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Dirk Moonen, Maître d’Armes

Dirk Moonen - Arizona Fencing InstructorDirk Moonen, Maître d’Armes, is a highly experienced fencing instructor in all three weapons (foil, épée & saber) certified both here and in Europe. He teaches throughout the Valley and has been involved with fencing instruction at all levels in the United States and overseas for more than forty years. In the late sixties he directed his club’s – Cercle Royal d’Escrime La Concorde - youth program and was the University of Virginia women's team head coach in the mid-seventies. He is a member of various national and international fencing academies and associations.

Maître Moonen was trained in the finest tradition that the French (École Française d’Escrime) and Hungarian (Magyar Vívó Iskola) Fencing Schools have to offer, by receiving his three weapons training from among the world’s finest Maîtres d’Armes: Léon Uyttendaele, André Verhalle (Belgium); Yves & Léon Auriol, Alex Beguinet, Guy Piedfer (France); Jean Coulon (Luxembourg); Gábor Borgnár, Dr. István Nemere, Péter Fröhlich, Antal Solti, András Szabó (Hungary); Ed Korfanty, Dr. Jerzy Wezowksi (Poland); Gary Copeland, Michael Marx (USA).

He had a late start in fencing, two weeks short of his 18th birthday, but soon enough he represented Belgium as a junior sabreur and was to represent its colors again in 1971 on the national foil team at the World Championships. He has been Arizona’s State saber champion on five occasions and took second at the 1978 Rocky Mountain Sectionals in both saber and foil. Shortly after the start of his fencing career, he was awarded the Certificat d'Escrime suma cum laude by Belgium’s Royal Academy with congratulations from the jury, for placing first out of more than 70 participants.

Dirk is a graduate from ADEPS (Administration d’Éducation Physique et des Sports) and the USFA Coaches College at Colorado Springs’ U.S. Olympic Training Center that certified him as Fencing Coach III in all three weapons.  He completed the American Red Cross requirements for "Adult and Child CPR" and "Sports Safety Training; he is an Armorer II certified by the USFA Armorers College, and a nationally ranked referee.

He is qualified to teach stage combat, better know these days as Artistic Fencing (Escrime Artistique), choreographed medieval and Renaissance combat. In 2004 he started training with Maîtres Claude Carliez, Jean Promard, Liliane Delavaquerie, Claude Duprez & Jean Van Pevenage.  He teaches stage combat rapier with or without dagger, and has choreographed the swordplay in “Moon over Buffalo” for Desert Foothills Theater.  He has coauthored a book on the dueling sword, and is currently doing research on 19th century duels; his findings are to be published in a foreseeable future.

Even with his extensive credentials, Dirk is continually seeking every opportunity to upgrade his craft by attending coaches’ colleges and clinics in Europe and the United States during the summer months. 

Communauté Française
USFA Coaches College
Coaches College
Wheelchair Fencing
Wheelchair Fencing
Armorers College
Armorers College
  USA Fencing
U.S. Fencing
SAFD - Society of American Fight Directors
Society of American Fight Directors
Prévôt d’Armes
USFA Certified Fencing Coach in all three weapons
USFA Certified Wheelchair Fencing Coach
USFA Certified Armorer


  • Académie d’Armes Internationale
  • Académie Royale d'Armes de Belgique
  • Society of American Fight Directors
  • United States Fencing Association
  • United States Fencing Coaches Association

Dirk Moonen
Phone: (928) 202 6631


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