Thursday, February 12, 2009


February News 2009 -Update-

Hi to All,

This is a quick news flash to all fencers and their families as February is a short, and busy, month.

Saturday, February 14, Close at 1:00 p.m.
So, I’m asking all my sabre fencers to please come from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for fencing and their lesson and for my afternoon fencers, mostly epee fencers, to please come from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for their lesson, then I’ll close at 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 21, No Fencing at DFA.
On Saturday, February 21, we have a USFA/San Bernardino Division tournament at College of the Desert. Sabre fencing begins at 9:30 a.m., foil at 10:30 a.m. and epee at 12:30 p.m.

On Saturday, February 28, DFA will celebrate its sixth anniversary!
We will have our anniversary party, (there will be cake and coffee) from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We’ll finish up the fencing early so we can have time to socialize and eat cake and not worry about blades swooshing around us!


Wednesday, February 04, 2009


February News 2009

Hi….and happy February, Happy Valentine’s Day, and Happy 6th Anniversary DFA!!!

Yes, DFA celebrates its sixth anniversary! DFA opened on February 24, (my birthday), 2003 (not my birth year!). We now have sixty-one active fencing members in our club! It makes me very proud and my thanks to all of you for your support these past six years.

And yes, there will be a celebration on Saturday, February 28, from 12 noon to 3 pm. And yes, there will be cake and coffee. So please come by and celebrate with us.


February 14, Valentine’s Day, I have to close at 1:00 pm. So I invite all sabre fencers to come and get a lesson and spar from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and all epee fencers to come in from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

February 21, we have a division tournament at College of the Desert.

February 28, DFA 6th anniversary party from 12 noon to 3 pm.

March 7, Division Quals for Summer Nationals will be held at Harvey Mudd College.
Schedule will be posted on the San Bernardino Division and DFA websites.

March 14, Victor Valley High School Haake und Slasche tournament.
Schedule is posted on the San Bernardino Division website.

April 25, division tournament at Hemet High School.

May 30, end of season award tournament at College of the Desert.


December 26-January 2, DFA was the site for the youth and junior pentathlon camp with the actual pentathlon fencing competition held at College of the Desert, January 3.

There were twenty participants ranging in ages from 9 to 18 and it was also an international event as we had participants from Britain, Canada and Panama.
As an extra treat, on the day of the competition, we had 2008 Olympic Pentathlete Sam Sacksen come and participate!
My thanks to Russell Holtz, Ann Barber and Josh Butler who came and sparred with the pentathletes every day of the camp and gave them tactical and strategy pointers, and Sam Signorelli who was the armorer.

Please visit the Southern California Pentathlon (SCP) website for stories, photos and results.

Modern Pentathlon is an Olympic event of five disciplines: Fencing, Swimming, Riding, Running and Shooting. Currently, it is growing in interest amongst the middle school and high school age athlete. Obviously, with five sports, it takes a great deal of commitment on the part of the athlete, and parents, to train and pursue this particular discipline. More camps, clinics, and competitions are being scheduled and DFA will be there to help with the fencing.

We still have some DFA tee shirts left. Smalls are gone, but we have plenty of medium and large size tee shirts with five extra large tee shirts remaining. The colors are white, ash, red, pink, gold and teal. I’d like to sell the remaining tee shirts and put in another order. If you are interested in purchasing a tee shirt, I’m selling them for ten dollars.

I’m also thinking about having some custom fencing gloves made. Black palms and various top colors, with the DFA logo if possible. If you are interested in one of these custom gloves, please give me your glove size, left or right handed, and color preferred.
The gloves would be selling for $20.

Wishing everyone a happy February and blissful fencing,

Leslie Taft
The fencing coach

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