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FOTC News 2019

New Years Day Fencing? YES!

December 31, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

We will be fencing tomorrow, Wednesday January 1, 2020. 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Extra Fencing Practice.

December 28, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Sunday, December 29. 7:00pm to 9:00pm. All are welcome.

Fencing Cancelled tonight, Monday Dec. 16.

December 16, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Too much snow for safe travel. Sorry everyone but safety first.

Columbus Ohio, here we come

December 14, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

The Junior Olympics are being held in Columbus in February.

Warren qualifies in Cadet Men's Foil and Cadet Men's Saber.
Graham qualifies in Cadet Men's Epee and Cadet Men's Foil.
Chad qualifies in Junior Men's Epee, Junior Men's Foil, and Junior Men's Saber.
Ashley qualifies in Junior Women's Epee, Junior Women's Foil, and Junior Women's Saber.

Now comes the hard part. We have a lot of work to do to get ready.

We're fighting for a spot in the National Championships!

December 13, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Lots and lots of swords fixed just in time for tomorrow's big competition.

Our teens compete tomorrow for a spot in the Junior Olympics National Championships, the US Olympic Committee sponsored penultimate competition for U.S. teens.

Wish us luck!

Teen Fencers: Pay Attention.

December 9, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Very short notice on this but the Junior Olympics qualifying tournament was just scheduled.

It is this Saturday! It is being held in Wentzville MO.

Pre-registration on is required by this Friday if you want a chance at competing in the Junior Olympics.

However, please only sign up for this qualifier if you are planning on attending the actual Junior Olympics this February in Columbus Ohio.


November 28, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

What a great night last night!
Ashley and Shelby, two of our favorite Junior Olympians are home from college and came to fencing.

***We are going to have an extra practice on Friday. 6:00 to 9:00. All are welcome.***

Thanksgiving week schedule changes:

November 26, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Wednesday time change: 4:00 to 6:00. Everyone welcome.
Thursday: Eat turkey. Fall asleep on the couch. No fencing.

Friday night fencing practice? Saturday night fencing practice? Let us know what you want to do.

Important! Fix Your Division of Record!!

November 25, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Attention teen fencers!

The USA Fencing website has a glitch. If you live in Illinois anywhere near St. Louis your Division of record is probably wrong.

We are in the St. Louis Division. Their website automatically puts all Illinois residents into the Illinois Division regardless of what you do on the application.

You need to contact the USA Fencing office to have them fix this error manually. Here is their contact info:
Call or email them SOON! to get this fixed.

The only time this matters is for the St. Louis Division Junior Olympics Qualifier and for the St. Louis Division Summer National Qualifiers. If your Division is not listed as St. Louis, you cannot participate in these qualifiers.

The JO Qualifiers are coming up soon. Get your account corrected sooner!


October 29, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

No fencing this Thursday. It's Halloween. Have lots of fun and eat even lots more candy!

Attention High School Fencers: Tournament to Consider

October 7, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

A high school fencer only tournament for us to consider.
North side of Chicago on November 9th.
Speak up if you are interested.

Woohoo!! Xander wins Silver!

October 7, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

In his first tournament no less! Great job Xander.

Xander heads to Peoria

October 4, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Xander competes in his first fencing tournament tomorrow in Peoria for a regional competition that is a qualifier for the National Championships next summer.
Xander just turned 7. He will be competing with older fencers, up to 10 years old. Good luck Xander!!

Fencers of the Corn Attempting Nationwide Takeover?

September 26, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

We have fencers competing all over the Country this weekend.

Caren and Graham are competing in Wentzville.
Cannon, Cole and Montana are competing in Memphis.
Ashley is competing in Pittsburgh.

Good luck everybody!!!

Trivia Night Fund Raiser for our sponsor, Bluff Grange.

September 22, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Saturday November 2nd. Games start at 7:00pm.

Make plans to help our sponsor by attending this fun event.

Tickets are only $15 per person / $120 per table of 8.
They are also in need of items for the silent auction.

Memphis Here We Come!

September 17, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

So far we have 3 of our fencers (Cannon, Cole, and Montana) headed to Memphis for a high school tournament at the end of the month.

