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November Results: SYC to Grand Prix Golds & more


Another amazing weekend for all our fencers!

David Dodin won two medals at SYC in Chicago! Gold in Y10 and bronze in Y12! Great job David! No one managed to score more than 4 points against David in any match!
Liza Zigalo also earned two medals despite injury – bronze medal in Y12 and top 8 in Y14!
Shawn Agaon made top 8 in Y14!

Congratulations to all our medalists at NYFA cup on their way to earn the season 🏆 trophy! Remember best 4 results count and we will give amazing big trophy’s for top 3 in each age group at the last NYFA Cup! You can find your points standings at our web-site! https://fencenyfa.com/youth-challenge-points-summary/

And special huge congrats to our alumni and one of my first students Romain Cannone for showing amazing results at the first Grand Prix of the Olympic season in Bern,🇨🇭 Romka made top 16 in individuals and won gold medal in team event!

Great job everyone – keep it up!  #teamnyfa #gonyfa #nyfayouthcup #windycitysyc #youngchamps #teamfrance

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Another amazing weekend for all our fencers! David Dodin won two medals at SYC in Chicago! Gold in Y10 and bronze in Y12! Great job David! No one managed to score more than 4 points against David in any match! Liza Zigalo also earned two medals despite injury – bronze medal in Y12 and top 8 in Y14! Shawn Agaon made top 8 in Y14! Congratulations to all our medalists at NYFA cup on their way to earn season 🏆 trophy! Remember best 4 results count and we will give amazing big trophy’s for top 3 in each age group at the last NYFA Cup! You can find your points standings at our web-site! https://fencenyfa.com/youth-challenge-points-summary/ And special huge congrats to our alumni and one of my first students @romaincannone for showing amazing result at the first Grand Prix of the Olympic season in Bern,🇨🇭 Romka made top 16 in individuals and won gold medal in team event! Great job everyone – keep it up! #teamnyfa #gonyfa #nyfayouthcup #windycitysyc #youngchamps #teamfrance

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5 Boroughs High School Individual Champion – Jason Wu! Congratulations!
#teamnyfa #fencenyfa #championhighschool

 

We had very eventful weekend for our fencers that competed in France and USA!

Big congratulations to Skyler Liverant and team USA for taking gold at the Cadet World Cup in Grenoble, France! Boys were down 20-12 and managed to make a great comeback!

Also congratulations to Jaclyn Khrol and Ethan Kushnerik who made top 32 in individuals!

Meanwhile at Neil Lazar RYC/RJCC we had some wins too:

  • Isabella Chin took another gold in Juniors!
  • Emily Ostrovsky was just one touch short of taking gold in cadets! And earned C2019!
  • Finn Chimoskey took Silver in Y12!
  • Liza Zigalo took bronze in Y12 and top 8 in Y14!
  • Ian Goldfine made top 8 in cadets!

Congratulations everyone and get back to training for even better results!
#teamnyfa #fencenyfa #cadetworldcup #europeancadetcircuit #ryc #rjcc #goldmedal #teamusa

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We had very eventful weekend for our fencers that competed in France and USA! Big congratulations to Skyler Liverant @skyler0427 and team USA for taking gold at the Cadet World Cup in Grenoble, 🇫🇷! Boys were down 20-12 and managed to make a great comeback! Also congratulations to Jaclyn Khrol and Ethan Kushnerik @ethankushnerik who made top 32 in individuals! Meanwhile at Neil Lazar RYC/RJCC we had some wins too: Isabella Chin @izzychin123 took another gold in Juniors! Emily Ostrovsky @eostrovsky04 was just one touch short of taking gold in cadets! And earned C2019! Finn Chimoskey took Silver in Y12! Liza Zigalo @lizazigzag9 took bronze in Y12 and top 8 in Y14! Ian Goldfine @ian_goldfine made top 8 in cadets! Congratulations everyone and get back to training for even better results! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #cadetworldcup #europeancadetcircuit #ryc #rjcc #goldmedal #teamusa

