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fencing, PRESS RELEASES

For Immediate Release: World Championship Bronze Medal for New York Fencer Skyler Liverant


Brooklyn, NY (April 15, 2021) –  The World Championships is the most prominent international competition in the sport of fencing, after the Olympic Games. Only three fencers from each country qualify to participate. For 17-year-old Skyler Liverant (Kensington, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School), this was his second World Championship in the Cadet (17 and under) age group, and his experience paid off with a bronze medal finish in Cairo, Egypt last week. 

Liverant’s coach, Misha Mokretsov at New York Fencing Academy, recalls, “when Skyler competed two years ago in the World Championship in Poland, he was only 15 years old fencing against opponents two years older, and he was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the event. This time, Skyler came fully prepared and knew what to expect.”

“I felt really confident,” Liverant confirmed. “I was practicing really well and was mentally prepared. Having been there before, I knew how I needed to approach the competition to win.”  The COVID-19 protocols didn’t seem to faze him either. Athletes remained in a “bubble” from arrival at the airport and throughout the competition. “On one hand it was hard to stay in the hotel all the time” said Liverant “but I think it also helped us to focus on the competition.”

Liverant started off feeling a little nervous and tight and lost the first pool bout by one touch. After discussing his mistakes with coach Mokretsov, he took off, fencing free and easy and winning the remaining bouts in his pool. He finished the pool round 14th out of 100 athletes. 

In the direct elimination round, Liverant first faced Krystof Pohnan from Czech Republic. Liverant was flawless, leading 14-0 and he finished the bout with a double touch to make 15-1. In his bout for top 16 against Lukin Bogdan from Kazakhstan, Liverant started confidently and held his lead throughout to lock in a 15-7 win. 

For Liverant, the most significant bout of the day was for top 8 when he had to beat fellow American, Henry Lawson. “It’s always a lot of pressure to fence a teammate at an international competition, especially World Championships,” Liverant said.  Lawson was ranked third after pools, and both fencers knew each other very well. It all came down to who could change the game enough to surprise the opponent. They fenced evenly to 7-7, then Liverant built a comfortable lead and won 15-9. 

The next bout determined whether Liverant would make top 4 and earn a medal. His competitor was Markus Salm from Estonia, whom Liverant fenced and beat in the pool round. Coach Mokretsov’s main advice was to not underestimate his opponent just because he beat him in the pools. Liverant was winning 13-8 and then lost 3 touches in a row. His lead narrowed to 13-11 and his coach intervened, changing tactics to attack more aggressively so as not to give too much freedom to the opponent. Liverant succeeded, won 15-12, and earned a medal. 

To make the finals, Liverant had to fence in the semifinals against a very strong fencer, Artem Sarkisyan from Russia. Liverant started to attack early in the match which was not the right strategy. Sarkisyan was very comfortable defending and with his lead, did not need to attack. With a strong performance, Liverant ended the day with the bronze medal, adding to USA’s success at this World Championship. 

“Skyler fenced his heart out,” said coach Mokretsov. “He really deserves this medal for all his hard work over the past eight years, his dedication and love for the sport of fencing, and very importantly his personal qualities – honesty, loyalty and diligence. It’s a beautiful way to finish the cadet age level and I know it will only inspire him to achieve greater results in the future.” 

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov.  In 2018, NYFA opened their second location in Port Washington, Long Island, NY.  NYFA is a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has produced National and World Champions, and has members on the USA and French national teams.  NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, after school programs, 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, , cell phone: (347) 741-1343

Company: New York Fencing Academy

Brooklyn: 2896 W 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224, club phone: (718) 996-0426

Long Island: 8 Haven Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050, club phone: (516) 472-7042

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CLUB NEWS, fencing camps

2021 Summer Sleepaway Fencing Camp Registration Open


We are thrilled to announce that our summer sleep-away fencing camps are back for 2021 and registration is open!

