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Brooklyn trained fencer ranked number one in France Brooklyn Spectator Feb 2015

The Brooklyn Spectator
By Jaime DeJesus, homereporter.com
February 2015

On guard!

Brooklyn-trained fencer Romain Cannone continues to rise in the world ranks. During the Basel Junior World Cup in Switzerland last month, the 17-year-old, who trains at Coney Island’s New York Fencing Academy, defeated both the first and second world ranked fencers and took home the tournament’s bronze medal. As a result, the France native is ranked number one in the men’s epee under-20 category.

“I was a little too relaxed at first, but after that bout, the pressure kicked in,” said Cannone, who got off to a rocky start during the day’s semifinal match against Israel’s Yuval-Shalon Freilich, ranked number one in the world. Cannone started slow, losing 0-3.

“I had to wake up,” he recalled. “I turned it around to 5-3, and then Freilich got the next touch which started a debate. We continued to exchange touches and I was still down 12-14, but I wasn’t worried.  I thought, I got this. I tied it 14-14, and then right at ‘fence!’ he faked deep and I counter-attacked for 14.”

Cannone’s strategy paid off as he defeated Freilich 15-14. Although Cannone eventually fell to Yan Sych of the Ukraine, 15-12, he earned bronze medal honors.

“When I get in the mode, I just play around.  That’s when you can see what to do, you figure it out as you go,” he said regarding his strategy.

Next for the rising star, Cannone —  who is currently on the junior national team — will compete at the final World Cup of the season in Latvia, and hopes qualify to compete in the World Championships in Uzbekistan. He also expects to participate in NCAA college fencing this fall.

Cannone told The Home Reporter that he attributed his success to the New York Fencing Academy. “They pretty much taught me everything,” he said. “The work has been worth it. (My coach) knows me very well. He knows how to get me focused.”



Great news: Registration is now open for New York Fencing Academy’s
Summer Sleep-away Epee Fencing Camp!

  • Dates:  August 16 – 25, 2015
  • Location:  PERK: The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Ideal For: 10-18 year old fencers with at least 1 year of experience

We highly recommend that you register now to reserve your spot and maximize your savings — see our links below for available discounts.
Space is limited.

Coaches will include NYFA’s Misha Mokretsov and Slava Zingerman, Medeo’s Yakov Danilenko, and Vivo’s Arpad Horvath.  More will be announced.  Fencers from these and any clubs are welcome to join us for what will certainly be a great new epee camp with top quality fencing and training, as well as opportunities for new friendships and fun!

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Brooklyn, NY (February 2, 2015) – In his first year on the French junior national team, 17-year-old, Romain Cannone (New York, NY), upset the first and second world ranked fencers en route to his bronze medal finish at the Basel Junior World Cup in Switzerland in January. Cannone is now France’s number one ranked fencer in the men’s epee under-20 category.

Cannone is a high school senior who trains at the New York Fencing Academy in Brooklyn and attends John Jay High School in Westchester. Last year, he began his international fencing career on France’s cadet (under-17) national team, winning gold at the Cadet World Cup in Slovakia, and ending the season ranked third in the world.

Now on the junior national team, Cannone competed in the Luxembourg and Slovakia World Cups, before heading to Switzerland. Disappointed with his top 32 finish at the Salt Lake City North American Cup a week before, Cannone wanted to meet up with his teammates in France for a few days of training then just go “have fun fencing” at the World Cup.

Cannone got off to a shaky start in pools, losing 2-5 to Italy’s Bergamini, silver medalist at last year’s North American Cup in Ohio. “I was a little too relaxed at first, but after that bout, the pressure kicked in,” Cannone recalled. He told himself to stop rushing and then won the remaining four bouts 5-0, 5-2, 5-4 and 5-1 against opponents from Russia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Cannone was seeded 46th in the competition after pools.

His first two direct elimination bouts against Kazakhstan and Estonia fencers were tense, but he managed to win 15-12 and 15-13 respectively. Next, he faced the number two world ranked fencer, Banyai, from Hungary. Cannone patiently let him push and successfully counter attacked, resulting in a 15-10 victory. To make top 8, Cannone met his teammate, Bouillon, a tall, french grip whom he couldn’t counter attack. Cannone landed his hits on Bouillot’s knee, and won 15-13.

