Research Triangle Fencing

Welcome to Research Triangle Fencing, the premier fencing club in the RDU region. Our depth of experience is unmatched in the region; if you want to be coached by Olympians and championship-winning coaches, all in the context of a healthy, family-friendly atmosphere, come check us out.

Location:

You can find our facility at 3742 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham NC.

Youth Programs – No Experience Necessary!

Enrollment is continuous, and no experience or equipment is necessary. We only ask that you sign up for a trial class here, so our staff knows to expect you.

Intermediate/Advanced Programs:

  • Advanced Sabre (ages 12+) : M/F 6-8pm, W 6:30-8:30pm
  • Advanced Foil (ages 12+) : T/Th 7-9p, Sat 8-10a

Membership:

  • $175 / mo for Advanced Groups
  • $145 / mo for Youth Groups

No contracts; we only ask that if you are dropping a month, you let us know by the 25th.

Private lessons are available for purchase; $50 / 30 minutes, prepaid in 4 or 8 packs.

COVID-19 Mitigation Policies:

We have developed policies in compliance with NCDHHS rules and guidelines. Policies available here.

About Us:

Research Triangle Fencing was founded in 2014 by Jacek Huchwajda and Darius Wei, both assistant coaches of the Duke University Varsity Fencing Team.

Our mission is to share our love of the sport with local athletes of all ages; come join us and see what the fun is all about! Some coaches throw around the words “elite” and “high performance” casually; we choose to focus on self-improvement, skill development and learning. Results are a side effect of that focus.

Results:

Our athletes have been recruited and fenced for : Duke University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, MIT, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Brandeis, Stevens Tech, and Cleveland State University. In addition, members of the RTFamily have gone on to club teams at Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, Appalachian State and NC State.

RTF has been represented on international teams at the Veteran-50, U-17 and U-20 age groups, and qualified athletes for multiple World Championships.

Coaches:

Jacek Huchwajda – 1992/1996 Olympian, 2018/2021 ACC Champion (Coach)

Darius Wei – 2018/2021 ACC Champion (Coach), 2009/2010 USA Men’s Foil National Champions (Coach)

Zoe Loh – Cadet World Champ Team Member, ACC & NCAA Champion (Notre Dame ’18). Volunteer Assistant Coach, UNC

Julia Gianneschi – Women’s Team Captain for Duke Fencing. ACC Champion (Duke ’21). 2x NCAA Championships Qualifier.

Diana Philpot – Varsity Team Member, UNC.

Marcel Huchwajda – Youth Coach