Coaching COVID-19 News Sport Manitoba

Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series

First Session takes place Wednesday, November 25th at 7 p.m and the second session will be Wednesday, December 16 at 7 p.m.

Manitoba Fencing invites you to sign up for this FREE online professional development opportunity sponsored by Sport Manitoba and Bison Transport. We hope this event will inspire girls and women to participate in fencing and other sports. We encourage all genders to explore the potential for a lifelong career in sport.

“The annual Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series is designed to empower and inspire women to become leaders in sport, community and life. It’s a professional development opportunity designed for coaches, administrators, community leaders, and volunteers of all genders, from all sports, from across Manitoba. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 it will be a FREE five-part online series that brings together inspirational leaders from all areas of sport to tell their personal and professional stories, offer valuable advice and guidance, and share practical tips that participants can use on and off the field of play. “

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Our Provincial Coach: Fencing Master, Mentor and CTV SportStar

Our Provincial Coach: Fencing Master, Mentor and CTV SportStar


For nearly 20 years, Manitoba Fencing has enjoyed the privilege of Fencing Master, Ayach Bounachada, as our provincial coach.

This slash of luck for Manitoba Fencing, might not have happened, if not for a random twist of fate. Ayach started his athletic career as a competitive swimmer in Algeria. But, he quickly left the water behind after a chance meeting with a fencing coach. After his first taste of fencing combat, Ayach had found his life’s passion. According to Ayach,

“Since that day, fencing was my sport”.

Ayach trained to become a fencing master. He experienced success on the national level in Algeria. but soon realized his gift was for coaching rather than competing. Ayach moved to Winnipeg in 2003 to lead Manitoba’s provincial program. Ayach embraces the challenges of coaching fencing for children and adults. He teaches all 3 disciplines of fencing: epee, sabre and foil. Ayach says,
“You teach different characters and personalities. You have to change the way you coach to resolve the problems of your students that change every time.”
Manitoba National Team Fencer, Misha Sweet hopes to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. This Olympic opportunity would not be possible without the help of his coach, says Misha.
“He is very good at explaining and demonstrating. And for younger fencers he has a nurturing personality.”
Other Manitoba fencers echo those praises and plan to follow in Ayach’s footsteps. Former National Team Fencer, Daria Jorquera Palmer, can’t imagine anyone better as a coach.
“Ayach is such an amazing mentor for me. He has so much knowledge in the sport, so much international experience. And he is world renown as a fencing coach.”
Despite offers to coach in cities where the sport is more prominent, Ayach’s heart belongs to Manitoba. Ayach commits each day to making the province of Manitoba one of the world’s elite fencing destinations. Ayach Bounachada will always be will always be an outstanding coach, a Fencing Master and mentor, and all-round superstar to Manitoba Fencing. Watch the video: Ayach Bounachada, CTV SportStar Profile
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Zoom Conditioning and Footwork Sessions

Zoom Conditioning Sessions

Zoom Conditioning and Footwork Sessions

The Ontario Fencing Association is providing virtual Zoom Conditioning Sessions and Footwork Sessions through the fall, with some small schedule tweaks to accommodate back to school changes:

Conditioning Sessions:

  • Youth: Mondays 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • High Impact: Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
  • Low Impact: Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Footwork SessionsREGISTER HERE

Thursdays, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Note that participants must have a 2020-2021 CFF license (MFA membership) in order to access the sessions.

Slash the 2020 Blues with our Website Relaunch!

Slash the 2020 Blues with our Website Relaunch!

Today, we slash a spectacularly challenging year with a new website design. In the coming weeks you will see more changes and updates to make our website easier to navigate. We hope you enjoy the new look and increased functionality.

This year brought a pandemic to test our resilience. This month, Friday the 13th seemed to accent the darkness that haunts 2020. Looking forward to 2021, we invite you to jab anxiety into oblivion starting now. Let November 2020 pierce your perspective. Start jabbing your thoughts with new possibilities, fresh starts and good luck. Here’s hoping we all slash a new spirit of optimism and fun into the future


Remembrance Day and Fencing: A History of Building Peace through Sport

Remembrance Day


Manitoba Fencing would like to remember the sacrifice of all Canadian soldiers lost in wars past. We salute the bravery and courage of veterans across the country. “Lest we forget”, we encourage everyone to take part in an act of remembrance today.



“As we approach Remembrance Day, we would like to recognize the participation of our military members in fencing in Canada.

Did you know that the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) was established in 1948 following World War II, and fencing was the first sport to participate? One of the goals of CISM is to use sport for deconfliction & peace building between countries by promoting ‘friendship through sport’.”

– Canadian Fencing Federation