Badger on VET World Championships

Carl introduced himself to our fencing community as a fencing parent, but after the kids headed off to college, Carl got busy training. Read about Carl’s recent experience at the Veteran World Championships… Going to the Veteran World Cup in fencing is (I hope!) not just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it was memorable and a great experience. In some ways it did not differ much from a NAC or Nationals, at least in my event. The level of [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]

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]

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]

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]

Coachmom

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]

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]