Who We Are

We're a not-for-profit organization that teaches the sport of fencing to newcomers and old hands, to kids of all ages. (Yes, that includes kids over 70!)  Come check out an introductory class to see if fencing is for you!

So happy I gave fencing a try! KCFC is such a welcoming place. I tried an intro class and fell in love with both the sport and the people. Fencing is so strategic, I get to work out my body and my brain at the same time. It’s like chess with pointy objects!
— Naomi Kloeppersmith, adult fencer and member of KCFC


The Kansas City Fencing Center is dedicated to providing a rich and rewarding life experience to people of the Kansas City metropolitan area through the sport of fencing. Our program has been featured in Sports Illustrated as well as most Kansas City local newspapers, TV, and radio stations.

Kansas City Fencing Center (formerly Central Fencing Club) began in 1992 when Vladimir Nazlymov, taught the first fencing classes at Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Coach Nazlymov, a three time Olympic Champion from Russia, was successful in helping fencers reach the pinnacle of their sport. Since its beginnings, fencers from KCFC have made their mark by consistently being ranked among the best fencers in the United States.

In July of 1999 Coach Nazlymov accepted the position of Head Fencing Coach at Ohio State University. Prior to his departure from KCFC, Maestro Nazlymov selected Kelly Williams as his replacement as Executive Director. Coinciding with Coach Nazlymov's departure from Kansas City the Kansas City Fencing Center was reorganized as a not for profit corporation, managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected by the members of the center.

Since September of 1999 the Kansas City Fencing Center has been under the direction of Executive Director Williams. Today KCFC continues its tradition of excellence as one of the premiere fencing centers in the United States.

Our Mission

Fencing is for everyone! At The Kansas City Fencing Center, our goal is to provide an enjoyable, high-quality fencing experience for our members. Our programs provide a safe, respectful, friendly atmosphere. From youngsters to senior adults, KCFC has a program designed to meet both recreational and competitive needs.

KCFC Public Disclosures

  • KCFC is a proud member club of the United States Fencing Association - Kansas Division.
  • Kansas City Fencing Center is a Publicly Supported Not For Profit Organization.
  • Contributions to the Kansas City Fencing Center are Tax Deductible.
  • KCFC admits persons to all programs without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin.
  • KCFC conducts administration of its organizational policies without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin.