Alan Anderson

Alan started fencing in 1988 while attending South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. A local businessman started the club in Rapid City and was practicing at the YMCA at that time. Tom Byars was trained by a former Olympic Saberist and had a passion for the sport that he shared with his students. The club was small and informal, but the instruction was first-rate due to the personal attention. In 1990, Alan attended graduate school at Iowa State University where he joined the fencing club at that campus. During his seven years attending Iowa State he competed regularly at USFA sanctioned tournaments in the Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota divisions. In cooperation with Doug Jauer and several other members of the ISU Fencing Club, Alan helped grow the club from 6 or 7 members to 20 or more. They offered instruction at several different levels and the instruction was led by Doug and Alan primarily. In addition, Alan taught a university-sponsored fencing class through the Physical Education Department. Alan returned to the Black Hills in late 1996, but was unable to find a current fencing club at that time. Sometime in 2005 he joined the club started by Jeff, and he has become a principle member and primary instructor of this club. He plans to begin training for coaching certification to better serve the current and future members of the Black Hills Fencing Club.