If you want to compete in this one speak up. They are hosting epee, foil and saber events. This does not required USFA membership so all our high school fencers should consider this one.

That was a lot of Cub Scouts!

September 14, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Thank you to Aaron, Dylan, and Montana for helping with the fencing demonstration to the Cub Scouts at Parkview Elementary School last night.

We told the Cubs a quick history of the sport. Showed the three types of fencing practiced in the Olympics. And fenced a couple short foil bouts. Then we invited the Cubs to come off the bleachers to try on a mask and hold a sword. Right after that the Cubs pulled out the balloon swords they had all made and a wild balloon fencing free-for-all began. IT WAS CRAZY! And great fun.

Thank you to the Columbia Illinois Cub Scouts for inviting us!

Back to our Scouting Roots

September 12, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Dylan, Montana, and Pearce will be demonstrating fencing to the Cub Scouts at Parkview Elementary School in Columbia Illinois tomorrow. THIS WILL BE FUN!

Improvements to the Online Training Tools

September 9, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

A quick video demo of one of our online training tools.

For this tool (part of the parry training tool set) the computer creates a unique video in real time by stitching together still photos from our library of thousands of still photos and applying a random number generator assisted algorithm to select and determine their order of display. No two videos will ever be the same. This tool is not new.

The new part
, now you can use the larger screen available on your internet enabled television to display these training videos. Click here to view video.

Some Things Never Change... I Hope!

September 8, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

This is from a post exactly 5 years ago:

"At this weekend's fencing tournament at St. Louis University a referee said to one of the McKendree fencers I trained all summer (without knowing he was my fencer), "You're one of Pearce's fencers aren't you. I can tell. Pearce's fencers fly."
Yes. Yes we do. The men and women of steel!"
Our fencers head back to St. Louis University this morning for another tournament. Good luck guys!

Memphis Here We Come!

August 28, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

The trip to Memphis Tennessee for the Memphis University School sponsored high school 3 weapon plus Y12/Y14 Foil is a go.

We have 3 fencers so far. If you want to come with us speak up. This should be a fun trip!

Thursday practices expanded

August 26, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

We got enough positive response to starting Thursday practices an hour early so we are. The new hours for Thursday are 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Don't feel like you have to stay the whole 3 hours. Come and leave at your convenience.

Should We Expand Thursday Practice Hours?

August 22, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Last month we expanded the Monday practices to 3 hours, starting an hour earlier (now 6 to 9). That first hour on Monday has quickly become the busiest we have all week.
Should we also expand the Thursday practices to go from 6 to 9?
Give us some feedback. Thanks!

High School & Y12/Y14 Tournament

August 20, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

We got our first "Yes, I want to go." last night.
September 28 at Memphis University School is the unsanctioned High School 3 weapon plus Y12/Y14 foil tournament.
Let us know soon if you want to go so we can make appropriate plans.

If we want to help Memphis University School attract a bunch of fencers to their tournament, we need to get pre-registered. Go here: for pre-registration and other info about the tournament.

Special Practice Tonight

August 19, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Tonight will be Ashley's last fencing practice (for a while).
She leaves for her Freshman year at Franciscan University this week.
Come on out and join us in wishing her great success in the next chapter of her life.

Today's tournament highlights?

August 18, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Chad comes out of pools ranked number 2. He was eventually eliminated by the silver medalist.
Even better, Andrew earned his first National rating! That gives our club our second newly rated epee fencer within the last 30 days.

Special Sunday Evening Fencing Practice

August 10, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

At two of our fencers' request, we will have an extra practice this Sunday, August 11. 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
All are welcome.

Being a robot sucks.

August 6, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

We moved our videos to an Amazon Cloud server a year ago. Our local server just wasn't fast enough to deliver videos at a decent speed. Our usage has always been below the "free threshold" until this month. We got an email from Amazon that we owe 24 cents for last month's video views that exceeded that free threshold.

No biggie but many of the views our videos get are from search engine robots and other non-human sources. Do we care if a robot has to wait a little longer to see a video? I don't think we care.

