The Lions Fencing Camp

The Camp Experience:

Join the Columbia University fencing staff at camp! This camp is an opportunity for participants ages 13-17 to learn a winning approach to competition preparation. Daily sessions teach tactical knowledge, competitive bout situations, and emphasize mental preparation and competition planning.

The Lions Fencing Camp is designed for those fencers interested in competing at the National and Collegiate level. The ideal camper has an interest in maximizing their fencing performance and learning new approaches to their competition preparation.

The Lions Fencing Camp is unique because it emphasizes practice techniques; specifically, how to practice under pressure in order to prepare for the competition one faces in college or in a North America Cup. It also allows the campers to practice in Columbia's Fencing Room, walk on Columbia's Campus, and eat in the Columbia Dining Halls. The program offers the following: Critical Bouting situations, Fencing Specific Conditioning, Sports Psychology Seminar, Panel discussions, and college preparation.

  • Summer 2024 we will be preparing for the Summer Olympics.  There will be no camps

Camp Experience

Campers can look forward to excellent instruction and activities intended to provide a Columbia Fencing experience. 

Critical Bouting Situations will prepare fencers for college and ANC Competition by improving mindset, tactical decision making, practice strategies, and drill recommendations. Fencers will learn how to create efficient practice sessions that simulate pressure situations, learn how to prepare for specific situations in a fencing match and become a better teammate through communicating strategies. Each day campers will experience deliberately focused practice scenarios to improve their win percentage in particular situations both related to the score and time on the clock. 

Fencing Specific Conditioning will cover training for speed, strength, agility, and flexibility. Columbia's Fencing Fitness Advisers will run campers through training exercises and drills.

Panel Discussion with World Team Members includes USA World Team members who will discuss training, planning, competitive stories, and balancing school and fencing.

College Preparation Discussion will address the recruiting process including basic NCAA rules, written correspondence, important dates, and deadlines for standardized testing.

Competition will include a simulated five touch NCAA style tournament and one touch challenge. Coaches will interact with campers during the competition.


To register, please complete the following:

Fill out the online registration form

Fill out the NYC Health Examination form

Fill out and mail payment - CLICK HERE

Medical forms are required for attendance at any New York camp. A parent/guardian must complete the parent/guardian portion of the medical form. A copy of the camper's latest physical (within a year of camp) can substitute for the physician part of the medical form. A copy of the camper's health insurance is also required.

Contact Us

Michael Aufrichtig
Head Fencing Coach
Phone: (212) 854-7397
Email: [email protected]