Talking with parents at AFM sometimes we hear quite interesting questions. The repeating one is the following: “Is it true that most Americans have never heard of fencing? Is it true that the sport of fencing is popular mostly in Russia and Italy?” Well, playing “true or false”, the answer is “of course, false!”. Despite the joke that if a fencing coach speaks with a Russian accent, you should better listen to him, and although the fact that the most exciting fencing training videos on YouTube are of Italians, America is taking sure steps towards serious achievements on the world fencing stage.
We live in a great location in the Bay Area, where fencing is blooming as much as on the other coast, in the New York area. Big names of local fencers help further raise the popularity of fencing in California and US. And yes, the international podium is not for two or three European countries anymore! The new generation of fencers is powerfully progressing, more often raising the American flag at the International competitions.