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and the entire Metro East.

FOTC News 2016

Under the Hunter’s Moon.

December 8, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Beautiful night under a rare Hunter’s Moon. Of course we had to fence outside.


October 11, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

New fencers to join the team!

Join the Team! It’s never too late to start.

October 7, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

The weather is cooling off. The fencing classes are heating up.
Get into the best shape of your life. Meet world class athletes. Travel to compete. Enjoy the excitement that this thousands years old sport offers. Develop the self discipline needed to be successful in life.
It is never too late to join a class.
We have classes on Mondays and Wednesdays plus open fencing practices and individual lessons on Sundays and Thursdays.

Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle Illinois

October 7, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

A big thank you to the Carlye Illinois library for inviting us to put on a fencing show at their place this week. We had sooo much fun!

Getting a little wild!

October 7, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

We wanted to get a different kind of picture than the normal sports shots. Thanks to awesome makeup artist Angela Barajas we got some great pictures of our fencers Shelby and Corey.
First a few without makeup.

Makeup ready. Selfie time!

Now for the crazy ones!

Lesson 2 : Small steps

September 20, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Each step gives an opportunity to change direction or to change speed. Many small steps give many more opportunities than a few big steps do.
Footwork to fast paced music helps reinforce small steps. A fencer is a dancer after all.

Note: This video has music playing in the background. Due to concerns about infringing on the valid copyright of the artist, we are not archiving this video.

Fencing Lesson 1: Advance and Retreat

September 15, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

We get requests for training videos from fencers in far away corners of the world.
Lesson 1: advance and retreat.
Knees bent as though you are about to leap. Feet approximately shoulder width apart. Advance with front foot first with a heel – toe motion. Retreat with the rear foot first. Feet never come closer together than shoulder width.
As you can better see at 8 times normal speed, the body does not rock back and forth nor the head bob up and down with the steps.
You should be moving so smoothly that your Fitbit or other fitness tracker doesn’t register ANY steps at all.
Practicing fast is not better. Slow movements practiced perfectly are better.

Note: This video has music playing in the background. Due to concerns about infringing on the valid copyright of the artist, we are not archiving this video.

Fall Fencing Trimester is starting now. Join us!

September 12, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Tyler asked for a fencing picture.

September 15, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

But he wanted cheetahs. And he wanted a volcano. And he wanted lightning.
Tyler, your wish is granted!

Fencing on Route 66 in Uranus Missouri

September 15, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

What trip along historic Route 66 would be complete without a stop in Uranus!

A little saber on the back of a flatbed truck.

We were not the only people there that day. We took up the sword once again to entertain a tour bus that pulled into Uranus while we were there.

Shepherd Hills – Case knife collector’s show

September 15, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

On the road before dawn.
Shelby, Tyler, Chance and Pearce were among our fencers to travel to Shepherd Hills in Lebanon Missouri to help entertain the gathered WR Case knife collectors and enthusiasts this past Saturday.

We were not the only entertainment. We got to meet Ryan Dirteater, a professional bull rider currently #13 in the world! There was a bluegrass band, a professional dirt track driver and of course lots and lots of knives and knife exhibitions.

You will not find a nicer group of people than those who work at Shepherd Hills. Every single person we met were good people!

Here you see Shelby talking with a new fan. (If you ever get a chance to meet Shelby, you’ll become a fan too!)
Then as we were finishing up our show, Shepherd Hills and WR Case presented us with collectible / numbered / limited edition 2016 Case Celebration pocket knives. Thanks to everyone involved in this event and everyone we met!

Congratulations to our Cover Girls, and Boy!

September 2, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Fencers Edge Magazine chose our picture of Shelby and Corey in silhouette as their September ‘cover of the month’.

Back in July they chose another of our pictures of Corey and Joseph as their ‘cover of the month’.

We’re proud of our fencers and their photos and it is exciting to have others recognize how great these pictures have turned out.

Join the Team! Fall Trimester starts now.

September 2, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Case Knife Trade Show at Shepard of the Hills

September 2, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

We couldn’t be more excited! We have been asked by our sponsor, WR Case and Sons Cutlery Company to come to a knife show at Shepard of the Hills in Missouri. Shelby, Chance, Tyler and Pearce will demonstrate fencing to the assembled Case knife collectors and enthusiasts.
If we aren’t too busy putting on the show, we will try to get a bunch of pictures of the event. It’s Saturday, September 10th.

2016 Daughtery Cup

September 12, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Congratulations to Lane. He earns 7th place in foil and 6th place in saber. A great weekend!

Time to fulfill your pirate destiny!!

May 27, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Classes and open fencing practices all summer. Come fence with us!

Patches and nice note from Case

May 2, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Our competitive fencers will wear the Case patch on their uniforms. We got a package yesterday from Case with the patches and a nice note.

W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company to sponsor Fencers of the Corn

May 1, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

An incredible honor and an incredible responsibility to represent our team and our sport and now Case Knives.

