We still have a few open slots at our Pre-Nationals camp next week.
This fencing day camp will be coached by Aaron Kandlik and Eric Soyka. Anyone participating at Summer Nationals is welcome. Students should be prepared for multiple private lessons, tactical situations, as well as a lot of bouting.
The Camp will run from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Please pre-register if you plan on attending.
Did you catch the Article in the Poughkeepsie Journal last Thursday, April 15, 2010? In the Sports Section on page 6C, there is a picture and a small article about our Jr & Cadet Fencers qualifiing for Summer Nationals!
We’d like to see more of this coverage of our sport and fencers. If you could take a moment to call or email the Sports Editor, Dan Peitrafesa, at 845-437-4849 or firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know that you support local fencers.
Summer National Qualifiers were held Sunday at Vassar College. We had a great turnout and would like to thank everyone who came out and fenced. We would also like to congratulate those fencers who qualified to fence at Summer Nationals;
C & under Men’s Foil
Russell Brearley – 1st Place
Dan Raven (Marist) – 2nd Place
Dan McCarthy – 3rd Place
D & under Men’s Foil
David Amrani (Marist) – 2nd Place
Russell Brearley – 3rd Place
C & under Men’s Saber
Ted Nalesnik – 1st Place
Tristan Dubin – 3rd Place
D & Under Men’s Saber
Ted Nalesnik – 1st Place
Tristan Dubin – 2nd Place
We would also like to congratulate James Dolan, Bob Nilsen, & Ian Shultis for their participation in the qualifiers.
Y14 & Cadet Qualifiers were held in March at CDFS
Jacob Shultis – Y14 Men’s Epee – 1st Place
Russell Brearley – Y14 Men’s Foil – 1st Place
James Dolan – Y14 Men’s Foil – 2nd Place
Jacob Shultis – Y14 Men’s Foil – 3rd Place
Jacob Shultis – Cadet Men’s Epee – 1st Place
Russell Brearley – Cadet Men’s Foil – 2nd Place
James Dolan – Cadet Men’s Foil – 3rd Place
Tristan Dubin – Cadet Men’s Saber – 2nd Place
This years Summer Nationals are being held in Atlanta, GA. We will be traveling down as a club to support all of our fencers who qualified. Stay tuned to the Blog and the Newsletter for more information over the coming weeks! While at Summer Nationals you’ll be able to follow all the action on twitter.com/PHXcenter
We will be closed today, Wed. February 10, 2010, at both our Poughkeepsie & New Windsor locations due to the snow storm.
But, don’t let that get you down. You can practice footwork at home to stay active.
We are happy to announce our new Adult Program starting next month in February. To start off, our new Adult Program is now only $49 a month! The foil class on Monday will be from 7p to 7:30pm followed by two and a half hours of open fencing. Our Epee class will be on Tuesdays from 7p to 7:30pm also followed by open fencing until 10pm. Both classes will feature fencing lessons geared toward the adult who wants to just fence and stab their friends. During the open fencing time we will offer ongoing tournaments. The first of these tournaments will be a Ladder Tournament (see the attached pdf for full rules.)
If you really enjoy fencing, you can take advantage of our unlimited Adult Program and have access to both Foil & Epee classes and receive 2 Private Lessons every month for $99.
This past Wednesday night we held a mid-holiday foil tournament and had great turnout! Within less than 2 weeks we brought together 15 fencers to make the event a C1 (missed being a B1 by 1 “D” Rated fencer!). We had some talented fencers attending the event including Ethan Patterson (“A” rated foilist from Gristmill) and William Barnhart (“B” Rated foil fencers from The Phoenix Center).
2 “D” ratings were earned in the competition by Josiah Patterson and Eric Soyka. William Barnhart and Ethan Patterson met in the Gold Medal Round. They had a great bout which Will won 15-13. Will was undefeated in the event scoring a total of 75 touches and getting hit only 31 times. This gives Will a total indicator of +44!
We certainly hope to hold more events like this in the future! Keep checking in to find out when we hold more tournaments or to see other people’s views on the tournament.
How does your coach celebrate the holidays?
At the Phoenix Center if it stands still long enough, Jeff will decorate it!
We have two great workshops coming up the beginning of January. We have finally been able to get Coach Aaron Kandlik to come out in the winter and share his knowledge with us again. Coach Kandlik is is a Level 4 Coach in all 3 weapons from the USFA Coaches College, a certified Prevost d’Armes and a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Aaron has coached for Vassar College, Northwest Fencing Center and currently is coaching for Oregon Fencing Alliance which is home to Olympic Fencers Mariel Zagunis and Becca Ward.
Now about the workshops… The first will be on January 1st, a Youth workshop, where Coach Kandlik will help fill in the gaps in your fencing. This night will not be all fencing as we also plan to play a lot of fun games too. We like to think of it as a Parents Date night, something every parent needs after the holidays. (There will also be pizza for the kids)
There will also be a Teen Workshop on Saturday January 2nd. This will be a full day of fencing instruction. Coach Kandlik will use the most modern techniques and gear this workshop toward the specific needs of the students who attend.
Check out all the information:
Our Flyer – Winter Workshops with Aaron Kandlik
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