Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Winter 2005

Hi, and Happy Christmas and Merry New Year to all!

The fencers have been busy since their return to DFA this Fall. The men’s sabre and epee teams continue to come on strong this 2005-2006 season. And we currently have quite a field of nine and ten year old epee and sabre fencers. You can see them in action on Saturday mornings.

Linden Ballen earned his eagle in Eagle Scouts in October; Nico Bergmann participated in a major piano competition in November; Chasen Chapman competed in the Junior and Cadet NAC in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Scott Pippin, Aaron Fagan, Gretchen Bueermann, and Chasen Chapman qualified for the Junior Olympics at the J.O. Qualifier, held at San Bernardino Valley College, November 19; Josh Butler earned his A-05 rating in epee at the CSU Long Beach Tournament, December 4; and Costa Nichols will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, fencing both epee and sabre in the Division I and Veterans NAC events, December 9-11.

Cassie Bullock will be attending an after Christmas pentathlon training week at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, while Chasen Chapman works with epee Olympian, Michael Marx, in Oregon.

DFA will be closed on the following days:

Friday, December 23
Saturday, December 24
Sunday, December 25
Friday, December 30
Saturday, December 31
Sunday, January 1

If any fencer is interested in coming to DFA on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for open fencing, you are welcome to do so.

The week of December 19 and December 26, we will hold a holiday fencing camp on Mondays through Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For DFA competitive members, you are invited to come to College of the Desert on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., during the months of December and January, and work out with the COD fencers. Fencing will be electric.

We will again participate in the Palm Desert Golf Cart parade, Sunday, January 8, 2006. Our thanks to Leni Roberts, David’s grandmother, for allowing us to use her golf cart. If any fencer is interested in participating in the golf cart parade, please let me know. This is your yearly opportunity to (legally) fence in the street! You can come dressed as a pirate or in any period costume and, of course, dressed as a fencer. I’m looking for someone(s) I can spar with for the entire length of the parade route!

We will be in Hartford, Connecticut, February 16-20, for the Junior Olympics.

February 24 marks our third anniversary! We will hold a birthday celebration party on Saturday, February 25, from noon to 3:00 p.m. at DFA.

Desert Fencing Academy and the Pacific Coast Section will be sponsoring the Palm Desert Open, April 8 and 9, 2006, in the Wright Gymnasium on the College of the Desert campus. This is a women’s and mixed foil/epee Pacific Coast tournament. We are expecting a large turnout for this event and encourage our DFA foil and epee fencers to participate and certainly encourage all DFA fencers, and parents, to volunteer and help us run this event. Holiday Inn Express is the host hotel and we are inviting the top foil and epee referees to direct the bouts. For more information on this tournament and to download a copy of the entry form, please visit either www.desertfencingacademy.com/palmdesertopen or www.pcsfencing.com.

The new year will be a busy and exciting year for DFA and its fencers. My thanks to all the parents and grandparents who have supported us these past two years. We look forward to another year of fencing, fun, adventure and friendship.

Wishing each and every one of you all the best in the new year….and blissful fencing,

Leslie Taft
The Fencing Coach

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