Cannone said the most interesting bout of the day was the semifinals against Freilich, number one in the world, from Israel. “I started off losing 0-3 and had to wake up” he recalled. “I turned it around to 5-3, and then Freilich got the next touch which started a debate. I had fleched and missed, and he did one action — take 4/riposte and scored, but the national coaches argued the point for awhile until I just said it was good and to move on. We continued to exchange touches and I was still down 12-14, but I wasn’t worried. I thought, I got this. I tied it 14-14 with a really good foot touch for 13, and then right at ‘fence!’ he faked deep and I counter attacked for 14. For 15, we took a long time but finally, when in distance, I fleched.” Cannone defeated Freilich 15-14 and earned a bronze medal after losing to the sixth world ranked fencer, Sych, from Ukraine, 12-15.

Cannone admits he may not always listen to advice while fencing. “When I get in the mode, I just play around. That’s when you can see what to do, you figure it out as you go.” He figured out how to exceed his goal to just have fun fencing that day. Now he hopes to medal at the final World Cup of the season in Latvia, and qualify to compete in the World Championships in Uzbekistan. He also looks forward to NCAA college fencing this fall. Cannone really likes being part of the French national team because they are very nice and supportive, even though he doesn’t get to spend much time with them. He finds it interesting how the French team lives together all year round in an athletic learning facility while getting their education at nearby colleges. It’s different from the US national team where the fencers mostly train in separate clubs all over the country. Cannone enjoys fencing and friendships in both worlds — with his clubmates in Brooklyn and his teammates in France.

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 fencer 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




NYFA on NY1: Fit Kids Fencing

By Erin Clarke
Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 05:43 PM EST

As we continue coverage of our month long Fit Kids Initiative, we visit New York Fencing Academy where NY1’s Erin Clarke tells us kids are building their physical—and mental muscles. 

Just about every kid loves a good sword fight—whether pretend or for sport.

It turns out, the activity builds strong muscles too.

Take it from these kids at the New York Fencing Academy in Brooklyn.

“When you hold the blade, your arm gets stronger and like when you extend, we do some extending drills, you have to keep your arm extended while you fence and so that like kind of makes your hand stronger so you feel more muscle,” says Anna Temiryaev, 9. “When you sit in en garde, low the thighs, you can feel it, your thighs usually get a lot stronger.”

“I’ve seen myself with a bit more stamina. I could do a lot more. I could push more in myself,” says Alan Temiryaev, 14.

That’s not the reason they started with the sport, but it’s even more of a reason to continue.

The siblings and most students here work with NYFA’s owner and head coach, Misha Mokretsov—who says parents send kids as young as four to his Coney Island club to reap the benefits of this sport.

“Fencing is a higly demanding coordination sport and especially for little children, it’s very important to do sports that will be developing their agility, as well as, coordination. So fencing we have a lot of moves that are small or are changing direction, so it develops a lot of coordination,” Mokretsov says.

In addition to making kids faster, stronger, more flexible and coordinated, coaches also say fencing works the thinking muscles.

“It’s also very a mental sport, so you’re getting developed in terms of critical thinking, strategy,” says instructor Slava Zingerman.

That’s something that helps fencers when they’re off the matts and in the classroom.

“It can help you out with patience. You have to wait and see opportunities. You have to think a lot more.”

Building technicall skills and physical fitness is something that will benefit these kids for years to come.

For more information about the New York Fencing Academy visit fenceNYFA.com or give them a call at 718-996-0426.



Congratulations to our athletes for their top results earned at local, national and international competitions —

Junior Epee World Cup in Basel, Switzerland:

  • Romain Cannone – Bronze out of 223

January North American Cup (NAC) in Salt Lake City:

  • Romain Cannone  – 21st out of 253 in Div 1 and 25th out of 168 in Juniors

December North American Cup (NAC) in Dallas:

  • Romain Cannone – 25th out of 193 in Div 1

Cobra Div1A / Div2 Regional Open Circuit (ROC) in NJ:

  • Matthew Ko –  12th out of 65 & E2015 in Div2
  • Nathan Vaysberg – 16th out of 106 in Div1A

BCAF Senior Men’s Epee Open in NJ:

  • Anton Chmut – Bronze & B2015

NYFA Youth Challenge #3:

  • Alan Temiyaev – Gold in Y14
  • Nathan Vaysberg – Silver in Y14
  • Ethan Kushnerik – Silver in Y12
  • Ian Goldfine – Silver in Y10
  • Jaclyn Khrol – Bronze in Y14 and Bronze in Y12
  • Joshua Sikarevich – Bronze in Y14
  • David Pavlenishvili – Bronze in Y10
  • Anna Temiryaev – Bronze in Y10
  • Caralina Khrol – 5th in Y10
  • Daniel Zaretsky – 7th in Y14
  • Peter Kambeseles – 7th in Y12
  • Andrew Mufel – 8th in Y14 and E2015
  • Jack Kambeseles – 8th in Y12