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Veteran Epee Training Clinic at Windy City Fencing     Apr 4, 2020 - Apr 5, 2020
Windy City Fencing: Chicago, IL Veteran Epee Training Clinic led by Sandra Marchant and Mark Wheeler.
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   Map to 1535 North Dayton St. Chicago IL 60642
posted 01/25/2020
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Saturday 2pm - 6pm
Sunday 9am - 5:30pm w/lunch break

Main theme of the clinic: Fencing with Formulas - Identifying different styles of fencers and using specific methods to defeat those styles. We’ll review common styles of fencers and the approaches and actions you can use against them. The clinic will involve demonstration and practice of a variety of actions.

Sub-theme: Purposeful Footwork Practice (with Conscientious + Challenge Footwork drills). We’ll review and practice how to employ footwork in the execution of your fencing formulas.

Bonus module! P-Cards can be weapons! We’ll review the P-Card rules and ways to use the rules to your advantage (and avoid them being used to your disadvantage). We are excited to announce that Jude Offerle, a veteran fencer and referee with years of national and international experience, will join us to lead this review. The P-Card module is planned for 4:15 - 5:15 on Sunday.


Early bird registration: $150 (fees paid by March 15)
Regular registration: $175 (March 16 - March 31)

The clinic will be limited to 25 participants. Must have current USA Fencing membership.

This clinic is recommended for Intermediate/Advanced Fencers and is open to fencers age 25 and older.


Coffee, sports drinks and snacks will be provided. Bring a water bottle!
Saturday dinner 6:30-8pm, opt-in basis, anticipated cost = $35. Dinner provided by Sully’s House next door to club.
Sunday lunch: Many neighborhood restaurants within walking distance. Chicago’s largest Whole Foods, with a variety of prepared foods, is just 3 blocks away.


Windy City Fencing is one of several gyms at the Menomonee Club’s Drucker Center location at 1535 N. Dayton.
Please bring full whites for fencing.
Locker rooms with showers are available for use by clinic participants.
Note that on-site parking is not available. Street parking (some paid, some free) and garage parking is available near the center. Use of public transportation or ride-share encouraged. There is an L station ~2 blocks away, a-3 minute walk from the club (North / Clybourn station on Red Line)


Sandra has been fencing for 25 years and coaching for over 12 years. Sandra is an active competitor on the veteran epee circuit and has been a finalist in over 30 National / International competitions. In 2011 she won both gold medals at the annual Can/Am Cup in the Vet Open and Vet Age age events and in 2014 won double gold medals at the North American Cup in Minneapolis, MN in the Vet Open and Vet Age events. In 2019 she took gold in the Veteran Women's 40-49 Epee Summer National Championships.

She earned her Moniteur certification in epee and foil in 2011. She is a full-time fencing coach and is currently working at four locations! She is the Head Coach and founder of Prospect Fencing Club, Prospect, CT (12 years to present), the Head Epee Coach at Silver City Fencing in Wallingford, CT, Assistant Coach at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is teaching fencing at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. In 2016 her High School Men’s Foil Team won the Connecticut State Championships and in 2018 and 2019 her High School Men’s Epee Team won the State Championship. Her students have gone on to fence at Sacred Heart University, Vassar, Haverford, Stevens and Drew.


Mark been fencing for 35 years and coaching for over 10 years. Mark is an active competitor on the veteran epee circuit and has been a finalist in over 10 veteran NACs and National Championships. He won the Vet 60 Epee Championship at the Summer Nationals in 2015, earning a berth on the 2015 national veteran team for the world championships.

Mark earned his Moniteur certification in epee and foil in 2011. His coaching efforts are focused on veteran epee fencers and has been coaching his students at national events for 10 years. He received a USA Fencing Coach’s Medal for his student who won the 2011 National Vet 40 Women’s Epee Championship in Reno. He’s also been involved in developing and coordinating epee training clinics for The Bay Cup since 2013, working with Michael Marx, Cody Mattern, and Soren Thompson. He has been coaching and co-leading the adult/veteran epee program at the Academy of Fencing Masters in Sunnyvale, CA for the last two years and is now also coaching at Windy City Fencing. While not pursuing his fencing passions, he works as an environmental consultant and helps run The Bay Cup.