So I wrote a little bit of code. When a human asks to view one of our videos, they get it served to them from the fast Amazon Cloud server. When a robot asks to view one of our videos, they get it served to them from the slower local server. Either way it is still viewable just not quite as nice for the robots.

This should drop us back below the free threshold for a while longer.

Anyway, the reason I'm letting you know about this change is so you will tell me if you come across a problem watching our videos. I need to know if there are errors in the new programming. Thanks!

Memphis University School Trip?

August 5, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

On September 28th Memphis University School is hosting a 3 weapon high school plus Y12/Y14 event that does not require USFA membership.
Think hard about entering this one. It should be a great event for most of our fencers.

Congratulations Rob!

August 4, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Rob competed in the Kentucky Bluegrass State Games over the weekend and came away with the silver medal in epee!!

Welcome Keith!

August 1, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Last night we received an email from an adult fencer from New York. He is new-ish to the sport and thanked us for the training videos we offer free access to in the Online Training pages on this website. He also asked if he could also see the additional training tools we have that only our club members have access to. We try to be a pretty hospitable group so Keith is an honorary Fencer of the Corn for the next week.

Keith, we hope we get to meet in person some day!

2019 Show-Me State Games: RESULTS

July 28, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

This was a great event for our fencers!
In foil, Ashley wins the gold medal in the Women's competiton AND the bronze medal in the Men's competition.
In 40+yo Epee, Andrew wins the bronze in this his first epee tournament.
In 14+yo Epee, Ashley wins silver in the Women's competition. But the best part of the weekend is Chad. Chad earned his first United State Fencing Association national epee rating!
Way to go guys!!!

2019 Show-Me State Games

July 26, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Andrew, Ashley, Brad and Chad are all competing in Columbia Missouri in the Show-Me State Games fencing competition this weekend.
Brad and Chad are competing in epee. Andrew and Ashley will compete in both epee and foil.
Good luck guys!

Fencing Gives An Opportunity to Compete with the World's Best

July 23, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Fencing is a unique sport. Very quickly an athlete has an opportunity to compete with the world's best.

Last February Ashley competed against an excellent fencer at the Junior Olympics. This past weekend that fencer finished in 24th place in the World Championships in Budapest Hungary.

Ashley has been fencing for less than 4 years and she is already competing with the best in the world. Pretty cool!

You could have these same experiences. Join us!

Lightning Strikes FOTC Fencer!

July 19, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Wednesday night Ashley was fencing at the Grange and lunged long and hard scoring against her opponent on the electrically grounded metal strip. At the exact moment of her scored touch, the building was hit with a massive lightning strike. The strike melted the circuit board in the central air conditioning system. It destroyed the computer scoring machine... AND gave Ashley a strong electrical shock.

If you're thinking, "Gee, that sounds like the beginning of a superhero movie!" We are thinking the same thing. If Ashley now has undiscovered superpowers, what do you think they might be?

Lightning Damage at Fencers of the Corn practice facility

July 18, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

UPDATE NOON THURSDAY: Air conditioner is fixed.
A lightning strike at Bluff Grange last night fried the A/C and also one of our scoring machine computers.

We have a call into the A/C repair company. It is likely it will not be fixed in time for tonight's practice. Beware of the heat! If you still want to fence, we will be there but we will be taking it a little easier than normal.

Also, if anyone has an old PC laptop they don't need, we are now in need of another scoring machine computer. Donations are greatly appreciated!

What Exercises Can I Do To Improve My Defense?

July 16, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

A question from one of our fencers at last night's practice. There are 3 things you can do:

1) Every time you are attacked, take a half step back. This gives you a little bit more time to find the incoming blade.

2) Make sure you are parrying correctly. It is easy to get sloppy with your parries. Go back and practice good form frequently. Are you in the proper EnGarde position to start? Are you parrying small? Are you parrying with your hand/bell guard/forte?

