Ned Light RYC and Cadet Saber Athlete Information

Mid-South is excited to host the 4th Annual Ned Light RYC and Cadet Saber event April 1-3rd. If you are a participating athlete or family member, please read carefully, as this document includes important information regarding tournament participation and preparations needed to create an event with an outstanding display of competitive youth sport participation. We need your help to achieve this. Parking Mid-South Fencers’ Club is located at 125 North Gregson Street, Durham NC 27701. The direct [Read More]

2016 Grand Open Tournament and Gala

Celebrate February 20th and 21st! Mid-South Fencers Club is proud to celebrate it’s ninth year as a stand-alone fencing club by presenting the 8th Annual Grand Open. This year we look forward to welcoming all of the fencers, coaches, and families, as well as our friends, old and new, to help celebrate another year of teaching and promoting the sport of fencing in North Carolina. In addition to high quality refereeing Mid-South tournaments pride themselves on providing, [Read More]

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]

2016 Fencing Summer Camp Guide

Mid-South is pleased to offer a variety of summer camps where the focus is on fun, learning, friendships and becoming great. Join Mid-South where we value personal growth, resiliency, self-confidence, and group collaborative skills from the start and carry these values on through our advanced programming, 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 [Read More]

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]

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]

Medieval Longsword Classes

Medieval Longsword is Mid-South’s newest program exploring the art of swordplay for those ages 16 or older.  HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) is a rapidly growing martial arts movement which rediscovers various forms of historical fighting arts through research, active experimentation, and competition. Mid-South’s newest coach, Eric Guay, leads a Saturday Longsword class at Mid-South from 1:00-2:30pm.  The class is focusing on the German style of Longsword utilizing synthetic bladed swords from Purpleheart Armoury. Safety and fun are [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]