Monday, November 10, 2008


November News 2008 -Update-

Hi Fencers.

I have lots of information to share with you all.

We are fencing this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at DFA, Nov. 6, 7 and 8.

There is no fencing at COD Tuesday, Nov. 11 as it is Veterans Day and COD is closed.

We will fence Thursday, Nov. 13 at DFA, but not Friday night, Nov. 14 as we have J.O. quals at Harvey Mudd College Saturday, Nov. 15.

We will be closed on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27 and closed on Friday, Nov. 28, but if you want to fence Friday night let me know and we can fence and we will be open on Saturday, Nov. 29

For December, we’ll close early on Friday, December 5 because we have a Saturday tournament at Harvey Mudd on December 6.

For the Christmas holiday, DFA will be closed December 22-January 5.

Now, here is the exciting news. SCP (Southern California Pentathlon) is putting on a pentathlon camp for junior pentathletes. It’s Mary Jo Bullock and Lorraine Price who are organizing this event, the riding will be at Michael Cintas’ equestrian center in Rancho Mirage and the fencing will be done at DFA December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 and January 2 starting at 1:30 p.m. If any one wants to help with this, please let me know.

So, it’s more than likely, if you are an epee fencer and want lessons and want to fence, you may do so during this camp.

On Saturday, December 3, we are holding a Junior Pentathlon competition and the fencing event will be at COD. It will be run much like what we did for the junior pentathlon event in June at COD. I’ll need help with this one, like with the event in June. We’ll need referees and scorekeepers. We may use two grounded strips for this. If we do go with grounded strips, we will have to lay the strips in the gym at COD on Friday night and then take them up after fencing on Saturday. So, I can use everyone’s help with this event in December/January. I will send you all update info emails on this as I get them.



Saturday, November 08, 2008


November News 2008

Hi…and happy November 2008.

September/October News:

Congratulations to Gretchen Bueermann and Hunter Scalise who both earned their
E08 rating in saber at the September tournament held at College of the Desert and Scott Pippin who earned his D08 and Costa Nichols who earned his C08 in sabre.

We welcome Hemet High School to our fencing family as our new fencing venue. Hemet High School fencing coach, David Powell, offered the use of his gym to the division for consideration. Well, if someone offers a gym, that’s a most generous offer and we’re delighted David offered, we took him up on it, and that it is such a nice venue.

So the three venues in the San Bernardino Division are College of the Desert, Harvey Mudd College in Claremont and Hemet High School.

Cindy Runyon, the fencing coach at San Bernardino Valley College, retired her fencing program at the end of the 2007-2008 season. Cindy, and SBVC, had been a part of our division for sixteen years!

Tournament Dates:

Our November tournament will be held at Harvey Mudd , Saturday, November 15. This is the qualifier for the Junior Olympics. The events are Cadet and Junior men’s and women’s foil, saber and epee. There is no open tournament, just the qualifier, which is only for San Bernardino Division members.

Close of check-in is posted on the San Bernardino Division website,
Desert Fencing Academy website, and on

We are asking fencers to pre-register on AskFred (there is no pre-payment due) just so we can get a count of who will be participating in which events. The entry fee per event is $10.

The December tournament will be held at Harvey Mudd on Saturday, December 6. This is a 3-weapon open.

The January tournament will be held at Harvey Mudd on Saturday, January 24. This is a 3-weapon open.

Holiday Fencing Schedule:

DFA’s holiday fencing schedule is as follows:

Closed Saturday, November 15 for J.O. Quals at Harvey Mudd
Closed Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving
Closed Friday, November 28 for day after Thanksgiving and shopping

Open Saturday, November 29 for lessons and sparring

Closed Saturday, December 6 for tournament at Harvey Mudd

DFA will take a long Christmas break this year. We will close on Monday, December 22 and reopen on Monday, January 5

Upcoming Big Events:

We have some upcoming big events.

December 27- January 2 DFA is hosting a fencing training camp for U.S. junior pentathletes. We’ll be working with beginning to elite junior pentathlon epee fencers to culminate in a junior pentathlon event on Saturday, January 3. Venues are still to be selected, but College of the Desert will be the host for the fencing.

DFA epee fencers are welcome to come to the training sessions to work with the athletes and spar with them. We’ll also need our fencers’ help with volunteering to direct, time and score keep during the pentathlon event. As we get more information, we’ll share that information with our members.

Our next major event is our involvement in the Pentathlon World Cup, which will be held in Palm Desert March 20, 21 and 22, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is a bona fide World Cup with twenty-five countries expected to participate. At this time, the run, shoot and fencing will be held at College of the Desert. The ride will be at the Equestrian Center International (ECI). The swimming venue is to be determined.

This will be very exciting as pentathletes from around the world will be in Palm Desert for this World Cup. For the fencing, the College of the Desert gym is the venue. The International Pentathlon Committee will provide the international referees. We will have ten grounded strips in the gym. Obviously, all DFA fencers, especially the epee fencers are asked to get involved in this event and you will be needed, I can assure you of that!

So, we are winding down an exciting 2008 fencing season and obviously gearing up for a very exciting 2009! I’m looking forward to it and that we’ll all be together sharing it!
Wishing everyone happy holidays, a wonderful new year and blissful fencing,


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