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Saturday, May 12, 2018, End-of-Season Tournament at College of the Desert, In Photos

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Epee (l-r): 1st place, George Fuller (UCSBFC), 2nd place, Ashton Arrington (Desert Fencing Academy), 3rd place, Matthew Lee (Beverly Hills Fencing Center), 3rd place , Ryan Lee (Swords). George earned his A18 in epee and Ashton and Matthew earned their B18 rating in epee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men's Saber (l-r) 1st place, Nick Richardson (Desert Fencing Academy), 2nd place, Samuel Weinger, 3rd place, Sam Signorelli, (Swordplay), 3rd place, Gabriel Lira (Arrowhead). Nick earned his D18 rating and both Samuel and Sam earned their E18 rating in saber!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFA 2017-2018 Men's Foil Team: (l-r): Ronan Joyce, Paul Zappia, Dennis Stephen, Mark Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFA 2017-2018 Saber Team (l-r): Dennis Stephen, Josiah Llapitan, Alec Gibson, Gabriel Rivkin, Maddie Wales, Ian Maskiewicz, Dominic Whittaker, Nick Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costa Nichols, men's saber, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maddie Wales, 2nd place Women's Saber, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Johnson, Men's Foil, San Bernardino Division Champion 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariana Dorticos, Women's Foil and Epee, San Bernardino Division Champion, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William McCloud, Men's Epee, San Bernardino Division Champion, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leslie Taft, Women's Saber, San Bernardino Division Champion, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Bernardino Division 3-Weapon Champions, Leslie Taft and Dennis Stephen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFA May 2018 Newsletter

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Hi to All…Happy May…Happy Mother’s Day!!

IMPORTANT MAY DATES:

Sunday, May 13, Mother’s Day

Monday, May 28, Memorial Day…DFA will be closed

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MAY TOURNAMENT:

Saturday, May 12, 2018, End-of-Season Awards Tournament at College of the Desert

Close of check-in:  9:00 a.m. for Saber   10:00 a.m. for Foil   12 noon for Epee
Please pre-register on AskFred.net.

Trophies will be presented to the top male and female fencers in the San Bernardino Division for the 2017-2018 fencing season as well as for the top teams in the Division.  Awards will be presented at 9:00 a.m.

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Saber (l-r): 3rd, Ian Maskiewicz, (Desert Fencing Academy), 2nd place, Samuel Weinger, 1st place, Arnav Raja, (Gryphon). Arnav earned his E18 in saber!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foil (l-r): 1st, Theo Schenck, (Lionheart Fencing), 2nd place, Landon Lam, (Golubitsky). 3rd place, Justin Oh, (Anaheim Hills Fencers Club), 3rd place, Mark Johnson, (Desert Fencing Academy). Theo earned his E18 in foil!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epee (l-r): 3rd, Matthew Lee, (Beverly Hills Fencers Club), 2nd place, Maki Potes, (Haake und Slasche), 1st place, Alex Soderberg (Team Touche) and earning his A18!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also earning his D18 in epee, but not pictured, is our very own Ashton Arrington!

Wishing everyone a happy May and blissful fencing…with special wishes to all the Moms out there for a very happy Mother’s Day.

- Leslie

DFA April 2018 Newletter

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Hi to All…Happy April…Happy Easter!

TOURNAMENT DATES:

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 3-weapon open at Hemet High School
Close of check-in:  9:00 a.m. for Saber, 10:00 a.m. for Foil, 12 noon for Epee.
Please pre-register on AskFred.net.  This is the last point tournament of the season.

Saturday, May 12, 2018, End-of-Season Awards Tournament,
3-weapon open at College of the Desert
Close of check-in:  9:00 a.m. for Saber, 10:00 a.m. for Foil, 12 noon for Epee.
Please pre-register on AskFred.net.
Trophies will be presented prior to the commencement of each event.

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DFA RESULTS FROM MARCH 17, 2018 TOURNAMENT AT COLLEGE OF THE DESERT:

Saber (l-r): 1st place, Leslie Taft (DFA), 2nd place, Costa Nichols (DFA), 3rd place, Victor Bianchini (Golden Saber Academy), 3rd place, Gabriel Lira (Arrowhead Fencing Club). Leslie earned her E2018 Saber rating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div. 3 Epee: (l-r) 2nd place, William McCloud (DFA), DFA coach Leslie Taft, 3rd place, Ashton Arrington (DFA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foil (l-r): 3rd place, Emily Coward (Anaheim Hills Fencers Club), 3rd place, Paul Zappia (DFA), 2nd place, Mark Johnson (DFA), 1st place, Christine Wang (Gryphon Fencing)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3 Foil (l-r): 3rd place Braden Wiegand-Shahani (Salle d'Escrime of Prescott, 3rd place, Paul Zappia (DFA), 2nd place, Mark Johnson (DFA), 1st place, Leann Labra (UCR).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a great day of fencing, fencers from the Arizona Division joined us to make the epee events fun and exciting and everyone had on a “touch o’ the green” for this fencing St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

 

 


 

St. Patrick’s Day Tournament at College of the Desert

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

It was a “pot o’ gold” St. Patrick’s Day for DFA fencers competing in the 3-weapon open and “D” and Under at College of the Desert this March 17, 2018 at College of the Desert.

