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For Immediate Release: TALENTED BROOKLYN FENCING SISTERS TAKE AFTER MOM


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Brooklyn, NY (January 23, 2014) – On a blistery cold, snowy morning, for the first time in her young fencing career, Jaclyn Khrol, age 10, set out to fence in three age groups, over three days at the aptly-named Sword in the Snow Super Youth Circuit in New Hampshire. The weekend road trip from Brooklyn paid off when Jaclyn took home 3 medals – 1 gold in youth 10, and 2 bronze in youth 12 and youth 14. She is now nationally ranked 4th in the US among epee fencers ages 12 and under. This was quite an accomplishment for Jaclyn, who had to compete against older, bigger, and more experienced opponents. Her younger sister, Caralina, age 7, also took home a bronze medal in youth 10.

Caralina, Galyna, Jaclyn Khrol at New York Fencing Academy
Caralina, Galyna, Jaclyn Khrol at New York Fencing Academy

As the saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” The girls’ mother, Galyna Khrol, is an accomplished fencer who began fencing in her native Ukraine at the age of 8. As a child, she spent hours traveling to practice before and after school. Her dedication paid off when Galyna began attending school in Kharkov, where she started learning from Irina Odokienko, who now coaches the Ukrainian team, and Irina’s husband, the late epee coach, Leonid Averbach. “My coaches were very important to me” Galyna recalls. “Our coaches taught us everything, more than just the sport, they taught us how to be good people; they were like family to me.” Originally a foil fencer, Galyna switched to fence epee and went on to compete successfully for years both nationally and internationally.

Galyna’s passion for fencing was not lost on her two daughters. Before fencing, Jaclyn was a gymnast, competing regionally for three years. All that changed two years ago when Jaclyn began showing an interest in fencing. According to her mother, Jaclyn really took to fencing and hasn’t looked back. Like her mother, Jaclyn is dedicated to training at New York Fencing Academy, where she practices at least 3 times a week, conditioning and taking private lessons from coach Misha Mokretsov. Caralina jumped straight into fencing at age 7 and is right on her sister’s heels.

As a family, the Khrols enjoy traveling to fencing tournaments together. At the National Championships last summer in Columbus, Ohio, Galyna placed 22nd out of 143 fencers in the Women’s Division 2 event. Galyna and her clubmates also fenced in the Women’s team event which was bittersweet, “a great event with strong bouts,” where her team came within just one touch of making top 4. Jaclyn also placed well at Nationals earning 6th place in the youth 10 competition.

The future holds promise for this young fencing family and the fencing club they attend. New York Fencing Academy is located in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY and is quickly becoming a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee youth and cadet programs in the tri-state area. In just three years, Head Coach, Misha Mokretsov has produced several nationally-ranked fencers earning Champion and Finalist titles at International and National competitions, including a fencer on the French Cadet Team.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Address: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Club Phone: (718) 996-0426
Cell Phone: (347) 741-1343
Email: info.nyfa@gmail.com
Website: http://www.fencenyfa.com

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For Immediate Release: ROMAIN CANNONE, NEW YORK TEEN, WINS FENCING NORTH AMERICAN CUP IN VIRGINIA


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Brooklyn, NY (January 22, 2014) – On January 20th, 16-year-old Romain Cannone (New York, NY) established his reputation as a fencing prodigy when he became the youngest champion of a Junior Men’s Epee North American Cup (NAC) this season, competing against 180 athletes ages 20 and under. Cannone defeated Justin Yoo (Southern California) in a dramatic match, coming from a 13-14 deficit to win the gold medal with a score of 15-14. Cannone also took an impressive 9th place out of 255 of the top adult Men’s Epee fencers in the Division I NAC the same weekend.

Ranked third in the world in Cadets (ages 17 and under), Cannone was seeded 37th at the start of the NAC and won 3 out of 4 pool bouts, earning the 36th seed to advance to direct eliminations. Cannone said, “the pools were very interesting – it wasn’t easy and even though I finished well, it showed me that I had to really work hard if I wanted to do good today.”

