Maestro Craig Smith created Tri-Blade Fencing Academy in the late 1980’s. He attended Western Michigan University, where he started fencing with instructor Lamanski. He continued beyond college with competitions until moving to Battle Creek in 1989 and joining Avante Garde Fencing Academy in Battle Creek. Avante Garde lasted less than one year after which Tri-Blade Fencing was founded.

Maestro Craig Smith built the membership of Tri-Blade Fencing to over 40 members. He has trained five other qualified instructors to assist him in the club. In 2012, the Tri-Blade incorporated. Besides having the open club night, Tri-Blade has developed other courses within public and private schools, as well as the YMCA. We at Tri-Blade are looking to develop the I-94 corridor.

Current Organizations

  • Gull Lake Community School 
    Daily instruction in PE Class (Full Year)
  • Gull Lake Homeschool Partnership
    Once a week instruction in PE Class (Full Year)
  • Kalamazoo YMCA
    Weekly 2 hour courses at the Y-centers Maple street, Wednesday night.
  • Portage YMCA
    Weekly 2 hour courses at the Y-centers Centre street, Thursday night.

Past Organizations

  • Marshall Academy
    One week fencing program
  • Heritage Christian Schools
    Two-week fencing program
  • Marshall Middle School
    One day demonstration of swords