The Des Moines Fencing Club (DMFC) exists to teach and promote the three disciplines of Olympic fencing (epee, foil, and saber) in central Iowa by proving opportunities to participate in a continuum of of fencing programs and activities.

Fencers of all ages may participate recreationally or competitively at the local, state, and national level. DMFC cultivates a passion for fencing through a community that challenges athletes to aspire to their highest level of achievement.

The Des Moines Fencing Club’s Frostbite Tournament is over!

What a great event. The Frostbite has been a staple of the DMFC for many years and always brings out some great competition! Including a surprise win by Red Door Fencing’s Natasha Johnstone, who entered the women’s foil event at the last minute and walked away with the gold!

We love to see fencers of all ages come in and have a good time, and really appreciated all the family’s who brought their young ones. Watching youth Sabre was especially entertaining, and seeing all the support that the athletes had was amazing!

We have uploaded the results of the tournament and they can be found here.

Otherwise, if you want to see some more pictures, you can check out the album on our Facebook page by clicking here.

We definitely want to thank all our volunteers who helped to make this event possible. If you would like to see how you can help the club with future events, we’d love to hear from you!

Frostbite Tournament Preregistration is now open!!!

The Des Moines Fencing Club is proud to announce the Frostbite Tournament is live on AskFred.
Saturday January 21st, 2023

Be sure to keep an eye on AskFred as this list may change….

– Senior Mixed Foil ———————– 9:00am —— born in 2009 or older
– Unsanctioned Y10 Mixed Foil ——– 9:00am —— born in 2012-2015
– Unsanctioned Youth Mixed Saber — 10:00am —– born in 2008-2015
– Unsanctioned Y12 Mixed Foil ——– 12:00pm —— born in 2010-2013
– Senior Women’s Foil ——————– 1:30pm —— born in 2009 or older
– Senior Mixed Saber ——————— 1:30pm —— born in 2009 or older
– Junior Mixed Foil ———————— 3:30pm —— born 2003-2009

USA Fencing Access or Competitive memberships will be required for all sanctioned events. All events will be conducted according to the current USA Fencing rules. All equipment and behavior must meet the requirements laid down by these rules. We will be checking all masks and gloves.

We need referees, if you available to referee please e-mail us at DMFCcoaches@gmail.com. All referees will be compensated @ $15 per event.

Look forward to seeing you there!

DMFC’s 4th Annual Jack-O-Lantern 🎃 Tournament

Last week on November 5th and 6th the Des Moines Fencing Club hosted our fourth annual Jack-O-Lantern Tournament, which was a smashing success (though no pumpkins were actually smashed🎃)!

All the participants did a great job, and a special shoutout goes to our guests from other clubs who came to give us some new tricks and treats.

Then a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who directed, coached, armored, and ran the tables and admin for this very exciting tournament!

The results are posted on AskFred here.

The be sure to “LIKE” our Facebook page and check out the full album, however here are a few of our fantastic finalists!

DMFC’s 3rd annual Jack-O-Lantern Tournament (3-Weapon)

DMFC’s 3rd annual Jack-O-Lantern Tournament (3-Weapon)
Oct 23, 2021
Registration is $30 and $10 for each event.
Cash or checks, please.
Preregistration Closing Date – 10/22/2021


Welcome to Des Moines Fencing Club’s first tournament in the 21-22 season!

All events are currently expected to be sanctioned. USA Fencing Access or Competitive memberships will be required. All events will be conducted according to the current USA Fencing rules. All equipment and behavior must meet the requirements laid down by these rules. We will check all masks and saber gloves.

Please note: this is not a regional or national qualifying event. Regional and National Points will not be awarded, and this tournament is not a part of any qualifying path.

We will need referees, so if you can referee please use the contact information to let us know. All referees will be compensated with USA Fencing per Diem rates + lunch.


(Times are close of registration; fencing will begin shortly thereafter.)

– Unsanctioned Youth Mixed Saber — 9:00am. —– born in 2008 or younger (Y8, Y10, Y12 & Y14)
– Unsanctioned Youth Mixed Foil —– 9:30am —— born in 2008 or younger (Y8, Y10, Y12 & Y14)
– Unsanctioned Youth Mixed Epee – 11:00am —— born in 2008 or younger (Y8, Y10, Y12 & Y14)
– Senior Mixed Saber —————— 12:00pm —— born in 2008 or older
– Senior Mixed Foil ———————– 1:00pm —— born in 2008 or older
– Senior Mixed Epee ——————— 2:30pm —— born in 2008 or older
In you were born in 2008 you may fence both Youth & Senior events.

