WHO WE ARE
We are UCLA Fencing - a club sport that competes in the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC). We operate out of the John Wooden Center, in a room large enough to hold three strips. The problem is, it is difficult to maintain interest with a lack of equipment. We would also love to be able to travel to competitions, and get our newer fencers some experience!
UCLA CLUB FENCING NEEDS YOUR HELP
It is very difficult to maintain interest when it takes us thirty minutes each practice to find working equipment for everyone. This is especially true for competitive fencers, who expect more fencing time for a workout and opportunities to fence during practice. If we were able to invest in reliable equipment, we would have more time to fence during practice. Our coach would also be able to devote more time to one-on-one teaching, instead of spending the majority of practice fixing equipment.
Traveling creates a unique opportunity to bond, as well as gain competitive experience. This experience can instill a sense of confidence, and these trips will build friendships that will last a lifetime. You can be a part of helping a new fencer find a community, and discover who they are. You can create a space where students come to relax and have fun, while improving themselves mentally and physically.
HISTORY OF UCLA FENCING
The UCLA Fencing Team began with Melvyn North in 1960. He brought 25 years of coaching experience to the team, and coached the UCLA Fencing Club and Varsity program until 1974. In 1974, Heizaburo Okawa came to UCLA. Okawa was a U.S National Champion and Olympian. He coached the UCLA Fencing team until 1980, but every year we hold the Okawa Open, a competition named in his honor.
The UCLA Fencing club has been in existence for more than half of UCLA’s existence (it will be our 60th anniversary next year), and we continue to have success both on and off the strip today. Last year (2019), the women’s epee team took first in the IFCSC!
THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US AT CLUB FENCING FOR YOUR TIME AND DONATIONS!!!