Here are the dates for the 3 sessions which will be held at Storm King School in Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York (just 70 miles north of NYC):

  1. JULY 16-25, 2021
  2. JULY 26-AUGUST 4, 2021
  3. AUGUST 5-14, 2021

Sign-up for all 3 sessions and receive 6 free private lessons with top college and club epee coaches!  NYFA International summer camps are ideal for fencers ages 10 & up with at least 1 year of experience. Each year we welcome fencers from around the world and across the country including world and national champions, national team members, NCAA athletes and top ranked youth fencers.

Visit our Summer Fencing Camp page for registration and all the details you need to join us for a fantastic summer of fencing and fun!

 

NYFA Summer Sleep away Fencing Camps

 

fencing, RESULTS

February Results: Junior Olympic Champion & Top 32 + SJCC/RJCC/RYC Medalists


So many medals and events that it’s hard to track! Here are some of the weekend results! Good job everyone!
Cadet RJCC – Mia Smotritsky top 8!
Y14 RYC – Mia Smotritsky top 8!
Y12 RYC
Landon Shchur – silver medal 🥈
Nick Iarikov – bronze medal 🥉
David Dodin – top 8!
Y10 RYC – Liora Profis – silver medal 🥈
#fencenyfa #teamnyfa #gonyfa #ryc #rjcc

 

Congratulations to Josh Yavorovskiy taking bronze medal at SJCC in Baltimore and earning C2020!  #fencenyfa #teamnyfa #medalist #C2020 #sjcc

 

Congratulations to Liza Zigalo with bronze medal in Y14 Jersey Clash!
And Mitchell Pozovskiy with top 8 finish! #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #ryc #jerseyclash #medalist

 

Congratulations to our fencers at JO’s:
Isabella Chin – top 16 in Cadets
Ethan Kushnerik – top 16 in Juniors
Rachel Kowalsky – top 32 in Juniors
#teamnyfa #gonyfa #fencenyfa #juniorolympics

 

First day of JO’s and we can’t be more proud! There were 333 fencers competing in cadets men’s epee!
Ethan Kushnerik – National Champion!
Mitchel Bekker – top 16!
Great job guys – very happy for you and looking forward juniors event!
#fencenyfa #teamnyfa #juniorolympics2020 #juniorolympicschampion

 

Great job everyone who earned medals this weekend at Thrust RYC and RJCC!
Y10 girls – Liora Profis – 7th place!
Y10 boys:
Max Brodetsky – 3rd place!
Alexander Ratmansky – 7th place!
Y12 girls:
Erica Kovalchuk – 5th place!
Alexandra Rakhovski – 7th place!
Y12 boys:
David Dodin – 6th place!
Finn Chimoskey – 7th place!
Ethan Zaydman – 8th place!
Y14 girls – Elizabeth Zigalo – 2nd place!
Juniors girls – Rachel Kowalsky – 3rd place!
#gonyfa #teamnyfa #fencenyfa #ryc #rjcc #medalists

RESULTS

Klagenfurt Cadet World Cup, College Temple Open


We are proud of our students who fenced in the Cadet World Cup at Klagenfurt, Austria!  Here are their Top 32 results:

  • Jaclyn Khrol – 11th place our of 170 fencers – great start to the International season – keep it up for even higher results!
  • Skyler Liverant – 32nd out of 185 athletes in his first international competition and he’s still Y14!  Great job, Sky!

We also congratulate Sam Bekker, sophomore at NYU, for his Top 8 finish at the Temple Open!

Go NYFA!

 

 

RESULTS

October NAC Medals & Top 32


Congratulations to our medalists and top 32 finishers at the October North American Cup in Milwaukee!

  • Mitchel Bekker – Silver in Div II and B2018!
  • Jaclyn Khrol – 5th in Cadets
  • Skyler Liverant – 9th in Cadets
  • Isabella Chin – 24th in Div II
  • Joshua Shuster – 32nd in Div 1 Classification

We’re also proud of our younger students who showed great fencing and not only made it past the first day of Div I but also performed at a high level on day 2, beating some of the top fencers out of 300 athletes competing!

See local top 8 results, including NYFA Youth #2:   NYFA-BK   NYFA-LI

Go NYFA!