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ABOUT US

Cutting Edge Fencing Center

CEFC is a full-time fencing center dedicated to teaching the Olympic Sport of Sabre Fencing to anyone age 8 and older. Located in North Richland Hills on 820 and Rufe Snow, we are easily accessible to anyone on the Tarrant County side of the DFW Metroplex. In operation since 2004, we have an athlete-centered approach that promotes the development of the whole person. We welcome fencers from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences. Cutting Edge Fencing is home to top performing athletes who have achieved competitive success in Regional, National, and NCAA fencing. Our programs will help you to achieve your sword dreams, whether you are just starting out in the sport or chasing a national medal.

From the true beginner to the competitive athlete, we strive to serve everyone with equal parts integrity, skill and attention. We offer group classes, individual lessons and athletic training, as well as special events such as birthday parties, team building workshops, and fencing demos.

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MEET OUR TEAM

Fencing isn’t just a sport, it’s a community!

We serve the Tarrant County side of the DFW Metroplex: teaching the Olympic Sport of Sabre Fencing and competing at the Local, Regional, and National levels. We are a community of athletes, parents and coaches: centered on the whole athlete, focused on life-long personal development, striving for competitive success. We offer group classes, individual lessons and athletic training, as well as special events such as birthday parties, team building workshops, and fencing demos.

Maestro David Sierra
Maestro David SierraCo-Owner, Head Coach: Elite Programs & Director of Operations

Involved in the sport of fencing since 1993, Maestro Sierra is certified as a Fencing Master by the United States Fencing Coaches Association and the International Academy of Arms. He also attended the Pan-American Fencing Coaching Education Course in El Salvador as the USA Representative in 2017.

His students have won numerous medals at Regional and National level competitions, and he has trained athletes who attend strong NCAA programs including Notre Dame University, The United States Air Force Academy and Stevens Institute of Technology. In addition to his coaching career, Maestro Sierra also is a senior referee in USA Fencing, serving as a member of the Domestic Assignments Committee, working as an Assigning Referee at US National Competitions and a Regional Referee Observer for Region 5. A scientist by formal education, he brings an analytical and systematic approach to training athletes, while maintaining an athlete-centered approach that promotes development of the whole person. In his off time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, traveling, reading good books, and watching science-fiction tv shows and movies.
Prevot Kate Sierra
Prevot Kate SierraCo-Owner, Associate Head Coach & Director of Athlete Affairs

Coach Kate started fencing in 2004 and has coached for nearly that whole time. Currently an active competitor on the National Veteran Circuit, she has several national medals to her credit and brings the perspective of an active high-level athlete to our coaching staff.

When not competing at national tournaments, she can often be found stripside with the SabreCats, providing expert sideline coaching. Coach Kate writes the SabreCoachKate blog and hosts the SabreCoachKate Podcast. She also teaches French at Texas Wesleyan University and fencing at a local private school. She enjoys travel, cooking, and trying out locally-owned restaurants and coffeeshops.
Moniteur Leigh Altman
Moniteur Leigh AltmanAssistant Coach

Coach Leigh is an engineer at Bell Helicopter who translated her love of martial arts–she practiced karate for four years–into ferocity on the fencing strip. Her competitive successes include several National Medals. She enjoys visiting her in-laws’ farm and baking pies from scratch. Coach Leigh started fencing in 2012 and has been Coaching since 2016.

Assistant Moniteur Robert Barrie
Assistant Moniteur Robert Barrie Instructor

Coach Rob is a 6th-grade English teacher at a local elementary school who enjoys practicing yoga and hiking in the Great Outdoors. He has been a fencer since 2014 and a Coach at CEFC since 2016.

Assistant Moniteur Max Winter
Assistant Moniteur Max WinterInstructor

Coach Max is an engineer at a local aeronautics company and loves riding his motorcycle around the Metroplex. He has been a fencer since his college years and has been a CEFC Coach since 2017.

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