3) Use our Online Training Tools! These tools are only available to our Club's fencers. You will need to log into your account to access them. (If you don't know your login info, just ask.) Our Parry Practice exercises are very helpful. We have both slides and video versions of the exercise. The slides version is my favorite. Start with the skill level slider bar at a slow speed. All you have to do is pantomime the parry required to defend the attack the program is displaying and riposte. (Make sure you also pantomime the riposte! It is important to develop muscle memory that you are doing the complete action.) Once you can run the exercise without error, move the sword faster on the skill level bar and practice again at a faster speed.

2019/2020 Season Planning Is Underway

July 9, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Year in, year out, the best experiences our team has are the team travel adventures. Our trips are not just about fencing. When we plan long trips we look for additional educational experiences.

The first opportunity of the new season is a National event over Labor Day weekend in Dallas. They have events for all our Y10 through Cadet fencers. Of course there is plenty to experience in Dallas besides fencing. The Dallas Book Depository Museum where President Kennedy was assassinated is one such experience worth a visit. The Fort Worth Stockyards is another fun place. And then for the junk food aficionados, the official fanciest McDonalds Restaurant in the World is in Dallas!

The next opportunity is a regional tournament in Chicago on September 13-14. This tournament has events for Y10 through Junior ages. It will be smaller than the Dallas tournament. The Chicago Art Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum are all fantastic and deserve a visit.

The beginning of September seems miles away but it only a month and a half. Think about either of these tournaments and speak up if you are interested.

2018/2019 Season is almost complete

July 8, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

We're back from the National Championships. No one medaled but we enjoyed the challenges of competing with so many great fencers.

Rob ends his season ranked #55 in the Nation in Vet40 Epee. Ashley ends this season and her high school fencing career with 3 USFA honors, All-Academic Team First Team Honoree, High School All-American Team Honorable Mention Honoree in Saber AND High School All-American Team Honorable Mention Honoree in Foil.

There is one final tournament to consider. The Show-Me State Games fencing competition is the last weekend of July in Columbia Missouri. If you are interested in competing in that one let us know.

National Championships, Columbus Ohio

July 2, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Good luck Rob and Ashley!
Rob fences epee today. Ashley fences foil tomorrow.

Mississippi State Games Roundup

Jun 3, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

3 of our fencers compete. 2 medal. Not too shabby!
Caren wins Bronze in Senior Women's Foil. Graham wins Gold in Y14 Men's Foil.
Great job guys!


May 28, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

The United States Fencing Association has named Ashley to their High School All-American Team as an Honorable Mention in both foil and saber.
Earlier Ashley was named to the All Academic Team based on her work in the classroom but these High School All-American Team awards are based on her successes in competition this season.

No Fencing on Monday May 27.

May 26, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Enjoy your Memorial Day holiday!

Congratulations Ashley!!!

May 24, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

2019/2020 Season National Tournament Schedule Update

May 23, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

The USFA sponsored, RYC (Regional Youth Circuit) schedule of events for the 2019/20 season have been published.

I've updated our Tournament Schedule to include the RYC events our fencers are eligible for.

We are in Region 2. Competing in an RYC in another Region does not count towards qualification to Summer National Championships for youth fencers. Likewise, results from an ROC competition in another Region do not count towards Summer Nationals Qualification for 14yo+ fencers. The exception is 40+yo fencers who automatically qualify for the Summer National Championships' Veteran events by competing in an ROC from any region in the country.

Where is the Black Pearl When You Need Her?

May 16, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

I recently checked our website logs. We are getting a lot of visitors from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and other of the various Caribbean Islands.

They probably need a fencing team to come teach them! Does anyone have a ship they aren't using? Of course, it needs to be a pirate ship.

Tai Chi Classes

May 15, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

We offer taichi classes on Wednesday's from 7:00 to 8:30 pm FREE to our fencers and their families.
Taught by our multi-talented fencer Dave.
Give it a try!

Upcoming Tournaments of Interest

May 9, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

The competition season is winding down but there are still a few events worth a look.
On May 18 and 19 in Wentzville is an epee, foil and saber tournament. Some events require USFA membership, some do not. Y10/Y12 plus 14+yo events.
Also on May 18 in Peoria is a youth tournament in all 3 weapons. Y8 and Y10 events.
On June 1 is the Mississippi State Games in Oxford. We received a personal invitation to compete from one of the coaches at the hosting club. Y10/12 foil, Y14 foil, plus 14yo+ events in all 3 weapons. The 14yo+ events require USFA membership. ** Unfortunately, Missouri residents cannot compete in this one. **

Member Practice Video Catalog Changes

May 2, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

In the next couple of weeks we will be removing the older practice bout videos from our Cloud storage location. We want to add new ones but we are at the limit of our free Cloud storage so we have to free up some space.

