Missoula Fencing Association

MisCon 31 Panel Volunteer

Our mission: To promote the Olympic sport of fencing in Western Montana by offering a safe environment where members can learn from qualified teachers using current USFA (United States Fencing Association) rules.

Missoula Youth Fencing Association was established by our current director, Laura Lee, in the fall of 2007. Laura’s two sons had shown an interest in fencing a couple of years earlier and pursuing this interest quickly brought about the realization that fencing in Montana typically means posts, poles, and barbed wire. Using the University of Montana Fencing Club as a resource, Laura was able to find an instructor for her two sons and one of their friends.
It was not long before word got around that some young people in Missoula were playing with swords, with their parents’ permission. So, with teachers wanting more students, and many young people looking for a way to learn fencing in Montana, the Missoula Youth Fencing Association was born. Since our inception in 2007, we have had 800+ children participate in our lessons and summer camps, and countless others through our community outreach programs. The story we hear from first-time callers is often the same: they have a child who has wanted, for years, to learn the sport of fencing, but they never thought they would have the opportunity in Western Montana. Many of our students and families have been searching for a sport that “fits” and have finally found that in fencing. Fencing is an individual sport with a team atmosphere, and the combination of athleticism and strategy required is appealing to many people who are not necessarily interested in other sports.
Fencing is also a lifetime sport so in the fall of 2010 we expanded our program to include fencers of all ages and changed our name to Missoula Fencing Association. At Missoula Fencing Association, we support the whole person and their family, not just the athlete. We support our fencers’ families by designing a program that respects the dinner hour, homework time, school activities, holidays, and individual financial needs. We foster respect for all of our members, regardless of age or ability, and focus on an atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement. We also support our local community through various community service events.

Web site: http://missoulafencing.net/mission/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Competitive Fencing Demo, Open Green (3)
    Panelists: Missoula Fencing Association

    Come watch the Missoula Fencing Association demonstrate competitive fencing. Learn more about them at missoulafencing.net

  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Fencing Class, Open Green (3)
    Panelists: Missoula Fencing Association

    Now that you have seen the Missoula Fencing Association in action, it's your turn to learn! Participate in a sample fencing class and learn your way around a foil. Maximum class size of 14.

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Fencing Class, Open Green (3)
    Panelists: Missoula Fencing Association

    Now that you have seen the Missoula Fencing Association in action, it's your turn to learn! Participate in a sample fencing class and learn your way around a foil! Maximum class size of 14.

  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Fencing Demo, Open Green (3)
    Panelists: Missoula Fencing Association

    Come watch the Missoula Fencing Association as members of the association demonstrate competitive fencing.


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