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Atlanta Fencers' Club


Georgia's home for fencing 

(404) 762-7666 / Email

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Atlanta Fencers' Club


Georgia's home for fencing 

(404) 762-7666 / Email

Atlanta fences here 

Since 1980, we’ve been sharing our passion for fencing in Georgia as the state’s first fencing club. We serve members from age 5 to 85, from beginners to top-level competitive fencers and enjoy sharing our passion with anyone interested in the sport. Located just 15 minutes south of downtown Atlanta, we offer fencing in all three disciplines, private lessons and group foil or epee classes for all skill-levels six days a week. 

Only a few minutes off the highway, our 7,000 square foot facility is tucked away in a sustainably-converted auto-shop. We have 9 strips on a raised wood floor, a cross-training area, fencing dummy, weapons workstation and offer club equipment for our fencers to use.  

 

Lessons 

Our experienced coaching staff offers one-on-one and group lessons for all weapons and skill-levels.

Classes

Every week, we offer multiple classes for youth, beginners and competitive epee and foil fencers.

Bouting

In addition to classes, fencers visit to free fence every day of the week. Contact Maestro Gene to learn more. 

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About Fencing


The oldest modern Olympic sport, fencing challenges your mind and your body — helping you grow on and off the strip.  

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About Fencing


The oldest modern Olympic sport, fencing challenges your mind and your body — helping you grow on and off the strip.  

At the Atlanta Fencers’ Club, we’re proud to share our passion for fencing with students of all ages in all three weapons. We often receive some common questions about the sport we teach:

What weapons are used in fencing?

Modern competitive fencing is divided into three separate sport weapons: the foil, the epee and the sabre. The object of all weapons is to hit your opponent before they hit you, but rules vary by weapon. We teach all three weapons at AFC, with group classes in foil and epee. Weapons are designed specifically for fencing and are very safe. For students new to the sport, we can help them choose the weapon that fits them best. 

How old do you need to be to fence?

Fencing is a  sport that almost anyone can do, from children up to seniors. At AFC, we have students from age 5 to 85 and provide fencing gear to fencers of all ages. We have a large number of youth fencers, as well as teen, adult and senior fencers. 

How do I get started? 

Contact AFC Maestro Gene Gettler to visit the club, sign up for a class or lesson. We're always happy to share our sport and welcome new fencers — from people just starting out to advanced fencers seeking a new place to train. 

 

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Coaching Staff


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Coaching Staff


Gene Gettler

MAITRE d'ARMES

Gene earned his certification as a Fencing Master in 1977 from the American Fencing Academy at Cornell University, and founded the Atlanta Fencers' Club that same year. Many of his students have become regional and national finalists and champions, including one pupil who made two US Olympic Teams. Also an accomplished fencer, Gene was a bronze medalist in foil in the 1998 Div. II Nationals, has been US Masters Champion twice, Southeast Section Foil Champion twice, and twice has been the Southeast Section Epee Champion. Gene is also a faculty member teaching fencing at Emory University and Head Coach of the Centennial High School Fencing Team. Gene is also dedicated to the training and certification of Fencing Coaches. Gene is currently serving as SE Vice-President for the United States Fencing Coaches Association.

 

Anthony DuBose

ASST. COACH 

Instructor in Foil, Anthony brings to the AFC Staff his vast competitive experience as an Elite National Competitor. Anthony started fencing under Maestro Gettler at the age of 14.

Among his many accomplishments, he was a U.S. Junior Olympic finalist, NCAA Champion for Penn State, 9th place at Div I Senior Nationals, Southeast Section Foil Champion, and Temple Open Champion. Anthony qualified for several Junior National Teams, and was a member of the 1991 US Olympic Festival Team in Los Angeles.

Anthony is studying under Maestro Gettler to earn his coaching certification, and ably assists in Youth and Adult classes as well as AFC satellite programs. 

 

 

 

Laura Gettler 

INSTRUCTOR 

 Instructor in Foil, Laura has been fencing for 29 years. Among her competitive accomplishments, Laura is a past Southeast Section Champion, and several times National Finalist in Veteran’s Foil. Laura assists with the Beginners Youth and Adult classes, and is particularly liked for her patience and sensitivity. Gene and Laura have been married for 25 years. 

Ed Nolan 

MONITEUR d'ARMES

 Ed is also studying under Maitre Gettler to earn his coach’s certifications. Ed is nationally rated in sabre, epee and foil, and is an assistant coach at the Atlanta Fencers’ Club. Ed is particularly an excellent mentor to less experienced fencers. Ed also teaches fencing at the Atlanta Speech School.