History

MFC was established in 1994 by Richard Emmerick, founded on a simple philosophy of supporting participation in sport.

Richard's approach recognised the importance of grassroots participation, "we need community clubs, run by volunteer coaches who run warm ups, footwork and drills while emphasising that participation is a fun and social activity" he says. Such participation opens fencing to a wide range of people which ensures that it not only caters to the needs of those who want to engage for fun and fitness, but also builds the sport in general so that it has the resources to support those who want to pursue high level competing.

MFC became an incorporated association on 31 May 2010, and continues as it began – a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. Membership fees are kept as low as possible and all training, fencing, coaching, club competitions and equipment are provided at no additional charge. The Club supports members to gain skills and experience in all aspects of fencing, supports experienced fencers to develop coaching skills, and offers high quality coaching for fencers at all levels.

To acknowledge Richard as founder, and to celebrate MFC's 25th anniversary, in 2019 the Club inaugurated the annual Richard Emmerick Shield competition. In 2020, Richard's contribution to fencing was recognised with a Sport NSW Distinguished Long Service Award and he was featured in local media.

From small beginnings, the Club currently has approximately 100 members and is committed to inclusivity and accessibility – welcoming participants of all abilities, aged from 7 to seniors!

 

Richard Emmerick resplendent in coaching blacks holding his mask under his left arm and his epee in his right hand with its point to the ground, he faces the camera smiling in the fencing hall, in the background a line of young fencers work with two of the coaches. He looks happy and why shouldn't he be? He founded the club and it's the best!

"My proudest achievement is in the creation of MFC as a community club which can coach both social fencers and international competitors."

After a competitive fencing career I formed Mountains Fencing Club, using the Blaxland High School Gym, and began coaching. When the Australian Fencing Federation commenced its coaching accreditation scheme I became a Level I foil coach. Years later the New South Wales Fencing Association employed a Head Coach and I took up the position of State Foil Coach working for him. This role involved coaching state level fencers and coaching and managing teams in national events. When a need arose for an Assistant National Epee Coach in NSW I accepted this position and coached the national team members and athletes who wished to obtain national team selection. During this time I attained a Level II coaching qualification in both foil and epee. In 2013 I attended an FIE epee coaching course in Uzbekistan and in 2017 I attended an AFF epee coaching course in Melbourne which was run by a prominent FIE coach. I coached, at MFC, two national title winners and three fencers who have represented Australia. I have coached an Australian Under 23s Team which I took to an Asian Championships in Kuwait. My proudest achievement is in the creation of MFC as a community club which can coach both social fencers and international competitors.

– Richard Emmerick, founder