About Us

ianFencing is Just the Beginning

Wasatch Fencing focus is on helping youth develop respect for others, develop a strong work ethic, building self-esteem and create a healthy attitude toward life. We believe youth should be immersed in sports as sport provides an opportunity to develop skills needed along life’s path. We just happen to have a passion for fencing.
Wasatch Fencing is a all-volunteer, non-profit organization. Our club is simply a way we, in a small way, give back to the community.

It All Started at Hill Air Force Base in 1983

Our club started on a handball court at Hill Air Force Base in 1983 by Shawn Hart and Bob Babcock. A year or so later Ron Hendricks who had just moved to the area, joined Shawn and Bob and shortly after that Layton City Recreation gave space to the club in an old building that could accommodate a couple strips. With a few foils, some masks and jackets and a couple of home built boxes and reels the club soon attracted several more adult fencers and Wasatch Fencing was born.

In the late ‘80s Wasatch Fencing moved to the YWCA gym in Salt Lake City. It was here where the club began to focus on youth fencing by sponsoring a club at West High School. Within a few years, many of those fencers were qualifying and competing at national events.

After 5 years at the YWCA, Wasatch Fencing found its way back to Layton where it resided for a couple years before opening a dedicated fencing facility in Kaysville in 2000. By then James Neiswanger joined us as a coach along with Gary Bryant our first armorer. Several years later Martin Gravis joined us as a coach/armorer.

Here are some interesting facts about our club:

  • Wasatch Fencing is the oldest fencing club in Utah having been established in 1983.
  • Wasatch Fencing is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.
  • No youth has ever prevented from fencing because of their financial circumstances.
  • Wasatch Fencing has sponsored clubs at Davis High School, Layton High School, Bountiful High School and West High School at no cost to the school districts for over 20 years.
  • Davis High School’s fencing club is the longest running high school club in Utah.
  • Ron has been the co-chair person of 2 National Championships and one Junior Olympic championships held in Utah.
  • Wasatch Fencing has constantly produced national ranked youth fencers.

We are blessed to have the opportunity to work with thousands of youth over our club’s history. We look forward to working with many more youth in the years to ahead.