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The Online World of Fencing!


By Sergey Danilov

The new world and the new reality came fast and, surely, unexpectedly. While we’re all adapting to the new way of life, looking out of the window, and thinking: “Is it real?” – we have to continue our routines as much as we can – this will be over at some point. We just have to be patient and positive!

Well, the new reality came to the fencing community, and as we’re all adapting to the new ways of studying, shopping, etc., we also have to adapt to how to exercise, stay in physical and fencing shape the best possible ways. The main question I have right now from some of the fencers – “will I get worse during this quarantine?” My answer will be: “It is up to you, in fact you still can get better, and remember the entire WORLD is in the similar situation”

So, moving on, I would suggest a few things to keep in mind and prepare for the new world of online training and be ready to come to the gym (don’t you miss gym and your Coach more than ever?)

1. Stay positive!

It is important, even though sometimes it is hard. And when I say positive, I don’t mean just the smile on the face. Remember, each situation has a solution – you just have to find it. The best example – creating the target – a) put the pillow in the jacket, zip the jacket b) tie the strap (so the pillow does not fall out) c) hang it against the wall on the hanger. Target is ready! Can not come up with the solution? Sometimes it is simply a lack of experience – talk to your Coach, I am sure they are full of ideas!

2. Safety, safety, safety!

Assuming you are getting positive and then moving to training… but remember, SAFETY FIRST. Unfortunately, we Coaches cannot control as much as we could during training in the gym, so please make sure that you listen for the coaches’ guidelines and warnings. Communicate with the Coaches any concerns or worries.

  • Before each online class, prepare the space (ask coaches how much space you would need for the upcoming class)
  • Make all the equipment ready and keep it near you in a safe place.
  • Wear appropriate attire (yes, even at home, even online – it is exercise and you should wear clothes appropriate to exercise).
  • Make sure there are no objects around you to harm during the exercises.

3. Space for online fencing training

What is a good space at these challenging times? Well, make your imagination work, maybe it is time to rearrange the furniture in your home. I heard it is good to move the furniture from time to time, and you will spend quality time with your loved ones Or you already have it? Great! But generally speaking:

  • Hardwood floors will work perfectly!
  • Have a garage? Haven’t you planned to organize it for a while? This is a great place as well. I would suggest preparing some floor mat, as I am sure your Coach will have some exercises on the floor.
  • If you have a basement covered with carpet? Well this is great (short carpet though will be the best and it will take no time to adjust)!
  • Otherwise be creative, and always consult with the coach and remember – SAFETY FIRST!

4. Your coach should definitely see you!

Another important point I notice during classes – the position of your device with the camera as well as the position of yourself, is important. Remember, while these are challenging times for you, these are challenging times for us Coaches as well.

This is the time where we can not come and correct you using some tools we used to do in the gym. So, make sure, when the Coach looks at you – he/she sees your entire posture, not your head and ceiling or your sibling doing homework.

Also, think of what is the most important for your Coach to see. Usually when you stay sideways, the Coach has a better opportunity to control your position and is able to give correction if needed.

And yes, we know that most of you are using the same devices for homework, so please don’t forget to charge the devices for the lesson – you really don’t want to miss those words of wisdom from your favorite master!

5. Behavior

I guess this will be our new world and we need a new code of conduct… Wait, nothing changes online. All we have to do is show respect to each other:

  • Show up for the class on time, so your Coach does not have to get distracted from explaining or showing the exercises by admitting you to the online room. At the end of the day, the excuse “there was an accident on the road and a lot of traffic…” does not work anymore.
  • Yes, it is online, but still, greet your Coach and maybe a simple“how are you” will be a great way to start the class.
  • NO CHAT! Have a question? Signal your Coach and I am sure the Coach will be happy to answer. But leave the chatting with friends for after or before the class. Remember it is challenging for Coaches as well to be able to provide quality instruction over the internet – respect this and listen instead of chatting.
  • Ask your family to stay away from the space and let you concentrate on your Coach and exercises, meaning no party or movie night around.
  • Make sure you “mute” yourself on the online platform during the class unless you need to ask a question. The main reason for that – every time you produce some noise – everyone sees you not the Coach. So if for some reason the Coach forgot to mute you – you always can do it yourself.

