Mt. Airy Fencers Club
The sport of fencing has been around for many centuries and today is played in high schools, most colleges, and in the Olympics. Just as many young athletes obtain scholarships for tennis, soccer, basketball, and other sports, many young athletes are also awarded college scholarships for fencing. From a physical perspective, fencing teaches children agility, strength, coordination, timing, and balance. However, fencing also enhances a child’s ability to strategize and promotes self-esteem and teamwork. MAFC fencing instruction is taught on novice, intermediate and advanced levels through a series of fun fencing drills, exercises, and games specifically designed for children ages 8-18. The main focus of classes will be for children to learn and hone their fencing footwork, pointwork, fencing techniques and bouting. Children interested in participating in fencing competitions are strongly encouraged and supported by MAFC to compete. MAFC will generally pay the cost of 1-2 competitions per session. In addition in learning the sport of fencing, children will also be taught life skills such as setting and achieving goals, teamwork, confidence, and discipline. Ultimately, our goal is for students to have fun, grow as individuals, and learn more about themselves through fencing.
Fencers should wear a t-shirt, shorts or light sweat pants, and sneakers. PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID all fencers will now be required to have their own fencing gear. This would include fencing jackets, masks, gloves, lames, plastron, knickers (if competing), Covid protective mask, and blades.
Fencers should bring a water bottle and light snack. If the fencer has an inhaler or any other device to be used in an emergency situation, please inform the instructor prior to class and bring it with you.
Catherine Humphrey-Bennett began fencing at the age of fifteen while attending Montclair Kimberly Academy (MKA) preparatory school in Montclair, New Jersey. Soon thereafter, Catherine's hard work and diligence allowed her to achieve success, and as a senior she was not only a Junior Olympic Qualifier but was a 1st Team All-State Fencer for New Jersey. Catherine received fencing scholarship offers from Fairleigh Dickinson, Brandeis, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, Penn State, Ohio State, and Temple University. Catherine “chose Temple,” which awarded her a full, 4-year fencing scholarship and the opportunity to train under Olympian Coach Nikki Franke. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Temple in 1988, Catherine assisted Temple’s Women’s Fencing Team to place 3rd, 4th, 2nd, and 4th at the NCAA’s for Division 1 Fencing from 1984-88, respectively. Further Catherine was the National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association Individual Champion in 1987, served as Captain of Temple Women’s Fencing Team in 1988, and was ranked one of the top 15 fencers in the country upon graduation. In 2006, in an effort to promote the sport she loves and give back to the community, Catherine began teaching and coaching children ages 7-18 in fencing. MAFC was started as a result of Catherine's dedication and commitment to promoting youth fencing.
Please Note: Classes have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. We do anticipate returning again in October of 2020. We will post and email our new venue location, updated registration forms, and specific dates and times for classes. Should you have any additional questions please feel free to call 267-275-7213.
Fees for all fencers for the Fall fencing session will be $150. Friends and Family referral discount 20%. (Subject to MAFC Discretion)
Please make checks payable to: Mt. Airy Fencers Club. To register for classes, please click registration button and print out form. Then bring completed registration form and payment to the first day of class. Parents you must also obtain membership with USAFencing.org. If your child is a beginner fencer the membership will be a Non-Competing Membership and if your child plans to compete then membership will be a Competitive Membership.