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DFA News for May 2019

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

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

DFA will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

End-of-Season Awards Tournament at College of the Desert, Saturday, May 18
Division trophies for individual and team awards will be presented.

Close of check-in times:
9:00 a.m. Saber   10:00 a.m. Foil   12 noon Epee   2:00 Women’s Epee
Please pre-register on

DFA News:

We have DFA fencers graduating from high school later this month and in June:
Santiago Amparo, Shadow Hills High School (Saber)
Reese Frenter, Palm Springs High School (Epee)
William McCloud, Rancho Mirage High School (Epee)
Grace Sullenger, Palm Springs High School (Saber)

I’ve watched these fencers grow up.  They started fencing at DFA when they were in middle school, all through high school and now they are off to college.  I wish them every success and happiness, and, it’s been a pleasure being their fencing coach.

At the April 20 tournament held at Hemet High School, Dennis tied for third place in Saber!

Saber (l-r): 3rd, Dennis Stephen (Desert Fencing Academy), 3rd Geo Navarro (Hemet High School), 2nd, Gabriel Lira (Arrowhead), 1st Michael Rierdan (San Diego Fencing Center) and earning his E2019 saber rating!












Wishing all you moms a happy and wonderful Mother’s Day on May 12th, and blissful fencing to all!

Leslie, the fencing coach

DFA April 2019 News

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Hi to All…Happy April…Happy Easter!!!



Saturday, April 20, 2019, 3-weapon open at Hemet High School
Close of check-in:
9:00 a.m., Saber    10:00 a.m., Foil    12 noon, Epee

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 3-weapon, End-of-Season Awards Tournament at College of the Desert
Close of check-in:
9:00 a.m., Saber    10:00 a.m., Foil   12 noon, Epee

Please pre-register on

Congratulations to Paul Zappia, 14 years old, who competed in Mixed Foil at the March 16 tournament at Hemet High School.
DFA fencers competing in foil were: Ronan Joyce, Dennis Stephen, Leslie Taft and Paul Zappia.
Paul won all his pool bouts and all his D.E. bouts to take first place, win the gold medal and earn his E2019 foil rating!
Final placement: 6th, Ronan, 5th Dennis (who also won all his pool bouts), 3rd Leslie.

Wishing a happy and blessed Passover and Easter and….blissful fencing….to all.



March 16, 2019 Tournament at Hemet High School

Monday, March 18th, 2019

With the wearin’ of the green, DFA had a good foil day with Ronan Joyce taking 6th place, Dennis Stephen taking 5th place,  coach Leslie taking 3rd place and 14 year old Paul Zappia winning his first foil tournament, getting a gold medal and earning his first rating, an E19!

Mixed Foil (l-r) 3rd, Leslie Taft (DFA), 3rd, Brandie Miller (Lakeview), 2nd Matthew Moore (Gryphon), 1st, Paul Zappia (DFA). Paul earned his E19 rating in foil!











Next tournament will be at Hemet High School, Saturday, April 20, 2019.
End-of-Season Tournament will be at College of the Desert, Saturday, May 18, 2019



DFA March 2019 News

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Happy March…Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Remember to “spring” forward one hour on Sunday, March 10.
Daylight Saving Time begins.


March 16, 2019, 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

April 20, 2019, 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

May 18, 2019, End-of-Season Awards, 3-weapon open, at College of the Desert

Please pre-register on

If you will be competing at Summer Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, registration is now open, February 20 until May 15.

Go to the USFA website, click on Events, click on Summer Nationals.

Wishing everyone a happy March, a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and blissful fencing!

- Leslie, the fencing coach




Saturday, February 9, 2019, Tournament at Hemet High School

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

We had 53 fencers competing in this February competition at Hemet High School.
Everyone fenced very well as did our DFA fencers.

Our fencers in photos:

Saber (left to right): 3rd, Lucas Dobrzanski (Kern Athletic Fencing), 2nd, Dennis Stephen (DFA), 1st, Jade Abbott (HHS)

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!