6. Equipment

As for equipment, I would really speak to the Coach before each class if you need something specific. Otherwise:

  • Small towel would be nice. I found the online classes more intense as there are almost no breaks, social breaks, hiding in the changing room, playing on the phone etc. So be ready to sweat a lot.
  • Bottle of water. I said almost none, so I am sure the Coach will give you some breaks. But during these classes, breaks are short, so making a trip to the kitchen might cause you to miss some important information.
  • Floor mat for exercises. Again, you can be creative on this one if you don’t have it or you may find one in an online store.

And did I mention to stay positive? As I said earlier, this will be over – meanwhile, stay connected to your Coaches, keep yourself in shape, focus on something you can improve right now and you will improve as a fencer… competitive shape? We will get it back quickly as long as we keep training!

fencing, RESULTS

February Results: Junior Olympic Champion & Top 32 + SJCC/RJCC/RYC Medalists


So many medals and events that it’s hard to track! Here are some of the weekend results! Good job everyone!
Cadet RJCC – Mia Smotritsky top 8!
Y14 RYC – Mia Smotritsky top 8!
Y12 RYC
Landon Shchur – silver medal 🥈
Nick Iarikov – bronze medal 🥉
David Dodin – top 8!
Y10 RYC – Liora Profis – silver medal 🥈
#fencenyfa #teamnyfa #gonyfa #ryc #rjcc

 

Congratulations to Josh Yavorovskiy taking bronze medal at SJCC in Baltimore and earning C2020!  #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #medalist #C2020 #sjcc

 

Congratulations to Liza Zigalo with bronze medal in Y14 Jersey Clash!
And Mitchell Pozovskiy with top 8 finish! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #ryc #jerseyclash #medalist

 

Congratulations to our fencers at JO’s:
Isabella Chin – top 16 in Cadets
Ethan Kushnerik – top 16 in Juniors
Rachel Kowalsky – top 32 in Juniors
#teamnyfa #gonyfa #fencenyfa #juniorolympics

 

First day of JO’s and we can’t be more proud! There were 333 fencers competing in cadets men’s epee!
Ethan Kushnerik – National Champion!
Mitchel Bekker – top 16!
Great job guys – very happy for you and looking forward juniors event!
#fencenyfa #teamnyfa #juniorolympics2020 #juniorolympicschampion

 

Great job everyone who earned medals this weekend at Thrust RYC and RJCC!
Y10 girls – Liora Profis – 7th place!
Y10 boys:
Max Brodetsky – 3rd place!
Alexander Ratmansky – 7th place!
Y12 girls:
Erica Kovalchuk – 5th place!
Alexandra Rakhovski – 7th place!
Y12 boys:
David Dodin – 6th place!
Finn Chimoskey – 7th place!
Ethan Zaydman – 8th place!
Y14 girls – Elizabeth Zigalo – 2nd place!
Juniors girls – Rachel Kowalsky – 3rd place!
#gonyfa #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #ryc #rjcc #medalists

fencing, RESULTS

January Results: NAC, World Cup, Capitol Clash SYC, ROC/RJCC – so many medals!


