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NY1: FIT KIDS STRENGTHEN MUSCLES, MIND AT NY FENCING ACADEMY


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NYFA on NY1: Fit Kids Fencing

By Erin Clarke
Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 05:43 PM EST

As we continue coverage of our month long Fit Kids Initiative, we visit New York Fencing Academy where NY1’s Erin Clarke tells us kids are building their physical—and mental muscles. 

Just about every kid loves a good sword fight—whether pretend or for sport.

It turns out, the activity builds strong muscles too.

Take it from these kids at the New York Fencing Academy in Brooklyn.

“When you hold the blade, your arm gets stronger and like when you extend, we do some extending drills, you have to keep your arm extended while you fence and so that like kind of makes your hand stronger so you feel more muscle,” says Anna Temiryaev, 9. “When you sit in en garde, low the thighs, you can feel it, your thighs usually get a lot stronger.”

“I’ve seen myself with a bit more stamina. I could do a lot more. I could push more in myself,” says Alan Temiryaev, 14.

That’s not the reason they started with the sport, but it’s even more of a reason to continue.

The siblings and most students here work with NYFA’s owner and head coach, Misha Mokretsov—who says parents send kids as young as four to his Coney Island club to reap the benefits of this sport.

“Fencing is a higly demanding coordination sport and especially for little children, it’s very important to do sports that will be developing their agility, as well as, coordination. So fencing we have a lot of moves that are small or are changing direction, so it develops a lot of coordination,” Mokretsov says.

In addition to making kids faster, stronger, more flexible and coordinated, coaches also say fencing works the thinking muscles.

“It’s also very a mental sport, so you’re getting developed in terms of critical thinking, strategy,” says instructor Slava Zingerman.

That’s something that helps fencers when they’re off the matts and in the classroom.

“It can help you out with patience. You have to wait and see opportunities. You have to think a lot more.”

Building technicall skills and physical fitness is something that will benefit these kids for years to come.

For more information about the New York Fencing Academy visit fenceNYFA.com or give them a call at 718-996-0426.

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NEWS 12 : ETHAN KUSHNERIK, 10, BECOMES WORLD CHAMPION FENCER


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News 12 Brooklyn: Ethan Kushnerik Wins International Gold in Poland

Ethan Kushnerik, 10, is part of a group of fencers who train in Coney Island. (4/4/14)

April 4, 2014

BROOKLYN, NY – A young fencer from Brooklyn is now a world champion after winning an international tournament last week.

Ethan Kushnerik, 10, is part of a group of fencers who train in Coney Island. He just brought home gold from a tournament in Poland, where he beat 150 other kids his age.

The Mill Basin fifth grader is modest, but he and the other young athletes at Coney Island’s New York Fencing Academy work hard at their sport.

When you ask Kushnerik the secret to winning, his answer is simple. He said, “Don’t give up. If you’re losing, don’t give up.”

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MILL BASIN BOY TAKES HOME INTERNATIONAL FENCING TITLE


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By Nichelle Henry
April 3, 2014

Sharp kid: Ten-year-old Ethan Kushnerik of Mill Basin, center, took the top prize at an international fencing competition held in Poland over the weekend. Photo by Vadim Kushnerik
A 10-year-old Mill Basin boy has shown the world his mettle — and it’s a fencing sword.

Superlative swordsman Ethan Kushnerik came in first at the 37th annual International Children’s Fencing Tournament Challenge, held in Wroclaw, Poland, March 27–31.

The five-day tournament is considered one of the premier fencing contests in the world, drawing 1,400 competitors under age 15 from 21 different countries.

Kushnerik was one of 19 kids representing the United States, and he won one of the two gold medals taken home by Americans.

He crossed swords with 142 fencers from around the world in back-to-back matches, fighting for seven hours straight, and he remained undefeated.

After the last competitor met his blade, Kushnerik didn’t even realize that he had just won the gold, because he was so focused on the swordplay.

“I was just concentrating on hitting may target,” he said.

En Garde!: Ten-year-old champion swordsman Ethan Kushnerik, at left, goes on the attack in an international fencing competition held March 27–31 in Wroclaw, Poland. Photo by Vadim Kushnerik

It was that mental discipline that made Kushnerik an international champion, according to his coach.

“For 10-year-old athletes, competing at such a big, international event, it’s a great accomplishment to be able to maintain such a strong physical and mental focus untill the end,” said Misha Mokretsov, head coach at the New York Fencing Academy in Coney Island.

This was Kushnerik’s first international competition, though he had also recently won silver and bronze medals at the North American Cup in Nashville, Tenn.

Kushnerik said his biggest challenge in Wroclaw was adapting to the various fencing styles of his European opponents, who come out of different traditions. Mokretsov agreed that dealing with the variety of fighting techniques is what make international tournaments so demanding.

“This was a world event of the highest magnitude,” said Mokretsov. “You need to be very flexible and able to adjust to different fencing styles.”

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CBS-NY NEWS: BROOKLYN BOY TAKES HOME WORLD CHILDREN’S FENCING GOLD FROM POLAND


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A 10-Year-Old Boy From Brooklyn Is The Winner of the International Children’s Fencing Tournament, After Competing In Poland.
Ethan Kushnerik Is Used To Having Success, Regardless Of The Circumstances

CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reports
April 4, 2014 6:46 PM

NEW YORK (CBS NewYork) — He brought home the gold.

A 10-year-old from Mill Basin, Brooklyn recently took Wroclaw, Poland by storm, grabbing top honors at the 37th annual International Children’s Fencing Tournament Challenge.

Ethan Kushnerik competed against some of the best fencers in the world, and did so under some pretty unusual circumstances, CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported Friday.

Ethan he likes to play around with his brothers and sister, enjoys math and art and, oh yeah, he’s pretty good at a very difficult sport.

“When people win in fencing they just scream,” he said.

Ethan was one of 19 children representing the United States, and competed with 142 fencers from all over the world in his category.

He said he trains four hours a day five days a week.

And he has a lot of medals.

Not bad for a kid who only picked up the sport two years ago.

Above Ethan’s medals is a sign that reads “never give up,” something he certainly didn’t do even as he dealt with a bout of the stomach flu on the morning of the international competition.

“By the time we got to the elevator, which is not that far, maybe a few steps, Ethan was out of breath,” said Vadim Kushnerik, Ethan’s father.

The elder Kushnerik said he wasn’t so sure that his son would compete, let alone go undefeated.

“Through the whole competition I kept not feeling good and I kind of didn’t even know what was happening,” Ethan said.

But in the end the humble, young boy came out on top.

“I’m very proud of Ethan’s accomplishments. I’m very proud watching him work hard,” Vadim Kushnerik said.

Ethan offered the following piece of advice to other would-be champs:

“Don’t give up on your fencing,” he said.

Even if you have the stomach flu.

Ethan said he hopes to pick up some more medals, and, who knows, maybe one day we’ll see him at the Olympics.