Royal Arts Fencing Academy Grand Opening, Lock-in and Fencing Camp September 4-6

Location: 5770 Westbourne Ave., Columbus, OH.

Weekend highlights include:

Friday: beginning at 7:00 p.m. young fencers will enjoy a fencing workshop and lock-in.  There will be food, fun, light sabre duals for young Jedi’s and movies all night long.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. fencing workshop, noon lunch, followed by fencing workshops and a free open house from 2:00-6:00 p.m. for those participants that are new to the sport.

Sunday: workshop from noon-4:00 p.m.

Any age or skill level of fencer is welcome.  Fencers will be divided into three groups based on skill level.  There is a fee to register which can be done in person or online at

Background: Head coach and owner Julia Richey is a former 13-year member of the Russian National Fencing Team and has won numerous titles and championships.  Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of Richey’s coming to America.  Since then she has founded the Royal Arts Fencing Academy formerly located in New Albany.  Richey also chairs the annual Arnold Fencing Classic as a part of the Arnold Sports Festival.  During the last Arnold Fencing Classic she orchestrated the first FIE fencing championship to ever take place in the USA.  The FIE is the world governing body for fencing.

Coach Tim Mills is the Royal Arts sabre coach.

Coach Anatolii Verlusky is the epee coach.  Verlusky has been coaching since1977 and was a Soviet Union national coach for many years building international caliber athletes including a champion USSR fencer and now OSU assistant coach Alexander Smerdin. He was also head coach for Cypress and Kuwait before coming to the US and joining the Royal Arts team.

For more information contact: Julia Richey at or 614.330.2445.

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