Welcome to Bozeman Fencing Association, LLC
Rooted in the European middle ages, yet thriving in the 21st century, fencing is a life-long sport with opportunities for competition, fitness, fun and community at all ages. Fencing involves skills, strategy, and individual self-discipline as well as the support and encouragement of the group. Fencing teaches problem solving, honesty, fair play and resilience. It builds strength, flexibility and self-confidence. Thanks to well designed modern weapons and protective gear, it is also extremely safe with lower rates of injury than virtually any other team or individual sport.
The Olympic Sport of Fencing
Fencing is done on a strip 14 meters long and two meters wide (called a piste). It includes three different weapons: epee, foil, and saber. At BFA we specialize in epee. The epee is a 35 inch flexible triangular blade and points are scored by depressing a button on the tip of your epee on your opponent. Younger fencers use shorter and lighter blades.
All levels of fencers are welcome and encouraged. Some of our fencers fence recreationally for fun and fitness. Many of our fencers choose to compete in tournaments held in Bozeman and the surrounding regions in order to build their skills and experience and challenge themselves with other fencers from near and far. Some of our fencers train rigorously many hours a week and compete at the national level.
We support and encourage families fencing together, siblings as well as parents or grandparents with children.
Leadership Development Program
As our fencers gain in experience and maturity, they have the opportunity to become a part of the Leadership Development Program where they develop their teaching and leadership skills as they help to mentor and instruct beginner and Level I fencers. Our fencers teach what they know so that we all rise together. All fencers learn more quickly and with deeper understanding as they develop their coaching skills. This summer Ian Chu is graduating into his new role as Apprentice Coach in the Leadership Development Program for the 2019-2020 season.
Bozeman Fencing Association, LLC was established in 2014 by Mich Carey as a way to expand fencing opportunities in Bozeman. Mich actively competes at the local, regional and national level.
Fencing guests from out of town are welcome. Please contact us for information first. A national fencing membership is required.
Atticus Cummings, Kai Cummings, Ian Chu, and Mich Carey
Mich is Head Coach and teaches adult and kids' classes as well as private lessons.
In her other life, she is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice.
Atty is Head Coach, teaching all levels of classes and private lessons.He earned his Moniteur de Floret from the US Fencing Coaches Association at 15.
Kai teaches private lessons and assists with teaching all levels of classes. A student of history, he brings a historical perspective to his teaching of fencing.
Fencing teaches problem solving, honesty, fair play and resilience