Monday, December 03, 2007


December Newsletter - Happy Holidays!

Do you all feel like this year has flown by?! I certainly do.

Here is the December/January schedule for Desert Fencing Academy.

Saturday, December 15, fencing tournament and J.O. quals at San Bernardino Valley College.

If your fencer is going to compete in the J.O. qualifier, please pre-register on so we can have an advance count on the number of fencers coming and it enables us to input the list of fencers into the tournament computer which streamlines our check-in process.

DFA will be closed December 24, 25 and 26, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

DFA will be open December 27, 28, and 29, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

DFA will be closed December 31, January 1 and 2, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with all classes resuming on Thursday, January 3.

Saturday, January 19, the fencing tournament will be at College of the Desert.


DFA currently has 51 members! This is very exciting. It also makes scheduling very interesting. If your fencer is unable to make his/her lesson, I would appreciate it if you could call me to cancel their lesson appointment. I do get calls from fencers (or parents) requesting a fencing lesson time and if I know there will be a cancellation, I can accommodate the fencer asking for a lesson. If I don’t know that a scheduled lesson will not show, then I lose both the fencer scheduled for that lesson time and the fencer who could have come for a lesson.

Please know that I “save” the lesson day and time your fencer comes. But if your fencer is going to be away, I can put another fencer in that lesson time for the period it is available.


Having many members is a plus, especially when so many members keep our prices constant. All our costs went up significantly this September when we re-opened. Rent, equipment, repair of equipment, all these costs increased. And with an increase in members, we purchase more fencing gear, i.e., masks, jackets, gloves, weapons, (both electric and non-electric), and we repair weapons and body cords and maintain the gloves, jackets and lames by washing them. We also purchased additional electric sabre lames and electric sabre masks this month.

With this in mind, I would like to ask all those fencers for whom I run an end-of-month tab to please pay their fencing tab by the 10th of the new month. I’m fine with running a tab and I’m working to get a financial rhythm going and this should do it.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday time,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all,


Leslie Taft
The Fencing Coach
Desert Fencing Academy

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