About Us

Rogue Fencing Melbourne is a social fencing group with a strong emphasis on inclusion and community. We welcome fencers of all skill levels, experience or fitness to come bout with us.

We offer a space in which all are welcome and in which a genuinely lived code of conduct means everyone feels a valued part of the club.

Rogue Fencing is strictly non-profit and affordably priced for ongoing or casual fencers. Any money we make from booking fees, fundraising and merchandise are put back into the club for scoring gear, insurance, more options on training spaces, and other initiatives to help our club grow and promote the sport of fencing.

If you’re looking for some additional bouting during the week, have lapsed from fencing for a while, want a runaround, or extra bouts before a comp, we’re there as a fun and accessible option.

So, who are you guys?

Rogue 1: Tuulia Ijas

Tuulia is a rookie in fencing with just a couple of years of fencing under her belt. She has always been keen on sports and has played ice-hockey and badminton with none other than the Men’s World Champion in javelin. She participated in every sport available in the small town in Finland where she grew up. During her university years she decided that the best way to finance skiing was to work as a ski instructor to get free accommodation and ski passes. After moving to Australia, winter sports were replaced with mountain biking and hiking. Tuulia finances sport working as ‘beer engineer’ for Australia’s largest brewing company. She believes that sports should be available to all equally, and in a fun and supportive environment where everyone can be their authentic self.

  • Treasurer Rogue Fencing Melbourne
  • First Aid and COVID-19 Safe Officer
  • Working With Children Check
  • Fencing Victoria Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Rogue 2: Rebecca Stewart

Rebecca was inspired to fence by her dad and her uncle, who both trained at Melbourne’s Excalibur Club in the 1950s. She started fencing at age 13 at the Sala Bella Vista Club with the legendary John Fethers. It was another 22 years before she was ready to return to the sport, and now as a veteran she has fenced at state, national and international competitions. Rebecca has had an eclectic career in 2D animation, publishing and communications, and these days combines all her skills as a commercial illustrator. In her spare time she enjoys working on her fencing art and her zines. While living in Italy a few years ago she fenced at Club Scherma Torino, where she learnt that following a bout with aperitivo and fun times with club mates is a great improvement to the sport!

  • President Rogue Fencing Melbourne
  • Member Protection Officer
  • Working With Children Check

Rogue 3: Kath John

Kath has always been into fencing, whether flailing on the deck of a pirate ship or swinging from a chandelier in a 17th century castle (in her mind).

Only in recent years has she stepped onto the piste with an epee in hand. Prior to that, the only piste traversed was on the European slopes, where her elegant moves on the powder, back at the chalet or at the bar prepared her amply for her role as Rogue’s first Events Manager. Today, Kath’s unique fencing moves are more heard than seen, with a lot of laughter at what she calls her pirate moves. To her, fencing is about having fun regardless of your age, fitness, or competition record.

While not technically a sabreur, Kath is also handy at sabrage and will help you open that champagne bottle if you ask her nicely!

  • Events Manager, Rogue Fencing Melbourne