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DFA February 2017 Newsletter

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Hi to All…Happy February…Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

February 11, 2017, Div 2/3 & Y14 Qualifier at Hemet High School
Schedule is posted on AskFred.net.  Please pre-register.  Close of check-in times are different and the entry fee is $15 per weapon.

March 11, 2017, 3-weapon open at Hemet High School
Close of check-in times:  9:00 a.m., saber     10:00 a.m., foil     12 noon, epee
Please pre-register on AskFred.net.

DFA CLUB NEWS:

Well, DFA reaches a mini-milestone…DFA celebrates its 14th anniversary this month!  I opened the club in 2003 on February 24, (my birthday, easier to remember the date!).  Hard to believe 14 years have gone by.  Many thanks to all the fencers and their parents for making the club a success.

And, one major personal milestone for me, at the Faculty Recognition Day at COD on January 28, I was honored for 30 years of teaching service at College of the Desert.

DFA will be closed on Monday, February 20, which is Presidents’ Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day and, as always, blissful fencing!

 


 

January 14, 2017 Tournament at Hemet High School

Friday, January 20th, 2017

We kicked off a new year of fencing with a 3-weapon open tournament hosted by Hemet High School.
We had 27 fencers for foil!  Laura Holmgren, the fencing coach at Pasadena Polytechnic High School, brought 17 of her foil fencers!
Our very own Ariana Dorticos competed in foil and took 11th place.  Pretty darn good fencing, and all the more amazing when you consider she had her appendix removed the end of November!

In saber, R2 took 2nd place and in epee, R2 came in 6th and earned his D2017 rating.

Our next tournament will be February 11, at Hemet High School, our Division Qualifier for Summer National Championships.

Saber (l-r) 3rd place, Gary Zeiss, Beverly Hills Fencing Center, 2nd place, R2, DFA, 1st place, and earning his E17 rating, Reynaldo Navarro, South Coast Fencing Center

DFA January 2017 Newletter

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Dear DFA Fencers and Parents…Happy New Year 2017!!

With the Holidays behind us and a new year before us, I can feel the energy building up to move us forward in this new year and into an exciting Spring fencing season.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

January 14, 2017, 3-weapon open at Hemet High School
Close of check-in times:
9:00 a.m., Mixed Saber     10:00 a.m., Mixed Foil,   12 noon Mixed Epee
Please pre-register on AskFred.net

February 11, 2017, Div 2/3 & Y14 Qualifier at Hemet High School
Schedule is posted on Ask Fred.  Please pre-register on AskFred.net.

DFA CLUB NEWS:

As we enjoy some cold weather, if you’re looking for something warm to wear, we have nice, warm and cozy DFA sweat shirts, white with black graphics, in small, medium large and extra-large, $20.

Happy New Year and, as always, blissful fencing!!!

Leslie

 

College of the Desert December 10 Tournament

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Hi to All,

Well, a good time was had by all at the Saturday, December 10 tournament at College of the Desert.

In Mixed Saber, Matthew Mizell won the gold medal and earned his E2016 rating!
Simeon Miller took 3rd place in the event.

In Mixed Epee, R2, William McCloud and I took 10th, 11th and 12th places, respectively.

And, in Mixed Foil, I took 3rd place!

Glenn King had the sound system set up to play Christmas music, so, the atmosphere at the tournament was fun, competitive and festive!

Merry Christmas to everyone and Happy New Year!

Our next tournament is Saturday, Janary 14, 2017 at Hemet High School.

Simeon, Leslie & Matthew

 

 

Mixed Saber, (l-r) 3rd, Simeon Miller (DFA), 2nd, Kle'Jon Louis (VVHS), 1st, Matthew Mizell (DFA) & earning his E2016 saber rating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFA December 2016 Newsletter

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Hi to All…Happy Hanukkah…Merry Christmas!!!

DFA HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

DFA will be closed December 23, 24, 25 and 26 and January 1 and 2.

Regular fencing schedule for the weeks of December 5 and 12.
We will be open:
Monday-Thursday, December 19, 20, 21 and 22
Tuesday-Friday, December 27, 28, 29 and 30

Please let me know if you will be unable to make your lesson so I can adjust my schedule.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

December 10, 2016, 3-weapon open at College of the Desert
Close of check-in times:  9:00 a.m. for Mixed Saber,   10:00 a.m. for Mixed Foil,   12 noon for Mixed Epee
Please pre-register on AskFred.net.

January 14, 2017, 3-weapon at Hemet High School
Same Schedule at above.  Please pre-register on AskFred.net.

DFA CLUB NEWS:

Congratulations to DFA fencer Maddie Wales who qualified for the 2017 Junior Olympics in Cadet and Junior women’s saber!

