Welcome to Fencing!

Savannah Abdulaziz (left) and Pasha Wynant (right), Presidents of the Fencing Club at UCI for the 2019-2020 school year, posing after hanging recruitment posters around campus.

Hello to new and returning students, alumni, and faculty!

We are so thrilled to usher in a new age of fencers into the club, and we have a lot in store for you this year. Whether fencing garnered your interest through shows like Princess Bride, Game of Thrones, or the mistaken assumption that it somehow involves picket fences, you have taken the first step to joining a club that creates lifelong friendships and the passion for a sport that can only be described as awe inspiring.

Our club offers training to all levels of fencing, regardless of your experience or knowledge of the sport. As well as educating fencers on the unique differences between the three types of fencing styles –epee, sabre, and foil– we regularly inform members of upcoming competitions, social events, and learning opportunities with our coaches.

You can contact us through our email at ucifencing@gmail.com and join our Facebook page, UCI fencing club. If you’d like to keep informed through our email list, make sure to sign up at the Involvement Fair, happening September 23rd from 12-4pm at Aldrich Park, booth F222. Our recently created Instagram page also has competition and social updates, as well as an incoming “fencer of the week” spotlight section!

Practice begins Week 1 in the Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) in the Activity Annex every Wednesday from 9:15-11:30pm and Friday from 7-11:30pm. You only need to bring comfortable shoes and workout clothes, since all the weapons and safety equipment will be provided. Club dues are $50 per quarter and are to be paid by the start of Week 4.

We leave you with this final note: fencing is not about being the biggest, strongest, fastest, tallest, or smartest athlete. It’s about using what you are given in life to your advantage, and recognizing that your opponents are just as capable to do the same. It’s about honor, and balance, and grace–but is equally about deception, power struggles, and frustration, and that is what makes it an honest sport. We hope that in the coming weeks, you can grow to see the same and appreciate the sport in all its glory.

En Garde!

Savannah and Pasha

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