Our club has been running since the early 90's. We teach both sabre and foil. We have four coaches, two for sabre, Bethany and Zach and two specialized in foil, Anna and Livio. All of our coaches have been high performance athletes and our club brings international fencing experience to Winnipeg. Classes are bilingual and instruction is given in both English and French. Our practice nights are Monday and Thursday. Monday trainings are from 5pm to 6:30pm for general members, with an additional 6:30pm to 8:00pm slot for advanced classes.
Our coaches are accompanied by assistant coaches daily. They are provincial team fencers who are enrolled in, or have completed the level one coaching certification sanctioned by the Manitoba Fencing association.
Having started fencing at the age of 8 at the Rapier fencing club, Zach’s career as a competitive fencer has taken him all over North America and parts of Europe. Having taken a break from fencing to complete a university degree, Zach is now the head of the Rapier fencing club. With lots of experience fencing at the highest national level, and just as much experience at home here with Rapier, he is excited to be bringing his knowledge to young fencers, both on the recreational, and competitive sides of fencing. Furthermore, as the newly appointed assistant provincial coach, Zach draws on his years of experience with Ayach Bounanachada (Maitre d’armes, provincial head coach) both as a fencer, and now colleague to bring a comprehensive, challenging, but most of all fun dynamic to our growing club!
Assistant Provincial Coach
Patrice started fencing in 1992 and in 1999, he was a member of Canada’s Junior National Team that travelled to Hungary for the Junior World Fencing Championships. His best Senior National Ranking was 5th place, in 1999. He started coaching in our club in February, 2000. He had come to Winnipeg to continue training in sabre with Maître Henri Sassine, who was then Technical Director and Provincial Coach in Manitoba. In 2007, he became head coach and manager of Rapier Fencing Club until 2015. He enjoyed sharing his love of fencing, sabre in particular, with new members and helping athletes reach the provincial team level, in collaboration with our now long time provincial coach, Ayach Bounachada. He is still involved with the club as a coach on Monday Nights. Now he collaborates with Zacharie, who was one of his first athletes in 2000 and is now the new head coach!
Enseignant 6e année