Jason took a college level fencing class in 1981 and loved it. Circumstances finally combined to allow him to take up a blade again in 2009 at the age of 46.
He and his son signed up with Denver Fencing Center for beginning courses in 2009. Coached by Paul Von Rentzell and Russell Gibson, It wasn’t long before Jason was competing and advancing his knowledge of all competitive weapons. In 2011, he finished 8th in Colorado for Veterans Epee.
In 2010, we asked Jason to start coaching youth and intermediate courses for all weapons. His laid back coaching attitude, his sense of humor, and his desire to teach the way a student will learn, have helped him gain the respect of, and contribute to, the success of several accomplished fencers in the DFC family. Currently Jason holds medals in all weapons and continues to enjoy competing personally. His current weapon of choice is Saber, though he still enjoys both Epee’ and Foil.
Currently Jason teaches adult beginning classes for DFC and is working with individual saber students, both adult and youth, for the current competitive season.
Jason’s coaching style can described as patient and strategically tailored. “At my age, you want everything you do to have a large ‘enjoyment’ factor. The most challenging aspect of fencing is the strategy requirements. I love trying to figure out a tough opponent and trying to figure out how to teach a student a new technique or competitive philosophy. This is a sport where it doesn’t matter if you are young or old, male or female. Everyone faces the same challenges on the strip.”
Jason has spent most of his working career as management and is currently involved in the mortgage industry.