Preregistration opens on 09/05/2021.
Preregistration closes on 10/22/2021.

Valley Southwoods Freshman High School
625 S 35th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265

This event will be held in the Gym. There is ample parking on the south side of the building.

Pre-registration is $30
Each event $10
Day of Event registration fee +$5

Cash or checks, please. We will also have credit available for an additional fee

Event Merc – See Our Facebook event for images
Tournament T-Shirt orders are due by 10/1/2021
T-shirts will be available for Pre-order $20

—6.1oz 100% Soft Spun Cotton Essential Short Sleeve T-Shirt

—Adult sizes: S/M/L/XL/XLT/XXL/XXLT/2XL/3XLT/4XL/4XLT/5XL

No additional wears will be available the day of, so be sure to pre-order!!!

AskFred registration deadline October 22th, 2021 (Pay day of event)
Medals for 1st, 2nd, two 3rd placements
USFA competitive membership required for all sanctioned events***
Please bring proof of current competitive membership in the USFA
All USFA rules will be enforced.

COVID-19 Information:

As of 9/5/2021 USA Fencing mandates mask be worn at all times for all in attendance.
We also ask guests know and practice CDC’s guideline such as distancing between guests
Hand sanitizer will be available.

We ask that no participant or guest attend if they have any of the following:
– Temperature of over 99.9degrees F. (Please self-check prior to arriving)
– Symptoms: Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea
– Been in known contact with anyone who has tested positive

Please contact us through AskFRED with any questions related to the event.


Website http://www.desmoinesfencingclub.org/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DesMoinesFencingClub

This event is still work in progress and times may change. Please check back before the day of the event.

Duel in Des Moines

Join us for our first tournament of 2021!

Fairmeadows Elementary
807 23rd St.
West Des Moines, IA
(epee events will be outside, in the parking lot; foil and saber will be indoors, in the gym)
This is not the same school as last fall!

$30 + $10 per event

(Times are close of check-in; fencing will begin shortly thereafter.)

Saturday 5/1:
9:00 am – Unsanctioned Youth Mixed Foil
10:00 am – Senior Mixed Epee
11:00 am – Unsanctioned Youth Mixed Saber
1:00 pm – Senior Mixed Foil
2:00 pm – Cadet Mixed Epee
2:30 pm – Senior Mixed Saber

Sunday 5/2:
10:00 am – Senior Women’s Epee
2:00 pm – Unrated Senior Mixed Epee

Live results: TBA

*If there is a significant chance of rain, we’ll communicate on Thursday evening (4/29) about schedule changes or cancellations.

Covid-19 Rules & Precautions:

Masks are required per USA Fencing rules: https://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/1130356

Coronavirus masks will be treated like any other piece of attire/equipment – glasses, shoelaces, jacket zippers – if it becomes displaced, we want you to fix it, but it should generally stay in place while fencing.

To help with the logistics of this requirement, fencers are allowed to put their fencing mask on before hooking up to the reel (and salute with it on) and take it off after unhooking.

Hand sanitizer will be available at each scoring table and bout committee.

Please bring your own water so you don’t have to use the restroom tap.

Please DO NOT attend if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have recently been exposed to a known case, or are supposed to be quarantining.

This tournament is sanctioned, so USA Fencing membership is required for all events except Youth Foil and Youth Saber. You can join or renew your membership here: https://member.usafencing.org/login

*If you are new to USA Fencing, there is an option to sign up as a non-competitive member for $10, which allows you to compete in one tournament during the 20-21 season (which ends in July) without upgrading to a full competitive membership.

Youth is considered “10 and up”. All other age categories follow USA Fencing’s normal age divisions: https://www.usafencing.org/age-classification-eligibility

State & county Covid-19 data:

USA Fencing’s Return to Local Events Guidelines, many of which we will be following: https://cdn2.sportngin.com/attachments/document/97c9-2220537/Return_to_Local_Events_Final.pdf#_ga=2.240177984.213598919.1597815952-1737010881.1552275440

Tournament will follow USA Fencing’s Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies: https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/62a0-1886140/USA_Fencing_MAAPP_Final_060619.pdf#_ga=2.95948250.734423682.1600180125-603829739.1572536120

*Update 4/1/21: Now there are events for foil and saber fencers, run by the Des Moines Fencing Club!*

Hosted by Red Door Fencing & the Des Moines Fencing Club
(515) 329-0329