Young Sabre Fencer


Half jokingly I refer to coaching my own children in our club as analogous to being a preacher and raising children in the church. All eyes are on the preacher’s kids during service and how they behave. No doubt coaches’ children faces similar scrutiny. Submerged in a fencing family there is no doubt my children will be greatly influenced by the fencing world. For this reason I pay close attention to factors that influence and support my children, including and especially my own reactions [Read More]

Coach Jen in Durham Magazine June/July 2013

The Opportunity Game

The Opportunity Game embraces inner noise and trash talk in order to build competitive resiliency. Our club played this group game last week with the goal to earn as many points as possible over 7 days. Points were recorded on a large community board and each point indicated when the member noticed internal noise or trash talk about themselves or others relating to their fencing world. The concept was developed to increase awareness of distractions [Read More]

Coach Jen in Durham Magazine June/July 2013

Year in Review and The Search for Kung Fu

Sometimes looking back is embarrassing, other times it is painful, awe-inspiring or even oddly nostalgic.  In 2014 I have had to look inside personally and we as an organization have had to dig deep. This year has seen many powerful things happened at our club: friendships have grown and some were broken; medals were won; and, most importantly, we have evolved. Being Mid-Southish, our way, is on the way to being an actual thing in 2015. [Read More]


On Becoming an Olympian

The Olympics or college? Seems like a silly question, but an article published in The Oregonian eloquently contemplated this choice for Olympic hopeful Sage Palmedo of Oregon Fencing Alliance. Sage, like every competitive fencer, faces the choice of “real life” or fencing. I call this a training commitment choice. Fencers make these choices all the time and if your passion is fencing, this is serious stuff! The article got me thinking about what a training [Read More]


Year in Gratitude

More than simply a small business, it is my belief that our fencing club is a living entity.  Instead of listing all of the great things we have collectively accomplished in 2012, I’ve decided to personify the club in this blog and through this describe our journey from her perspective.  As you read the lines below you will experience the fencing the club from a different point of view as she offers her gratitude in [Read More]


Supporting Youth Competitive Fencing

Now is a great time to reflect on the purpose of competition as we start our new fencing season. I’d Iike to offer responses to common questions parents ask when considering signing their child up for the first or 50th competition. 1. Is my child ready to start competing? For starting out, we always suggest that a first timer watch a tournament before entering an event.  Some children will be ready to compete very soon, [Read More]


2011 Mid-South Fencer Year End Review

The 2011 review is a hard one to write.  I’ve been thinking about it for weeks.  Though so much has been good, we’ve had some pretty big losses this year that have had a ripple effect in our community.  The top ten things that stand out of me this year start with two noteworthy losses: 10. Resignation of Coach Matt:  We wish Matt well as he pursues his international refereeing independent of Mid-South and pushes [Read More]


Letter to Ned Light, 1967-2011

On Friday evening, December 16th, 2011 Ned, a founding coach of the Mid-South Fencers’ Club, died from a short and hard fought battle with cancer.  He leaves behind his wife Anne, his daughter, Erin, his father and two brothers.  Below is the letter written for a memory book that was given to Ned before his untimely death.  The outpouring of support and love for Ned and his family has been tremendous!  I know he was [Read More]


USA Cadet Team, Second Place in Hungary!

A young Mid-South Cadet traveled abroad with her coach to Godollo, Hungary for her first international event in her fencing career and Team USA ended up carrying home a trophy with silver international bling around their necks.   This is a brief introspective account of the young Cadet’s adventure, meet Joey Lew…. In the two days leading up to the trip I’d come down with a 102 degree fever, chills, aches, congestion, and a sore [Read More]


Celebrate our Mid-South Collegiate Fencers

Mid-South has three more “graduates” this year and for the first time they will be fencing for their respective college teams. Here is what our students have to say as they reflect back on how fencing influenced their collegiate choices. Claire Carson – MSFC Fencer 2009-2011 – Northwestern University, Chicago Fencing was a definite consideration in choosing a college. Luckily for me, the college that I liked the best academically was also the one with [Read More]