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, [Read More]

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]

Parent, Coach and Spectator Agreement for Mid-South Fencers’ Club Tournaments and Events

Mid-South values creating a healthy sport environment for our fencers and recognizes building and maintaining a culture of positive sportsmanship requires cooperation among parents, coaches and spectators and also visiting families of opponents and their coaches. In order for fencers to grow as athletes, boundaries and guidelines must be set regarding the expectations of how parents, coaches and spectators will act. We agree all individuals in our venue are expected to do the following: Show [Read More]

Saber Colloquium and USFCA Accreditation Testing Announced

Attention saber fencers, coaches and referees! Please join for a unique weekend opportunity designed specifically for the advancement of saber development in the United States. In addition, there will be opportunity for US Fencing Coaches Association Accreditation. Who: Ed Korfanty, US National Sabre Coach When: Sept 4-6, 2015 Where: Mid-South Fencers’ Club 125 N. Gregson Street Durham, NC 27712 Host Hotel: Marriott Residence Inn 1108 West Main Street Durham, NC 27701 (.1 mile from fencing [Read More]

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]

Mid-South Welcomes New Coach Joe Pipkin

Mid-South Fencers’ Club is pleased to announce a new full-time addition to the coaching staff, Joe Pipkin. Joe comes back to North Carolina via the Fencer’s Club of Arizona. Pipkin is a Prévot de Sabre and past student of Moniteur Charles E. Greene II, and Maître Ronald Miller, PhD, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Over the past three and a half years Joe has supervised significant aspects of training most recently [Read More]