Upper Hickey Gym

Fall, Winter Quarter: Mondays, Wednesdays 6-9 PM

Spring Quarter: Mondays and Wednesdays 8-11 PM  

Thom Cate

$80 per quarter*

$10 per year (Sports Club B2H Fee)


*discounts available



Contact Information

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President - Lauren Nelson
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Vice President - Patrice Rivara
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The UC Davis Fencing Club is a Competitive Club (Level 1). Members compete at all levels, including local, intercollegiate (NCIFL) and nationally (USFA). Membership is open to all UC Davis students.


The fencing club in the 2007-2008 academic year. Now it is unfortunately much smaller, so you should join!

Our victorious faces after the 2015 Cal Poly Turkey Tourney!

The club during the 2016 UC Santa Cruz tournament, with our proud medalists in the front.


We are a sports club whose primary purposes are to teach and promote the Olympic sport of fencing. In addition to fencing skills and competition, we emphasize basics, safety and respect to our traditions and to our fellow members, officers and coach. It is also our goal to provide club members with a social environment which provides adequate reason to eat lots of pizza and play glow-in-the-dark frisbee from time to time, never losing sight of our ultimate goal of dominating our dread rivals, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

UCDFC welcomes everyone - especially new people who "just want to try" fencing; you bring yourself, we'll provide everything else: training, traditions and equipment. If you are already an experienced fencer, you're also welcome; the skills and talent you bring will enrich everyone's experience at the salle.

Originally founded in 1954, the UCDFC is the oldest of all the sports clubs at UCD, and the fastest-growing. UCDFC is a member of both the United States Fencing Association and the Northern California Intercollegiate Fencing League, and is host for the season-finishing Davis Fencing Tournament each April. This tournament sees both individuals and teams compete in all weapons for both sexes, and covers an entire weekend. The 2005-2006 season will see the inception of the NorCal Championship Cup, which will be awarded to the college or university fencing team with the best over all showing at year's end.

Many advanced UCDFC fencers are members of the USFA and compete in the Bay Cup Circuit, widely recognized as one of the most challenging fencing circuits in the United States.

Information about the Coach:

Coach Thom Cate has been a competitive fencer for over 16 years, and has been teaching and coaching fencing for over a decade. He is a competitive member of the USFA and a member of the US Fencing Coaches Association. His first instructor was Olympic medalist Duris de Jong, and the late Michael D'Asaro Sr. at the Westside Fencing Center (now the Los Angeles International Fencing Center).

While studying for his bachelor's degree at UC Santa Barbara, in 1995, Mr. Cate rekindled the fencing there, and captained the team and club to three 1st place finishes in the Souther California Intercollegiate Fencing League; his student Tim Robinson continues to teach at UCSB to this day.

Leaving UCSB for graduate school at the University of Vermont in Burlington in 1998, Coach Cate founded both the university fencing club, Salle Catamount, and the Queen City Fencing Club. Also while in Vermont, Mr. Cate was founding Vice-President of the Green Mountain Division of the USFA, and was instrumental in adding new member clubs. While in New England, Coach Cate continued his studies of fencing, coaching and refereeing under Maestro of Maestros John Harvie at Escrime Mont-Royal, in Montréal, Quebec.

Returning to his native California in 2003, Coach Cate was hired as Head Fencing Coach at the University of California at Davis, and was elected President of the Northern California Intercollegiate Fencing League in 2004.

Coach Cate remains a competitive USFA fencer, and is active in the Bay Cup Circuit of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. He lives his wife Chrissy, daughter Noelle and dog Rocket in Sacramento, CA.

Information about the NCIFL

The Northern California Intercollegiate Fencing League (NCIFL) is a USFA-compliant, non-USFA group of academic institutions who gather four times each academic year, at UC Santa Cruz, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis; De Anza Community College often hosts a summer tournament. Any fencer with a valid college ID Card who is currently enrolled at that college may attend and compete, USFA membership is not required.

You may recognize a fencer on campus by our jackets.


Our new jackets as of the 2015-2016 school year.

Needless to say, if you're somebody who's fenced before, a person even remotely interested in fencing, and associated with the University of California, Davis in any fashion, come on by to a practice and check us out.

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2007-10-24 12:28:42   man that design is sweet, can you get that shirt if you aren't a member —CraigFergus

  • The shirt is unfortunately made by Sport-Tek and is of a ridiculously low quality. My first experience with their shirts was while marching when we were required to buy one for twenty dollars to wear under our uniforms. It gave me a rash and got smelly rather easily. I replaced it with athletic shirts from Wal-Mart for five dollars each and they lasted pretty long and were very comfortable. Then I started wearing the UCD Fencing one. After a few wears, it would smell moldy even after a wash. I ended up throwing it away. I am not sure how well they manage for non-athletic use. —Han Kim, now an Under Amour label whore