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What a day for Anna Temiryaev! Top 8 in cadets at November NAC – great job – two tough bouts won by 1 touch and gave a fight against Team USA member Jessica Lin for top 4! Congratulations! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #top8 #novembernac

 

Congratulations to these two fencers! Mitchell Bekker made top 32 out of 300 fencers today in cadets and Skyler Liverant was 1 touch short of top 8! Good job guys and good luck at Juniors event! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #teammates #novembernac

 

First medal of the NAC goes to Jaclyn Khrol! Top 8 in Juniors – just 1 touch short of top 4! Jackie will continue at Cadet event on Sunday! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #top8 #medalist

 

Big congratulations to all our fencers competing from Y10 to college meets this weekend!

Temple Invitational over 20 colleges:

  • Anton Chmut – 1st place!
  • Sam Bekker – top 8!

“The Big One” college meet that included 14 universities:

  • Josh Shuster – 1st place!
  • Bennett Cohen – 3rd place!

Thrust RYC and ROC:

  • David Dodin – 1st place Y10!
  • Liora Profis – top 8 y10!
  • Liza Zigalo – 2nd place Y12!
  • Sasha Rakhovski – 3rd place Y12!
  • Evelyn Agaon – top 8 Y12!
  • Landon Shchur – top 8 Y12!
  • Jason Wu – 3rd place Y14!
  • Mia Smotritsky – 3rd place Y14!
  • Liza Zigalo – top 8 Y14!
  • Mitchell Bekker – top 8 Div 1A!

Good job team NYFA! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #winners #youngchamps #ncaa #hunterfencing #sacredheartfencing #brandeisfencing

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Big congratulations to all our fencers competing from Y10 to college meets this weekend! Temple Invitational over 20 colleges: Anton Chmut – 1st place! Sam Bekker – top 8! “The Big One” college meet that included 14 universities: Josh Shuster – 1st place! Bennett Cohen – 3rd place! Thrust RYC and ROC: David Dodin – 1st place Y10! Profis Liora – top 8 y10! Liza Zigalo – 2nd place Y12! Sasha Rakhovski – 3rd place Y12! Evelyn Again – top 8 Y12! Landon Shchur – top 8 Y12! Jason Wu – 3rd place Y14! Mia Smotritsky – 3rd place Y14! Liza Zigalo – top 8 Y14! Mitchell Bekker – top 8 Div 1A! Good job team NYFA! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #winners #youngchamps #ncaa #hunterfencing #sacredheartfencing #brandeisfencing

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What Age Should You Start Fencing?


By Sergey Danilov

Another question I get asked very often:  Is 5 years old too early…or I am 50 – is it too late to start fencing?

YOUTH
NY Long Island Fencing
Sergey Danilov
(age 18)

Let’s start with the younger age first. I was raised in the Soviet Union and back in my time – we were not allowed to start fencing until 9-10 years old. Earlier, before me, the age to start was even 12 years old (if I remember this correctly). Why is it so? Well, equipment during that period was much less safe than now, much heavier. Fencing, requiring much focus and a lot of repetition, would be hard for someone at the age of 6-7 with all that equipment, focus and hard work. Did I mention that the question “did you have fun?” was not even a question back then? So, if you come to the sport, coaches expect you to work hard and improve on a daily basis like professionals… that, of course requires a level of focus that little guys do not have yet. On top of that, your first tournament would be sometime when you turn 14-15, not earlier.

Nowadays, people start fencing much younger. The first Cadet World Championship (under 17 yo) started in 1987. If you decided to represent your country at the World Championships, you would have to start training much earlier. Of course, shortly after, many National World Federations started to create local, National and International events for this age category and younger (for example, under 13 yo in Europe and under 14 yo in the US). And in order to be able to compete successfully in these categories, you have to start training earlier.

What about equipment? Well, problem solved – it’s the 21st century with new technologies – lighter and much safer equipment was created. Now you have much, much lighter equipment and swords which are easier to bend. The first official event is under 10 yo (Youth 10). Some local events feature even Youth 8 events but have not been official on the National level.

