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Another season has ended with Summer Nationals, the biggest fencing event in the world.  More than 5,000 athletes converged in Anaheim, California to compete in all age groups and weapons. NYFA was represented by 13 athletes: Sophia Chelnitsky, Alex Watkins, Michael Burovsky, Anton Chmut, Bennett Cohen, Sam Burman, Richard Kim, Alan Temiryaev, Anna Brosgol, Skyler Chin, Romain Cannone, Jackie Khrol, and Luca Bellomi.   Some are seasoned and experienced but most are young and promising athletes who were fencing in a competition of such scale for the first time.  All should be proud to have made it to Summer Nationals – you qualified, fought hard and gained great experience for future events.  Congratulations!

Top 32 Results:

Division 3 Men’s Epee National Championship
Richard Kim – 8th out of 129  (D2012 rating)

Y10 Men’s Epee North American Cup
Alan Temiryaev – Silver Medal out of 60

Cadet Women’s Epee North American Cup
Anna Brosgol – 24th out of 141 (C2012 rating)

Y14 Men’s Epee National Championship
Skyler Chin – 12th out of 176

Cadet Men’s Epee North American Cup
Romain Cannone – 23rd out of 214

Y10 Women’s Epee North American Cup
Jackie Khrol – 16th out of 29

Junior Men’s Epee Team North American Cup
NYFA Team (Romain Cannone, Luca Bellomi, Richard Kim) – 16th out of 49



Brooklyn’s New York Fencing Academy took home three medals from the North American Cup in Virginia Beach this past weekend.

NYFA was the only fencing club with two athletes making the top eight in the Y14 age group. Skyler Chin earned 5th place out of 107 fencers in the Y14 men’s epee. To attain this position he won all six bouts in his pool despite having missed the entire season due to injuries. The Cup was his first major tournament since the last Summer Nationals where he took 3rd place in Y14 and 2nd in Division 2.

Also competing in Y14, Romain Cannone made the top eight for the third time this fencing season. Although he had to face a stronger opponent due to losing two of the six bouts, Cannone still made 8th place out of 107 fencers.  After this tournament Romain is ranked #4 in USA in his age group.

In another age group, Y10, Brooklyn resident Alan Temiryaev took 8th place out of 29 fencers at his first national competition.   In addition, a good effort was put forth by Bennett Cohen who made top 32 in Y12 at his first North American Cup.

The North American Cup features competitors from the U.S. and countries around the world, making the competition tougher and stronger than regular tournaments. Held annually in April, the North American Cup is the most substantial tournament before the biggest tournament of the season, the Summer Nationals in July.

The New York Fencing Academy will continue to hone the skills of its members by hosting international fencers from Germany for the next two weeks.



NYFA was proud to host Brooklyn’s first A2 level epee fencing tournament this past Sunday, March 25. Thirty-five athletes, ranging from ages 13 to 63, came from all over the tri-state area, and as far away as New England and the Northwest, to compete in the club’s first Senior Epee Cup. Among the participants were 12 A-rated and seven B-rated fencers, making this a very strong event that rivaled some of the best tournaments in Manhattan. After hours of bouting until all opponents were eliminated, the winners emerged: Helen Jolley from Oregon earned the women’s title and Gabriel Canaux from Brooklyn earned the men’s.

Full results are available here on: Askfred.net.


Published February 9, 2012 in Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sports section (www.brooklyneagle.com )

15-year-old Brooklyn Tech student Gabriel Canaux of the New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was one of only 13 Americans who competed in épée fencing at the prestigious international Vigor Challenge in Gothenborg, Sweden, last weekend.

Gabriel Canaux, New York Fencing Academy (NYFA)

Brooklyn Tech’s Gabriel Canaux is emerging as a legitimate hopeful for the United States national fencing squad.

More than 700 athletes from over 15 countries, including Israel, Japan, France and Canada, participated in this year’s event, which consisted of an FIE Junior World Cup and a European Cadet Circuit.

Canaux, who has fenced for about four years, surprised many at Vigor Challenge with his exceptional talent.

