About Us

Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in Bay State Fencers!  It all began in 2004 when I founded BSF in Somerville, MA.  My goal was to expand access to the Olympic Sport of Fencing in the Boston area. Originally BSF was a fencing club and academy that offered Foil, Epee, and Sabre. At that time fencing was still a niche sport and there were only a few fencing clubs in Massachusetts.  Today fencing has become a mainstream sport and BSF has evolved to focus exclusively on Epee. Over the past 15 years there has been tremendous growth of the sport not only locally but, regionally, and nationally. Due to this growth we have relocated to a new, larger facility in Watertown, MA.

We welcome people of all ages, novice or expert, to join us in achieving “excellence through sportsmanship”.

L. Stacy Eddy

Director, Bay State Fencers

Bay State Fencers is a Premier Member Club of USA Fencing, the recognized national governing body for the Olympic Sport of Fencing in the United States.

Bay State Fencers coaches are professionally trained in either the United States or Eastern Europe and are committed to supporting fencers as they work to achieve their individual athletic and competitive goals.  BSF coaches teach classes, offer private lessons, supervise bouting, support fencers during open fencing, and strip coach at competitions. Our coaches regularly travel to local, regional, and national competitions.

L. Stacy Eddy

Club Director

Mr. Eddy began his fencing career with an Introduction to Fencing course in college. He has also been involved with the Society of American Fight Directors since its inception in the early 1970’s. Fencing and stage combat have been important aspects of his career ever since. He owes his dedication to the art of the sword to two Masters, Alex Beguinet, Maître d’Armes and Head Coach of Duke Fencing, and David Boushey, founder and Fight Master Emeritus of the Society of American Fight Directors. The United States Fencing Coach Association (USFCA) and USA Fencing Coaches College certify Mr. Eddy in all three weapons. He is also a Prevot de Armes in Epee. Bay State Fencers is the culmination of a lifelong passion for, and commitment to, the sport of fencing. 

 

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Iliya Mechkov

Competitive Program Director

Iliya Mechkov, Competitive Program Director: Mr. Mechkov grew up fencing in Sofia, Bulgaria where he was a member if the Bulgarian National Fencing Team in Epee from 1989-2000. In 1996 he competed for Bulgaria in the individual epee event at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He continues to compete regularly with great success. Many fencers have called Mr. Mechkov “Coach” over the past ten years. He previously coached at the Windy City Fencing Academy in Chicago and Olympia Fencing Center in Cambridge. Coach Mechkov has been coaching students of all ages at Bay State Fencers since 2016.

Bay State Fencers’ mission is to educate the community about the modern Olympic Sport of Epee Fencing and to train individuals of all ages to succeed at the sport. The following principles help us to measure the appropriateness of our decisions:

  • Community: To develop and maintain an enthusiastically satisfied fencing community.
  • Education: To provide coaching and training that meets the highest standards of excellence by adhering to the precepts of USA Fencing and Safe Sport, and fostering the development of fencers as people, athletes, and competitors.
  • Sportsmanship: To provide a friendly and supportive club and academy environment where coaches, members, students, and athletes always demonstrate good sportsmanship.
  • Innovation: To maintain an exemplary training facility of the highest standard and to offer classes and programs that provides unique opportunities for fencers to seek and fulfill their potential.

Bay State Fencers’ mission is to educate the community about the modern Olympic Sport of Epee Fencing and to train individuals of all ages to succeed at the sport.  The following principles help us to measure the appropriateness of our decisions:

  • Community: To develop and maintain an enthusiastically satisfied fencing community.
  • Education: To provide coaching and training that meets the highest standards of excellence by adhering to the precepts of USA Fencing and Safe Sport, and fostering the development of fencers as people, athletes, and competitors.
  • Sportsmanship: To provide a friendly and supportive club and academy environment where coaches, members, students, and athletes always demonstrate good sportsmanship.
  • Innovation: To maintain an exemplary training facility of the highest standard and to offer classes and programs that provides unique opportunities for fencers to seek and fulfill their potential.

Bay State Fencers coaches are professionally trained in either the United States or Eastern Europe and are committed to supporting fencers as they work to achieve their individual athletic and competitive goals.  BSF coaches teach classes, offer private lessons, supervise bouting, support fencers during open fencing, and strip coach at competitions. Our coaches regularly travel to local, regional, and national competitions.

L. Stacy Eddy

Club Director

Mr. Eddy began his fencing career with an Introduction to Fencing course in college. He has also been involved with the Society of American Fight Directors since its inception in the early 1970’s. Fencing and stage combat have been important aspects of his career ever since. He owes his dedication to the art of the sword to two Masters, Alex Beguinet, Maître d’Armes and Head Coach of Duke Fencing, and David Boushey, founder and Fight Master Emeritus of the Society of American Fight Directors. The United States Fencing Coach Association (USFCA) and USA Fencing Coaches College certify Mr. Eddy in all three weapons. He is also a Prevot de Armes in Epee. Bay State Fencers is the culmination of a lifelong passion for, and commitment to, the sport of fencing. 

 

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Iliya Mechkov

Competitive Program Director

Iliya Mechkov, Competitive Program Director: Mr. Mechkov grew up fencing in Sofia, Bulgaria where he was a member if the Bulgarian National Fencing Team in Epee from 1989-2000. In 1996 he competed for Bulgaria in the individual epee event at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He continues to compete regularly with great success. Many fencers have called Mr. Mechkov “Coach” over the past ten years. He previously coached at the Windy City Fencing Academy in Chicago and Olympia Fencing Center in Cambridge. Coach Mechkov has been coaching students of all ages at Bay State Fencers since 2016.

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