and there will be fencers of all ages from around the Midwest!
We’re on the news! KCCI News Channel 8’s Hannah Hilyard and Cortney Kinzer featured the club in this lovely piece about fun ways to keep your new year’s resolution of being more active:
Thanks to Cheryl, Evan, Jared, and Mindy for sharing their passion for the sport and looking beautiful for the camera! 😉
The day after Thanksgiving, Sarah and Colin traveled to Peoria, IL to fence at the Midwest Regional Open/Junior/Cadet Circuit tournament. Colin fenced well and was 2nd out of pools in Junior Men’s Epee but lost his first direct elimination match, putting him 5th overall. Sarah had a bit of a rough time in Div 1A Women’s Epee pools, but upset 1st seed to make it to the final bout, where she lost and ended up with the silver medal. The next day, she fenced Division 2 Women’s Epee. This time she was 1st out of pools and lost 3-3 in overtime in the finals, finishing 2nd again. Full results: https://www.fencingtimelive.com/tournaments/eventSchedule/98DB13E3190D485B94C13A6783BFABA4#today
By “relaxing and recharging” in August, we actually meant “moving heavy items, tearing down walls, cleaning, and painting”. We’ve expanded the club to take up the entire basement of the building, which means we have a new entrance off E. 3rd St. (don’t worry – the ramp door will still be open) and room for 4 regulation-size strips so we can host small tournaments at the club!
We especially appreciate all the help from the volunteers who helped us move junk, equipment, furniture and floor mats, painted, cleaned, and managed rainwater! We still have a few minor tasks that we’ll be completing in the next month or so (and the owner of the building is taking care of the sloped-toward-the-foundation sidewalk situation so there won’t be a small lake when it rains), but we’ve been able to start practicing in the space this first week of September.
Last week was our 3-day youth camp and coaching workshop with guest Coach Gary Copeland from Norther Colorado Fencers. In the mornings, kids ages 8-14 (who have fenced before – this was not a beginner camp) worked on a variety of techniques, as well as staying balanced and being focused, so they could apply those skills when it was time to bout. In the afternoons, two intrepid older kids stuck around to be students while Gary helped Kevin and Sarah with their coaching. We think everyone came away with some good things to focus on for next season!