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November Results: SYC to Grand Prix Golds & more


Another amazing weekend for all our fencers!

David Dodin won two medals at SYC in Chicago! Gold in Y10 and bronze in Y12! Great job David! No one managed to score more than 4 points against David in any match!
Liza Zigalo also earned two medals despite injury – bronze medal in Y12 and top 8 in Y14!
Shawn Agaon made top 8 in Y14!

Congratulations to all our medalists at NYFA cup on their way to earn the season 🏆 trophy! Remember best 4 results count and we will give amazing big trophy’s for top 3 in each age group at the last NYFA Cup! You can find your points standings at our web-site! https://fencenyfa.com/youth-challenge-points-summary/

And special huge congrats to our alumni and one of my first students Romain Cannone for showing amazing results at the first Grand Prix of the Olympic season in Bern,🇨🇭 Romka made top 16 in individuals and won gold medal in team event!

Great job everyone – keep it up!  #teamnyfa #gonyfa #nyfayouthcup #windycitysyc #youngchamps #teamfrance

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Another amazing weekend for all our fencers! David Dodin won two medals at SYC in Chicago! Gold in Y10 and bronze in Y12! Great job David! No one managed to score more than 4 points against David in any match! Liza Zigalo also earned two medals despite injury – bronze medal in Y12 and top 8 in Y14! Shawn Agaon made top 8 in Y14! Congratulations to all our medalists at NYFA cup on their way to earn season 🏆 trophy! Remember best 4 results count and we will give amazing big trophy’s for top 3 in each age group at the last NYFA Cup! You can find your points standings at our web-site! https://fencenyfa.com/youth-challenge-points-summary/ And special huge congrats to our alumni and one of my first students @romaincannone for showing amazing result at the first Grand Prix of the Olympic season in Bern,🇨🇭 Romka made top 16 in individuals and won gold medal in team event! Great job everyone – keep it up! #teamnyfa #gonyfa #nyfayouthcup #windycitysyc #youngchamps #teamfrance

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5 Boroughs High School Individual Champion – Jason Wu! Congratulations!
#teamnyfa #fencenyfa #championhighschool

 

We had very eventful weekend for our fencers that competed in France and USA!

Big congratulations to Skyler Liverant and team USA for taking gold at the Cadet World Cup in Grenoble, France! Boys were down 20-12 and managed to make a great comeback!

Also congratulations to Jaclyn Khrol and Ethan Kushnerik who made top 32 in individuals!

Meanwhile at Neil Lazar RYC/RJCC we had some wins too:

  • Isabella Chin took another gold in Juniors!
  • Emily Ostrovsky was just one touch short of taking gold in cadets! And earned C2019!
  • Finn Chimoskey took Silver in Y12!
  • Liza Zigalo took bronze in Y12 and top 8 in Y14!
  • Ian Goldfine made top 8 in cadets!

Congratulations everyone and get back to training for even better results!
#teamnyfa #fencenyfa #cadetworldcup #europeancadetcircuit #ryc #rjcc #goldmedal #teamusa

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We had very eventful weekend for our fencers that competed in France and USA! Big congratulations to Skyler Liverant @skyler0427 and team USA for taking gold at the Cadet World Cup in Grenoble, 🇫🇷! Boys were down 20-12 and managed to make a great comeback! Also congratulations to Jaclyn Khrol and Ethan Kushnerik @ethankushnerik who made top 32 in individuals! Meanwhile at Neil Lazar RYC/RJCC we had some wins too: Isabella Chin @izzychin123 took another gold in Juniors! Emily Ostrovsky @eostrovsky04 was just one touch short of taking gold in cadets! And earned C2019! Finn Chimoskey took Silver in Y12! Liza Zigalo @lizazigzag9 took bronze in Y12 and top 8 in Y14! Ian Goldfine @ian_goldfine made top 8 in cadets! Congratulations everyone and get back to training for even better results! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #cadetworldcup #europeancadetcircuit #ryc #rjcc #goldmedal #teamusa

