Catherine Humphrey-Bennett

What to Wear and Bring?


Classes and Fees

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.  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. 

  HEAD Fencing COACH

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 attended 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 in Pennsylvania.  Catherine is also a member of United States Fencing Coaches Association and she serves as the Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Philadelphia Division of US Fencing.

Mt. Airy Fencers Club

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). Also Note: All Fencers Must Show Proof of Covid 19 Vaccination. 

Fencers should bring a water bottle filled with their favorite sports drink.  If the fencer has an inhaler or any other device to be used in an emergency, please bring it with you and inform the instructor prior to class.

Fencing classes for the Spring 2024 session for all fencers (aged 8-18) will begin on Saturday, April 6, 2024 and will run on Saturdays from 9:15-11:30AM and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45-7:45PM, per schedule from April 6th through May 18, 2024. A final schedule will be provided to each fencer by email after registering and attending the first class on April 6, 2024. Note: Due to tournaments and other commitments, there will be no fencing class on 4/20, 4/27, and 5/4.  While changes are infrequent, the fencing schedule may be subject to changes. 

Fees: The fee for all fencers for the Spring 2024 session is $150. Please make all checks payable to: Mt. Airy Fencers Club.

To register, please email to see if space is available, once confirmed, please bring a completed registration (See Registration Form) attached along with payment to the first class on April 6th. (20% friends and family discounts are available) 

Please Note: Parents you must also obtain an individual  membership for your child with If your child wants to take fencing lessons and/or compete in local tournaments (PHL Division only), Individual Membership is $29. If your child is interested in competing in regional and national tournaments (e.g., Junior Olympics, Summer Nationals) Individual Membership is $99.