4/26/14: Salle Closed on Saturday
We will be closed today, Saturday, April 26, so that everyone can participate in the UCSB tournament. Remember that the meet will be held in Rob Gym. Park in the Mesa Structure. Parking on Saturday is $3.
4/07/14: Nick Cleland Joins the C Club.
Be sure to congratulate Nick Cleland for his triumphant performance at the Okawa Open, held last Sunday at UC Los Angeles. He finished in 8th place, in a field of over 50. The event was a A-rated tournament, meaning Nick earned his C-rating. And he did it the hard way, too. After losing all but one of his matches in the preliminary round, he was ranked 35th and had to fence the #3-ranked athlete in just the second round of Direct Elimination. This is a great example of how to keep fighting and not give up even though the odds look like they are against you.
Good job Nick!
The complete results can be found here.
Other club members who competed were Spencer Mullanix, Sean Strong, and Jeff Van Housen. It was a tough tournament. Give them all a hand.
2/23/14: Congratulations Due
The Junior Olympics are now behind us, and four Presidio Fencers are due some congratulations for their efforts. Although they only made the round of 128, Timo, Sophie, and Nick fenced their hearts out and gained some valuable experience in Portland. Sean, on the other hand, maneuvered some amazing upsets, and managed the round of 32 in two of his events. These finishes have certainly improved his national ranking. He ends his season ranked 56th in the country in Cadet Mens Epee.
Another strong finish is due some recognition. Walter Goodwater competed in an Orange Coast Open today down in Long Beach. After a less-than-ideal performance in the pool round, he managed to make the quarter finals and re-earn his C rating with the USFA.
Congratulations to all our competitive athletes.
1/1/14: Happy New Year
A huge thank you to those of you who showed up for today's little tournament -- even to those who showed up just for the party. The competition was small, and so we used a double's format. Sean Strong and Timna Some made up the winning team. And they walked away with the most sought-after prizes when the White Elephant Exchange ended.
The next Youth tournament is scheduled for January 18 up in SLO. I forwarded a flyer to the Youth and Youth 14 email lists. I'll have more of them printed out at the club as well. There might also be an Unrated Foil following the event, but those details have yet to be confirmed.
Our regular class schedule resets tomorrow, January 2.
12/10/13: Junior Olympics Qualifiers and Announcements
Congratulations to Timothy Stanton, Sophia Russo, and Nicholas Cleland for their results at the qualifiers last weekend. They'll now be joining Sean Strong at the Junior Olympics in Portland in February.
Obviously, the club will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But what about New Years Eve and New Years Day? Some clubs hold special tournaments to reign in the New Year. Should we do something like that? Would anyone be interested in a for-fun event? Email me if so.
Also, it's cold out there. Please be sure you bring a sweat-shirt or other warm-up gear to practice. I'd like everyone to dress in layers for our initial exercises, and I do not want anyone leaving the club in a sweaty t-shirt..