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What a day for Anna Temiryaev! Top 8 in cadets at November NAC – great job – two tough bouts won by 1 touch and gave a fight against Team USA member Jessica Lin for top 4! Congratulations! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #top8 #novembernac

 

Congratulations to these two fencers! Mitchell Bekker made top 32 out of 300 fencers today in cadets and Skyler Liverant was 1 touch short of top 8! Good job guys and good luck at Juniors event! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #teammates #novembernac

 

First medal of the NAC goes to Jaclyn Khrol! Top 8 in Juniors – just 1 touch short of top 4! Jackie will continue at Cadet event on Sunday! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #top8 #medalist

 

Big congratulations to all our fencers competing from Y10 to college meets this weekend!

Temple Invitational over 20 colleges:

  • Anton Chmut – 1st place!
  • Sam Bekker – top 8!

“The Big One” college meet that included 14 universities:

  • Josh Shuster – 1st place!
  • Bennett Cohen – 3rd place!

Thrust RYC and ROC:

  • David Dodin – 1st place Y10!
  • Liora Profis – top 8 y10!
  • Liza Zigalo – 2nd place Y12!
  • Sasha Rakhovski – 3rd place Y12!
  • Evelyn Agaon – top 8 Y12!
  • Landon Shchur – top 8 Y12!
  • Jason Wu – 3rd place Y14!
  • Mia Smotritsky – 3rd place Y14!
  • Liza Zigalo – top 8 Y14!
  • Mitchell Bekker – top 8 Div 1A!

Good job team NYFA! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #winners #youngchamps #ncaa #hunterfencing #sacredheartfencing #brandeisfencing

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Big congratulations to all our fencers competing from Y10 to college meets this weekend! Temple Invitational over 20 colleges: Anton Chmut – 1st place! Sam Bekker – top 8! “The Big One” college meet that included 14 universities: Josh Shuster – 1st place! Bennett Cohen – 3rd place! Thrust RYC and ROC: David Dodin – 1st place Y10! Profis Liora – top 8 y10! Liza Zigalo – 2nd place Y12! Sasha Rakhovski – 3rd place Y12! Evelyn Again – top 8 Y12! Landon Shchur – top 8 Y12! Jason Wu – 3rd place Y14! Mia Smotritsky – 3rd place Y14! Liza Zigalo – top 8 Y14! Mitchell Bekker – top 8 Div 1A! Good job team NYFA! #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #winners #youngchamps #ncaa #hunterfencing #sacredheartfencing #brandeisfencing

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What Age Should You Start Fencing?


By Sergey Danilov

Another question I get asked very often:  Is 5 years old too early…or I am 50 – is it too late to start fencing?

YOUTH
NY Long Island Fencing
Sergey Danilov
(age 18)

Let’s start with the younger age first. I was raised in the Soviet Union and back in my time – we were not allowed to start fencing until 9-10 years old. Earlier, before me, the age to start was even 12 years old (if I remember this correctly). Why is it so? Well, equipment during that period was much less safe than now, much heavier. Fencing, requiring much focus and a lot of repetition, would be hard for someone at the age of 6-7 with all that equipment, focus and hard work. Did I mention that the question “did you have fun?” was not even a question back then? So, if you come to the sport, coaches expect you to work hard and improve on a daily basis like professionals… that, of course requires a level of focus that little guys do not have yet. On top of that, your first tournament would be sometime when you turn 14-15, not earlier.

Nowadays, people start fencing much younger. The first Cadet World Championship (under 17 yo) started in 1987. If you decided to represent your country at the World Championships, you would have to start training much earlier. Of course, shortly after, many National World Federations started to create local, National and International events for this age category and younger (for example, under 13 yo in Europe and under 14 yo in the US). And in order to be able to compete successfully in these categories, you have to start training earlier.

