About Us

Our Coaches


Will Lawrie, Lisa Wolf, and Taro Yamashita


Our History

Before we were the Riverside Fencing Club, we were the Northampton Fencing Center. 

Founded in 2000 by Scott Tundermann, the head coach of the Smith College fencing club, the Northampton Fencing Center operated in Northampton, and then South Hadley, and then Easthampton through 2006. The club changed hands to Chris Spencer with a move back to South Hadley in 2006, and changed its name to Riverside Fencing Club. It moved to its current Hadley location in 2007. Later in 2007, Chris left the Pioneer Valley to become the head fencing coach at Haverford College, and Scott took over, again, for a period.

In 2008, Taro Yamashita became the head coach at Riverside, and took over as owner from Scott in 2009.

Scott, Chris, and Taro are good friends, and still share coaching ideas whenever they get together.

Riverside strives to develop competitive fencers without losing touch with the fact that fencing is (and should be) fun.

Riverside currently offers instruction in epee and foil fencing for fencers ages 10 to adult, from beginners to national champions.