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DFA January 2019 News

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Happy New Year 2019!

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

January 12, 2019
, San Bernardino Division Qualifier for Summer Nationals at Hemet High School.
We will have rated referees.

9:00 a.m.,  Y-14 men’s & women’s saber
9:15 a.m.,   Div 2/3 men’s & women’s saber

10:00 a.m., Y-14 men’s & women’s foil
10:15 a.m.,  Div 2/3 men’s & women’s foil

12:00 p.m.,  Y-14 men’s & women’s epee
12:15 p.m.,   Div 2/3 men’s & women’s epee

February 9, 2019, 3-weapon open at Hemet High School

9:00 a.m., for Saber   10:00 a.m., for Foil   12 noon, for Epee

Please pre-register on

December 1, 2018 Tournament at UCR

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Big turnout for this tournament, with a 3-weapon open and  “D” and under event in all three weapons.

Kamin Morrelli earned his B2018 rating in epee!

Kamin had earned his C2018 rating at the November tournament at Hemet High School.

Our other B rated epee fencer at the club is Ashton Arrington, who earned his B2018 rating in epee in May.

Kamin Morrelli earns his B2018 rating in epee at December 1 UCR tournament.













Epee (l-r): 3rd, Bill Gelnaw (No Fear), 3rd, Frank Hewitt (Cabrillo), 1st, George Fuller (No Fear), 2nd, Kamin Morrelli (DFA). Kamin earned his B2018 rating in epee!















November 10 Tournament at Hemet High School

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Hi to All,

We had a real humdinger of a fencing tournament at Hemet High School on Saturday, November 10.
We had a total of 82 fencers!  We ran Mixed Saber, Mixed Epee, Women’s Epee, Men’s Foil and Women’s Foil.
We gave out 11 new ratings!  We had a wonderful fencing time!
DFA had a great day, as shown in photos.

Saber (l-r) 2nd place, Lucas Dobrzanski (Kern Fencing), 1st place, Ian Kim (Poly Technic), 3rd place, Leslie Taft (DFA), 3rd place, Emily Coward (West Coast Fencing). Ian earned his E2018 rating!












Women's Epee (l-r): 3rd, Stephanie Fowler (Wildcat Fencing), 2nd, Emily Griffen (Gryphon), 1st, Brynn Thoreson (Battle Born Fencing Club), 3rd, Ariana Dorticos (DFA)











Kamin Morrelli (DFA) took 8th place in the Mixed Epee event and earned his C2018 rating!













All results can be found on

DFA November 2018 News

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Hi to All…Happy November…Happy Thanksgiving!

November 10, 2018, 3-Weapon Open, Hemet High School
Close of check-in: 9:00 a.m. Saber, 10:00 a.m. Foil, 12 noon Epee, 2:00 p.m. Women’s Epee.

December 1, 2018, 3-Weapon Open & “D” and Under, UCR
Close of check-in: 9:00 Saber, 10:00 a.m. Foil, 12 noon Epee (3-weapon open)
11:00 a.m., Saber, 12 noon, Foil, 2:00 p.m. Epee (“D” & Under events)

You may pre-register for these tournaments on


DFA participated in the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade, Sunday, October 28.
DFA fencers included: Paul and Peter Zappia, their mother, Bridget, our banner carrier, Ronan Joyce, John Williamson, Dominic Whittaker, Gabriel Rivkin, Creighton Tucker, Evan Nicol, Grace and Jenna Alhalasa, Grace Sullenger, Ashton Arrington, Reese Frenter, Jonas Castrejon, Ian Maskiewicz, Coach Leslie.

DFA will be closed, Thanksgiving,Thursday, November 22, Friday, November 23.

DFA will be open on Saturday, November 24.

Wishing everyone a happy and thankful Thanksgiving!!!

2018 Golf Cart Parade










"Let there be fencing!"










Grace and Jenna, sister saber power!

DFA October 2018 News

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Hi to All…Happy October…Happy Halloween!!!

October 20, 2018, Hemet High School, J.O. Quals
Close of Check-In times are posted on  Please pre-register on AskFred.
There will be rated referees.  Entry fee per weapon is $25.

November 10, 2018, Hemet High School, 3-Weapon Open
Close of Check-In:
9:00 a.m. for Saber    10:00 a.m. for Foil    12:00 noon for Epee
Please pre-register on AskFred.


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

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

Happy Halloween and,….spooky fencing!


September 15, 2018 3-Weapon Open at College of the Desert

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

College of the Desert was the host venue for the first tournament of the 2018-2019  fencing season in the San Bernardino Division.

DFA had a good showing, especially in saber.  Below, the tournament in pictures.

Saber (l-r): 3rd, Ian Kim (Polytechnic), 3rd, Leslie Taft (DFA), 2nd, Ian Maskiewicz (DFA), 1st, Costa Nichols (DFA).











DFA Epee Fencers (top row): Ashton Arrigton, Dennnis Stephen, Kamin Morrelli, (bottom row:) Michael Mansour, Ariana Dorticos, William McCloud, Leslie Taft



DFA September 2018 News

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Hi to All…happy September!!

DFA will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 3.

The 2018-2019 San Bernardino Division fencing season schedule has been posted to  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.


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

October 20, 2018, Hemet High School, J.O. Quals
All close-of-check-in times are posted on  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!


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.


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