Saber (l-r): 1st place, Leslie Taft (DFA), 2nd place, Costa Nichols (DFA), 3rd place, Victor Bianchini (Golden Saber Academy), 3rd place, Gabriel Lira (Arrowhead Fencing). Leslie earned her E18 rating in saber!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3 Epee (l-r): 3rd place, Ashton Arrington (DFA), 2nd place, William McCloud (DFA), 1st place, Caelan Creekmur (Southwest Fencing Club). Caelan earned his C18 rating in epee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foil (l-r): 3rd, Emily Coward (Anaheim Hills Fencers Club, 3rd, Paul Zappia (DFA), 2nd, Mark Johnson (DFA), 1st, Christine Wang (Gryphon Fencing).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3 Foil (l-r): 3rd place, Braden Weigand-Shahani (Salle d'Escrime de Prescott), 3rd, Paul Zappia (DFA), 2nd, Mark Johnson, (DFA), 1st, Leann Labra (UCR).

DFA March 2018 News

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Hi to All…Happy March…Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

IMPORTANT MARCH DATES:

Sunday, March 11, Daylight Saving Time begins.  Spring your clock forward one hour.

Saturday, March 17.  St. Patrick’s Day and fencing tournament at College of the Desert.  (Wear green socks).

Monday, March 20, Spring begins

Friday, March 30, Good Friday.  DFA will be closed.

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TOURNAMENT DATES:

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 3-weapon open and “D” and Under Tournament at College of the Desert

Close of Check-in for 3-weapon: 9:00 a.m. for Saber   10:00 a.m. for Foil   12 noon for Epee

Close of Check-in for “D” & Under: 11:00 a.m. for Saber   12 noon for Foil   2:00 p.m. for Epee
Please pre-register on AskFred.  All close of check-in times are posted on AskFred.

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 3-weapon open at Hemet High School

Close of Check-in: 9:00 a.m. for Saber   10:00 a.m. for Foil   12 noon for Epee
Please pre-register on AskFred.

Saber (l-r) 3rd, Dennis Stephen, DFA, 2nd, David Moran, South Coast Fencing Center, 1st, Costa Nichols, DFA and he earned his "E" 2018 saber rating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis fences foil and epee.  He’s been taking saber lessons since September 2017.  He did fence saber in our Division qualifier for Summer Nationals and did qualify in saber, as well as foil and epee.  The February tournament was the first time Dennis fenced saber in an open tournament in our Division.  Not bad, Dennis!

 

 

 

 

 
Our 2018 Men’s Foil & Epee Team: (l-r), Kamin Morrelli, R2 (visiting from college), Dennis Stephen, Reese Frenter, Ronan Joyce, Ashton Arrington and Paul Zappia.

Wishing everyone a happy March and St. Patrick’s Day..and, as always…blissful fencing (with the luck of the Irish!).

Leslie
the fencing coach

 

DFA February 2018 Newsletter

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Happy February…Happy Valentine’s Day!

First of all…we all qualified for Summer Nationals!!  Our San Bernardino Division qualifier for Summer Nationals was held at Hemet High School on Saturday, January 27.  Nationals will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28-July 7, 2018.

Our DFA fencers who qualified are:  Ashton Arrington, Ariana Dorticos, Ronan Joyce, Michael Mansour, Simeon Miller, Kamin Morrelli (who earned his E2018 rating in epee), Dennis Stephen, Leslie Taft, Maddie Wales, Dominic Whittaker and Paul Zappia.

The three youngest DFA fencers competing were Paul Zappia, 13, Ronan Joyce and Dominic Whittaker, both 14.
Dennis Stephen
qualified in all three weapons!  This was some of the best fencing ever, not only by the DFA fencers, but by all the fencers who came to compete.

Greg Schiller and Allex Gruman came out from Los Angeles to be our official referees for this qualifier.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

February 10, 2018, 3-weapon open at College of the Desert
Close of check-in times:
9:00 a.m. for Saber    10:00 a.m. for Foil    12 noon for Epee

March 17, 2018, 3-weapon open & “D” and Under Tournament at College of the Desert

All tournaments are posted on AskFred.net.  Please pre-register on AskFred.

DFA CLUB NEWS:

DFA celebrates its 15th anniversary on Saturday, February 24!!  I opened the club on my birthday.  We’ll have a little celebration on Saturday, February 24…cake, beverages, fencing, friends and fun from 12 noon til 3:00 p.m.  Please stop by.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and blissful fencing.

- leslie, the fencing coach

DFA January 2018 News

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Happy New Year 2018!

DFA re-opens on Tuesday, January 2…back to full lesson and teaching schedule.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

January 27, 2018, San Bernardino Division Qualifier for Summer Nationals, at Hemet High School.

This is our Division Qualifier for Summer Nationals which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, June 28-July 7, 2018.