What about equipment? Well, problem solved – it’s the 21st century with new technologies – lighter and much safer equipment was created. Now you have much, much lighter equipment and swords which are easier to bend. The first official event is under 10 yo (Youth 10). Some local events feature even Youth 8 events but have not been official on the National level.

While at a younger age, you don’t compete as often as later on – learning fundamentals, learning how competition works, learning ethics of improving during the class, listening, cooperating with other kids and just having a great time learning – it is beneficial to start earlier. And with all the new equipment (yes, fencing now even has plastic equipment for the youngest kids, like 5-7 years old, which weigh almost nothing) kids will enjoy the classes.

TEENAGERS

Another question, parents always ask, is 14-15 years old too late? Well, here is the first question… What is your goal? If you are 15 and planning to go to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, then yes – it is too late. Fencing is a unique sport, and I heard a story of a girl who started the sport at the age of 18, out of a bet with her boyfriend, and then fell in love with the sport and became an Olympic Champion. In my career, I had quite a few students starting at the age of 14 and ending up getting Athletic Scholarships at top Universities. What you have to understand – there will be a lot of losing in the beginning, while you’re catching up with the sport – you will be fencing much more experienced fencers. And it really will take hard work to catch up. But that hard work will definitely pay off.

Now, are you looking for the sport to develop your mind and body, maybe competing, maybe not? Want to try something new? Then fencing it is and it is not too late. Besides what we discussed earlier – it will help to develop strategic thinking, time management, new friends and… who knows maybe you will fall in love with the sport and will be the next Olympic Champion some years later.

ADULTS

Long Island fencing, Brooklyn fencing, epee club, Coney Island sports, NY Fencing ClubI also often hear from people who already have jobs, kids, etc. that they want to try… GREAT! I think this is the best sport for adults. While many sports require you to be fit in a certain way, fencing can be done at your own pace, at your own level of fitness. While, of course, it involves physical activity, it is also “physical chess”, where strategy and thinking is just as important as the movements. If you are looking for a low injury sport that’s interesting, fun, and will boost your level of fitness… well then this sport is for you as well.

So, you are looking for a new sport, and you are somewhere between 5 or 6 and 99+? Then FENCING will be a great sport to try…

RESULTS

March-April Results Round-up: Div I National Championships, RYC’s


Congratulations to all of our fencers below for their great results!

Another RYC medal for Sasha! This time silver in Y12! #ryc #medalist #teamnyfa

Great first day at Boston RYC:

David Dodin – Champion in Y10!
Julian Brodsky – Bronze in Y10
Alexandra Rakhovski- Bronze in Y10
Liora Profis – Top 8 in Y10
Nicholas Iarikov – top 8 Y10
Good luck guys in Y12! #teamnyfa #gonyfa #ryc #youngchamps

Division 1 National Championships: Nathan Vaysberg top 16!  Sam Bekker top 32!  Good job guys! #teamnyfa #gonyfa #division1

Congrats to Sam Bekker and team NYU getting bronze medal at National Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah! #teamnyu #nyufencing #teamnyfa

Congratulations to Junior Epee Team USA and coach Sergey Danilov for making history and finishing second at Junior World Championships in Toruń, Poland! #teamusa #usfencing #usfa #worldchampionships #vicechampions

Great weekend for our young athletes representing our club at Regional Youth Circuit – we took 5 out of 8 gold medals!
Konstantin Vaysbukh took double gold in Y14 and Cadets! Way to go Kostya!
Isabella Chin – gold in cadets and B2019!
Mia Smotritsky got her first gold medal in Y12 – very happy for you!
Ethan Zaydman – gold in Y10!
Maks Burovsky – double bronze in Y14 and Y12!
Liza Zigalo – top 8 in Y14!
Marcus Wu – top 8 in Y12!
#gonyfa #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #regionalyouthcircuit #ryc #medalists

RESULTS

NEW SEASON: SYC GOLDS, BRONZE, RJCC SILVER + MORE


Congratulations to our students for a great start to the season!

