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Julian McGaw

Julian McGaw first began fencing through an NWFC outreach program at my school. From there, he went to a youth camp over the summer, and the next thing he knew, Julian was fencing four days a week and flying to competitions every few months.

Mia Wu

Mia Wu wanted a pony as a birthday gift, but she got an opportunity to try fencing instead. Ever since she’s been in love with fencing. For the past 6+ years, Mia has embraced and enjoyed every bittersweet moment of this amazing sport with her hard work, dedication, commitment, and perseverance in both fencing and academics. 

Jenny Duan

Jenny Duan began fencing at age 10 after attending a fencing birthday party at NWFC. Since then, she has cultivated a passion for the sport, life lessons in courage and resilience, and a community at NWFC.

Kenji Gullo

Kenji Gullo was first introduced to fencing when he was 6 years old, at a summer camp at the French American school taught by Simon. At that age, Kenji was already obsessed with swordplay so he was instantly hooked. However, his path forward from here was less than predictable or smooth.

Jacob Lei

After playing various sports such as football, basketball, tennis, and swimming, Jacob began fencing at the age of 11. Quickly, he fell in love with the mental strategy of the game, and, after fencing 2 years in the Bay Area, he moved to Northwest Fencing Center to train under coach Cody Mattern.

2020 Leaving the Nest

2020 Leaving the Nest Graduates include Joshua Lei, kai Rayle, Eric Choi, Neha Pattem, Nathaniel Lee, and Michael Boden. We are proud of all our athletes and look forward to seeing all that they accomplish when they go off into the world.

Anna Selchow

Anna began fencing at 14 in Cody’s homeschool fencing class where she progressed rapidly, eventually becoming an assistant.

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.

Joe Serban

Joe Serban began fencing at 9 years old at Bellingham Bay Fencing Academy in Washington. He later joined Salle Auriol in Seattle. He was inspired by his French fencing Maître Leon Auriol who introduced fencing to the Pacific Northwest; he loved teaching beginners.

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.

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.

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.


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