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For Immediate Release: YOUNG BROOKLYN FENCERS WIN 7 NATIONAL MEDALS, CHAMPION TITLE AT NORTH AMERICAN CUP IN MEMPHIS


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Brooklyn, NY (March 20, 2014) – New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) students, ages 10 through 14, competed at the USA Fencing North American Cup (NAC) in Memphis,Tennessee last weekend. Several days a week, they come from all over Brooklyn to train in Coney Island with their coach, Misha Mokretsov. Although the club is less than four years old, their young members have quickly advanced to the top of the national ranks. Mokretsov attributes their success to their hard work and dedication, but also knows that the fun and camaraderie they share in the club and at tournaments, keeps them engaged and motivated to excel in the sport of fencing.

10-year-old Jaclyn Khrol of Bensonhurst, has only been fencing for 2 years, and won her first national title in the youth-10 girl’s epee competition. Seeded second after the pools, Khrol held her first three direct elimination opponents to no more than four touches each. Her final opponent, Westchester’s Keegan Glucksman, was not as easy to beat, but Khrol took the win with a score of 3-2. Khrol is ranked #2 in the US in her age group. She adds this gold medal to her previous best results of silver and bronze finishes at the last two NACs.

Anton Chmut from Midwood, is just 14-years-old and began the day seeded 21 out of 98 fencers, but that didn’t stop him from fighting his way to the finals strip where he earned his first national silver medal in the adult Division III men’s epee event. 12-year-old Alan Temiryaev from Brighton Beach and 10-year-old Mark Dolgonos from Bergen Beach, took home 2 more silver medals in the youth-12 and youth-10 boy’s epee categories, respectively.

A fourth silver medal was earned by the NYFA youth-10 team of Dolgonos, Skyler Liverant (Kensington) and Ethan Kushnerik (Mill Basin) In the final match, they missed the championship title by just 1 point, losing to a team of fencers from San Antonio,Texas and Westchester, NY. NYFA had the only team composed of athletes from a single club. The other five teams were mixes of some of the best fencers from various clubs around the country. “I am very proud of my students for demonstrating such a high level of fencing at a young age” Coach Mokretsov noted. “Their teamwork and goal-seeking attitudes helped them achieve outstanding results at the national level and shows they are qualified to compete internationally.”

Kushnerik also earned bronze in the youth-10 individual event where Liverant took top 8.

Fencing is an Olympic sport whose popularity is taking off across the US among boys and girls who value the mental and physical aspects of the game. Fencers train to be physically fit for fast reflexes, balance, and endurance. They develop analytical and strategic thinking, self-discipline, etiquette and a healthy competitive spirit. In addition to the opportunities to compete individually at the local, national, and international levels, there are many high schools and colleges, including Ivy Leagues, where athletes can participate in fencing as a team sport.

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by head coach and owner, 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 information.

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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: BROOKLYN FENCERS BRING HOME THREE MEDALS FROM SUPER YOUTH CIRCUIT IN WASHINGTON D.C.


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Brooklyn, NY (February 4, 2014) – The three-day USA Fencing Super Youth Circuit ended favorably for young fencers from Brooklyn. The competition among athletes under 10, 12, and 14 years old took place in Washington D.C. on January 31st – February 2nd. Jaclyn Khrol, Alan Temiryaev, and Mark Dolgonos won silver and bronze medals in men’s and women’s epee Youth 10, Youth 12, and Youth 10 respectively. Going undefeated in the first round and seeded number one in the second round, Khrol defeated her first three opponents with scores of 10:0, 10:3, and 10:3. The gold medal bout against Keegan Gluckman from Westchester ended with Gluckman outscoring Jaclyn by one touch. Khrol’s tough bout brought her a silver medal.

Ranked 6th in the US in the Y12 age group, Temiryaev won all his bouts in the pools and was seeded second in round two. He firmly defeated his first three opponents 15:4, 15:0, and 15:6 respectively. These confident victories brought Temiryaev to the semi-final round. Fighting to make top two, he ceded 1 point against the silver medalist of this event, Hunter Candreva. The final score 14:15 for Candreva suspended Temiryaev from the opportunity to contend for gold. Competing with older athletes in the Y14 age group, on the second day, Alan Temiryaev placed 7th among 125 participants eliminating more experienced fencers from his way to the quarter-final. The Youth 14 competition has become an important point in Temiryaev’s fencing career. Here he obtained his national C-ranking which is a rare achievement for twelve years old fencers.

The Y10 men’s epee competition made Mark Dolgonos a silver medalist. He fought hard for every touch demonstrating excellent foot work and strategic fencing. Defeating his opponents in direct eliminations with scores of 10:4, 8:3, and 10:5, Dolgonos made his way to the final where he lost two touches to Milan Maddineni from Manhattan scoring 4:6.

Khrol, Temiryaev, and Dolgonos first started fencing three years ago at the New York Fencing Academy. The ten and twelve year old athletes practice five times a week with their coach Misha Mokretsov. For Temiryaev, this is the second bronze in the past month. Earlier in January, he placed third at the Sword in the Snow Super Youth Circuit in New Hampshire. Temiryaev earned a silver medal at the North American Cup in 2012.

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 http://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: 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