The Fencing Club was first established at Humboldt State University in 1955, making it one of the oldest clubs on campus. Since its inception, the club has been organized as a non-profit for the betterment of its members. Currently, we fundraise to travel (as far as New York City), organize club parties and movie nights, buy new practice equipment, buy club apparel and provide pizza for movie nights. We spend our money, however, on fun events so that our practice times are focused on training. Our instructor, Antone Blair, teaches a classical style of fencing not taught in many other places in the United States, not to mention the West Coast. We teach French and Italian foil, Italian and Spanish rapier, French smallsword, epee, sabre, Navaja (Spanish folding knife), and German longsword. The fencing club is a great opportunity to get to know students from many disciplines while learning a rare and historical art.
About the Club
Absolutely no previous fencing experience is required and we provide all the necessary equipment. Our club armory has foils, epees, rapiers, jackets, masks, gloves, underarm protectors free of charge. Students must be enrolled in PE 325, a two unit course listed under physical education. Although the class may be listed as full, we are always able to add students through magic numbers — just come to one of our meetings and join, we always welcome new members. As an intercollegiate sport club, the University requires all participants to have their own primary health insurance. The university then covers each participant under an additional insurance umbrella which only costs $25 to cover up to one million dollars in medical costs. That being said, we have never had an accident in the salle or any need for medical attention.
How to Join
To join the fencing club, simply enroll in PE325, a two-unit credit/no credit course, during your next registration. Even if the class is listed as full, we can add you, you just need to come to practice and ask for a magic number. After that, attend the practice times and begin your training!
Any questions about joining club or about fencing in general, please feel free to drop by practices or email the club. You can also check us out on FaceBook.