Celebrating a Decade of Fencing

Mid-South is celebrating our first decade. CAN YOU BELIEVE ten years? While we are thinking about it, when did we actually start? Do we count the move to Durham? When we incorporated? How about when we were teaching classes at First Health of the Carolinas? Through all of our iterations, transitions, growing pains, and celebrations, Mid-South evolved due to great people who believed in a community of fighters. Now, in the year 2017, we are more strong, wise, and clear in creating our vision for responsible athletes and community members. Please consider joining us to celebrate. For those of you who have taken the time to shape us, guide, and direct our decisions – THANK YOU.

Beth, Mia and Diana Friday night Fencing in the old basement.

Remember when… fencing on Friday night at the old basement on Broad Street was the most happening thing?

February 11th and 12th Referee Clinic with Mary Mahon, Certified Referee Instructor (CRI). This event is FREE to the North Carolina fencing community. Mary Mahon is a long time national and international referee who holds FIE (Federacion International de Escrime) licenses in both FOIL and EPEE. She has refereed dozens of World Cups, World Championships, and Grand Prix events in places like Hungary, Italy, France, and Australia. Mary has served on the Fencing Officials Commission (FOC), and is a member of the Domestic Assignments Committee that hires referees for national point events. In this 2 day seminar you will learn rules applications, right of way, and how to manage weapon specific situations. This seminar is the only one that uses running PowerPoint, video, and interactive activities as teaching tools. Register here! 

Another summer, another time in 2009.

Another summer, another time in 2010.

The NC foil community 2014.

The NC foil community 2014.

Can you guess the year? We think 2012. A few faces you can still recognize.

Can you guess the year? A few faces you can still recognize from 2012.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Aspiring referees …. Who need to fulfill the requirement for a seminar

Coaches …. Who want to reference their teaching with what is being called by referees at a national and international level

Athletes …. Who want to improve their game and gain an understanding of what makes a winning action

Parents …. Who want a better understanding of tournament format and the foundation of the sport

Current referees …. Who want to update their understanding of rules, right of way, and need to update their seminar attendance

Remember when... Jen took Luis to practice before we could hold a saber?

Remember when… Jen took Luis to practice before he could hold a saber?

February 11th, 6:30pm: Community Potluck. Bring your favorite dish with enough food to feed your entire family. Drinks and paper products will be provided by the club. This will also be our first “Academy Class Pin Ceremony”! RSVP if you’d like on Facebook.

We appreciate clubs far and wide across our state an beyond who have come for years to support our tournaments.

We appreciate clubs far and wide across our state an beyond who have come for years to support our tournaments.

February 12th, TOURNAMENT: Help the referee clinic by fencing! Participate in a mixed weapon, mixed gender, three person team event OR  Y-14 team saber event. In house club teams will be generated during practices, but anyone can participate. Register your team here.

One of the last tournaments before we moved to our current location at 125 N. Gregson.

One of the last tournaments before we moved to our current location at 125 N. Gregson.

 

Throughout the month of February we will be a collection spot for Urban Ministries, one of our favorite giving organizations in downtown Durham. Before dropping off, review the collection list of items needed today.

Hope you have enjoyed taking a picture journey down memory lane with us. We allow ourselves to get sentimental once a year… Then, it’s back to work!

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Saber travel team in a fall practice 2016.

 

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