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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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UPDATED NYFA TOURNAMENT CALENDAR


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Check out our revised calendar with fun and challenging tournaments for everyone.  Some dates and categories have changed so click on the askfred links below, make sure you’re registered if eligible, and mark your calendars!

  1. Saturday Jan 18 – 4:30pm:  
    NYFA C & Under Senior Mixed Epee  Preregister Who's Coming More Info
  2. Sunday Jan 19 – 10am Y10  / 12pm Y12  / 3pm Y14:
    NYFA Youth Challenge #3 Mixed Epee  Preregister Who's Coming More Info
  3. Saturday Feb 15 – 4:30pm:
    NYFA D & Under Senior Mixed Epee  Preregister Who's Coming More Info
  4. Sunday Feb 23 – 12pm Y10  / 3pm Vet Combined  / 3pm Y14:
    NYFA Youth & Vet #4 Mixed Epee Preregister Who's Coming More Info
  5. Saturday Mar 1 – 3:30pm  Ages 12 & up:
    NYFA Doubles Duels Team Mixed Epee Preregister Who's Coming More Info
  6. Saturday Mar 8 – 4:30pm:
    NYFA Unrated Senior Mixed Epee Preregister Who's Coming More Info
  7.  Sunday Mar 30 – 12pm:
    NYFA & Macaron Cafe Senior Mixed Epee Preregister Who's Coming More Info
  8. Saturday Apr 12 – 4:30pm:
    NYFA Unrated Senior Mixed Epee  Preregister Who's Coming More Info
  9. Sunday Apr 20 – 12pm Y10 Team Foil /12pm Y10 Team Epee  / 3pm Y14 Team Epee:
    NYFA Youth Team Mixed Epee & Foil  Preregister Who's Coming More Info
  10. Saturday May 10 – 4:30pm:
    NYFA E & Under Senior Mixed Epee Preregister Who's Coming More Info
  11. Sunday May 18 – 10am Y10 / 12pm Y12 / 3pm Y14:
    NYFA Youth Challenge #5 Mixed Epee Preregister Who's Coming More Info
  12. Saturday May 31 – 4:30pm:
    NYFA D & Under Senior Mixed Epee Preregister Who's Coming More Info

Remember, we also have Saturday Practice Tournaments every week at 4:30pm.   

All of our events are open to the public.

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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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ENROLL NOW FOR WINTER FENCING CAMP


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2013 Winter Fencing Day Camp at NYFA:  December 26-30

Sign up for our 5-day Winter Camp by December 15th and save $50 off the regular price.  Activities include fencing instruction, physical conditioning, footwork, blade work and bouting.  Beginners are welcome, ages: 8+.   12/26-12/30/13, Thursday-Monday, hours 10am-3pm daily, earlier drop-off and pick-up available upon request.

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION & MORE INFORMATION