Welcome to the U.S. Military Fencing Web Site!
Every year the Counseil Internationale du Sport Militaire (CISM) holds the World Military Fencing Championships. These tournaments are world class competitions. The United States recently began participating in these events again after a long break stretching back to the 1970s. A US military fencing team competed at the 1st World Military Games (1995) in Rome, Italy. In May, 1997 a team competed in the 35th World Fencing Military Championships in the Netherlands. This team exemplified the CISM motto Friendship Through Sport by earning a special award for sportsmanship. Most recently, a team competed at the World Fencing Military Championships in Italy.
The Armed Forces Sports Council selects athletes to compete in CISM Championships based on the recommendation of the service athlete representatives and the military coach. Last year the decision was made by the Sports Council to only consider fencers that are Nationally Ranked (on the USFA Points List). Results in USFA NACs and National Championships determines selection.
Within the United States, the first annual Armed Forces Fencing Championship was held at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in May, 1999. The second annual Armed Forces Fencing Championships took place on January 22, 2000 at the Air Force Academy. We plan to hold this event every year. It is open to all service members both active and reserve, as well as ROTC / Academy cadets. Currently, this tournament is not funded by the Armed Forces Sports Council so service members are responsible for paying their own expenses for the competition. Your local base/post MWR office may have some funding available for you on a case by case basis.
This page was last updated on 09/07/00.