Although he was one of the youngest competitors and went against fencers one or two years older than himself, he won three of his six initial bouts, and fell shy of capturing the other three by just one touch.

Advancing to elimination, Canaux continued to show his mettle by soundly beating higher-ranked Swedish fencer Rasmus Dejenfelt, 16, by 15-7.

Canaux then competed with French fencer Steeven Seloi, 16, who was seeded or ranked at 10.

After a tough but close fight, Gabriel lost to Seloi 15-10. Overall, Canaux finished 59th out of the top 151 male cadets in the world. It was his first attempt at international competition. Emboldened by his success, he aims to make the United States national team in 2013.

Canaux will try to keep the momentum rolling as he and other NYFA fencers Sophia Cheinitsky, Annie Morelli, Anna Brosgol and Skyler Chin represent the academy at the USA Junior Olympics next week.


We are happy to announce that NYFA will host a number of epee & foil tournaments for youth, cadets, adults & veterans!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ON ASKFRED.  You can also sign-up at the club’s front desk.

  • NYFA Youth Challenge #2 – Jan 29, 2012 – next Sunday!
    Epee Youth 10, Youth 12. Foil Youth 8, Youth 10, Youth 12.
  • NYFA Cadet & Y14 Challenge #1 – Feb 12, 2012:
    Epee Cadets – Under 17, Youth 14.
  • NYFA Youth Challenge #3 – Mar 4, 2012:
    Foil Youth 10, Youth 12.  Epee Youth 10, Youth 14.
  • NYFA Senior Epee Cup & Veterans Epee – Mar 25, 2012:
    Epee Senior – must be 13+.  Epee Veterans – 40+.
  • NYFA Unrated Senior Epee & Veteran’s Epee & Foil Challenge #1 – April 29, 2012:
    Epee Senior – 13+, unrated only.  Epee & Foil Veterans – 40+.
  • NYFA Youth Challenge #4 – May 6, 2012:
    Epee Youth 10, Youth 12.  Foil Youth 10, Youth 12.
  • NYFA Cadet and Y14 Challenge #2 – May 20, 2012:
    Epee Cadets – Under 17, Youth 14.
  • NYFA Foil musketeers –  Jun 3, 2012:
    Foil Youth 8, Youth 10, Youth 12.
  • NYFA Unrated Senior Epee & Veteran’s Epee & Foil Challenge #2 – Jun 3, 2012:
    Epee Senior – 13+, unrated only.  Epee & Foil Veterans – 40+.
  • NYFA Cadet and Y14 Challenge #3 – Jun 10, 2012:
    Epee Cadets – under 17,  Youth 14.


Congratulations to some of our students who competed in local tournaments this weekend:

  • Sam Burman – bronze medal, NJFA Youth tournament. Good job Sam – keep it up.
  • Kevin Ko – 12th, Nyack Tanya Adampovich Cup. It was an A2  tournament with 33 competitors, half of them had ratings. Kevin earned his “E2012” and on the way, he beat an adult “A” rated fencer – good job Kevin!
  • Skyler Chin – 5th place, Nyack Tanya Adampovich Cup. Skyler is getting back in shape after the injury and we wish him the best at coming Capitol Clash SYC and JO’s where he will represent NYFA along with Sam Burman, Romain Cannone, Bennett Cohen, Anna Brosgol, Annie Morelli, Gabriel Canaux, Peye Wong and Sophia Chelnitsky!


For Immediate Release: New York Teens Earn Silver Medals at Fencing North American Cup, Annie Morelli selected to represent US in Cadets World Cup

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Annie Morelli, Silver Medalist, Cadets Women’s Epee October North American Cup 2011

Brooklyn, NY, October 25, 2011 – Fencers from the New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) traveled to Richmond, Virginia last weekend to compete among 2,000 athletes in the North American Cup. Some went for the training and experience, while others vied for national points and delivered their best performances to date.

