One of the things, we are also collecting here at the West Coast Fencing Archive, besides medals, blades, and posters is stories.  We have a rich fencing tradition on the West Coast, but it is mostly known through oral tradition. In effort to preserve those stories, the West Coast Fencing Archive endeavors to interview as many notable Fencers and Coaches as we can. The WCFA made great strides in that direction at this year’s Summer Nationals in San Jose. We were fortunate enough to talk to Skip Shurtz, Andy Shaw, George Nonomura, Peter Burchard and Michael Marx.

Michael Marx told us the story of how he figured out how to beat Vladimir Smirnov.

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