THE club for fencing lessons in
St. Louis, Belleville, Collinsville,
Columbia, Fairview Heights,
and the entire Metro East.

About Olympic Fencing & the Fencers of the Corn

About the sport of fencing.

There are three styles of fencing practiced in the Olympics; epee, foil, and saber. We teach all three.

elephant rocks

Fencers are everywhere. The woman in the background
fenced for the Ukrainian Olympic Team in the 1960’s.
She just happened to be visiting the park where we were fencing.

The epee is the modern day sport equivalent to the rapier, the dueling sword. While death was possible in a duel, to satisfy a gentleman’s honor and win the duel all that was required was to draw first blood. The scoring target for epee is the entire body, head to toe.

The foil was originally used to teach real swordsmanship to real warriors. The scoring target is the torso, where were it a real sword, the stab would be fatal.

The saber is the cavalry sword. Because horses were so valuable, the soldier didn’t risk swinging for the other horseman’s legs for fear of hitting the horse. Only touches to the body above the waist score. The saber is the only sword that can score with the side of the blade. Epee and foil are stabbing only weapons.

in the round

Normally a new fencer starts by learning foil as all the moves and concepts of foil transfer easily to either epee or saber. After the new fencer has a good grasp of foil fencing they can branch out to the other two if they desire.

Fencing is a wonderful cardio fitness activity. And you never have to take it any farther than a fun recreational sport. Some of our adult fencers have been fencing recreationally for decades!

vet fencers

Fencers of the Corn adult fencers relaxing between bouts
at a contest at Elephant Rocks State Park, MO.

But if after you try fencing for a while you have the itch to really push yourself, our competitive program is for you.

debowey kilgallon chance jo lunge

Thank you to Beth Guebert for taking this incredible photo of a contest between Southeast Missouri State University fencer David Debowey and Fencers of the Corn fencer Corey Kilgallon.

Fencers of the Corn fencer Chance Dietrich lunging at the United States Junior Olympics National Championships. The Junior Olympics are
one of the selection events for the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team.

There are scheduled competitions across the country for all ages and skill levels from under 8 years old to over 70 years.

About the Fencers of the Corn.

Why are we called The Fencers of the Corn?

Because we fence in a cornfield! Literally in a farmers’ coop building tucked in the corner of a cornfield on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River Valley in Southern Illinois.

How long have we been fencing?

The Fencers of the Corn started in 2004 as a coed teen Scout group in Millstadt Illinois under Scoutmaster Pearce Wilson. At the beginning fencing was a small part of our activities. Over time, our members' interests became concentrated on fencing. By 2008 we were primarily a fencing Scout group.
After getting numerous requests from the younger siblings and parents of our team members who also wanted to learn to fence with us, we opened Fencers of the Corn to all ages in 2015.
We remain a not-for-profit group dedicated to serving youth.

Eads Bridge

Illinois/Missouri Border War! Fencing atop the
historic Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

Our Mission.

Our not very well kept secret is that while we work hard to become the best fencers we can be, being great fencers has never been our ultimate goal. Our fencing is just a tool as the hammer is to the carpenter. We are building our future selves. We strive to use what we learn about ourselves as we train to become better people.

The mission of the Fencers of the Corn's fencing program is not just to create great fencers.

Our mission is to teach young people about goal setting, that life requires non-stop learning, that achievement requires struggle and to never be afraid to challenge the best.

Our mission is to help create a great person.

Fort de Chartres

A pair of fencers face-off within the stone walls
of Fort de Chartres, the mid 1700's French fort
near the Mississippi River in Southern Illinois.

Come on out and give fencing a try. It is more fun than you can possibly imagine.

See you at fencing practice!

Pearce Wilson
Coach, Fencers of the Corn


Yes, we absolutely do fence in a cornfield! Literally at Bluff Grange, a farmers' coop building in the corner of a cornfield on the bluffs over the Missisippi River Valley near St. Louis in Southern Illinois.

We have both recreational and competitive fencers of all ages.