While at a younger age, you don’t compete as often as later on – learning fundamentals, learning how competition works, learning ethics of improving during the class, listening, cooperating with other kids and just having a great time learning – it is beneficial to start earlier. And with all the new equipment (yes, fencing now even has plastic equipment for the youngest kids, like 5-7 years old, which weigh almost nothing) kids will enjoy the classes.

TEENAGERS

Another question, parents always ask, is 14-15 years old too late? Well, here is the first question… What is your goal? If you are 15 and planning to go to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, then yes – it is too late. Fencing is a unique sport, and I heard a story of a girl who started the sport at the age of 18, out of a bet with her boyfriend, and then fell in love with the sport and became an Olympic Champion. In my career, I had quite a few students starting at the age of 14 and ending up getting Athletic Scholarships at top Universities. What you have to understand – there will be a lot of losing in the beginning, while you’re catching up with the sport – you will be fencing much more experienced fencers. And it really will take hard work to catch up. But that hard work will definitely pay off.

Now, are you looking for the sport to develop your mind and body, maybe competing, maybe not? Want to try something new? Then fencing it is and it is not too late. Besides what we discussed earlier – it will help to develop strategic thinking, time management, new friends and… who knows maybe you will fall in love with the sport and will be the next Olympic Champion some years later.

ADULTS

Long Island fencing, Brooklyn fencing, epee club, Coney Island sports, NY Fencing ClubI also often hear from people who already have jobs, kids, etc. that they want to try… GREAT! I think this is the best sport for adults. While many sports require you to be fit in a certain way, fencing can be done at your own pace, at your own level of fitness. While, of course, it involves physical activity, it is also “physical chess”, where strategy and thinking is just as important as the movements. If you are looking for a low injury sport that’s interesting, fun, and will boost your level of fitness… well then this sport is for you as well.

So, you are looking for a new sport, and you are somewhere between 5 or 6 and 99+? Then FENCING will be a great sport to try…

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How Safe Is Fencing?


By Sergey Danilov

Is fencing dangerous? Does fencing hurt? These questions are frequently asked by people when they are considering fencing for their little kids. Well, as strange as it sounds – since the sport includes “hitting” each other with metal blades and so on – fencing is one of the safest sports in the world. Hard to believe?

Credit: Trifiletti / BizziAccording to research by Junge A, Engebretsen L, Mountjoy ML, Alonso JM, Renstrom PAFH, Aubry MJ, and Dvorak J (2009) from the University of Oslo, during the 2008 Olympic Summer Games, there were only five sports that had fewer injuries than fencing which were diving, synchronized swimming, rowing, kayaking, and sailing. The same study found that the most injuries occurred in soccer, followed by taekwondo, field hockey, handball, and weightlifting.  Additionally, the research illustrates that one third of all Olympic sports injuries were caused by contact with another athlete. In fencing, body contact is prohibited by the rules, and in certain situations, the athlete can be disqualified if the body contact was initiated.

Well, it is hard to believe, right? Let me explain a few things about fencing, as a lot of people imagine it to be Zorro slicing the other person’s outfit into pieces, making a “Z” on the shirt, or Musketeers who kill each other during breakfast, lunch, dinner or even during a glass of wine with their friends. Modern fencing is about scoring points with the tip of a very flexible, relatively light blade. The tip is not sharp at all which makes fencing very safe. The fencer’s body is fully covered with several layers of equipment made from Kevlar, which is the material used to make bulletproof jackets. (Of course, we did not try to shoot to test it, as we actually use fencing blades only.) The fencer’s head is fully protected with a mask that is made from metal mesh, which can withhold force much greater than the fencing blade.

There are myriad of studies you can find on the internet, and all of them depict that fencing is not considered a dangerous, risky or potentially high injury-causing sport.

