March 20, 2014

Spring Practice Schedule!

For our Experienced Fencers, and for those of you who have graduated from our Summer Camp or "Introduction to Fencing" Programs, we have assembled our Spring Practice Schedule!  If you have a question about how your son or daughter would continue to develop, our Practice Schedule provides details on when we conduct conditioning, footwork, and bladework practice sessions, and when we conduct open bouting sessions.  

Click here: Download 2014-Winter-Spring Class Schedule  to view the schedule and register for classes!   

March 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

New Learn-To-Fence Classes!

The Three Rivers Fencing Center is excited to announce our new "Learn-To-Fence" classes!  If you have never tried fencing, but would like to start, we have new "Learn-to-Fence" classes starting!  Classes are 4 weeks long, and meet once per week.  Classes are conducted as follows:

  • Saturday Mornings, 9 to 10 a.m. (Combined Class - Ages 7 and Up)
  • Monday Evenings, 5 to 6 p.m. (Youth Class - Ages 7-12)
  • Wednesday Evenings, 5 to 6 p.m. (Kids Class - Ages 5-7) and 8 to 9 p.m. (Teen (13-17) and Adult (18 and Up))

Each New 4-week Class will start as follows:

  • Saturdays: March 29, May 3, May 31
  • Mondays: March 31, April 28, June 2
  • Wednesdays: April 2, April 30, May 28

Three Rivers Fencing Center provides the fencing gear, so come on out and try this fantastic sport!  Click here: Download 2014 Spring Intro Classes  for your registration form and complete details!

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What better way to spend the summer than learning a new sport that provides a lifetime of benefits!  Fencing stimulates the body, mind, and spirit, and it is a blast!  Let our experienced staff introduce your son or daughter to this fast and powerful sport that is sweeping the USA!  

Week-long, Half-day camps will be conducted the following weeks:

  • June 16-20
  • July 28-August 1
  • August 4-8
  • August 11-15 (Intermediate, for those who took a camp or class, previously)

Click here: Download 2014SummerCamps for a registration form and information on dates and times!

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November 22, 2013

Fencing Seminar with Maitre Nat Goodhartz January 25-26!

The Three Rivers Fencing Center (TRFC)  is proud to announce that we are inviting you to attend a fencing clinic with Maitre Nat Goodhartz on Saturday, January 25th and Sunday, January 26th!


Nat Goodhartz is a certified fencing master through the FIE, has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, and is a member of the US Fencing Association Hall of Fame. She has served as the National Jr. Men's Foil Coach and the National Coach for Women's Foil. She has coached numerous World Cup and World Championship Teams, coached many National Champions and members of World Championship Teams, including a silver medalist on the Beijing Olympic Team.


TRFC will provide lunch on Saturday at 12:30.  The clinic will run from 1:30-5:00 p.m. on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Fees are $70, and college students and TRFC Members may attend at the discounted rate of $40.


If you plan to attend, please contact Coach Iana Dakova at


Hope to see you there! 

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November 13, 2013

Coach Kaidanov Seminar-Huge Success!

Photo 22-Kaidanov Seminar
Photo 19-Kaidanov Seminar
The Three Rivers Fencing Center was proud to host Maitre d'Armes, Emmanuil Kaidanov, on November 2-3, 2013!  Coach Kaidanov conducted a very informative Seminar and it was our pleasure to enjoy our visit with Coach and his beautiful wife!  Coach has accomplished numerous Competitive and Coaching Successes, including:

  • Winner of silver medal in the USSR National Championships in 1958 and 1959
  • Earned his Maitre d’Armes from the State University of Physical Education at Kharkov
  • USA Coach for: Pan-American Games, World University Games, Maccabiah Games, Olympic Sports Festival, and World Championships
  • In 31 seasons as Penn State Head Coach: 795-77 combined record (+91 percent winning record)
  • 12 Penn State NCAA Championships and Finishing in Top 3 in 25 of 29 Seasons 
  • 4 Time NCAA Coach of the Year
  • Coach's Fencers have accomplished:
    • 28 NCAA Individual Titles
    • 188 All Americans
    • 10 Olympians
    • 1st and Only USA World Champion-Miles Chamley-Wason

Thank you, Coach!



