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St. Louis, Belleville, Collinsville,
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Competitive Team

Our Program for Competitive Fencers

Our competitive team travels regionally and across the country "coast to coast" to compete in tournaments large and small. A large part of the excitement of being part of the team are the unexpected adventures along the way.

Our Competitive Team is open to Club Members and Group Class students 8 years old and up.

Competitive Team fencers are expected to get their own full competition gear. There are no other extra costs.


Almost everyone who tries fencing likes it. But pretty quickly new fencers figure out that to get really good is going to take lots of practice. This is where most people who thought they wanted to be competitive fencers quit. Those special few who continue improve rapidly.

The fencer who wants to compete at a high level needs more than a basic group class. They need additional training if they want to become the best.

Open practices and individual one-on-one lessons with the coach are necessary to improve beyond a basic skill level.

Our experience is that our competitive fencers start winning medals in small tournaments within six months to a year.


Fencers of the Corn’s Joseph Wilson competing in the United States Fencing Association Junior Olympic National Championships.

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Fencers of the Corn team with one of the greatest ever fencers in the world, six time Olympic Medalist, ten time World Champion, currently Head Coach at Ohio State University, Vladimir Nazlymov

With each success our coach pushes these fencers into bigger and stronger competitions. Within a year or two these fencers can find themselves fencing at national competitions with the best fencers in the United States.

Along the way you will get to meet people from around the world.


Fencers of the Corn’s Emma Groom and Corey Kilgallon chat with possibly the greatest woman foilist the United States has ever produced, U.S. Olympian Lee Kiefer.

You might get to compete with some of the best in the world.

You will discover the best in the world respect YOU because you are trying to become the best you can possibly be. And you know what? If you keep practicing, someday you might just beat them.

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Fencers of the Corn’s Kayin Crook competing at a tournament in the Architecture Hall of the City Museum, St. Louis Missouri.

Okay kids, you can stop reading now. The rest is a message for parents from our coach, Pearce Wilson.


The mission of the Fencers of the Corn’s competitive fencing program is not fencing.

I will try to make your son or daughter a great fencer if that is their goal. But becoming a great fencer isn’t enough. My goal is for my fencers to take what they learn about goal setting, non-stop learning and struggling to achieve and use that in all the other endeavors of their life. My goal is to help create a great person.


Pearce Wilson
Head 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.