Yes, injuries in fencing happen; however, they are mainly pulled or strained muscles, bruising, or sprains. With the proper training, warm-ups, stretching, etc., these injuries can all be prevented and minimized. After all, these same injuries happen while children play on the playground. As we can see, fencing has a very low risk of injury. Children, teens, and adults will find a lot of benefits as they discover the unlimited potential of the sport, such as focus, self-discipline, comradery, respect and more. These skills will help you throughout your life and will last lifelong.

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Credit: Graphic by Jen Christiansen, Illustrations by MCKIBILLO; Source: Lars Engebretsen, University of Oslo
RESULTS

September & October Results: SYCs, Cadet World Cup, Greek Natl Championships, RJCC, ROC


Kudos to all of our students who are working hard and getting better every day, and especially to NYFA fencers and coaches who earned these top results:

Congratulations on SILVER medal at the Junior Greek National Championship, which took place at Athens, Greece to Peter Kambeseles. Great fencing, great work ethics paid off. Good job to ALL – parents, coaches and of course Peter Kambeseles Go NYFA!!!

Two bronze medals at October North American Cup go to Ethan Kushnerik @ethankushnerik and Skyler Liverant @skyler0427.  Great job guys – many bouts didn’t start your way but you managed to adjust your strategy and show true athlete character! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #gonyfa #octobernac2019 #top4

Another medal for Jackie Khrol! Top 8 cadets at October NAC! #fencenyfa #top8 #octobernac #teamnyfa

Our kids keep making us proud this weekend!
Congratulations to:
Rachel Kowalsky @rachelkowalsky for winning Gold at RJCC!!!
Liza Zigalo @lizazigzag9 – gold in Y12 and silver in Y14 at FC Youth Open!
Shawn Agaon @sagaon06 – gold at FC Youth Open in Y14!
Anna Temiryaev @anna.temiryaev – silver in Div2 RJCC!
Evelyn Agaon and Mia Smotritsky – bronze medal 🥉 at FC Youth Open in Y12 and Y14 respectively!
Alan Slavinsky – top 8 at DIV1a ROC and A2019!
Great job everyone! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa

Another super result from Budapest – team USA consisting of Skyler Liverant, Stafford Moosekian, Miles Weiss and Spencer Vermeule have won silver medals! Congrats guys – very happy for you! Also congratulations to @jackie.khrol for making top 32 in individual competitions today! #teamusa #usfencing #worldcup #fencenyfa #teamnyfa

Great job at Juniors RJCC for:
Peter Kambeseles @p_kambeseles – silver medal 🥈
Mitchell Bekker @mitchel.bekker – bronze medal 🥉 and A2019!
Keep up good results! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #rjcc #newrating

Bronze medal at Cadet World Cup in Budapest for Skyler Liverant! @skyler0427  Way to start the season Skyler! Proud of you! Good luck tomorrow in team event to all team USA thletes! #fencenyfa #teamusa #beastmode #top4 #worldcup #teamnyfa

One more medal for our fencers at SYC!
David Dodin – gold medal 🥇 in Y10!
Liza Zigalo – top 16 in Y12!
#gonyfa #teamnyfa #syc #champion

Our fencers keep rocking this weekend!
Isabella Chin @izzychin123 won gold in Junior RJCC!
Josh Yavorovsky @josh__.y made top 8 in Cadets and dot his D2019!
Great job everyone! #fencenyfa #medalists #champion #rjcc #syc

Amazing job for our young stars as usual at SYC at Fairfax!
Dylan Kats – gold medal in Y12!!!
David Dodin – 6th place in Y12 – David is still Y10!
Finn Chimoskey top 16 in Y12!
Daniel Dodin – bronze medal 🥉 in Y8!
Grayson Shchur – silver medal 🥈 in Y8!
Mitchell Pozovskiy – top 16 in Y14!
Great job everybody! Let’s keep that number 1 title that our club earned last year in SYC medals! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #syc #goldmedalist #youngchamps

Start the season strong! While some of us still on vacation some are taking first SYC medals!
David Dodin – 1st place in Y10 🥇
Landon Shchur – 5th place in Y12!
Great job everyone! #gonyfa #teamnyfa #bostonsyc