From Coach Bruce Sikes
This past year marked the 20th year for Academy Fencing Club and my fencing career. In 2016, we were honored to be recognized as one of the “Best Fencing Clubs” by the National Fencing Club Rankings, llc (nfcr). During my 20 plus years, I have worked hard as an informal ambassador for U.S. Fencing to promote and develop it here in St. Louis and around the world. Over the years I have taught thousands of youth and adult fencers the great sport of Olympic fencing. Most recently, I enjoyed representing the US Men’s Veteran Team for the World Championships in Germany, placing number 2 out of pools before suffering a major rotator cuff tear followed by surgery and months of rehab. As with any sports career, I knew it would eventually end and that time for me has come. I have decided to close my Academy Fencing Club and I will no longer be coaching or teaching fencing classes.
However, Fencing at Webster Groves Recreation Complex will continue!
Under a new club organization and new leadership with Coach Adam Doss and other experienced coaches, youth and adults can continue to enjoy the sport of fencing in Webster Groves. The fencing schedule at Webster Groves will remain the same. Please support them during this transition and look for their new club Facebook and web site in the coming weeks. In the meantime check the links below for Fencing classes and practice times.
In looking back on my long fencing career which culminated this past year, there have been many success stories and I have made many personal friends among fencers and families who have become like family to me. I want to thank you for all your years of support and friendship which I value above all!
A photo tribute to 20 years of Academy Fencing Club! CLICK HERE.
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Learn To Fence! People of all ages, sizes, and shapes are learning to fence. It's a very safe and lifelong sport. Fencing is a great way to get and to stay in shape. Fencing is often called physical chess. It promotes both physical and mental discipline and agility. Anyone can learn to fence with the right instruction and you will get that with us! Beginning Courses run an average of 8 weeks, 90 minutes per week. Each class consists of stretching and fencing exercises, followed by footwork, blade work and practice bouting. History, competition strategy, and basic physical and mental discipline are also taught. All equipment is furnished. After completing the course, we are able to offer various membership levels in the fencing club along with further training. Individuals are able to custom tailor their fencing experience, choosing to fence for fitness, sports competition or just for FUN!
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(classes for those never fenced before or wishing a refresher)
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(clubs are for those who already fence or have completed a Beginning course)
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