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Fencing Instruction

Group classes are held each Tuesday and Thursday for 8 weeks

Individual lessons available to club members anytime


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.

 TJ in a lunge

Class 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.

Beginning or 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 hour lesson.

Classes and instruction are held at the PNA on Lake Otis, at the intersection with Abbott Road.

Glossary of Fencing Terms



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.

AFC Coaches

David Mushovic - Head Coach

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

Dennis 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.

Wayne participated 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.

Wayne’s favorite fencing motto, quoted from Master Wieder, is:  “He who parries not, dies!”



Russell K. Wieder bio