He started by defeating Mick Yamanaka (Long Island, NY), and out touched Wesley Johnson (Utah-S.Idaho) 14-13. Cannone said “The most stressful bout was with Johnson since I was leading 12-7 and then he made a nice come back. I was very happy to win in priority and after, I knew if I work hard I would do good.” Then Cannone went on to beat top Princeton University fencer and number one rated USA junior, Alex House (New England) 15-3. He followed the strong victory with a 15-14 win over Justin Yoo, USA national team member and winner of the Chalons, France Cadet European Cup. Cannone lost to Yoo in Chalons to make top 2. “After I saw I was going against Justin in the final, I knew it would be interesting as we have a history and I really wanted revenge after France.”

Previously, Cannone won the Cadet European Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia earlier this month, and the Cadet North American Cup in Dallas in December. He will fence in the Gothenburg, Sweden European Cup next month, followed by the Cadet World Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this spring.

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by Head Coach Misha Mokretsov and is located in Brooklyn, NY. NYFA is quickly becoming a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee youth and cadet programs in the tri-state area. In just three years, NYFA has produced many nationally-ranked fencers earning Champion and Finalist titles at International and National competitions, including a fencer on the French Cadet Team. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Address: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Club Phone: (718) 996-0426
Cell Phone: (347) 741-1343
Email: info.nyfa@gmail.com
Website: http://www.fencenyfa.com

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For Immediate Release: NEW YORK TEEN, ROMAIN CANNONE, WINS EUROPEAN FENCING CUP


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Young athlete trains in Brooklyn, fences for France, and finds International Success

Brooklyn, NY (January 17, 2014) – New York Fencing Academy member, Romain Cannone, achieved his best fencing result to date when he won the Cadet European Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia last Sunday. In just four months, Cannone quickly progressed towards his dream of going to the World Championships. He qualified to represent the French Cadet Team in October, then competed in three European Cups, taking ninth place in Bonn, Germany; third in Chalons, France; and now first in Slovakia. His gold medal was earned at one of the biggest competitions on the Cadet European Circuit with over 600 fencers from 38 countries. Cannone bested 268 athletes in the men’s epee 17-and-under category. This result advances Cannone to #3 on the European Cadet rankings and will likely secure his spot at the Cadet World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this spring.

The 16-year-old arrived in Bratislava feeling tired but excited. “The gym was very cool with country flags flying everywhere” he noted as he warmed up with his teammates. After training hard for four years and gaining international experience in the last few months, Cannone was ready to face his challengers with confidence. He fenced well from the start, winning six out of seven pools, losing just one bout by one point. Seeded 16th after pools, Cannone proceeded to eliminate his opponents handily, defeating Fastakovskiy (Russia) by a score of 15-10, Masserey (Switzerland) 15-9, and Nagurnyi (Ukraine) 15-6. In the table of 16, Cannone fenced the #1 seeded athlete, Bruev (Russia), and won 15-11. Cannone next defeated French (Canada) 15-12 which advanced him to semifinals and his toughest battle of the day against Kapala (Poland). Cannone found himself down 14-13 but managed to score two points in the last minute to win 15-14. After that bout, Cannone said he just knew he was going to get first place. He felt no pressure in the finals and defeated the #1 ranked European Cadet, Dabija (Romania) by a score of 15-12. Cannone recalled “when I won I was the happiest boy in the world. My team picked me up and threw me in the air. It was amazing.”

His previous best results include bronze in Chalons, France, and gold in the December North American Cup. He competes in the January North American Cup in Virginia this weekend, and the Cadet European Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden in February.

Cannone has been taking fencing lessons since 2008 from Coach Misha Mokretsov. In 2010, Mokretsov opened New York Fencing Academy, where Cannone continues to dedicate himself to his training, and also tries to help the young, talented clubmates who are following in his footsteps. A junior in high school, Cannone has little time for anything besides schoolwork and fencing, but says it’s all worth it. “It’s been fantastic so far. It never gets old.” Cannone wants to make his family, coach, and team proud. His friends and supporters, whether from New York or France, are proud to call him one of their own.

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by Head Coach Misha Mokretsov and is located in Brooklyn, NY. NYFA is quickly becoming a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee youth and cadet programs in the tri-state area. In just three years, NYFA has produced many nationally-ranked fencers earning Champion and Finalist titles at International and National competitions, including a fencer on the French Cadet Team. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Address: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Club Phone: (718) 996-0426
Cell Phone: (347) 741-1343
Email: info.nyfa@gmail.com
Website: http://www.fencenyfa.com

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For Immediate Release: NEW YORK FENCING ACADEMY FENCER WINS GOLD IN THE NORTH AMERICAN CUP


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Brooklyn, NY (December 20, 2013) – Coming on the heels of his success at the Cadet World Cup in France, New York Fencing Academy athlete, Romain Cannone, 16, won Gold on Monday in the North American Cup in Dallas, TX.

