Friday, December 19, 2008


December News 2008

Hi… and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

DFA will be closed December 22 and re-open January 5.

My thanks to all our fencers and their families who fenced with us and supported us this year and all the past years. My thanks and welcome to the new fencers and families who started fencing with us in the last few months.

Even though we are taking a Christmas Break, there will be fencing going on at DFA and I invite all our fencers, especially the epee fencers, and their families to get in on the excitement if your holiday schedule permits.

SCP (Southern California Pentathlon) is hosting a winter junior pentathlon training camp, December 27-January 2, culminating in a junior pentathlon competition Saturday, January 3.

What started out as a small winter training camp has grown into an international, UIPM (the national governing body of the U.S. Pentathlon), competition with twenty competitors from the U. S., Canada, Panama and England!

DFA will be the host site for the training and sparring sessions December 27-January 2 and COD is the host venue for the fencing competition on Saturday, January 3.

Epee fencers, if you would be interested in training, sparring and helping out with the training camp, let me know. I know the visiting fencers would enjoy fencing with as many different epee fencers as possible.

Also, on Friday, January 2, we could use help in setting up the gym. We’ll be at COD at 8:00 pm to set up the two grounded strips, electrical scoring equipment, registration and bout committee, along with the area for the armorers. During the competition we’ll need scorekeepers and runners, referees and, of course, folks to help us with the tear down and clean up after the fencing.

The schedule of events for January 3 is as follows:

Fencing 8 a.m. College of the Desert
Swimming noon Palm Springs Pool
Run/Shoot 2 p.m. Equestrian Center, Rancho Mirage
Jumping 4 p.m. Equestrian Center, Rancho Mirage

Local athletes and DFA fencers participating in this event include Cassie Bullock and Leah Price, both students at Palm Desert High School.

If you are a sabre or foil fencer, I invite you to come and watch, and help out. The more the merrier, and we will need volunteer help.

For more information on Southern California Pentathlon which, by the way, was started by Mary Jo Bullock (Cassie’s mom) and Lorraine Price (Leah’s mom), visit the website at The website for the World Cup is

So, we’ll have an exciting end of year and beginning of the new year at DFA, and everyone is invited to participate!

Wishing everyone happy holidays and a happy and prosperous new year.


Leslie Taft
The Fencing Coach
Desert Fencing Academy

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