James Odom (Jamey)
Started fencing in 1989
In the 1990’s Jamey was active in elite youth programs including the annual 5-year England Youth Tour where top fencers toured and competed in London, Bath and Edinburgh Scotland. After graduating from Metro State College Denver in 1999 Jamey and his wife Suzi relocated to Santa Fe and created the New Mexico Fencing Foundation in 2003.
In 2007-2009 his fencers Gavin Medley and Jake Harbour were winning national events. In 2009 Jamey earned a position on the US Coaching staff traveling Europe (GER, SWE, HUN) and eventually the World Championships in Belfast N. Ireland. Since then Jamey has coached elite fencers to over 60 national medals in multiple age categories and weapons. Most recently Annie Schulz was the 2014 Bronze Medal in Cadet Women's Epee Summer Championships.
"My approach to fencing is that the sport should enhance your life and not consume it. Patience and kindness are my primary goals in class. We like to laugh, play and make fencing the cliché “game of physical chess”. I love teaching all ages, but my preference and expertise is teaching Youth and Junior students. My goal for 2017 - 2019 is to create a Vet 50+ Mens and Womens competitive group.
Currently I am focused on developing a grass roots local foundation for fencing. I want Santa Fe to view fencing as a fun sport that is accessible to all economic demographics. It is my goal to make Modern Olympic Fencing a popular recreational activity to all Santa Fean’s."
- Jamey instructs the finer points of Modern Olympic Fencing. He is a national medalist and has trained recreational and competitive fencers for over 20 years.
Dom has been fencing since 1996, and has earned many medals including a top 8 result in the 2003 Summer National Championship in Epee. He is certified by the US Fencing Association Level 2 at Coaches College at the US Olympic Fencing Center. Dom teaches the adult class on Thursday nights.
Jack Stafurik has been fencing since 1963. He started fencing in college and fenced varsity at Bowie State University. He became the New England intercollegiate fencing champion. He later became the Gulf Coast Champion and most recently became the Veterans Champion for New Mexico. Jack has been coaching at Los Alamos Fencing for 10 years. He also coaches at NMFF mainly beginner courses.