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Located in the open space afforded by a renovated supermarket, the Augusta Fencers Clubʼs spacious competition floor has six full-sized competition strips in the main room and an additional grounded strip in the front room. The com- petition floor is “sprung,” supported by over a mile-and-a-half of pine 1 x 4ʼs in a triple-lattice configuration. All strips are supported by overhead reels and electronic scoring machines.
An armoury provides space and tools for weapons repair; exercise equipment and lockers are available; as are rest rooms and shower.
Foils, Sabres, Epees, Jackets, Lamés, and Masks are available for use in classes and lessons.
Augusta has had fencing in its history as far back as the 1780s when a Charles Chevalier had a fencing and dancing school.
The present Augusta Fencers Club was in existence (and held official tournaments) at least by the early 1970ʼs when Dr. Volkmann first organized fencing in Georgia as the Chairman of the Georgia Division from his then-base in Atlanta. On moving to Augusta to chair the music department of Paine College in 1987, Club President Michael Hennessey turned the club over to Dr. Volkmann.
For the next 13 years the club met on Thursday evenings in the studios of the Augusta Ballet School for classes and lessons; official tour- naments were held in the Paine College gymnasium and at the Warren Road Recreation Center.
In 2000, Dr. Volkmann retired from his college career, renovated the second floor of the
building at 134 Ninth Street in downtown Augusta, and the club began meeting five
nights a week. It was then one of only two competition sites in the state specifically
dedicated to fencing with permanent strips and overhead scoring equipment.
In 2013 Dr. Volkmann and Assistant Coach, Collin McCoy, formed an LLC which purchased the building now housing the club on the corner of Fifth and Greene Streets. After working for a year and half on the renovations, the club opened for business at its present site at the intersection of Fifth and Greene Streets.
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