You will still be able to watch and download your videos after they are removed from the Cloud but they will be coming from our slow local server.

If you log into your member account on our website you can download any of the videos to your computer and watch them to your heart's content.

The Math of Fencing

April 30, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

We are headed to St. Louis this morning to teach a class of grade school kids about how we use math when we fence.

2019/2020 Season National Tournament Schedule

April 29, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Most of the National USFA events have been announced. This is a good year for Midwest fencers. Lots of close events for us.

I've updated our Tournament Schedule to include the national and regional events our fencers are eligible for. There will be one more round of updates once the USFA sponsored RYC (Regional Youth Circuit) events are announced.

Local clubs' tournaments will be scheduled later this summer. We will post an update to our tournament schedule once that happens.

PS: We are in Region 2. Competing in an ROC in another Region does not count towards qualification to Summer National Championships. Likewise, results from an RYC competition in another Region do not count towards Summer Nationals Qualification for youth fencers. The exception is 40+yo fencers who automatically qualify for the Summer National Championships' Veteran events by competing in an ROC from any region in the country.

Team and Competition Class

April 25, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

We tested the new Wednesday two hour class format for our intermediate and advanced fencers yesterday. I'm sure we will tweak it as we go along but based on this first test I think it will work.

Halfway between a structured class and an open practice, the goal is to pit fencers with different styles, strengths, physical characteristics, etc. against each other with a coach offering training suggestions so our fencers get practice time against the widest variety of opponents as possible.

And to be clear, a fencer can attend this Wednesday class and still come to the Monday class for specific skills practice.

Wednesday Classes Changes

April 22, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

We will be changing the format of the Wednesday classes beginning in May.

The Wednesday classes began as beginner classes however, those coming on Wednesdays are no longer beginners. *** NOTE: Monday classes will remain the same. ***

We will evolve the 5:00pm and 6:00pm one hour Wednesday classes into one 2 hour (5:00pm to 7:00pm) semi-open fencing practice. Unlike the regular open practices on Monday and Thursday nights where fencers are fencing without coaching interruptions, the altered Wednesday format will be halfway between a class and an open practice with coaching input to practice bouts between the fencers. We will fence electric as much as possible.

Fencers can come for just an hour or stay for both hours.

Again, Monday's classes will remain structured class format. Also individual lessons are always possible if you feel the need to learn/practice specific skills.

Private Member Page Upgrade

April 19, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

I added a little bit of code to the website.

Now when you log in to your Private Member Page you can see when your club dues and if it applies, your class tuition are due.

What, you didn't know you have a private member page? All our fencers have a private page on the website that gives access to our proprietary computer based training tools, tournament suggestions, messages, etc. that only they can see.

If you don't know your login name and password just ask.

Oxford Fencing Results

April 16, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Oxford is wonderful. The people are friendly. The hosting club is spacious. Have I told you how much I like Oxford?

We had 4 boys in the Y14 foil event. Timber, Montana, Dylan, and Graham all fenced well. Unfortunately, Graham and Timber met in the quarter-finals and one of them had to lose. Graham won that battle of the teammates to move into the semi finals where he lost to the eventual gold medalist. Montana and Dylan also made it to the semi finals where they met. Dylan bested Montana. That put Dylan into the Gold Medal round where he lost to that very skilled fencer from Alabama. Final results, Montana and Graham tie for the Bronze Medal. Dylan wins the Silver.

In the Unrated Senior Foil, Caren took on a dozen fencers from the University of Mississippi. She lost to the eventual Women's Division gold medalist in the quarter-finals in a nail biter sudden death tie-breaking overtime. She end up with a sixth place overall and with a Bronze Medal in the Women's Division.

