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DFA August 2018 News

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Hi to All…happy August!!

The 2018-2019 San Bernardino Division fencing season schedule has been posted to AskFred.net.  You may pre-register online now.

Reminder to all fencers to renew your USFA membership for 2018-2019.  The USFA is streamlining their membership system and asking that all fencers renew their membership online.

Also, for all foil fencers, the USFA has a new rule regarding the plastic chest protection for foil fencers.  Now, foil fencers must have the new foil chest protectors that have a special material covering.  The reason for this new rule is that, with the previous plastic chest protection, foil tips would slide off the foil lame.  This new USFA rule will be implemented at all Division tournaments…all foil fencers, if they are wearing chest protection, will have to present their chest protection to the referee on strip.

We have new DFA tee shirts at the club, small, medium and large sizes, in red, blue and purple.  All tee shirts are $10.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

September 15, 2018, College of the Desert, 3-Weapon Open
Close of check-in:  9:00 a.m., saber, 10:00 a.m., foil, 12 noon, epee.
You may pre-register online at AskFred.net

October 20, 2018, Hemet High School, J.O. Quals
All close-of-check-in times are posted on AskFred.net.  You may also pre-register.

 

Summer National Fencing Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, 2018

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

We are back from St. Louis, Missouri, the location for the 2018 Summer National Fencing Championships.  Good weather, great location, close to Convention Center venue, the mighty Mississippi, the Arch, and an awesome 4th of July fireworks show at the Arch.

Our DFA fencers included: Ariana Dorticos, Dennis Stephen, Ashton Arrington, Kamin Morrelli and Dominic Whittaker. This was the first National Championship for Ashton, Kamin and Dominic.  Ariana competed in Division 2 & 3 women’s epee, Dennis in Vet men’s epee and saber and Division 3 men’s epee, Ashton and Kamin competed in both Division 2 & 3 men’s epee and Dominic competed in both Division 2 and 3 men’s saber.

DFA epee fencers: Dennis Stephen, Kamin Morrelli, Ashton Arrignton, Ariana Dorticos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFA saber fencer, Dominic Whittaker, in his first National Championship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dominic Whittaker in action in men's saber at Summer Nationals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Stephen & Dominic Whittaker ready to fence saber at Summer Nationals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating an epee fencing day at Summer Nationals, Dennis Stephen, Ariana Dorticos, Kamin Morrelli, Coach Leslie, Ashton Arrington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFA July 2018 News

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Hi to All…Happy New Year…Happy Independence Day!

DFA will be closed the week of July 2-7. We are in St. Louis, Missouri, for the 2018 Summer National  Championships.

DFA fencers competing are Dennis Stephen, Kamin Morrelli, Ashton Arrington, Ariana Dorticos and Dominic Whittaker.

DFA classes will resume on July 9.  If you will be away anytime in July or August, please let me know so I can make note of that in my lesson planner.

DFA will also have new DFA tee shirts, blue, red and purple in medium and large sizes.  I do have small DFA tee shirts.  Tee shirts are $10.

We are still awaiting confirmation of some of our tournament dates, but those already confirmed have been posted to AskFred and you may pre-register.

Wishing everyone a happy Summer, a wonderful July 4th celebration and, as always, blissful fencing!

Leslie

DFA June 2018 News

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Hi to All…Happy June…Happy Father’s Day!!!

Our June fencing schedule remains the same for the month of June.

DFA will be closed the week of  July 2-7.  We will be in St. Louis, Missouri, for the Summer National Championships.  Competing will be:  Dennis Stephen, Kamin Morrelli, Ashton Arrington, Dominic Whittaker and Ariana Dorticos. I will be there for coaching.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:

We are currently working on the up coming tournament dates and venues for the 2018-2019 tournament season.  Currently we have:

September 2018, TBD, either COD or UCR, 3-weapon open
October, 20, 2018, Hemet High School, Qualifier for Junior Olympics
November 10, 2018, Hemet High School, 3-weapon open
December 2018, TBD, UCR, 3-weapon open
Jauary 12, 2019, Hemet High School, Qualifier for Summer Nationals
February 2019, TBD, UCR
March 16, 2019, Hemet High School, 3-weapon open
April 2019, TBD, Victorville, Haake und Slasche
May, 2019, TBD, COD, end-of-season tournament

Dates that we do have confirmed will be posted to AskFred.  You may sign up as soon as they are posted.

Wishing all you dads a Happy Father’s Day!
To all you grads, congratulations on your academic accomplishments!
And blissful fencing to all,

- Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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