It has been a great year for Romain Cannone. Last month he qualified to represent France in the prestigious Cadet World Cup where he competed against more than 170 fencers, from 15 countries. He earned Bronze in the individual competition and Silver in the team event. This week Romain competed against 141 fencers to earn Gold, in the North American Cup.

It was a hard start for Romain in the pools, but he confidently defeated his opponents in the direct eliminations. After winning his bouts against Bryn Hammarberg and Morris Boratin, Romain fought Thomas Petrosewicz and won 15-14, taking revenge for his loss against Thomas at the last NAC by the same score. Romain went on to defeat Jason Xu 15-10, and Malcolm Miller 15-7. To make the finals, Romain faced his toughest opponent of the day – Dylan French, the #1 Canadian who won the last NAC. With a close score of 15-14, Romain earned his place on the gold medal strip, where he defeated Charles Horowitz 15-7.

Romain moved to #3 in the US despite the fact that he cannot fence in the Junior Olympics, one of four competitions that gives points in the season. His next goal will be to do well on the European Cadet Circuit in Bratislava, Slovakia in January and after that in Goeteborg, Sweden in February. 2013 has proven to be a remarkable year for Romain Cannone and his coach, Misha Mokretsov, who has been training him since he began fencing in 2008.

About New York Fencing Academy
New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 to help people discover, enjoy, and advance in the sport of fencing. NYFA is quickly becoming a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee youth programs in the tri-state area. NYFA not only aims to develop fencers’ technical skills but we also focus on physical fitness. NYFA is located in Brooklyn, New York, and has been providing group and private fencing lessons, summer and winter training camps, in addition to hosting its own tournaments.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Address: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Club Phone: (718) 996-0426
Cell Phone: (347) 741-1343
Email: info.nyfa@gmail.com
Website: http://www.fencenyfa.com

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For Immediate Release: NEW YORK FENCING ACADEMY FENCER EARNS WORLD CUP BRONZE MEDAL


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Brooklyn, NY (November 26, 2013) – New York Fencing Academy athlete, Romain Cannone, 16, became the number one cadet French fencer as he took Bronze in the prestigious European Cadet Circuit, commonly called the Cadet World Cup, this past weekend in Chalons, France.

This all stems from the enthusiasm he revealed in trying to qualify to fence for the French Cadet Team just two weeks ago. He managed to attain one of the four spots against 288 fencers, earning the opportunity to represent France.

A week later, he competed in his first circuit event in Bonn,Germany, earning 9th place. He then went on to Chalons, France to compete against more than 171 fencers from 15 countries. The start wasn’t smooth for him as he was feeling tired and under pressure with his whole family watching and cheering him on, but he managed to win 4 out of 6 bouts in the first round of pools.

Romain persevered through the direct elimination round and as he advanced to top 32, he fenced the 22 seeded French fencer, leaving nothing to chance and winning by 15-5 in a span of 3 minutes. Romain then faced German fencer, Broun Rico, who won the previous World Cup in Bonn. Romain noted how strong this fencer was, and along with his coach, Misha Mokretsov, came up with a strategy to win the highly contested bout 15-11. Romain then beat Italian fencer, Pierfrancesco Andresini with ease, proceeding to the top 8 bout in which he had great ambition to go beyond. Following a tight challenge against a German fencer as he lost 15-13, he still had a chance to advance as one has to lose twice to be eliminated. After analyzing his mistakes, Romain again fenced the German and this time he made no mistakes, winning 15-10. Fencing for top 2, Romain lost to Justin Yoo, the number one ranked American cadet, by 15-13, as Yoo went on to win the competition.

Romain took Bronze in the individual event and the following day, fenced with his teammates to earn Silver for France in the team event. This was indeed a remarkable event for Romain Cannone and for his coach, Misha Mokretsov, who has been training him since he began fencing in 2008.

New York Fencing Academy is located in Brooklyn, New York, and has been providing both group and private fencing lessons for three years in addition to hosting its own tournaments.

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Contact: Misha Mokretsov
Company: New York Fencing Academy
Address: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Club Phone: (718) 996-0426
Cell Phone: (347) 741-1343
Email: info.nyfa@gmail.com
Website: http://www.fencenyfa.com