More of our fencers are competing

April 26, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

This past weekend Carlos and Tyler both 16 year old high school students from the Metro East entered their first tournament. It was a Midwest Fencing Guild college league event with 32 fencers hosted by St. Louis University.
Carlos had 3 victories and 2 defeats in his pool round. Tyler had a 4 and 1 record in his pool. Tyler’s only loss was a 3-4 overtime nail biter. Both fencers lost in the Direct Elimination round before they could get to the semi-finals. Carlos ends up in 22nd place. Tyler ends up in 9th place.

Lane fenced his first Regional Junior and Cadet Circuit tournament. Lane is only 12 but he qualified to compete in this Cadet event for 14-16 year old fencers. Needless to say, this was a tough event for him. He scored on several of the nationally rated fencers in the tournament but not enough bring home a medal. Still, just to stand up to the overwhelming competition is a win in our book.

Spring Practice

April 22, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Show-Me State Games 2016

April 22, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

The Show-Me State Games invites you to participate in the 2016 Show-Me Fencing Competition July 30 and 31.

This is a US Fencing/St. Louis Division sanctioned event and requires USFA membership.
Non-Missouri residents can participate as long as their State does not have a fencing competition as a part of their own State Games.
In addition to the medals, Case Knives, sponsor of the Fencers of the Corn fencing team, has donated prizes to be awarded to the winners.
To pre-register, click the below link.:

American Legion Meat Shoot fund raiser for Fencers of the Corn

March 14, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Extra special thanks goes out to Stookey Post American Legion for helping us hold a fund raiser at their place on Sunday.
We have fans!

Shelby: A natural saleswoman. “Who wants a chance on an Easter ham?”

Guess who else is a fencer? The Easter Bunny!

New fencers’ first competition

March 12, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Great fencing from our newest athletes at their first competition today. And the competition was so close. 3 points total separated 3rd from 2nd from 1st. And thank you to Shelby for acting as our referee today.

Wonderful experiences at the Junior Olympics in Cleveland

February 20, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

The company that made our team jackets asked for a picture of our athletes wearing them. The Junior Olympic National Championships seemed like a good place to take it.

Getting dressed for Saber on Day one.

Corey on the right.

Shelby on the right.

Corey on the left.

Besides the fencing, we got a chance to take some theme pictures in the snow. OUR Little Red Riding Hood is a fencer. The Wolf better beware!

You only get two guesses.

February 4, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

The top 17, 18, and 19 year old women fencers from each state in the nation have qualified and entered the Junior Olympic National Championships, the top competition for teens in the United States.
Next weekend in Cleveland, 561 of the best will compete in one of the three weapons, epee, foil or saber.
Interestingly, there are only two women in the entire United States who will compete in all three weapons against the best epee fencers AND the best foil fencers AND the best saber fencers.
Hmm. Who might those two fearless ladies be?

“Fence flamboyantly.” He said.

February 2, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

I told Tyler and Corey I wanted to take some pictures. I asked them to ‘fence flamboyantly’.

Fencing is easy. Learning to fly takes a little longer.

They like to fence. Weather be damned.

January 31, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

New math: How do you turn 6 into 10?

January 30, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Add a couple years of fencing.

Join classes in session now.
Classes held at Bluff Grange just west of Belleville.
All ages are welcome.
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Next stop: 2016 Junior Olympics.

January 26, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Fencer of the Corn fencers Corey Kilgallon (first photo) and Shelby Korobey (second photo) head to the United Fencing Association’s Junior Olympics this February in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Junior Olympics is the annual championship competition for the top Cadet (14-16 year olds) and Junior (17-19 year olds) from each Division (basically each State) in the United States. It is sponsored by the United States Fencing Association, the fencing governing body for the United States Olympic Committee.

Corey and Shelby both are predominately foil fencers. But because the St. Louis Division (encompassing Southern Illinois and the majority of the State of Missouri) did not have anyone to send to compete in Junior Women’s saber or Junior Women’s epee, we asked both fencers if they were willing to represent our Division in all three events. Being afraid of no challenge! They both agreed.
Our ladies will compete with the best saber fencers in the United States on Friday, the best epee fencers in the United States on Saturday, then the best foil fencers in the United States on Sunday. They have an enormous challenge ahead of them.
Good luck girls!

St. Louis themes

January 13, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

King Louie

St. Louis Statue

Future Saber Star?

January 13, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

4 year old Collin got his first saber lesson on Monday.
He asked for pirate music to fence to. We were happy to comply. Flogging Molly over the salle speakers.

North America Cup – St. Louis

January 12, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

First international tournament for our fencers. No miracles. Our fencers fenced their best but the competition was incredible! Great experience for our girls.

Chillin’ between bouts at last night’s practice.

January 8, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

Fencers of all ages are welcome!

January 6, 2016 - Pearce Wilson

First time fencer Rick Demick getting some on strip advice from long time Fencer of the Corn, Bill Velder.
This is the best part of joining a fencing club. You’re part of the team. You’re part of the family. Everyone wants to see you succeed. We all help each other.


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.