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.
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. Annie Schulz was the 2014 Bronze Medal in Cadet Women's Epee Summer Championships. Most recentlyReilly Brislawn was the Division II Gold medalist at the 2020 fall North American Cup.
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.