Dennis Christensen - Executive director & Coach
Dennis began fencing in high school and, in the second year of the program, his high school team placed first in their division and second in their section. After taking a 29-year break, he returned to fence foil, first with the Eagle River Clubs beginning class with Chris Cushman, in the spring on 2003. Then, after a short time, he moved to the Fencing Center of Alaska, and there began coaching saber. Several of Dennis' students have fenced on the National level, reaching into Division 1. Dennis fences and coaches all three weapons, as well as serving as the club's CEO and Armourer.
Seth Hunter - Coach
Seth's first fencing lesson was in 1984, with Coach John Matus at the Anchorage Fencing Club. He continued fencing through college at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he assisted Coach David Downes in teaching beginning and intermediate foil fencing classes. Seth was a frequent competitor in all three weapons, placing well in local tournaments and winning the State Championships in multiple weapons. In the 1997 Summer Nationals, Div. III, Seth placed 2nd in foil and 3rd in epee. Now (semi-)retired from competitive fencing, Seth continues to fence with all three weapons and began teaching epee for the Anchorage Fencing Club in November, 2016.
David Mushovic - Administrative Advisor
Dave first became interested in fencing in high school where he received instruction from an exchange teacher and visiting fencing Master from Spain. Dave went on to fence at the college level in 1976 with the University of California where his collegiate career there culminated in winning the 1980 All Cal Competition in all three weapons. Dave moved to Alaska shortly thereafter where he became one of the founding members and a coach for the Anchorage Fencing Club, the oldest club in Alaska. He competed in the Alaska Division for over 7 years consistently placing within the top three and winning several State Championships in all three weapons. In 1987 Dave moved to Glennallen where he continued to stay active in the fencing community for several years competing and coaching individual students as time allowed. Many of Dave’s students have competed successfully at the national level. He has also had the privilege of teaching and influencing many of our younger coaches still active throughout the Alaska fencing community today. Dave returned to his old home with the Anchorage Fencing Club in 2004, where he accepted the position of head coach. Dave still enjoys competing with the older generation and coaches foil, epee and saber at all levels.
Wayne Hughes - Coach
Wayne grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and attended college at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, from 1977 to 1980. It was there where Wayne joined the SFASU Fencing Club and learned to fence under the tutelage of Master Russell K. Wieder. Master Wieder was an internationally accredited fencing master and coach of fencing, wrestling and combative sports at Texas A&M University until he retired and volunteered his services to the SFASU Fencing Club. Wayne participated in a novice foil fencing tournament in 1980, in Houston, Texas, where he placed second. With a twenty-three year hiatus from fencing, Wayne started fencing again in 2003 in Fairbanks, Alaska, with Arturo Frizzera and his son Italo. After moving to Anchorage, Wayne joined the Anchorage Fencing Club. What Wayne lacks in competitive experience, he makes up with enthusiasm and joy for fencing, and teaching foil and epee fundamentals to new fencers. Wayne's favorite fencing motto, quoted from Master Wieder. is: "He who parries not, dies!"