About The Des Moines Fencing Club

Founded in June of 1997 by six people with various levels of fencing  knowledge, the Des Moines Fencing Club was soon joined by other experienced fencers and many enthusiastic students. In 1999, the DMFC achieved Iowa non-profit organization status.

Members of the DMFC participate in local and out-of-state tournaments, as well as perform demonstrations in the Des Moines metro area for schools, community groups, and other organizations that want to learn more about the sport of fencing. These are always performed by volunteers who donate their time to spread the word about the sport of fencing, sometimes even taking vacation time from their jobs to do so.

The guiding principle of the club has always been that we learn from each other and teach each other whatever we can.

The public is always welcome to come and observe and participate in DMFC practices!

The Des Moines Fencing Club is an Iowa 504(a) non-profit organization, a Federal 501(3)(c) non-profit corporation, and a member club of the United States Fencing Association (USFA).


Our typical 60 minute classes lead by our USFCA certified coaches.  Learn more about our coaches here.

Board of Directors

  • Siobhan Schneider – President
  • Brad Penar
  • Lancaster Kari
  • Darci Reis
  • Diondra Gamblin
  • Jason Maxwell