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UW-Whitewater Fencing Coach Camp

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The UW-Whitewater Fencing Coach Camp is a residential program designed to provide high-level training for fencing coaches primarily through intensive, hands-on practice. Additionally, there will be a series of shorter classroom sessions. Under the direction of Michael Marx, coaches will work closely with a team of top instructors in their chosen discipline. Each coach should have one of their fencers enrolled in the camp. All participants must be 18 or older by the start of the camp.   This camp is available to coaches and their fencers age 18+.

Spaces are limited to 8 coaches and 8 students of each discipline for a total of 48 registrants.

Date: Wednesday, July TBA - Sunday, July TBA, 2020



Register Online Opens Soon!

Registrations accepted online until noon on TBA. We do NOT accept walk up registrations at event check-in.  


  • Coach: 2019 - $950; 2020 TBA
  • Student (must come with a coach *): 2019 - $550; 2020 TBA

Participants will be staying in the air-conditioned Starin Hall suites on UW-Whitewater campus. For each group of four campers, these suites provide four separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living space, and a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker. You must provide your own bedding, utensils, cookware, and dinnerware. The residence hall has a secured entrance and the registrants are monitored by the residence hall directors, assistants, and by our own camp counseling staff. Roommate requests will be honored when possible; otherwise coaches are paired with other coaches by age and gender and students are paired with other students by age and gender. Developing new friends is encouraged.  Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day. Meals are included in the registration fee.


  • Coach: 2019 - $730; 2020 TBA
  • Student (must come with a coach *): 2019 - $330; 2020 TBA
  • Add on lunch and dinner meals option: Additional 2019 - $65; 2020 TBA

Commuters are registrants who elect not to stay overnight in the residence halls.  Commuters will need to provide their own food unless they have purchased meals in the registration.  Those commuters who purchased the meal add on will receive lunch and dinner.

*If you plan to attend as a fencer, not as a coach, and you do not have a coach to attend with, click here to be added to our waitlist.  You will be contacted if a spot becomes available.

Fees Include

The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt*, recreation and insurance. The commuter fee includes meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt**, recreation and insurance.

**T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by TBA.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of the event.  Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start date of the event session in order to receive a refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of the event will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant's name, event title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the registrant can choose to apply fees to a different summer event.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Info Packet

Pre camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre camp information includes medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at

Info Packet Available 3 weeks prior to event

Check in and Orientation

Resident and commuter campers must check in at the location mentioned in the Info Packet. Parents/guardians are invited to visit with staff members and ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting. Commuter campers can socialize at the dorms and go with the group to first session.

Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time

If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before check-out time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Special Need/Comments” field or email, if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Info Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Info Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here. Campus building addresses can be found here.


Parking details will be available in the Info Packet.  Notice: All campus parking lots require a parking permit.  Failure to follow parking regulations will result in a fine.  More information is available on the Visitor Center website.

Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct.  Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event.  Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund.  Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice.  For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants.  Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child.  We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Discipline Choices

  • Foil
  • Epee
  • Sabre

Typical Day One Schedule

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Check In (including Commuters)
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sessions
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Sessions
8:30 p.m. Commuters Leave
8:30 - 10:00 p.m. Free Time
10:00 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule.

Typical Day Two - Four Schedule

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Commuters Arrive
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Sessions
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 5:00 p.m. Sessions
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Sessions
8:30 p.m. Commuters Leave
8:30- 10:00 p.m. Free Time
10:00 p.m. All in residence hall

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule.

Typical Final Day Schedule

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Commuters Arrive
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Session
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Session
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Check out of residence halls/ Commuters Leave

*All times are subject to change, the info packet will have the accurate schedule.

Camp Staff

Michael Marx, Lead Instructor

Michael Marx

Michael is a five-time Olympian (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996), and is the only male fencer in the last 70 years to have made the US Olympic teams in both foil and epee. Highlights in the course of his athletic career in men’s foil include winning a record eight US national championships, an individual bronze at the Pan American Games and an individual silver at the World University Games. He is a five-time United States Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year.

As a coach, Michael’s fencers have qualified for several US Olympic Games, represented the US on more than 70 World Teams, won World Cup and World Championship titles and have won more than 50 US National Championships.

Michael has been working in coach education since the 1990's and worked over a decade at the USFA's Coaches College.

Michael has served as Vice President of the United States Fencing Association (USFA). In 2007 he was named Developmental Coach of the Year by the USFA, and in 2018, National High School Coach of the Year. He has been inducted into the United States Fencing Association and The Oregon Sports Hall Of Fame. Michael earned his Fencing Masters’ Degree in Poland in 1992 under the tutelage of Zbigniew Czajkowski.

Mike Garrison, Assistant Instructor

Mike Garrison

Mike has been fencing since 1981, and coaching since 1985. In his younger, competitive days Mike fenced on the Michigan State University NCAA team and afterward competed nationally, earning an A rating with sabre and Bs with foil and epee.

Mike is a Prevot D'Armes through the United States Fencing Coaches Association, an Examiner Instructor through the USFCA, and an International Member of the British Academy of Fencing.

Mike was the Head coach for the University of Wisconsin Fencing Team for 17 years and in that position was named Midwest Fencing Conference Coach of the Year in 2010. Mike has been the Owner and Head Instructor of the Madison Fencing Academy since 2004.

Brian Duckwitz, Camp Director

Brian Duckwitz

Brian teaches introductory and intermediate fencing classes at the UW-Whitewater at Rock County branch campus in Janesville where he also advises the UW-Whitewater Rock County Sabre Rattlers Fencing Club. He is the adviser and coach for the UW-Whitewater Fencing Club at the main campus in Whitewater, and is an assistant coach at Madison Fencing Academy. He has been coaching for 12 years and holds a Moniteur d’Armes certification from the USFCA.

Brian directs the scheduling, planning, and other non-instructional portions of the camp.


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.