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]


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]


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]

Professional referee

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]


Death and Taxes

Morbid as death may seem and depressing as taxes can be, this time of year I think about both. I have been comparing the two in my head in relation to our community as I pay more taxes and we come upon significant anniversaries of friends gone. About ten years ago when the club was in the gestation phase there were no taxes to be paid and no deaths to mourn. I had several personal tax write-offs because so much money was being invested [Read More]

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]