Downloading Dallas

USA Fencing tests the endurance limits of member clubs and coaches with its Summer National Championships and July Challenge. Dallas 2016 leaves us with an incomplete 2015-2016 season due to the tragic events that caused the last day of the tournament to be cancelled. Congratulations to all Mid-South participants on their results and efforts: Carl Badger: GOLD V60MS Nicholas Cantin: 125 Div 2 MS, 141st D3MS, 21st SRMSTeam Leanne Chan: 69th D1AWS, 95th JWS, 87th CWS, 10th Div3WS, [Read More]

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Cultivating Fencing Club Success

What makes a fencing sport club work? Designed to be a place of teaching and refining fighting skills within a group, here is some general advice gathered over the years which has supported Mid-South Fencers’ Club success for close to a decade of development. Consult. Consult. Consult. Mid-South would not exist without the input, suggestions, warnings and firm advice from dozens of people. Connect yourself with people you can trust and make sure a few [Read More]

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2016 Year in Preview

Happy New Year! Cheers to setting expectations of good health and strong fencing for 2016. LEARN. Did you know we have free intro classes monthly? Get started now! TRAIN. Our weekly practice schedule offers flexibility and support for optimal training and developing fencing excellence. COMPETE. Goals are good and competition offers testing grounds for your training strengths and limitations as well as offering opportunities for life skill development unavailable in any classroom. Also, fencing teammate friendships last a [Read More]

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The Ryder Cup Story

This fall Mid-South hosted one of the first USA Fencing RJCC (Regional Junior Cadet Circuit) events in our region, we called it, The Ryder Cup. About the same time this event was happening we were contacted by two Duke University undergraduates who were interested in using the club to put together a feature film as a course requirement. The course is called Advanced Media & Innovation, taught by Amy Unell and Carson Mataxis. This assignment [Read More]

National Coach Ed Korfanty 2015

US Fencing Development Status Check

On Labor Day weekend, thirty-four participants, spanning three generations of fencers aged 11 to 84, gathered to explore saber fencing. Our topics included what’s changing, what patterns are being recognized, and what work needs to be done in order to best arm our next generation of fencers. Our leader for this event was US Women’s National Saber Coach, Ed Korfanty. Our club “won” Korfanty’s visit from an Indiegogo fundraising challenge and helped open the doors [Read More]

Team photo as we wait to support our fencer in the finals round.

Winter Roadtrips and Bringing Celebrations Home

March madness is just around the corner! But, February, in the sport fencing world, was packed… ACC Fencing Championships I haven’t been so excited about a championship event in my life ever. The expansion of the ACC to include teams outside of the Atlantic Coast has meant something good for fencing. Namely, the return of the ACC Fencing Championships after a 34 year hiatus. It excites me that Mid-South contributed fencers and spectators to this first event. I [Read More]

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Summer Camp Coach Preview 2015

Mid-South is pleased to offer a variety of summer camps where the focus is always on fun, learning and friendships. Join Mid-South where we value personal growth, resiliency, self-confidence, and group collaboration skills from the start and carry these values on through our advanced program, where nationally competitive athletes flourish. Summer camps are led by our highly trained and skilled professional staff in four locations across the Research Triangle. Fencing is the ultimate sport and Mid-South invites you to come test, push and evolve your fencing [Read More]

The 2014-2015 UNC Team that brought Miller is 1400th victory.

1400 Wins

This past weekend national sport media buzz focused on the basketball legend Coach K and his 1k wins. 1,000 wins is quite an accomplishment! But, 1400 wins were earned by a Carolina coach. Anybody ever heard of Coach Miller, the Head Coach of the UNC Varsity Fencing Team? If a number is just a number, with a little investigation it doesn’t take too long to discover what the real buzz of Miller is all about – [Read More]

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My First Longsword Class

Today I got to be a fencing student! Triangle Sword Guild offers free introduction on the longsword Saturdays and Tuesdays. The instructor, Ben Strickland, and I have have been playing email tag for a few months in attempt to bring an introduction course or seminar to Mid-South. The release of the New York Times post in September compelled my curiosity in fencing sport archeology. The concepts were generally the same as modern sabre, but scoring is somewhat is different. The video in [Read More]

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Professional Bias

Bias finds its way into our work and it is most often based on significant past experiences that influence our current agendas as fencers, referees and coaches. As a fencer and coach I have developed an attunement to two types of biases: technical and social. Technical biases in refereeing and coaching cannot be ignored and are often overlooked obstacles to growth in US Fencing and within our own clubs. Technical Bias Technical biases are most commonly noticed in [Read More]