For Immediate Release: LI Student Isabella Chin Becomes Fencing Junior World Cup Champion

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Contact: Sergey Danilov, info.nyfa@gmail.com, (614) 302-9009


Port Washington, NY (January 26, 2023) – On January 21, Isabella Chin (17) from Manhasset, fencer at New York Fencing Academy, competed in the Junior World Cup (under 20 years old) in Maalot, Israel. Only the twelve best fencers in the country earn spots to represent Team USA at the prestigious competition as part of the final selection towards the World Championships.

Chin showed a real desire to represent Team USA proudly and prove that she is the strongest fencer of the day, winning the Gold Medal and becoming a World Cup Champion.

Chin started the direct elimination round (playoffs) by beating an Israeli opponent, and then besting her friend and USA teammate by just one point. The next challenge was waiting for her in the quarterfinals where she faced the current Word Cup Champion, Kravetz from Israel, but nothing could stop her that day. With a close score of 14:13, Chin secured her spot on the podium. Determined to move on, Chin eliminated her next Ukrainian challenger 15:12,  and advanced to the final match where she fenced her current USA teammate and future teammate at Harvard University. Chin delivered a decisive answer to who was the best on that day – winning 15:10. Chin became the Junior World Cup Champion, adding another gold medal to her collection of three National Champion titles.

Chin’s coaches and the owners of New York Fencing Academy, Sergey Danilov and Michael Mokretsov, commented, “Isabella is not just a great fencer, but also a great student at school, an amazing teammate, and simply a hardworking person. She spends numerous hours on her studies to remain an excellent student and countless hours perfecting her actions at the gym, and yet, she manages to remain social with her family and friends. If there is one person who deserves this result, it is Isabella. She always stays for extra practice in the gym to get better but never forgets to help her younger teammates at New York Fencing Academy to succeed as well.”

Chin’s results are excellent not only in fencing but also in the classroom of Manhasset High School, helping her to get recruited to Harvard University, where she starts this fall and where she will continue her athletic and academic career.  “There is no doubt that Harvard earned a great person,” says Coach Danilov. “Our congratulations to Isabella Chin and the entire “village” which helped her get great results on and off the strip.” 

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY by owner and head coach Michael Mokretsov.  In 2018, NYFA opened their second location in Port Washington, Long Island, NY with head coach and co-owner, Sergey Danilov.  NYFA is a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has produced Olympic, World and National Champions, and has members on the USA, French, and Greek national teams.  NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, after school programs, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit www.fencenyfa.com for more info.




Contact: Sergey Danilov, (614) 302-9009

Company: New York Fencing Academy

Brooklyn: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224, club phone: (718) 996-0426

Long Island: 8 Haven Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050, club phone: (516) 472-7042