By Michael McTigue Assistant Épée Coach How do I get good at this? Every student or parent has asked this question. It’s an obvious question, and the answer isn’t obvious or we wouldn’t be asking it. Learning fencing is like a 3-legged stool, one leg is group instruction and bouting with your friends, another leg is the private lesson, and lastly there is competition. All three are important to the growth of the student and the omission of any one of them will limit their development. Inside each there lies a richness of experiences and opportunities for growth. Today’s focus is on the private lesson component. First off what is it? At NWFC it is a 30-minute block of time that the student spends one on one with their coach. In the beginning this time is spent teaching the critical technical skills, the building blocks of fencing. This creates the
Cody Mattern A four‐time Senior National Epee Champion, Cody was an Olympian in Men’s Epee in 2004. His epee team was the first men’s team to win a medal at a Senior World Championships (Silver, 2010). Theyfollowed that up with a historic Gold at the 2012 World Championships. He was a two‐time U20 National Champion. He now coaches at the Northwest Fencing Center. He was a member of Senior World Championship Teams: 2012 (Gold – Team), 2011, 2010 (Silver –Team), 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2001 Pan American Games Teams: 2011 (Gold – Team), 2007 (Bronze – Team) Junior World Championship Teams: 2001 Cody Mattern started fencing at Salle Auriol, now the Northwest Fencing Center in Beaverton, Oregon. He passed up college scholarships to dedicate himself to fencing, first in Oregon and later at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where he and represented the Army’s World Class Athlete
We are extremely proud of our graduating fencers, and will be introducing them over the next several weeks. If you see them, wish them well in their future endeavors! Ross Ferguson One day in seventh grade, after a particularly intense lightsaber battle, Ross and his friend decided to polish their swordsmanship by trying a fencing class; Ross was hooked. In high school Ross discovered an enthusiasm for academics – matching his passion for fencing. He continued to fence 2 or 3 times a week, even when it got hard (but rarely on Wednesdays, for some reason…), though his studies remained a priority. Fencing is Ross’s ideal sport for many reasons: the simultaneous engagement of mind and body; the intensity of the 5-point bout; watching fencing at the London Olympics; and of course, NWFC, where Ross can just be himself.
We are extremely proud of our graduating fencers, and will be introducing them over the next several weeks. If you see them, wish them well in their future endeavors! Caroline Lee After experimenting with a variety of sports such as basketball, ice skating, and swimming, Caroline began fencing at the age of 12. Quickly, she fell in love with the strategic game and positive environment at Northwest Fencing Center. It is evident that NWFC truly is Caroline’s second home; she considers her teammates and coaches to be part of her family. Under Cody’s tutelage, Caroline found her passion for epee, and she could not be more grateful. The memories and relationships Caroline has built over the past six years are ones she will cherish for the rest of her life!