Thursday, January 25, 2007


January 2007 Newsletter

Hi to all and Happy New Year! This is our January 2007 newsletter with lots of info.

Firstly, and of great importance…..We took 1st place for “School Spirit” in the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade! This was DFA’s fourth entry in the Golf Cart Parade. We took third place in 2003 and 2004, second place in 2005 and 2006 and first place this year.

The theme for this year’s Golf Cart Parade was “Take a Ride on the Wild Side” and so we transformed the golf cart into a pirate ship with the theme, “Take a Ride on the Wild Side with the Swashbucklers of Desert Fencing Academy”.

Thanks go to Gail Richards who let us borrow her golf cart, and oodles of thanks go to Diane Whan, who built the wood framework for the pirate ship, Shelly Cannon, for her designs and creation of the “wooden” skirt that made the hull of the ship, the rigging, crow’s nest and the cannon, and Debbie Romig, who made the two sails, pirate flag and pirate bandanas for all the kids. The float really looked like a ship, and when the parade began, the wind picked up and filled our sails so we looked like we were sailing up El Paseo!

Shelly, Diane and Debbie put in lots of hours to make our pirate ship a reality and I thank them very much. Also, thanks go out to Josh Cannon, Chanelle Guillaume and Max Barber, DFA fencers, who spent some evenings and Saturday afternoons helping to assemble the float.

We took many photos and will have them posted on the DFA website for your viewing pleasure.

February Info:

As of this writing, there is no USFA/San Bernardino Division fencing tournament scheduled for February. Most fencers and coaches will be in Denver, Colorado, for the Junior Olympics, February 16-19. Five DFA fencers will be going to J.O.’s: Scott Pippin, Nico Bergmann, Masaki Yamada, Gretchen Bueermann and Linden Ballen. I will be accompanying them as coach, so DFA will be closed February 15-19, with classes resuming on Tuesday, February 20.

DFA celebrates its fourth anniversary on Saturday, February 24! We will be holding a celebration with cake and coffee from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., so please come and join us as we celebrate four years of fencing at DFA!

March Info:

The qualifier for the Summer National Championhips will be held at San Bernardino Valley College, Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4. The fencing schedule is on the DFA website and printed copies are at DFA.

If a fencer wishes to fence at Summer Nationals, which will be held in Miami, Florida, June 29-July 8, and fence in Division III and Division II events, that fencer should participate in the qualifier events.

Also in March, the Junior Pacific Coast Championships will be held March 16-18 in Pasadena. I would urge all our under 20 competitive fencers to consider participating in this event, especially since it is practically in our backyard. Please visit the Pacific Coast Section website and click on Junior Events. Midi Cox has created a wonderful website for Jr. PCC’s with lots of information. Entry forms, days, times, host hotel, churches, coffee shops, are all listed on the website. Entries must be postmarked by March 1.

I will be there as I have been asked to help with the tournament and supply the electrical scoring gear.

As always, my thanks to each one of you for all your support of DFA, the fencers, and me.

Wishing everyone blissful fencing,

Leslie Taft
The Coach

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007


San Bernardino Division Newsletter - January 2007

Hi to all and Happy New Year!
This is to give you dates for up-coming tournaments in the San Bernardino Division.
All the times listed are close of check-in.
January 13, 2007:
Victorvalley High School
9:00 a.m. Sabre 10:00 a.m. Foil 12:00 p.m. Mixed Epee
March 3 , 2007:
San Bernardino Valley College
Division Qualifiers
9:00 a.m. Men's Sabre
9:00 a.m. Women's Foil
10:00 a.m. Women's Sabre
10:00 a.m. Men's Foil
11:00 a.m. U-19 Men's Sabre
11:00 a.m. U-19 Women's Foil
12:00 p.m. U-19 Women's Sabre
12:00 p.m. U-19 Men's Foil
12:00 p.m. U-16 Men's Sabre
12:00 p.m. U-16 Women's Foil
1:00 p.m. U-16 Women's Sabre
1:00 p.m. U-16 Men's Foil
1:00 p.m. Team Sabre
1:00 p.m. Team Foil
March 4, 2007:
San Bernardino Valley College
Division Qualifiers
9:00 a.m. Men's Epee
9:00 a.m. Women's Epee
11:00 a.m. U-19 Men's Epee
11:00 a.m. U-16 women's Epee
12:00 p.m. U-19 Women's Epee
12:00 p.m. U-16 Men's Epee
1:00 p.m. Team Epee
The March Haake und Slasche tournament will be re-scheduled
April 21, 2007:
College of the Desert
9:00 a.m. Sabre 10:00 a.m. Foil 12:00 p.m. Epee
June 16, 2007:
Victorvalley High School
End of Season Awards
9:00 a.m. Sabre 10:00 a.m. Foil 12:00 p.m. Epee

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


January - April 2007 Fencing Schedule

Hi to all and Happy New Year!
Our next tournament will be Saturday, January 13 at Victorville High School.
There is no February San Bernardino Division tournament. We have the Junior Olympics in Denver, Colorado, February 16-19 and most of the fencers and coaches in our division are
going, so no division tournament.
I believe the qualifier for Summer Nationals at San Bernardino Valley College is March 3-4, but I will be checking on the date this week.
The Junior Pacific Coast Championships will be in Pasadena and those dates are March 16-19. For more information on Jr. PCC's visit
The April tournament is set for College of the Desert, Saturday, April 21.
On another subject, the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade is Sunday, January 14. If any of your
fencers want to participate, please let me know. They can come as fencers or dressed as pirates.
- Leslie

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