About Traverse City Fencing Club

Our mission is to empower fencers of all skill levels to create their own success.

To do this, we…

◦  Provide high-caliber coaching in a safe and supportive environment;

◦  Give youth a place to belong, develop, and achieve; and

◦  Promote fencing in the local community and advocate for its value as a sport of choice.


We believe that the centuries-old sport of fencing builds character through discipline, perseverance, and sportsmanship.


Train With The Best

Robert Bartle


Coach Bartle is a USFA-registered fencing coach, SafeSport certified, and co-founder of the Traverse City Fencing Club. Robert’s coaching style emphasizes the importance of fitness and coordination, and the mental-emotional flexibility needed for high-level performance. His coaching assists fencers in achieving high rankings and top-level finishes in regional and national competitions.

Devan DePauw


Whether tightening a grip, troubleshooting a cord, or fine-tuning FIE weapons before a national competition, our armorer works tirelessly to make sure gear is kept in good order for the club and its members. Devan is SafeSport certified.

Board of Directors

Laurie Lapp


Eric Ranieri

Legal Advisor

Kathryn DePauw


Devan DePauw



Traverse City Fencing Club, formerly Three Swords Fencing Club, was established in 2010. There is no exact date we can recall launching the club but it was around that time we started using the name and logo. When we first started we held our fencing practices in the Northwestern Michigan College, which worked until we wanted to have our own space. Then in December of 2010 we officially became a USFA club and shortly after that in April of 2011 we started renting the building on Cass Road.


In 2019 we obtained our non-profit status as a 501(c)3. Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive environment to teach the sport of fencing with the overall goal of helping people achieve confidence, fitness, and balanced lives. We stress the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, fitness, and technical skill, that will allow our athletes to take fencing to whatever level they choose.

Thank you to our Sponsors!