Welcome to the Oregon Fencing Alliance
The Oregon Fencing Alliance (OFA) is home to the Olympic sport of sabre fencing, two time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis, and U.S. Women's Olympic Sabre Coach Ed Korfanty. OFA teaches sabre fencing in a fun, supportive environment, and we are proud members of the United States Fencing Association.
The Oregon Fencing Alliance offers Portland's best fencing instruction in a fun, easy to learn, engaging atmosphere—for everyone from beginning fencers as young as 6 to world-class athletes like Mariel Zagunis.
Oregon Fencing Alliance classes emphasize the proper bladework, footwork, personal character and sportsmanship qualities fencers of all ages need to succeed on the strip and in life. The results are impressive. Many of our fencers receive college admission offers every year from such prestigious universities as Notre Dame, MIT, Penn, Air Force, Stanford, Duke, Princeton, Yale and more.
Ian Farr to join OFA coaching staff
We are very pleased to announce that OFA has hired a third full-time saber coach, Ian Farr, who has a strong coaching background from the club to the college level, and a deep connection with OFA, Portland and Head Coach Ed Korfanty. Ian, who grew up in Portland, was an OFA fencer and trained under Coach Korfanty until he joined the saber team at Penn State University in 2003. He was an NCAA All-American in 2004 and in 2007, when Penn State won the NCAA National Championship. He began his coaching career in 2009, when he led the women’s saber team at Northwestern University. In 2010 Ian joined the coaching staff at the University of Notre Dame, and over four years coached nine Irish saber All-Americans. Since 2014, he has been the head coach at the Midwest Fencing Club, mentoring youth fencers and coaching at regional events, NACs and international competitions. He coached one of his fencers to the Junior World Championships.
Ian and his wife, Sara, have a young daughter, Violet.
He plans to join us at OFA on Aug. 1.
Huge day for Max Parson-Scherban, with a gold-medal win at the Oregon State Games, and A rating. Great job!
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So great to watch all of our fencers compete in our Progressive tournaments. And a big congratulations to Vasil Ata… https://t.co/XClFKHA1No
So proud of Olympian and new mama Mariel Zagunis for her bronze medal at the Moscow Grand Prix.
Proven Success Speaks for Itself
Led by U.S. Olympic Sabre Fencing Coach Ed Korfanty—himself a three time world champion—Oregon Fencing Alliance emphasizes proper foundation and technique so that recreational fencers can achieve their dreams and competitive fencers can excel.
His approach works. Coach Korfanty's students' successes include:
- More than 60 World Championship Medals
- 2 Olympic Gold Medals (2008 Beijing, 2004 Athens)
- 1 Olympic Bronze Medal (2008 Beijing)
- 2 Olympic Team Bronze Medals (2008 Beijing, 2016 Rio)
During Korfanty's tenure as head coach, the U.S. Women's Sabre Team has taken home 5 Gold Medals and 5 World Championships.
Five Reasons to Fence at OFA
- World class instruction, private lessons and group classes
- Summer and winter training camps
- Supportive, encouraging environment for beginners
- Dedicated private facility meeting USFA and FIE standards
- Fun people
We hope you will join us!
OFA is proud to thank the generous supporters who have helped our athletes pursue their dreams.