The New Mexico fencing Foundation is please to bring this exciting sport to Northern New Mexico. With dedicated training facilities and flexible training programs, NMFF provides a welcoming environment for the beginning fencer as well as for the experienced competitor.
About the Foundation and Fencing
New Mexico Fencing Foundation has operated since 2001 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and today the club is Northern New Mexico’s only full-time facility dedicated to fencing. The club offers a relaxed, supportive environment that builds the skills that make a successful fencer — whether training to be a recreational athlete or an international competitor.
We are very sad to report that our beloved founder, head coach, mentor, and all around great person, Jamey Odom, has passed away. He passed unexpectedly and much too soon, but quietly in his sleep. We all offer his wife Suzi and his terrific children Alex and Megan who have worked so hard to build this club our deepest condolences. We share their deep sense of loss from this tragedy.
New Mexico Fencing Foundation’s instructors are Rich Strittmatter, Jack Stafurik, Dan Taylor, and Bram Meehan. Visit the Classes and Costs section for the current lesson schedule.
Fencing is believed to have originated in Spain, and traces its roots to the development of swordsmanship for duels and self defense.
The three weapons in fencing are the foil, épée, and the saber. Specfic rules, such as where and when a hit (touch) is considered valid, vary from weapon to weapon, but the premise is the same: score touches on your opponent without getting hit yourself, generally by blocking (parrying) the blade.
A fencing bout goes to a predetermined number of touches (usually 5 to 15). The action takes place on a strip and is overseen by a referee. Touches are registered electronically, using weapons that complete a circuit to a scoring device.
With stringent equipment requirements, thorough training, and an emphasis on serious athletics, fencing is an extremely safe sport. The multi-faceted nature of bouting makes it ideal for all ages and body types.
1763 fencing print from Domenico Angelo's instruction book. Angelo was instrumental in turning fencing into an athletic sport.