First NAC of new decade and some awesome results for NYFA fencers!
Ethan Kushnerik had a great day beating plenty of top fencers to take 3rd place in Division 1 and earned A2020!
Peter Kambeseles also had his best result today and hands down scored the best touch I’ve seen in a while at 14-14 situation to make top 32! Peter lost to Ayman Fayez who eventually took first place!
Great job guys and we are looking for more medals this weekend!
#teamnyfa #gonyfa #januarynac2020 #divisionone

 

And our hero of the day is Rachel Kowalsky who showed her best result and was only one touch short of top 16 in Division 1! Amazing job! #januarynac2020 #division1 #teamnyfa #bestresult #fencenyfa

 

Peter makes his last touch to make top 8 in Juniors! Ethan Kushnerik also made top 8 and they will fence each other for top 4! #top8 #januarynac2020 #lasttouch

 

Huge congrats today to our fencers in juniors!
Peter Kambeseles showed his best but far and beyond deserved result – bronze medal at Junior event!
Ethan Kushnerik earned second medal this NAC with top 8 finish!
Skyler Liverant and Anton Chmut both made top 16!
Great job boys and we are very proud of you!!! #teamnyfa #januarynac2020 #fencenyfa #top8 #medalists

 

Last Cadet World Cup of the season in Bratislava is over and our fencers are coming home with medals!
Ethan Kushnerik took 7th place out of 350 fencers all over the world! Fencing from 8 in the morning till 8 in the evening!
Jackie Khrol made top 32 individualy and 3rd place in teams!
Great effort and fencing! It was nice to see my students fencing competition I used to fence myself 20 years ago:)
#teamusa #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #bratislavaworldcup #internationalfencing

 

First day of the biggest SYC – Capitol Clash – brings medals to NYFA in all epee events!
Heroes of the day:
Grayson Shchur – Champion in Y8!
Anna Temiryaev – Silver Medal in Y14 – only one touch short of gold!
Ethan Agaon – Bronze Medal in Y14 among 186 fencers!!! And B2020!!!
Daniel Dodin – 5th place in Y8 – unfortunately had to fence Grayson otherwise would surely do even better!
Caralina Khrol – 7th place in Y14!
And of course coaches medal for Yarik!
Congratulations everyone!!! Keep the medals coming! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #syc #capitolclash2020

 

Congratulations to our Y10 fighters:
David Dodin – champion!
Evan Vysotskiy – bronze medal!
Luke Kugler – 5th place!
Awesome fencing everybody! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #nyfa_li #syc #gonyfa #capitolclash2020

 

Medals keep coming! Liza Zigalo – top 8 in Y12! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #syc #medalist #capitolclash2020

 

And the hero of the day is Dylan Kats with bronze finish in Y12! Congratulations to all our fencers, parents and coaches for a great performance at the hardest and biggest SYC of the year! We earned total of 10 medals!!! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #syc #capitolclash2020

 

Congratulations to our NYFA Cup medalists!
#nyfayouthcup #youngchamps #fencenyfa #teamnyfa

 

Congratulations to NYFA fencers who earned medals at ROC and RJCC this weekend:
Nicholas Glaz – 1st place in Juniors!
Peter Kambeseles – 6th place in DIV1a!
Rachel Kowalsky – 7th place in DIV1a!
#teamnyfa #fencenyfa #roc

 

 

fencing, RESULTS

December Results: Cobra SYC to Greek Junior Championship Golds


And another weekend full of events and medals for our club!
Cobra SYC:
Y8- Grayson Shchur 5th place!
Y10- Evan Vysotskiy silver medal 🥈
Y14 – Anna Temiryaev bronze medal 🥉
Isabell Chin – 5th place!
Jason Wu – 5th place!
Cadets – Isabella Chin gold medal 🥇
Rachel Kowalsky – bronze medal 🥉

And special congratulations to Jack and Peter Kambeseles for taking gold and bronze medals at Greek Junior Championships!
#gonyfa #teamnyfa #teamgreece🇬🇷 #syc #rjcc #medalists

 

Another weekend and more good results by our fencers!
Amazing job by @jackie.khrol – top 16 at Junior World Cup in Spain, Burgos! Way to go Jackie!

Also congrats to @mitchel.bekker and @rachelkowalsky for top 16 finish at SJCC in Salt Lake City!

And surely thank you and congratulations to all our young stars at NYFA Cup #3 that was held in our Long Island location in Port Washington! #teamnyfa #gonyfa #nyfayouthcup #youngstars #worldcup