The Windy City Philosophy
- To introduce the sport of fencing in Chicago to a wider audience.
- To use fencing to teach respect, self-control, good sportsmanship, and teamwork.
- To allow youth fencers to participate, progress, and compete at their pace, with the strongest coaching support possible.
- To develop nationally competitive epee fencers.
- Respect for Opponents: Every fencing bout begins and ends with the fencers saluting one another, the director, and the spectators. Winning and losing gracefully are expected, and Windy City fencers learn honesty in fencing bouts without referees.
- Good Sportsmanship. The rules of fencing demand good sportsmanship, and it is expected at Windy City at all times.
- Teamwork. Fencers stand on the strip, one-on-one. But Windy City Fencers are never alone. Windy City is truly a Club, with fencers of all ages supporting one another and cheering one another at practice and at tournaments. Older fencers take seriously their obligation to be good role models and to help coach the younger fencers, at practice and at tournaments, sharing their knowledge of the sport.
The Windy City Clubhouse
The Windy City Fencing Club House is at the Menomonee Club's Drucker Center, conveniently located in the heart of Chicago, at 1535 N. Dayton Ave., one block from the North & Clybourn Red Line station.WCF has six regulation fencing strips with electric scoring boxes, weight training and cardio equipment, team equipment lockers, and all necessary fencing equipment for beginners.Menomonee Club, a not-for-profit organization, has been providing supervised team sports and recreational and social activities for boys and girls on the North Side of Chicago since 1946. In recent years Menomonee has expanded to provide select recreational programs for adults.
Windy City has developed custom fencing programs for several schools in Chicago. Currently, Windy City is working with the British School.Contact us about developing a custom program with your school or organization.
Windy City Fencing was founded in 2002 by three U.S. Modern Pentathletes, Josh Holmstrom, Barry Matchett, and Jeff Ulmer, each with extensive fencing experience and committed to introducing fencing to youth in Chicago, where fencing was relatively unknown.Josh, Barry, and Jeff dedicated their free time to building and expanding Windy City Fencing, coaching all of the classes, and growing the program to the point where fencers were competing in regional and national tournaments. In 2005, they were able to hire Bulgarian Olympian (Sydney 2000) Tsanko Hantov as a full-time coach.In 2007, Tsanko Hantov became the Coach/Owner of Windy City Fencing - Chicago, Inc. In 2010 fellow Bulgarian Olympian (Atlanta 1996) Iliya Mechkov joined Windy City as Coach. Together they lead the premiere recreational and competitive Epee fencing program in Chicago.