Windy City Fencing was founded in 2002 by three U.S. Modern Pentathletes, Josh Holmstrom, Barry Matchett, and Jeff Ulmer, each with extensive fencing experience and committed to introducing fencing to youth in Chicago, where fencing was relatively unknown.
Josh, Barry, and Jeff dedicated their free time to building and expanding Windy City Fencing, coaching all of the classes, and growing the program to the point where fencers were competing in regional and national tournaments. In 2004, they hired Bulgarian Olympian (Sydney 2000) Tsanko Hantov as a full-time coach.
In 2007, Tsanko Hantov became the Coach/Owner of Windy City Fencing – Chicago, Inc. Together with the rest of the Windy City Fencing coaches, they lead the premiere competitive and recreational Epee fencing program in Chicago.
In the last decade, coach Hantov’s students were winning medals on a regular bases at all National and International level events, including NACs / North American Cups/,SYCs /Super Youth/,and Cadets International events .
Many of Windy City Fencing’s students have been recruited by NCAA colleges and have received athletic scholarships.
Windy City fencers learn:
The Windy City Fencing Club House is at the Menomonee Club’s Drucker Center, conveniently located in the heart of Chicago, at 1535 N. Dayton Ave., one block from the North & Clybourn Red Line station.
WCF has six regulation fencing strips with electric scoring boxes, weight training and cardio equipment, team equipment lockers, and all necessary fencing equipment for beginners.
Menomonee Club, a not-for-profit organization, has been providing supervised team sports and recreational and social activities for boys and girls on the North Side of Chicago since 1946. In recent years Menomonee has expanded to provide select recreational programs for adults.