Boston Super Youth Circuit (SYC):

  • Mark Dolgonos – Gold in Y14
  • Jaclyn Khrol – Gold in Y14
  • Caralina Khrol – Gold in Y12, Bronze in Y14 & D2017
  • Nadia Gaberkorn – 5th in Y14

LFA Albert Chikayev Memorial Div 1A / Div 2 Regional Open Circuit (ROC):

  • Jack Kambeseles – 5th in Div 2

Garden State Regional Junior & Cadet Circuit (RJCC) – Region 3:

  • Michael Mogilevich – Silver in Cadet
  • Peter Kambeseles – 6th & C2017 in Junior
  • Anna Lanzman – 6th in Junior

Go NYFA!

 

 

RESULTS

11 SUMMER NATIONAL MEDALS, MACCABIAH SILVER, ACADEMIC HONORS+


Our outstanding fencers earned 11 medals at the 2017 Summer Nationals in Salt Lake City!  Again, we set a new record for our club and earned the most epee medals of all clubs in New York!  We were just 1 medal short of #1 in the US.  To all who represented NYFA on or off the podium, thank you for your hard work and support, and congratulations to all of our fencers for showing your mettle on the strip.  You make us very proud to be Team NYFA!

SUMMER NATIONALS TOP 32 RESULTS:

Y10 National Championship
Ian Goldfine – Bronze. Amazing come back from losing 7-3 in bout for top 8!
Joshua Yavorovskiy – 14th

Y12 National Championship
Skyler Liverant – 5th. 1 touch away from bronze but great fencing
Nadia Gaberkorn – 6th. 1st individual SN medal
David Pavlenishvili – 8th & E2017. Great fencing and well-deserved medal
Anna Temiryaev – 32nd

Y14 National Championship
Ethan Kushnerik – 7th. Missed top 4 in Y14 by just 1 touch
Jaclyn Khrol – 10th
Nadia Gaberkorn – 19th
Jack Kambeseles – 23rd
Mark Dolgonos – 24th

Cadet July Challenge
Alan Temiryaev – Gold. Defended his title, winning 2 years in a row!
Jaclyn Khrol – 6th. Medaled in Cadets even though it’s her first Y14 year
Ethan Kushnerik – 13th. Great making top 16 in Cadets in his first Y14 year
Daniel Gaidar – 28th

Junior July Challenge
Alan Temiryaev – Bronze. 1st day, 1st medal for NYFA!

Div I July Challenge
Alan Temiryaev – 16th. Defeated Olympian/18th world- ranked, Ayman Fayez

Div II National Championship
Melanie Dolgonos – Bronze & B2017. 1st SN individual medal

Div III National Championship
Jack Kambeseles – Bronze & C2017. 1st SN individual medal, 1 touch away from finals
Daniel Gaidar – 22nd

Div IA National Championship
Samuel Bekker – 7th & A2017. Fenced great this competition
Ethan Kushnerik – 20th
Nathan Vaysberg – 28th

Senior Team July Challenge
NYFA (Chmut, Ponomarenko, Temiryaev, Vaysberg) – 6th out of 48.
The best senior team result for NYFA so far!

INTERNATIONAL RESULTS:

Anna Lanzman – Silver in the Maccabiah Games as anchor for Team USA!

OTHER HONORS:

USA Fencing All-Academic Team
Samuel Bekker – First Team
Anna Lanzman – First Team
Joshua Shuster – First Team
Vivian Zhao – First Team
Melanie Dolgonos – Honorable Mention

USA Fencing High School All-American Team
Joshua Shuster – First Team
Daniel Zaretsky – Second Team

COLLEGE NEWS:

Congratulations and best of luck in college!
Sam Bekker – New York University
Matthew Ko – Cornell University

Go NYFA!