We are happy to announce the 2014-2015 NYFA Youth Challenge Champions!
After six hard-fought battles, these athletes emerged as the top fencers of this season.  Trophies were awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd highest point holders in Y10, Y12, and Y14.  Congratulations to all!

  • Jaclyn Khrol –  Y14 and Y12 Champion
  • Caralina Khrol – Y10 Champion
  • Nathan Vaysberg – Y14 2nd place
  • Ethan Kushnerik – Y12 2nd place
  • Ian Goldfine – Y10 2nd place
  • Andrew Mufel – Y14 3rd place
  • Peter Kambeseles – Y12 3rd place
  • David Pavlenishvili – Y10 3rd place
Jackie Khrol, Ethan Kushnerik, Peter Kambeseles - Y12 NYFA Youth Championships
Y12 NYFA Youth Challenge 2015 Trophy Winners:
Jaclyn Khrol – Champion, Ethan Kushnerik – 2nd,
Peter Kambeseles – 3rd


Congratulations to all of our fencers who earned top 8 results this weekend:

 NYFA Youth Challenge #6: Championships

  • Dylan Polkovsky – Gold in Y14
  • Jaclyn Khrol – Gold in Y12 and Silver in Y14
  • David Pavlenishvili – Gold in Y10
  • Ethan Kushnerik – Silver in Y12
  • Caralina Khrol – Silver in Y10 and 8th in Y12
  • Andrew Mufel – Bronze in Y14
  • Jack Kambeseles – Bronze in Y14 and Bronze in Y12
  • Daniel Zaretsky – Bronze in Y12
  • Anna Temiryaev – Bronze in Y10
  • Ian Goldfine – Bronze in Y10
  • Anna Lanzman – 5th in Y14
  • Alan Slavinskiy – 5th in Y12
  • Peter Kambeseles – 6th in Y12
  • Mitchel Bekker – 7th in Y14 and 7th in Y12

Fencer’s Club Junior (U20) Men’s Epee

  • Alan Temiryaev – Silver and B2015 rating
  • Anton Chmut – Bronze

French Championships in Levallois

  • Romain Cannone – Silver in Teams
Romain Cannone (3rd from left) - Silver in Teams at Levallois, France
Romain Cannone (3rd from left) – Silver in Teams at Levallois, France





Congratulations to everyone who made top 8 at the Mission SYC.
Together you earned 15 medals including  1 Gold, 3 Silver, and 6 Bronze!

Mission Super Youth Circuit:

  • Jaclyn Khrol – Gold in Y12 and Silver in Y14
  • Skyler Liverant – Silver in Y12
  • Caralina Khrol – Silver in Y10
  • Bennett Cohen – Bronze in Y14
  • Anton Chmut – Bronze in Y14
  • Jordan Liverant – Bronze in Y14 and Bronze in Y12
  • Ethan Kushnerik – Bronze in Y12
  • Ian Goldfine – Bronze in Y10
  • David Pavlenishvili – 6th in Y10
  • Anna Temiryaev – 6th in Y10
  • Anna Lanzman – 7th in Y14
  • Anna Marinovich – 7th in Y12
  • Daniel Zaretsky – 8th in Y12

NYFA fencers earn compliments as well as medals!  Thanks for representing our club and inspiring comments like these from other fencers:

“If he fences epee, take a look at the NYFA summer sleep away camp. The club itself has a large number of good young fencers, Y-10, Y-12, on up.  DS is not at that club, but we run into them everywhere. They’re an especially fun group and take their fencing seriously – a good combination.”





Romain Cannone (right) - Gold, European Junior Team Championships Maribor Slovenia
Augusto Bizzi En Garde!: Romaine Cannone, right, engages with an opponent at the European Championship fencing event.


MARCH 19, 2015
By Joanna DelBuono

Coney Island

Three thrusts and a parry to Romain Cannone of the New York Fencing Academy and his team for the coupe of a lifetime — winning the junior championship in the men’s epee team event.

Romain, also winner of the individual bronze medal at the Basel World Cup, was selected to compete for France at the European Fencing Championships in Maribor, Slovenia.

 It was a dream come true, he claimed.

“It is really the competition everyone wants to go to,” said our pal Romain, who reposted, thrust, and lunged to score eight points, helping his team win 45–41.

Romain used his novice rank to his advantage and showed the Hungarian team just what he could do. He feinted and lunged his way through the match and increased his team’s lead to 31–29. The Hungarian team made a comeback and tied the match, but Romain held his blade and led the team to victory, trouncing the opponents 45–44.

“I just knew my team was going to win,” he boasted.

Congratulations to Romain, who led the French and New York Fencing Academy team to their first ever Junior European title.

New York Fencing Academy [2896 W. 12th St. between Neptune and Surf avenues in Coney Island, (718) 996–0426].

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MARCH 16, 2015
By Jerry Del Priore

Romain Cannone lives anything but a normal teenage existence. His life revolves around school and fencing, with not much time for anything else.

But Cannone’s hard work and sacrifice paid tremendous dividends when he helped the French National Junior Team beat Hungary for the men’s epee gold medal at the European Championships in Maribor, Slovenia, earlier this month.

