History

Browse the archives of NWFC milestones, moves, and much more

History at NWFC has always been an important part of the club’s atmosphere since the club first opened its doors in 1971. Through a few changes and many accomplishments by its athletes, NWFC has managed to become quite acknowledged.

Northwest Fencing Center’s history spans nearly five decades, becoming the premier training and competition facility it is today because of the dedication and faith of many. With such deep roots, we are proud to be part of the legacy of fencing in Oregon.

Read on to learn how our story began, how we’ve grown throughout the years, and what the future could hold.

Emily Howard

Emily Howard has been fencing for the past 7 years. Over these 7 years, she says, “I have grown as both a person and a fencer. I absolutely love fencing and am so grateful for the friends I’ve made over the years. The guidance that I have received is invaluable and irreplaceable. I wouldn’t trade the memories I’ve made for anything.”

Mahala Lambert

Mahala Lambert started fencing 10 years ago when she was only 8. Her big brother was having so much fun so she decided to try it and quickly grew to love it too. Mahala fenced foil and competed in local, regional, and national competitions.

Kate Andrews

Kate Andrews took a trial lesson at NWFC as soon as she was old enough. She started with foil in 2016 and later switched to epée.

Anna Quinn

Anna Quinn has been fencing since March 2018, when she took her first introductory lesson at the club.  Anna lives for fencing. You might even think Anna lives at NWFC, but she does come home for meals on occasion.Anna Quinn has been fencing since March 2018, when she took her first introductory lesson at the club.  Anna lives for fencing. You might even think Anna lives at NWFC, but she does come home for meals on occasion.

Jae Wu

Jae Wu began fencing a year ago and absolutely loves it. She is an Aerial artist, after school care provider, and volunteers extensively.

Niko Lisondra

Niko Lisondra was 5 years old when his parents told him they signed him up for fencing classes. His response was “You mean I’m going to jump fences?” Niko continued his journey of being a foilist while becoming a competitive foil fencer at the age of 9.

Grand Opening Celebration

Grand Opening Celebration at Northwest Fencing Center! We are celebrating 50 years of fencing in Portland! Join us for a celebration! The dedication and hard work of so many fencers, parents, and coaches has produced a stunning new facility.

College Fencers

College Fencers from the Northwest Fencing Family go off to accomplish amazing things. See more here about where some of our athletes have gone to a university or college to fence.

Wall of Champions

The Wall of Champions at Northwest Fencing Center is how we recognize and pay tribute to all our athletes’ accomplishments, past and present. Below you will find a running list of our fencers that have won National, Olympic, and other champion titles.

NWFC represents on the world stage

All of the hard work, conditioning, training and lessons with coaches, bouting with teammates and competing at home and across the United States has culminated in dreams coming true for six fencers from Northwest Fencing Center. Cadet (Will, Aryana and Megan), Junior (Gregory Mitberg), Veteran (Cristina Ford) and Wheelchair (Vikki Espinosa) fencers are either on their way or putting the finishing touches on their preparations for international tournaments in Europe.

Losing a great friend and a legend

Losing a great friend and a legend

Losing a great friend and a legend is never easy. The Northwest Fencing Center lost its founding father this week. I am sad to report that Leon Auriol passed away, but he left behind an incredible legacy for Pacific Northwest fencing.

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