Our club is open to fencers of all ages and skill levels. If you're in the area and are interested in fencing, then I encourage you to come see what it's like. Whether you've been fencing for a while or have never touched a blade in your life, we'd love to have you come.
Classes are held at the Lotus Center, above Global Village downtown at 25 West Superior Street. Enter through Global Village and go up the stairs at the back. To cover the costs of renting the space, each class is $5. You will also need to sign a waiver, or have your parent/guardian sign for you if you are under 18.
Classes are held on Sunday from 2:00 to 3:30
Please send Kris and me an email here if you are planning on attending. This way we can keep you informed if class needs to be cancelled for some reason.
If you are new to fencing or just don't have your own equipment yet, don't worry - we have equipment available for use.
If you've been fencing a while, and you're starting to get serious, buying your own equipment is the next step. You don't have to buy it all at once, and you certainly don't have to buy the best. The high end equipment becomes very expensive, and this is only necessary if you're looking at serious competition.
I would suggest getting a sword first. It's nice to have a blade of your own that you can get used to, and you can give it the bend that you like. However, of the equipment that we have to offer, vests are the limiting factor. We don't have a wide variety, so you may not find a good fit. Having your own vest may be more immediately beneficial.
I buy my equipment from The Fencing Post, though are plenty of other good sites.
We currently do not have any electric scoring systems, so this would only be needed if you intend to compete.
I originally started the club in 2006 while I was a sophomore at UMD. I had been fencing at The Minnesota Sword Club since I was 8, so I was looking for a club when I moved to Duluth. I was dismayed to learn that the UMD fencing club had fallen apart, and after a few failed attempts at reviving it, I was resigned to defeat. And then I began receiving calls from local parents of interested kids, wondering if I was teaching. And that's how it started, with me teaching a handful of young kinds. The class grew, I found access to a local dance studio, and things were going well. The I graduated, and moved back to Minneapolis, continuing classes on a biweekly basis by busing back and forth. Until Kris joined the group. Finally, here was someone with enough prior experience to continue teaching in my stead. So I passed the group over to Kris, who continues to expand the group and provide fencing instruction.