Annie Morelli, 15, from Brooklyn, was determined to do better at this Cadets (under 17) NAC than she did at the July NAC in Reno. She’s been training for 8 hours a week and the hard work paid off. “It was her day,” her coach, Misha Mokretsov said, “she felt timing perfectly and was very patient and stable. Once she got the lead, she never gave it back.” On her way to earning her first national Silver medal in Cadets Women’s Epee, Annie defeated #7 ranked Horowitz and #3 ranked Sirico. She also earned an “A2011” rating – the highest possible, as well as national points which led to her selection to represent the US at the Cadets World Cup in Grenoble, France. Her next goal is to make the national team in 2012.

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Romain Cannone, Silver Medalist, Div III Men’s Epee, October NAC 2011

Romain Cannone, 14, from Manhattan, has been competing for less than two years, but that didn’t stop him from earning two NAC medals this weekend. Romain was focused and fencing well throughout the Division III (D & under rated) Men’s Epee event. As he was about to fence for top 8, his coach began a pep talk only to get interrupted by Romain. “I WILL win – I don’t care about that kid!” he exclaimed. He went on to earn his first national Silver medal, and came back the next day to earn his second medal for 6th place in Division II (C & under rated) Men’s Epee.

Two more NYFA fencers earned Cadets points at the NAC: Gabriel Canaux, A-rated sophomore on the Brooklyn Tech High School fencing team, placed 9th, and Sophia Chelnitsky, 15, also from Brooklyn, got 30th and a “D2011” rating. NYFA’s previous best results were earned at the July National Championships by Skyler Chin, 14, from Long Island who took Silver in Division II and Bronze in Y14 Men’s Epee, and also earned his “A2011” rating.

Although the club opened just over a year ago, several students were training with Coach Mokretsov at other clubs before following him to NYFA. This month, NYFA expanded its facilities to triple the original space to accommodate its growing membership. “It’s a great mix of good fencing, physical conditioning, and fun” said Romain who commutes from his Westchester home Friday nights to fence at NYFA, catches some sleep in his family’s Manhattan apartment, then returns to NYFA to train all Saturday afternoon. “It’s tough, but really worth it. Fencing is the best sport in the world!”

New York Fencing Academy is located in a newly renovated, state-of-the-art fencing center at 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224. They offer group classes, private lessons, and open bouting for students of all ages and levels, from beginners through advanced. (718) 996-0426. http://www.fencenyfa.com.

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


This weekend our fencers competed at the North American Cup in Richmond, Virginia with the best athletes from the United States, Canada, Korea and Puerto Rico. Many of our fencers showed their best results ever at this tournament and made NYFA extremely proud:

  • Gabriel Canaux took 9th place out of 134 competitors in Cadets Men’s Epee.
  • Annie Morelli won the silver medal in Cadets Women’s Epee and earned her “A2011” rating.  This performance also helped her get selected for the World Cup in Grenoble, France next month.
  • Romain Cannone earned a silver medal in Division III Men’s Epee and his “C2011” rating.  The next day, Romain took 6th place out of 127 fencers in Division II Men’s Epee.
  • Sophia Chelnitsky made 30th place in Cadets Women’s Epee,  earned her “D2011” rating and qualified for Junior Olympics.


We had a blast all weekend with our members and new friends who joined us to celebrate the grand opening of our new facilities! Students had to coach their parents and parents bouted; fencers competed for the best balloon popper title; and our guests discovered the thrilling sport of sword fighting!

Thanks to everyone for coming, and thanks to our fencers and parents for your help in making our first year so successful. We look forward to an even greater year in our new fencing center. Go NYFA!


Have you heard the good news? New York Fencing Academy expanded! We moved upstairs to a brand new 3,000 square foot facility featuring a fully equipped state-of-the-art gym with 6 fencing strips, locker rooms, spectator area with TV & Wi-Fi, and a comfortable family-friendly atmosphere.

Please join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening
of our new facilities!

New York Fencing Academy’s Open House
Sunday, October 9th – 12 pm to 2 pm

2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Come enjoy fencing, games, food & prizes
Bring your friends, parents, kids, and experience the
fantastic sport of sword fighting!

Dress casually (gym clothes) so everyone can join in on the fun
(Yes, parents too:)

Please let us know in advance if you can attend – we hope to see you there

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