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

So you want to be a fencer?

Welcome to 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.

Fort de Chartres
Eads Bridge

Illinois/Missouri Border War fencing tournament atop the historic Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis. Coach Wilson on the right.

vet fencers

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

About the sport of fencing.

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

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.

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.

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 State Park where we were fencing.

in the round

Fencing is both easy and hard somewhat like learning to play the piano is both easy and hard. Anyone can learn to play Chopsticks. Anyone can learn to fence. To enjoy the fun and exercise benefits of fencing it’s that easy. But just as becoming a top concert pianist takes lots and lots of practice, becoming a top fencer takes lots and lots of practice.

debowey kilgallon

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.

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


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.