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DFA April 2017 Newsletter

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Hi to All…Happy April…Happy Easter!!


DFA will be closed Saturday, April 1.
DFA will be closed Saturday, April 8.
DFA will be closed Friday, April 14.


April 8, 2017, Haake und Slasche, at Victor Valley High School
Close of check-in:
9:00 a.m., Men’s Foil   11:00 a.m., Women’s Epee    12 noon Men’s Epee
2:00 p.m., Women’s Foil     4:00 p.m., Mixed Saber
Schedule is on  Please pre-register.

May 13, 2017, 3-weapon End-of-Season Awards 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


We have new DFA tee shirts at the club with more to come!  Various colors, $10.  Small, medium, large, extra-large.

Happy Easter to everyone!!!

Blissful fencing!!





William McCloud Earns His D2017 Epee Rating

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Kudos to William McCloud, DFA epee fencer, who earned his D2017 epee rating at the Saturday, March 11 tournament at Hemet High School.

The epee event was an A2 event with 30 fencers.  William took 11th place, which earned him his rating.  CONGRATULATIONS!

April Update News in March

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Hi to All,

DFA will be closed on Saturday, April 1, (no fooling!).  I will be at UCR attending a Referee Clinic that day, and then, there will be a fencing tournament on Sunday, April 2.

I urge my competitive DFA fencers to consider signing up for and attending the Referee Clinic and/or also fencing on Sunday.

At the Sunday tournament, those who attended the Saturday Referee Clinic, will be observed and get their Referee rating.  Our San Bernardino Division truly needs some of its fencers to take a Referee Clinic and earn their Referee rating and this is a perfect opportunity in that the Clinic, and then a tournament, are back-to-back, so you don’t have to search for and arrange to be observed at an RJCC or ROC, but can get it all done in one day, and at a tournament that is more geared for the new Referee to be able to referee and be observed and earn some level of Referee rating.

All the information is posted on  You can pre-register and pay at the door.

Our next fencing tournament is April 8, 2017, the Haake und Slasche, Victor Valley High School.
Please pre-register on

Close of check-in:
9:00 a.m. Men’s Foil             11:00 a.m.  Women’s Epee     12 noon  Men’s Epee
2:00 p.m.  Women’s Foil     4:00 p.m.  Mixed Saber

DFA will be closed on Friday, April 14.
DFA will be open on Saturday, April 15.

Our End-of-Season Awards Fencing Tournament will be Saturday, May 13, at College of the Desert.

Close of check-in:
9:00 a.m.  Mixed Saber    10:00 a.m.  Mixed Foil    11:00 a.m. Women’s Epee    12 noon Mixed Epee
Please pre-register on

DFA March 2017 Newsletter

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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


March 11, 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

April 8, 2017, Haake und Slasche at Victor Valley High School
Schedule is posted on  Please pre-register on


I had the pleasure of refereeing Saber at Cal Tech on Sunday, February 26, for their inter-collegiate fencing tournament.  It was a lot of fun and fencing teams from Cal Tech, Pasadena City College, UCLA, Arizona State University, UC Riverside, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara were there to compete.

I’m having new DFA tee shirts printed up.  As soon as they are ready, I will let you know.  Small, medium, large and extra-large, in various colors.  $10 per tee shirt.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Blissful fencing!!!







Czech Olympic Pentathlon Team Visits DFA

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

The Czech Olympic Pentathlon Team was in the desert February 10-18, to ride with U.S. Olympic Equestrian Coach, Michael Cintas at Cintas’ ECI, Equestrian Center International training facility.

While they were here, they came to DFA to take their fencing lessons from their fencing coach and spar with the DFA epee team.

We had Jan Kuf, who was 36th at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Men’s Pentathlon, Ondrej Polivka, who was 15th at the 2012 London Olympic Games  and Natalie Dianova who was 22nd at the 2012 Olympic Games in Women’s Pentathlon.  And newest member of the Czech pentathlon team is 20 year old Martin Vlach.

They were a lot of fun, spoke English and were quite a delight to fence.

l-r: Martin Vlach, Ondrej Polivka, Jan Kuf, Natalie Dianova, Coach










l-r: Ondrej Polivka, Martin Vlach, Coach, William McCloud, A.J. Batten, Leslie Taft, Ariana Dorticos, Dennis Stephen, Jan Kuf, Natalie Dianova













DFA February 2017 Newsletter

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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


February 11, 2017, Div 2/3 & Y14 Qualifier at Hemet High School
Schedule is posted on  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


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.


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

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


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!!!



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 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.


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

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


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!!

the fencing coach