Group classes are held each Tuesday and Thursday for 8 weeks
Individual lessons available to club members
Photos of current beginners class
The Anchorage Fencing Club offers a group epee class
about every other month. The classes are from 7:00-8:00PM Tuesday and
Thursday. Each class series is eight weeks long (16 total sessions). There is a
class fee of $100.
A new group class (beginning foil) will start in
the fall, 2014.
Schedule for 2014:
Fall (check back here for dates)
All beginning epee classes are eight
weeks (16 sessions)
Class registration form (click
here) for the next class . Print, fill out and bring the form to the first class session.
experienced fencers may join the club at any time and receive individual
instruction from any of our three instructors. There is no separate fee for
one-on-one instruction. Each fencer is entitled to one instruction session per
week during regular Tuesday and Thursday evening club meetings, and there is no
limit to the number of instruction sessions. This instruction format may apply
to any of the three fencing weapons, and might be particularly attractive for
people who fenced "years ago" and want to return to the sport.
Individual instruction is available after 8:00PM
when group classes are in session and at 7:00PM when there is no class.
Anchorage Fencing Club
members receive one lesson per week as
part of their membership fees. Additional lessons (beyond one per week) are available for $10 per half
Classes and instruction are held at the
PNA on Lake Otis, at the intersection with Abbott Road.
When you take lessons, you'll receive a Lesson Plans booklet. Please keep this
and bring it with you to every lesson.
We have certified referees for all three weapons,
and host clinics with visiting fencing masters and FOC Officials.
Click here to see video
clips of fencing action at a recent local fencing competition.
David Mushovic -
Dave first became interested in fencing in high school where he received
instruction from an exchange teacher and visiting fencing Master from
Spain. Dave went on to fence at the college level in 1976 with the
University of California where his collegiate career there culminated in
winning the 1980 All Cal Competition in all three weapons. Dave moved to
Alaska shortly thereafter where he became one of the founding members
and a coach for the Anchorage Fencing Club, the oldest club in Alaska.
He competed in the Alaska Division for over 7 years consistently placing
within the top three and winning several State Championships in all
three weapons. In 1987 Dave moved to Glennallen where he continued to
stay active in the fencing community for several years competing and
coaching individual students as time allowed. Many of Dave’s students
have competed successfully at the national level. He has also had the
privilege of teaching and influencing many of our younger coaches still
active throughout the Alaska fencing community today. Dave returned to
his old home with the Anchorage Fencing Club in 2004, where he accepted
the position of head coach. Dave still enjoys competing with the older
generation and coaches foil, epee and saber at all levels.
Dennis Christensen - Coach
began fencing in high schooland, in the second year of the program, his
high school team placed first in their division and second in their
section. After taking a 29-year break, he
returned to fence foil, first with the Eagle River Clubs beginning class
with Chris Cushman, in the spring on 2003. Then, after a short time, he
moved to the Fencing Center of Alaska, and there began coaching saber.
Several of Dennis' students have fenced on the National level, reaching
into Division 1. Dennis fences and coaches all three weapons.
Wayne Hughes - Coach
Wayne grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and attended college at Stephen
F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, from 1977 to 1980. It
was there where Wayne joined the SFASU Fencing Club and learned to fence
under the tutelage of Master Russell K. Wieder. Master Wieder was an
internationally accredited fencing master and coach of fencing,
wrestling and combative sports at Texas A&M University until he retired
and volunteered his services to the SFASU Fencing Club.
in a novice foil fencing tournament in 1980, in Houston, Texas, where he
placed second. With a twenty-three year hiatus from fencing, Wayne
started fencing again in 2003 in Fairbanks, Alaska, with Arturo Frizzera
and his son Italo.
After moving to
Anchorage, Wayne joined the Anchorage Fencing Club. What Wayne lacks in
competitive experience, he makes up with enthusiasm and joy for fencing,
and teaching foil and epee fundamentals to new fencers.
fencing motto, quoted from Master Wieder, is: “He who parries not,