Fencing Coach Jennifer Oldham established the Mid-South Fencer’s Club in Durham, NC in 2007 with the idea of building a community out of a traditionally individual sport. She’s one of five coaches in North Carolina to achieve the ‘Maitre d’Armes’ (Master of Weapons) title. Her dedication to the sport and her students has helped the club rise to one of the best fencing clubs in the nation.

A sabre fencing mask hangs on a wall at the Mid-South Fencer's Club in Durham, NC. These type of masks use stainless steel wire for protection.

Fencing Coach Jeff Kallio helps two beginning fencing students pick out the right fencing jacket for their first practice at the Mid-South Fencer's Club in Durham, NC.

Fencing Coach Jennifer Oldham shows her students the various honors they can receive throughout their fencing career at the Mid-South Fencer’s Club.

Fencing Coach Jennifer Oldham shows her students the technique they'll be practicing during the session at the Mid-South Fencer's Club in Durham, NC. Coach Oldham has had an illustrious career both as a fencer and a coach. She holds the title of "Maitre D'Armes," which is conferred by the United States Fencing Coaches Association and certifies her as a qualified fencing coach. Only five people in the state of North Carolina currently hold such title.

Coach Oldham's student practice at the Mid-South Fencer's Club in Durham, NC. Oldham has coached several successful fencers and currently has two students competing in the international circuit with hopes of fencing for their nation's Olympic team.

Students pay attention to Coach Oldham's lesson at the Mid-South Fencer's Club in Durham, NC. During fencing practice, students must place their sabres in a downright position to avoid accidental injury.

Coach Jennifer Oldham spars with one of her students during a practice at the Mid-South Fencer's Club in Durham, NC. Though Oldham dedicates most of her time to coaching, she still tries to compete in national tournaments.

Coach Jennifer Oldham talks to her students after practice at the Mid-South Fencer's Club in Durham, NC.

Students take off their fencing uniform after practice at the Mid-South Fencer's Club in Durham, NC.