Black Hills Fencing Club newsletter

Beginner's Classes and Upcoming Events...

Beginner's Classes

Just a reminder that our next beginner's classes start this week.  Monday in Spearfish ( and Thursday in Rapid City (  Tell you friends and bring anyone interested.

The first night (and possibly the second night) is NO OBLIGATION, so feel free to stop by and check out the class before committing to anything.  We want you to find out what fencing is about, so come to see what we do and try some moves that first night.

Upcoming Tournaments and Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays!!!

The holidays are fast approaching, so I wanted to make sure everyone knew when we were and were not meeting.  In addition, there are a couple of interesting tournaments coming up.  Finally, the current beginner's classes are ending, and the spring beginner's classes will start before we know it.  See schedules below for the next beginner's class.

Beginner's Classes and News...

Beginner's Class

 Our Beginner's Classes start soon!!!  The Beginner's Class is for those that have never fenced and want to learn.  The class is 10 weeks and meets weekly on the night of the class (see below).  Cost is $90, which covers all instruction, equipment, and USFA Non-competitive membership (required).  We are offering two classes this year; one in Rapid City, and one in Spearfish (see details below).

Fall Season & Beginner's Classes...

Fall Practices and Classes

Regular Club Practices

Regular club practices will resume for the fall and winter session on Thursday 10 September 2015.  We will meet every Thursday from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the multipurpose room of the RC Aquatics Center at 125 Waterloo Street.  This is for the returning members, those that have been through the beginner's class, or anyone with experience fencing.  Club dues are $90 per quarter (with 3 quarters through the year) or $275 for all three quarters if paid up-front.

End of Season Pizza Party

End of Season Pizza Party

Only two more practices left, which means it's time for an end-of-season party.  Unfortunately, Beau Jo's closed, which means we need a new place.  Blaze Pizza is supposed to be good, so we're going to try it.

Next Beginner's Class, Practices Resume and Upcoming Tournaments...

Regular Practices Resume

Practices for the regular club members will resume on 8 Jan 2015.  Our time slot is the same: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  Those that just completed the Beginner's Class will join the regular club and participate in these practices.  I'm looking forward to restarting our practices.

Anyone interested in seeing what we do is welcome to come visit and watch our practices.  I'll even give the 10 minute overview!

Upcoming Tournaments and Recent Results...

November to Remember (D & Under)

One of our members attended the recent tournament in Lincoln, NE.  Pictures will be forth-coming, but it sounded like he was happy with his performance.  The goal is to improve and get more comfortable with competing.

Fall Classes and Practices

Regular Club Practices

The Black Hills Fencing Club will resume regular club practices on 4 September 2014.  We are in a slightly earlier time slot: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM; however, we are still meeting in the Multipurpose Room at the Rapid City Aquatics Center (125 Waterloo Street).

Tournament and Winding Down...

Youth TournamentAlex and Nic at the Icicle Open

On the weekend of April 26 and 27, there is a youth tournament in Lincoln, NE.  At least one member is going.  If anyone else is interested in going, you probably need to get signed up soon.  Visit the AskFred site ( to register, and we can coordinate equipment on Thursday.

Upcoming News Story...

Watch the News!

Jamie Zepp shooting footage at fencing practice

Last Thursday Jamie Zepp from KEVN, Black Hills Fox, came  to see what we do.  We shared our story and our passion for the sport, and he shot footage throughout the evening.

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