Photo credit: Marci Dillon

Fencing classes are taught by the owner and director of Pacific Fencing Club, Harold Hayes, who is assisted by his advanced students.

Maestro Hayes’ partial résumé:
Harold C. Hayes, M.A.
Maître d’Armes

Degrees and Credentials

Bachelor of Arts
Stanford University. Major: Philosophy

Master of Arts
University of California, Santa Cruz, in History of Consciousness. Field of research: medical philosophy and medical psychology; cognition and personality.

Maître d’Armes
International Academy of Arms, and United States Fencing Coaches Association.

Fencing Master
Selberg Academy of Arms.

Military Provost at Arms
San Jose State University Military Fencing Masters Program, S.J.S.U. ROTC.

California Community College Teaching Credential
Language Arts and Literature. Credential No. 123HAY001

Level 1 Certified Coach
American Coaching Effectiveness Program, at U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs.

Specialized Training

International Coaching Symposia, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs
By invitation of the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association, trained intensively in advanced pedagogical theory and methods with the national fencing coaches of the Soviet Union and Poland: Vladimir Nazlymov, Lev Saitchuk, Mikhail Burtsev (USSR); Grzegorek Krzysztof, Leszek Stawicky, Zbigniew Czajkowski (Poland) 1989 and 1990.

United States Fencing Association Coaches College, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs
Trained in pedagogical theory and methods of the US National Coaching Staff, 1988, 1989, 2005.

United States Fencing Association Regional Coaching Seminar, San Francisco, CA
With U.S. National Fencing Coach, Aladar Kogler.

United States Fencing Association Regional Coaching Seminars, San Jose, CA, and Dixon, CA
With U.S. Olympic and National Team Fencing Coach, Michael A. D’Asaro.

Olympic Fencing Study-Tour, Barcelona, Spain, 1992
Under the auspices of The Association for International Cultural Exchange Programs, Montreal, Canada; The World Fitness Federation; and San Francisco State University. Fencing study classes were taught by Prof. David Tyshler, of the Russian State Academy of Physical Education, Moscow.

Competitive Experience

  • Competed on the Varsity Foil Team at Stanford University.
  • Won 2 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze, and other finalist medals in the U.S. National Fencing Championships in Veteran Men’s Foil.
  • Won a gold medal in Men’s Foil in the 1998 Nike World Masters Games in Portland, Oregon.
  • Competed on the U.S. National Team in the International Academy of Arms World Championships for Fencing Masters in Vichy, France, 1998.
  • Competed on the U.S. National Team in the International Fencing Federation Veteran World Championships, in Siófok, Hungary, 1999; and in Gödöllö, Hungary, 2000.

Professional Experience Pertaining to Fencing

Pacific Fencing Club, Alameda, California (1984 to present)
Owner, Director, and Coach

Mills College, Oakland, California (1992 to 2020)
Fencing Instructor, Part-time.

Summer Institute for the Gifted, River Plaza, 9 West Broad St, Stamford, CT 06902
Fencing Instructor at University of California, Berkeley campus. Designed and taught fencing courses for students.

Oakland Military Institute, Oakland, California
Fencing Instructor
Designed, equipped, and taught after-school courses in foil fencing for cadets.

Oakland Ballet, Oakland, California
Fencing Coach
Coached principal dancers and provided consultation to Choreographer and Artistic Director Ronn Guidi, for world premier of Romeo and Juliet at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, 1993.

Kennolyn Specialty Camp, Soquel, California
Fencing Specialist
Designed, directed, and taught fencing program for international sports camp. Supervised and trained teaching assistants; organized and conducted promotional exhibitions.


Foil Tactics and Tactical Drill” American Fencing, Vol. 42, No. 1, n.d. (June, 1991).

Strategic Balance in Chess and Fencing” American Fencing, Vol. 42, No. 3
(Jan/Feb/Mar., 1992)

The Universal Language of the Sword” American Fencing, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Fall, 1993).

An American Opera in Prose” Xlibris Corp., 2010.

Harold Hayes Fencing Master Alameda CA

Photo credit: Ariel Eaton Thomas