The Sabre Rattlers is the fencing club at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County in Janesville. Membership is open to all students, and most take either the Introductory or Intermediate Fencing course offered by the campus.
The club also offers Associate Membership for people who have their own fencing equipment but are not students. Associate Members are allowed to participate in club functions, but do not vote on expenditure of club funds.
Pete Mory and Brian Duckwitz are the club’s faculty advisors. Pete has been teaching fencing at UW-Rock for over 40 years and, although he is officially retired from the Physical Education department, he still teaches Introductory and Intermediate Fencing.
Brian teaches English on campus and has been fencing for five years. He also teaches ENG 281 “Is the Pen Mightier Than the Sword?” in the Spring semester and, along with Pete, teaches INT 290 “A Conversation in Steel,” which is designed to connect the literature course and the Fencing class. If students complete all three courses successfully, they fulfill their IS requirement for graduation.
Pete and Brian have also studied the early 15th Century longsword fighting method of Fiore dei Liberi with Bob Charron of St. Martin’s Academy of Medieval Arms in Stoughton.
Brian is a credentialed Moniteur d'Armes and certified in foil, epee, and sabre through the United States Fencing Coaches Association; he is also an assistant instructor at the Madison Fencing Academy and a member of the Executive Committee of the Wisconsin Division of the United States Fencing Association.
The Fencing class is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:20 in the gym, and our club meetings have traditionally been held immediately after class. If there is enough interest, extra times can be arranged.
The club holds an invitational tournament each Spring specifically for fencers who have taken, or are currently taking, the fencing class. If you have ever fenced at UW-Rock County, no matter how long ago, contact us to be placed on our mailing list for details.
The club hosted its first United States Fencing Association tournament in April of 2010, and given its success, the club plans to hold USFA tournaments once per semester. Tournaments will be announced on AskFred.net and through email.
Email Brian Duckwitz at firstname.lastname@example.org