Chance fenced the Senior Open Foil. He fenced as well for a saber fencer who hasn't fenced foil in months as can be expected, but did not medal.

All in all, we had a great team trip.

Road Trip!

April 12, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Later today the team heads south for a big tournament weekend in Oxford Mississippi. Six of our fencers will be competing in 3 different foil contests.

This weekend's roster includes some of our newer fencers who have never had a chance to travel with the team. That adds to the fun for everyone.

Wish us luck!

Thank you Ashley!

April 11, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

At yesterday's classes Ashley helped train three of our fencers who will be competing this weekend in Oxford Mississippi.

Who needs fencing equipment?

April 10, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

I expect a vendor to be in attendance at the Super Youth Circuit tournament being held in St. Louis the weekend of April 26-28. This should be a good place to try gear on to ensure proper fit before handing over any cash!

Monday vs. Thursday open fencing practice info

April 8, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

If you've attended recently you already know, our Thursday night open fencing practices are getting really crowded.

Monday's are more lightly attended. If you want more fencing time come on Mondays.

Good Luck Rob!

April 5, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

He is heading to Peoria for a very challenging epee tournament.

Unsanctioned Y14 Foil in Champaign Illinois

April 4, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

This Saturday in Champaign Illinois. Start time 10:00am

Short notice on this one. It is Unsanctioned! I had not been pushing this to our non-USFA fencers because I thought USFA membership was required. It is not.

This will be a small tournament but if we can get 2 or 3 of our fencers to go, it will be a good experience.

Say something right away if you are interested.

Host A Summer Away International Fencing Camp? NO WAY!

March 31, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

We received a request from a Chinese sports authority for us to host a two month summer away fencing program for 40 Chinese kids.

First off, there is no way we can do it. Too many kids. Too long. Too much 24 hours a day responsibility.

I assume they sent it to every fencing club in the United States. But the more I think about it, who could do it?

The Chinese sports authority sends chaperones who can help translate but there is so much more that needs to be done.

They need their US host to arrange lodging, meals, local transportation and English lessons for the kids. Then you would need to come up with fun and enriching activities to keep them entertained when they were not in fencing class.

The fencing lessons part is simple. But how on earth do you arrange all the other things kids in a 2 month summer away program need?

Congratulations Rob and Ashley

March 31, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Both have qualified for the United States Fencing Association National Championships being held in Columbus Ohio this summer.

Rob qualified for Vet40 Men's Epee.

Ashley qualified for Division2 Women's Epee, Division2 Women's Foil, Division2 Women's Saber, Division3 Women's Epee, Division3 Women's Foil, and Division3 Women's Saber.

Oxford update:

March 28, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

The Oxford Fencing Club coach emailed this morning. They ARE planning an Open Senior Foil event. They just don't have it listed yet.

So yes, there will be an event for all our foil fencers to compete in.


March 27, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Event date: April 13, Oxford Mississippi. At our request, the Oxford Fencing Club has kindly agreed to add a couple of unsanctioned foil events to their annual "April Foils" fencing tournament. There will be an Y14 event and a beginner Senior event.

I thought they were also planning a sanctioned senior open foil event but so far, their Askfred preregistration page doesn't list one. I'll have to email them to double check.

You have heard me say this before, the people at the Oxford club are just wonderful people. And the town of Oxford is one of my favorite towns. It has such an old time southern feel. I love taking our fencers there.

Go to this webpage to pre-register:

Once we have a better idea who is going, we can work on travel and lodging plans. I'm really hoping we can take a big squad.

If you have any questions, just ask.

Weekend Competition Highlights

March 25, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Graham and Aaron both win silver in their first foil tournaments. Ashley takes first place of the women in her mixed foil tournament. She also earned a new National E19 Foil Rating.

Competing this Saturday

March 22, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Aaron, Tyler and Ashley are competing in foil in Missouri. Graham is competing in both foil and saber in Kentucky. Good luck guys!

What are the odds?

March 21, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

A little statistical analysis of the United States Fencing Association national rating stats for you math geeks!
There are 22,259 competitive fencers in the 2018/2019 season. 7397 female. 15262 male. Note: This includes only the official USFA competitive member fencers. There are many multiples more of recreational fencers in the United States who are not included in these statistics.