“When I got to school that day, people were congratulating me,” says Cannone, 17, noting that friends and family members watched the competition via live stream. “It felt very, very good.”

Cannone, who finshed 17th in individuals, took up the sport at a camp six years ago when his cousin Zoey urged him to give foil fencing a try. He switched to epee – a stiffer, heavier sword – at the recommendation of his mentor,  fencing coach Misha Mokretsov, who has trained numerous nationally recognized fencers through his company New York Fencing Academy (NYFA), located at 2896 West 12th Street in Coney Island.

Mokretsov wasn’t an established coach when he first met Cannone in 2010. In fact, Cannone was among his first generation of students. But as Cannone developed, so did his teacher, who recognized the ability in his budding pupil from the outset.

“He right away showed talent in footwork, and he was creative,” said Mokretsov, a former Ukrainian silver medalist who founded NYFA in 2010. “He wasn’t super athletic at first, but he had the feeling of distance and timing, meaning he knew when someone was in range to attack.”

As one of Mokretzov’s star pupils, Cannone has competed at fencing events all over the country and world – which pulls him away from his studies for weeks at a time. When he arrives home, it’s business as usual, and he works feverishly to make up all the school work he’s missed.

Romain Cannone right European Team Championships Maribor 2015 IMG_0515

But the young fencer doesn’t mind the sacrifice.

Cannone trains in fencing and overall fitness twice a week in Westchester – where he lives and attends school – and spends spends Fridays and Saturdays in Coney Island, taking private lessons with Mokretsov.

“It’s always a challenge, especially my trips. I just have to warn my teachers a week ahead of time,” the French native explained. “I don’t have a lot of time for slacking off. Some people might say it’s too much, but for me, it’s worth it.”

He has a point considering there are not many adolescents that can say they have visited places such as Virginia, Switzerland, Bratislava, Slovakia, and Estonia, let alone compete on the national and international stage in any sport.

In January, Cannone captured the bronze medal at the Basel Junior World Cup in Switzerland, earning himself the #1 ranking in France’s men’s epee, under-20 category. Last year, he also won the gold at the Cadet World Cup in Slovakia, and ended the season ranked third in the world.

“The winning, the experience, the traveling — I would never get to do that and meet all these people,” he said. “It’s been pretty interesting.”

As for his success, Cannone and his mother Cecile attribute a great deal of it to NYFA and his coach and friend Mokretsov.

“[Mokretsov] is a very dedicated person, loves his passion and knows how to transmit it to his students,” Cecile Cannone said. “But they are actually more than student-teacher to each other; it is a very deep friendship, and he gives great advise to Romain in many aspects of his life.”

Romain Cannone Team Gold European Champs IMG_0518-702x564

What’s next for Cannone? The rising fencer is currently in his last international competition of the season, where he will be competing in the World Championship team event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on April 1. Next year, he plans on attending Sacred Heart University in Connecticut on a partial fencing scholarship to study business.

[Additional reporting by Rachel Silberstein.]



Brooklyn, NY (March 12, 2015) – After earning an individual bronze medal at the Basel World Cup, Romain Cannone (New York, NY) was selected to compete for France at the European Fencing Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. As Cannone explained, “just being there was a dream come true because it is really the competition everyone wants to go to.” He and his teammates took this opportunity all the way to the top, winning the Junior Champion title in the men’s epee team event.

Romain Cannone (right) - Gold, European Junior Team Championships Maribor Slovenia
Romain Cannone (right) – European Junior Team Champion

Fourth seeded France got off to a rough start, barely beating 13th ranked Estonia by just one point. This close win put them in top 8, where they had to pull it together to face fifth ranked Switzerland. France was down by four, but Cannone scored eight points to help his team win 45-41. Next they had to defeat Israel which was ranked eighth but had just beaten Spain to take the first seed spot. Cannone was a little anxious since Israel’s Yuval Shalom Freilich, number one in the world, eliminated Cannone two days earlier, on his way to winning the individual championship. However, this time, Cannone and his teammates were unstoppable, soundly defeating Freilich and the Israeli team 45-29.

The final match against sixth seeded Hungary was very tough. France was ahead 22-21 when Cannone began the second to last bout. It was important to bring the score as close as possible to 40 without losing the lead. The Hungarians put in their best fencer, Zsombor Banyai, who won silver in the individual event. Perhaps they hoped to take advantage of France’s least experienced, first year rookie, but Cannone held his ground and even increased France’s lead to 31-29. The final bout was very intense; France was ahead 44-41 and in the last five seconds, Hungary started to make a big comeback. Still, Cannone recalled, “we just knew we were going to win.” And they did, by 1 point. With the final score of 45-44, France’s team and NYFA’s Cannone, became the 2015 European Junior Champions.

In his last international competition for the season, Cannone will be competing in the World Championship team event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on April 1.

Romain Cannone (left) Team France - Gold, European Junior Championships Maribor Slovenia
Romain Cannone (left) with Team France – European Junior Champions

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by owner and 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 four years, NYFA has produced many nationally-ranked fencers earning Champion and Finalist titles at International and National competitions, including a European Champion on the French junior national 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.


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