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Presidio Fencing Club comprises a group of fencing enthusiasts from Santa Ynez to Carpinteria. We offer group classes, open recreation, and individual lessons for novice and experienced athletes, aged 10 to Adult. The sport of fencing is great exercise and plenty of fun and we want to give everyone who has ever wanted to swing a sword in Olympic fashion an opportunity to do so.

Some of Presidio's fencers compete as part of a travel team. Others are more recreational, and only attend sparring sessions to break a sweat.

Presidio Fencing Club is a member of the United States Fencing Association and our athletes compete in the Southern California Division. We operate under the umbrella of the Central Coast Fencing Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (tax ID# 820540198). The club began in 2004 as a recreational outfit under the name "Santa Barbara Youth Fencers." In 2006 we changed our namesake to identify ourselves as an outpost for sport fencingin the Santa Barbara area. In 2011, we began Presidio North, an outfit for fencing classes in Northern Santa Barbara County.

The Sport of Fencing

Although swordplay has been around since ancient times, it was not until the 18th Century that equipment was safe enough for sport, and rules of engagement were codified. What developed was the basis for modern fencing, one of a few sports to appear in every Olympics since 1896. It is a fast, athletic game, made up of three events:



Tim Robinson is the head coach and owner of Presidio Fencing Club. He also coaches at UCSB and has held a lecturer position in the Exercise and Sports Studies Department there since 2002. He has attended the US Fencing Coaches College at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and he holds the rank of Prevot d'Armes with the US Fencing Coaches Association.

Coach Robinson takes a personal interest in the health and fitness of his fencers. His focus with the youth fencers, especially, is on functional and athletic development, with an emphasis on kinesthetic awareness and motor skills improvement. This dedication earned him a Coach of the Year award from SBParent.com in 2008. The next year, one of his first youth students, Cameron Westbury, was Division II National Champion at the US Fencing Summer National Championships. Upon graduation from high school, Presidio fencers have gone on to fence at both the Varsity and the Club level at their colleges. Schools with Presidio alumni include Duke University, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Cal Poly SLO, Georgia Tech, CSU Long Beach, and Sarah Lawrence College.

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Photos courtesy of Oliver Bublitz, Kevin Osborn, and Tim Robinson. Much of the section on the sport of fencing was taken from US Fencing's promotional material.