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August 29, 2013

Weapon Repair Clinic - Saturday September 7th

The Three Rivers Fencing Center will be hosting a Weapon Repair Clinic on Saturday, September 7th from 12:30-2:00 p.m.  This is a great way to learn how to repair your equipment and how to keep your equipment in top shape!  The clinic is free for TRFC Members and $25 for Non-Members.  Please email Coach Dakova at to reserve your spot!  We hope to see you there!  

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June 23, 2013

2013 Summer Schedule!

Summer Schedule at TRFC!

The Three Rivers Fencing Center will continue fencing classes throughout the summer, and we are offering several fencing camps for new fencers:

  • Beginner Camps will be conducted the weeks of August 5, August 12, and August 19 (Click on "Classes" to the right for more details)   
  • Our Summer Schedule will begin the week of June 24th, and fencing will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Come, enjoy our air-conditioned gym, and beat the heat!  We look forward to serving you, and hope that you get involved in this most fantastic of all sports!

If you have questions, please email us at

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July 08, 2011


Congratulations to Lynn Botelho, who just won the Gold Medal at the 2011 National Championships in Reno Nevada.  Lynn completed a perfect 6-0 record in the pools, tied as the Number 1 seed, and continued undefeated to claim the Gold Medal in the Veteran 40 Women's Foil Event!  Completed in professional style, I might add!  Congratulations to Lynn, and her coach, Iana Dakova!  We salute you!

Update - Lynn also was a member of the Gold-Medal winning Women's Over-40 Veteran Foil Team

Brad Cellier anchored the Gold-Medal winning Men's Over-40 Veteran Foil Team

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TRFC at National Championships!

The Three Rivers Fencing Center sent a cadre of athletes to Reno, Nevada, to compete at the 2011 National Championships from July 1-10.  Here are our representative athletes, along with our results:

  1. Lynn Botelho - GOLD in the Over-40 Veterans Womens Foil, GOLD in Over-40 Veteran Foil Team Event
  2. Bradley Cellier - 7th in the Over-40 Veterans Mens Foil, Anchored Over-40 GOLD Medal winning Veteran Foil Team
  3. Guy Beresteanu - 45 out of 107 competitors in Youth 10 Men's Foil (MF)
  4. Simon Schaitkin - 123 out of 184 competitors in Under 16 MF, 178 of 235 in Under 19 MF
  5. Max Findley - 96 of 235 in Under 19 MF
The Elite Event at Summer National Championships is the Division 1A Event.  We had two excellent Top 16 finishes, where our fencers very nearly made the Finals:
  1. Stephen Baker finished 10th
  2. Max Findley finished 14th
These are very impressive finishes, and they should be congratulated.  Congratulations, Gentlemen!

Also, the TRFC put together a Men's Foil Team, who finished 6th out of 23 teams.  This was a very strong team, which lost by one touch in overtime to the Silver Medalist Team of Empire United Fencing from New York City.  Anchored by Max Findley, this team was in the running to medal at the National Champonships.  The TRFC Team consisted of:

  1. Max Findley
  2. Stephen Baker
  3. Bradley Cellier

It was truly my pleasure to compete along side Stephen and Max, who both performed extraordinarily well under high pressure.  Well Done! CIMG5417

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September 18, 2008

Olympic Medals!

They did it!  The USA Women's Foil Team defeated the 2007 World Championship Polish Team, then defeated Hungary to win the Silver Medal, eventually losing to the Russians in the Gold Medal Bout.  Likewise the Men's Saber Team won the Silver Medal!  In addition, the USA women's fencers swept the Olympic saber individual event, winning gold, silver and bronze!  We were hoping for big things, but it doesn't get any better than that!  Mariel Zagunis repeated her gold medal performance from Athens, and Sada Jacobson and Becca Ward won silver and bronze, respectively.  Read all about it, here:
To see all results from the Olympic fencing events, visit



Do you have a young athlete interested in fencing?  The Three Rivers Fencing Center is Pittsburgh's Premier Modern Olympic Fencing Club - join one of our Beginner classes this November, and see why fencing is one of the fastest growing USA sports!  Go, USA! (Photos courtesy of

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