About Us

Welcome to the Northwest Indiana Fencing Club (NIFC)

  • We offer OPEN FENCING on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm. We fence all 3 weapons (saber, epee, foil) during our Open Fencing nights. 

Our club currently has over 50 regular members including competitive members who participate regularly in USA Fencing sanctioned local, regional and national competitions, high school fencing team members and many recreational fencers who enjoy the exercise and friendly competition that the sport of fencing provides.  Men, women, girls, boys, families and individuals...we all have one thing in common...a love of fencing.  

We do not accept members under the age of 10 years old.  This is an athletic sport that requires training, coordination, attention to safety and discipline which may be lacking in younger children.  

Please feel free to come and visit any of our Open Fencing nights, held every Monday and Wednesday evening (except holidays).  You can see our facility, meet club members, get questions answered, and watch fencing bouts.  We are always happy to introduce our sport to newcomers.

  • NIFC has four regulation size fencing strips with current FAVERO scoring machines and reels.  We are always upgrading our equipment, several strips have Repeter Lights at each end and upgraded scoring machines with timers, score and remote controls. 

  • We provide equipment for all three blades: saber, foil, and epee for use by club members.  Members are strongly encouraged to begin buying their own equipment but are allowed use of club equipment to make the sport affordable.

  • We have a FAVERO electronic five target, ten function foil and epee training target.

  • Many members display the trophies and medals that they have won at various competitions, both from within our club and from many United States Fencing Association sanctioned tournaments. Our club regularly holds competitions for our members to participate in, and USA Fencing sanctioned tournaments can be found all across the Midwest and the country.

  • The Northwest Indiana Fencing Club was founded in 2002 by a group of amateur fencers who had participated in fencing classes held by the Merrillville High School Adult Education Program.  Originally consisting of approximately 12 members and known as the Merrillville Fencing Club, the group changed its name to the Northwest Indiana Fencing Club when it relocated to its current location in the Great Lakes Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Building in St. John, Indiana in 2006.

  • Dr Pitchford, the owner of the Great Lakes Orhtopedics and Sports Medicine Building has been a patron of our club since it was founded and we would not be able to continue our mission of spreading affordable sport fencing to new fencers without his generous support.  We are greatly appreciative of his support.

  • NIFC is an all volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.