Leaving the Nest

Leaving the Nest: Anna Selchow

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! Anna Selchow Anna began fencing at 14 in Cody’s homeschool fencing class where she progressed rapidly, eventually becoming an assistant. In January of last year, she started training with the competitive class, enjoying the competition, camaraderie, and hijinks of national tournaments. Beyond the piste, she has attained the highest rank, Cadet Colonel, in Civil Air Patrol, one of only 29 in Oregon history. Anna will be attending and fencing for the
April 19, 2018
NWFC: Ross Ferguson
Leaving the Nest

Leaving the Nest: Ross Ferguson

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
March 15, 2018
NWFC: Joe Serban
Leaving the Nest

Leaving the Nest: Joe Serban

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! Joe Serban I began fencing at 9 years old at Bellingham Bay Fencing Academy in Washington. I later joined Salle Auriol in Seattle. I was inspired by French fencing Maître Leon Auriol who introduced fencing to the Pacific Northwest; he loved teaching beginners. When I earned my club patch, he said, “Remember when you wear this patch, you represent me and everyone in our clubs; wear it with pride.” After moving
March 15, 2018
Leaving the Nest

Leaving the Nest: Daniel Volkmann

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! Daniel Volkmann Daniel began fencing at nine years old, after taking a run at several other sports. Traditional sports were problematic because he was lanky and uncoordinated. He started with saber at HDFA in Reno; after a year of placing nearly dead last in every RYC, he picked up an epee. Quickly, he found success (thank you, lanky stature). After five years of fencing at HDFA, Daniel and his mother moved
March 15, 2018
Leaving the Nest Polina Verkhovodova
Leaving the Nest

Leaving the Nest: Polina Verkhovadova

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! Polina Verkhovadova I started fencing in eighth grade after dancing and training as a gymnast for nine years. When I found out that one of my gymnastics teammates starting fencing, I was curious to see what it was all about so I visited NWFC and I was instantly hooked. Since then, NWFC has become my second home. I’ve become close with all my teammates and coaches—they’re people I care about very
March 15, 2018
NWFC: Caroline Lee
Leaving the Nest

Leaving the Nest: Caroline Lee

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,
March 15, 2018
NWFC: Megan Eno
Leaving the Nest

Leaving the Nest: Megan Eno

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! Megan Eno In 2008, I watched Mariel Zagunis win a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics and told my parents that I wanted to be a fencer. My dad told me that he was not going to drive me up to Portland three to four days a week to fence. I was online a few months later and found out that Salem had its own salle and started fencing foil and
March 15, 2018
NWFC: Will Wise
Leaving the Nest

Leaving the Nest: Will Wise

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! Will Wise Will started fencing at six because he wanted to "poke" people without getting in trouble. His 13 years with NWFC has been a great journey, led by many talented coaches. Highlights include traveling with the Cadet World Team, training at the French National Training Center, and living/training at Brooklyn Bridge Fencing. Also memorable - winning a national championship in individual and teams. Will has experienced many funny, unforgettable adventures
March 15, 2018
NWFC: Andy Faubert
Leaving the Nest

Leaving the Nest: Andy Faubert

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! Andy Faubert At age 12, Andy started practicing foil at a small club operating out of Las Positas community college in California. He switched to epee after finding success in the Y14 circuit due to his early 5'9" stature and foil ill-suited style. An extended school break by his club led him to fence at East Bay Fencers Gym, where he learned to fleche. Fast-forward to age 16, Andy moved up
March 15, 2018