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!
Anna started fencing foil in 2010 back in Kursk, Russia. She trained at the Olympic Reserve Fencing School that had produced multiple World and Olympic champions. Anna came to Winnipeg in 2016, and resumed her fencing career. She joined the provincial team and competed nationally until the day came where she decided to focus her time on her post
Anna finished her competitive career in 2018 but did not say goodbye to fencing. She decided to focus her attention on coaching, and joined Rapier, heading the foil program. Currently Anna works with a variety of age groups and is equally at home teaching newcomers how to hold a foil as she is helping her athletes compete at competition.
We are happy to be able to offer a foil program and that is in large part due to Anna's coaching ability!