... with an epee rating: 1011 (13.67%)
... with a foil rating: 883 (11.94%)
... with a saber rating: 792 (10.71%)

... with no rating: 4916 (66.5%)
... with at least one rated weapon: 2481 (33.5%)

... with a rating in only one weapon: 2291 (30.97%)
... with a rating in exactly two weapons: 175 (2.36%)
... with a rating in all three weapons: 15 (0.20%)

... with an epee rating: 3014 (19.75%)
... with a foil rating: 2139 (14.02%)
... with a saber rating: 1723 (11.29%)

... with no rating: 9395 (61.56%)
... with at least one rated weapon: 5867 (38.44%)

... with a rating in only one weapon: 5002 (32.77%)
... with a rating in exactly two weapons: 721 (4.72%)
... with a rating in all three weapons: 144 (0.94%)

Lots of Competitions

March 13, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Some suggested events for our fencers:
March 23 in Wentzville Y10/12 foil. USFA membership not required.
March 23 in Louisville Kentucky. Beginner Youth Epee, Beginner Youth Foil, and Beginner Youth Saber.
March 23 at Purdue University. Strong epee, foil, and saber events for our more serious 14+ USFA member fencers.
March 30 and 31 in St. Louis. Y14 Men's and Y14 Women's, C & Under Men's and C & Under Women's, 40yo+ Men's and 40yo+ Women's qualifiers in all 3 weapons for summer national championships.
April 6 in Champaign Illinois. Y14 foil. Requires USFA membership.
April 13 in Oxford Mississippi. Youth Foil. 14+ Beginner Foil. Open Foil. The open foil will require USFA membership.

Valentines Day. NO FENCING

February 14, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Between our married adult fencers likely being absent and our Junior Olympians headed to Denver, we would have very few people.

Belleville Famous

February 5, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Our fencer extraordinaire, Ashley made the paper. (Belleville News Democrat) If the text is too small to read, it basically just tells how awesome she is!

Our 2019 Junior Olympians

February 5, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Chad and Ashley will be representing our club and the St. Louis Division (encompassing Southern Illinois and most of Missouri) at the United States Fencing Association's 2019 Junior Olympics.

They will be facing the best fencers from each State in the nation at this US Olympic Committee sponsored championship for teens.
Chad will compete in both epee and foil. Ashley will compete in foil and saber.
The Junior Olympics will be held in Denver Colorado in a little under 2 weeks.
Good luck guys!!

Busy Competition Weekend

January 27, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Yesterday Logan and Cole fenced in the college league foil tournament at St. Louis University.

This was Cole's first tournament. It was Logan's second. Both fencers did well. These first tournaments are where a new fencer really begins to learn. New opponents, never seen before tactics, new referees who call action differently; all add to the challenges.

Today, Ashley and Chad travel to the Point Fencing Club in Champaign where the University of Illinois team trains to compete. Good luck guys!

Saber in the Snow!

January 17, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Ashley and Chad challenge each other AND the snow! Thanks to the Katzes for the cool video!!
Click picture to view video.
This is a slow version of the video. Later today or tomorrow I'll get it uploaded to the cloud (and to our video catalog) for better viewing speed. --Pearce

First competition of 2019 is in the books.

January 6, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

No medals but good fencing. Chance and Warren traveled to Memphis Tennessee this weekend to take on the 2018 Tennessee State High School Fencing Champions of Memphis University School.

As we were leaving, one of the MUS coaches asked us to let them know if we were going to host a high school tournament at our place. They want to visit us. How fun would that be? We'll have to look into doing just that.

Chance lunges from the left.

Warren lunges from the right.

The team is headed to Memphis

January 2, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

This weekend Memphis University School is hosting a high school 3 weapon tournament.
We currently have fencers for the foil and saber events.
It's not too late to add your name to the travel roster but you need to speak up quick!

Welcome to the New Year

January 1, 2019 - Pearce Wilson

Tomrrow, Wednesday January 2nd we FINALLY get back to our regular schedule.


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.