Dear Fencers and Parents, I want to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and extend my most sincere thanks to each and every one of you for your support of DFA, the coach and, of course, your fencer.

Happy Everything this month and, as always, blissful fencing!!

Leslie
the fencing coach

DFA December 2016 Holiday Schedule

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Here is the fencing schedule for DFA for the month of December.

Regular fencing schedule the weeks of December 5 and 12.

Fencing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 19, 20, 21, and 22.

DFA closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, December 23, 24, 25 and 26.

Fencing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 27, 28, 29 and 30.

DFA closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday, December 31, January 1 and 2.

The Rose Parade and Rose Bowl will take place on Monday, January 2.

Merry & Happy, holidays and new year!!

 

DFA at the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

DFA participated in the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade on Sunday, October 30, 2016.

We got to fence in the street to the sound of the cheering crowd!  Quite exhilarating!!

Paul Zappia, Sally Kwon, Matthew Mizell, Ronan Joyce, Grace Alhalasa, Josiah Llapitan, Nick Richardson,R2, Leslie Taft, Dominic Whittaker, Joseph Teal, Peter Zappia, Grace Sullenger, A.J. Batten, Santiago Amparo.

 

A.J. and R2 make new friends at the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFA November 2016 News

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Hi to All…Happy November…Happy Thanksgiving!!!

DFA will be closed for Thanksgiving, November 24, Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26.

DFA was in the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade on Sunday, October 30.  We marched and fenced the 1.5 miles of the parade route on El Paseo.

The 14 DFA fencers participating in the parade included:  A.J. Batten, Ariana Dorticos, R2, Paul Zappia, Peter Zappia, Dominic Whittaker, Ronan Joyce, Santiago Amparo, Matthew Mizell, Josiah Llapitan, Grace Sullenger, Grace Alhalasa, Nick Richardson and Leslie Taft.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

November 19, 2016, Qualifier for the Junior Olympics at University Heights Middle School, 1155 Massachusetts Avenue, Riverside, CA, 92507. Close of check-in times are posted on AskFred.net.  You may pre-register now on AskFred.net.

December 10, 2016, 3-weapon open at College of the Desert
Close of check-in times:
9:00 a.m. for Mixed Saber    10:00 a.m. for Mixed Foil     12 noon for Mixed Epee
Please pre-register on AskFred.net

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving celebration!!!

Leslie

October 15, 2016 Tournament at College of the Desert

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

College of the Desert hosted the second tournament of the 2016-2017 season on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  All the fencing was top-notch and everyone fenced well and had a good time and that’s what it’s all about.

In saber, Costa Nichols took 1st place, Leslie Taft took 2nd, Nick Richardson took 3rd, as well as Jade Abbott from Hemet High School, Simeon Miller took 5th and Matthew Mizell took 7th.

In epee, Khanyon Garey took 2nd place and William McCloud took 3rd, Leslie Taft 6th, Ariana Dorticos 8th and Glenn King 9th.

3rd place to Jade Abbott and Nick Richardson, 2nd place, Leslie Taft, 1st place Costa Nichols in mixed saber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st place Eric Speicher, 2nd place Khanyon Garey, 3rd place William McCloud & Jesus Campos, mixed epee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Speicher fences with Conejo Fencing Club and Jesus Campos fences at Beverly Hills Fencers Club.

DFA October 2016 Newsletter

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Hi to All…Happy Halloween!!!!!!

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

October 15, 2016, 3-weapon open at College of the Desert
Close of check-in times:
9:00 a.m. Mixed Saber      10:00 a.m. Mixed Foil      12 noon Mixed Epee
Please pre-register on AskFred.net.

November 19, 2016, Qualifier for Junior Olympics at UC Riverside
Close of check-in times are posted on AskFred.net.  You may pre-register now on AskFred.net.

DFA CLUB NEWS:

I’m getting ready to order new fencing gloves and masks for DFA.  If anyone is interested in purchasing a new mask or glove, let me know.

Saber fencers, please remember that you need to have an 800N saber glove for competition.
This item I do not purchase for the club, given the variation in size and the price, $56 to $80+.
The fencer really needs to try on and purchase their own 800N saber glove.
My recommendations, check The Fencing Post and Fencing.net.

Sam Signorelli will be at the October tournament.  If you are interested in trying out one of the various orthopedic foil and epee grips, visit Sam where you can actually hold the grip and see what fits and feels comfortable in your hand.  Sam can put a weapon together for you.

Please visit the DFA and San Bernardino Division websites for stories and photos.

Blissful fencing and have a fun and spooky Halloween!

Leslie
the fencing coach