Dear Epic Fencer,
Welcome back to the club or, to those who are new, welcome to Epic Fencing! With everything going on in 2020 we’re excited to have the opportunity to see you and to get you moving as a fencer. Although this year will be a little different – with smaller class sizes, spacing between fencers, no borrowed equipment, and limited tournaments – we’re committed to providing a fun and positive fencing experience
for everyone in a safe an environment.
Attached is some more information on Epic, as well as an outline of our operations for the fall fencing season. Please note that we are doing everything we can to accommodate all of our fencers and have modified some of our operations due to COVID-19 restrictions, and as such we may continue to see some changes as we get in to the fall. We’ll do our best to communicate changes via email and encourage you to keep in touch with me or with the Board representatives.
Please keep in touch and contact me anytime if you any have questions. I’m excited to see everyone in their gear, and to get members active and fencing again!
See you soon,
Head Coach & General Manager
2020 Epic Fencing Welcome Notes
About Epic Fencing
The Epic Fencing Club is a not-for-profit sport club that was established in 1982 by a group of dedicated fencers. Through the years, The Epic Fencing Club has grown into a great club with three locations. The main club is based in NE Calgary with over 4000 sq ft of fencing space. It also runs satellite programs in the Trico Centre and at the University of Calgary. As
well, the Club offers Fall/Winter Classes and Summer Fencing Camps at the University of Calgary NW.
The Epic Fencing Club provides group and individual lessons in foil and epee for beginners, recreational fencers, and serious competitors age 8 to adults. With attention to detail and safety, classes are carefully monitored by experienced junior and senior coaches. Athletes are encouraged to respect their opponents and work together as a team.
Peter Drevenka is in his 11th season as a head coach of the Epic Fencing Club. Until 2010, he was an assistant coach beside Mr. Leslie Palmai. A 2006 graduate of University of Szeged in Hungary, Peter came to Epic Fencing Club from Hungary, where he was the coach of the University of Szeged Fencing Club and the Szeged Fencing Club. In addition to Peter, there are a handful of assistant coaches with experience and training who help out from time to time.
In class, Peter and the assistant coaches will also be helped by a small group of junior coaches – some of our teenage competitive fencers who volunteer to help run drills and to act as “close contact” coaches during the lessons.
The Canadian Fencing Federation is our national Governing body for the Sport of Fencing. We also operate under the Alberta Fencing Association. By registering all members at our club have a valid “Participant” membership with Alberta Fencing.
There are 3 levels of membership in the Province of Alberta, you can upgrade your membership at any time during the fencing season.
Participant – Any member who participates in club classes, club only tournaments. commonly refereed to as Recreational Fencers. This included basic accident insurance for members while fencing. Every member at Epic is automatically enrolled as an AFA Participant and your fees are covered by your registration at Epic Fencing Club.
Associate – Any member that competes in non-sanctioned inter-club events, camps, or training, as well as coaches and officials. You will need to upgrade this yourself on the AFA website.
Competitive – Allows the member to take part in all AFA and CFF sanctioned events. You will need to upgrade this yourself on the AFA website.
for more information or to upgrade your membership see https://www.fencing.ab.ca/
Any Epic Fencers can use the code UPGRADE202021, to receive a $5 discount on your AFA/CFF membership upgrade.
Board of Directors
Epic Fencing Club is a not-for-profit society owned by its membership. Day to day operations are run by Peter, overseen and assisted by Board of Directors elected by the members each spring. The 2020-21 board of directors are:
Richard Bezemer – President
Slavka Jasari – Vice President
Erin Luong – Secretary
Craig Watt – Treasurer
Tamara Bezemer – Registrar
Laurier Aubin – Member at Large
Michael Baxter – Member at Large
Andy Cook – Member at Large
George Lochhead – Member at Large
Stu Ross – Member at Large
Please feel free to contact the Board should you have any questions or concerns that Peter has been unable to help you with. Contact information is available at https://epicfencing.ca/contact-us/
Epic Fencing survives and thrives because of the support and great work of its member volunteers. It is expected that the fencers (and their families) will spend some time volunteering at the club, whether keeping the club clean and organized, serving on the board, or helping do some odd jobs as needed. We also have a casino every two years or so (on hold at this time), in which every family is expected to participate. We encourage members to take the initiative to help out where they see a need, as well as to be ready to jump in when asked. Please consider taking on a Board position in the spring at the Annual General Meeting.
In response to Covid-19 and the restrictions currently in place by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Fencing Association (AFA), we have modified many of our operations for fall 2020. Please refer to the Relaunch Guidelines and Equipment Policy documents on the website for comprehensive details.
Key highlights of the changes are:
ALL FENCERS AND SPECTATORS are recommended to complete the online COVID self assessment form prior to entry into the facility.
The above is current as of September 8th , 2020 and is subject to change at any time.
Epic Fencing Club
Sept 8th - Classes start at the Main Location
Sept 14th - Classes start at the Trico Centre
Youth-10 -- Born 2010 or later
Youth-12 -- Born 2008 or later
Youth-14 – Born 2006 or later
Cadet- Born 2004-2007
Junior - Born 2001-2007