Close of Check-In Times:
9:00 a.m.    Y-14 men’s & women’s foil
10:00 a.m.   Y-14 men’s & women’s saber
10:30 a.m.   Y-14 men’s & women’s epee
11:00 a.m.   Div 2/3 women’s saber
11:30 a.m.   Div 2/3 men’s saber
12:00 p.m.  Div 2/3 women’s foil
12:30 p.m.  Div 2/3 men’s foil
1:00 p.m.    Div 2/3 women’s epee
1:30 p.m.    Div. 2/3 men’s epee

Please pre-register on AskFred.net.

February 10, 2018, 3-weapon open, at College of the Desert

Close of Check-In Times:
9:00 a.m. for Saber   10:00 a.m. for Foil   12 noon for Epee

Please pre-register on AskFred.net

DFA CLUB NEWS:

US Fencing recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to the sport with the Fencing Spirit of Sport program.  Each quarter during the season, one individual will be recognized from each of the six USA Fencing Regions.

Based on the nomination by Laura Holmgren (Poly Technic Coach), I was selected as the Region 4 recipient for the 1st quarter of the 2017-2018 season!  An article celebrating my accomplishment is posted on the USFA Fencing website.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2018 and, as always, blissful fencing!!!

Leslie
the fencing coach

Saturday, December 9 Tournament at College of the Desert

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Hi to All,

Saturday’s December 9th, 2017 tournament at COD was simply stellar!!!  We ran two tournaments in one day, the 3-Weapon Open followed by the “D” and Under mixed foil, saber and epee events.  Almost everyone in the Open continued on to compete in the “D” and Under events.

And it was a stellar day for DFA!

In the Mixed Saber event, seven fencers, five of which were DFA fencers:  Simeon Miller, Ian Maskiewicz, Gabriel Rivkin,Dominic Whittaker and Leslie Taft.  Finishing in first place and earning her E2107, Leslie Taft, 2nd place Simeon Miller, tied for third place, Ian Maskiewicz and Gabriel Rivkin and fifth place, Dominic Whittaker.

In the Div 3 Saber event, taking first place and earning is E2017, Simeon Miller, 2nd, place Ian Maskiewicz, third place, Dominic Whittaker and fifth place, Gabriel Rivkin.

In the Mixed Foil event, making his fencing debut, Paul Zappia, taking 7th place and Ronan Joyce, taking 8th place.
In the Div 3 Foil event, Paul took 5th and Ronan took 7th place.

In the Div 3,Epee event, Kamin Morrelli took 2nd, Ashton Arrington 3rd, Ariana Dorticos 6th, William McCloud 7th and Michael Mansour 9th.

2017 DFA Saber Team (l-r) Dominic Whittaker, Ian Maskiewicz, Simeon Miller, Leslie Taft, Gabriel Rivkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Saber (l-r): 1st, Leslie Taft, 2nd, Simeon Miller, 3rd, Gabriel Rivkin, 3rd, Ian Maskiewicz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFA Foil fencers (l-r): Ronan Joyce and Paul Zappia, making his foil fencing debut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div 3 Epee (l-r): 3rd, Qingtao Meng, UCR, 3rd, Ashton Arrington, DFA, 2nd, Kamin Morrelli, DFA, 1st, Aaron Liang, Swords & earning his E2017 rating.

DFA December 2017 News

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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

DFA will be closed December 23 - January 1…Back to fencing starting Tuesday, January 2.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:
December 9, 2017, 3-weapon and “D” & Under, at College of the Desert
Close of check in times for 3-weapon:
9:00 a.m. Mixed Saber   10:00 a.m. Mixed Foil   12 noon Mixed Epee   $10 per event

Close of check in times for “D” & Under:
11:00 a.m. Mixed Saber   12 noon Mixed Foil   2:00 p.m. Mixed Epee
$25 per event for “D” & Under.  We will have rated referees for these events.

Please pre-register for your events on AskFred.net

For more information, go to www.usfasb.org.

DFA CLUB NEWS:

Gift giving ideas…DFA tee shirts ($10) and DFA warm and cozy sweatshirts ($20).  Also, Linea blue and green, foil/epee gloves, right hand, various sizes, $20.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and blissful fencing to all!

- Leslie, the fencing coach

 

Results in Pictures of 11/25/17 Tournament at College of the Desert

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

How many fencers will come to a Thanksgiving Saturday fencing tournament?….83!  From Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Nevada, L.A., Orange County, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside.   And, of course, our very own DFA fencers.

L-r: Dennis Stephen, Ariana Dorticos, Kamin Morrelli, Leslie Taft, Ashton Arrington, Michael Mansour, William McCloud, Reese Frenter, DFA Epee Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-r: DFA Saber fencers, Dominic Whittaker, Ian Maskiewicz and Ryan Sebti (in his first tournament).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-r: Saber, 3rd, Costa Nichols, DFA, 3rd, Christopher Reyes, Laguna Fencing Center, 2nd, Ian Kim, Poly Technic, 1st, William Wun, Cardinal Fencing and earning his E17 rating.