Salle Updates: News and Information
4/26/15: Tournaments and Results
UCSB Fencing's "Ole! Open" was fun, although small, and Presidio
athletes fared pretty well. The Mixed Foil was won by Walter
Goodwater, who coaches the Los Olivos classes. This victory renewed
Walter's C-rating with US Fencing. Second and third places went to
UCSB fencers, with Jeff Van Housen tieing for third. I want to
acknowledge Matt Kuiken and Lucas Nichols, who both renewed their
E-ratings by finishing in the top 8. And I want give special
acknowledgement to Carter Block, who earned his E by defeating
Jean-Michel Ricard. That match, Block v Ricard, was one of the most
important matches of the day. Both were from Presidio. Both attend
DPHS. And both were currently unrated fencers, hungry for that top-8
finish. What a match-up!
The Mixed Epee tournament only had 12 entrants -- and two of them were
very strong, A-rated fencers. One A was the UCSB men's epee captain.
The other was a woman from the Bay Area who was once a pentathlete for
Poland, and who is currently ranked 7th in the USA. Needless to say,
the final match between them was very exciting. Fortunately for Santa
Barbara, the UCSB fencer came out on top, after coming back with a
12-3 run in the final period. And congratulations to Randy Bublitz for
taking the bronze medal in this small but difficult event.
I hope everyone who participated enjoyed the "Second Chance"
tournaments. The provided for a considerable amount of extra fencing.
Congratulations to Sasha Orodjiev for taking the bronze in the second
chance foil, and to Matt Kuiken for taking silver in the second chance
And now, on to the next tournament. This Saturday, in SLO is a Youth
tournament at 9:30 in the morning, and then an unrated tournament at
1:00 pm. Email me if you are interested in attending one or both of
these events. In preparation, I would like to give the youth fencers
at the club a little extra time on the electric scoring machines this
Tues and Thurs. If you are an older or more experienced fencer, then
please help me help our young athletes prepare for the weekend.
And if you are really digging the competitions, then the annual SLO
Open, held every Memorial Day weekend, has announced pre-registration.
Walter, along with the Cal Poly SLO team, put on a good tournament,
and this year should be an even bigger draw than in 2014. The event
will take place on May 23. Pre-register on AskFred:
4/18/15: Upcoming tournaments and other announcements
As you may have heard, I traveled with the UCSB Fencing Team
traveled to Pennsylvania for our first experience at Collegiate
National Championships. There, we had one fencer take the bronze medal
in the individual men's epee finals. Our men's saber squad
placed 6th. Men's foil finished 10th. Men's epee came in 23rd.
Women's saber finished 13th. We did not field teams in women's
foil or women's epee. There were some 50 total colleges in attendance,
and so we feel pretty good about our performance. The UCSB students
are especially energized right now and ready for more fencing.
Tournament, April 25:
On April 25, the UCSB fencing club is hosting a fundraiser
tournament. Everyone born in 2001 or earlier is welcome to
attend, but you have to make sure you upgrade your USFA membership to
"competitive." Fortunatey, if you upgrade this late in the
season, then it will last through July 2016! Please handle the
membership upgrade as soon as possible. I would prefer not to do
it the day of the event. Also, becuase the tournament on the
25th is a USFA sanctioned event, all participants have to have their
own gear, including fencing pants.
The exciting thing about the UCSB tournament is that we will separate
the experienced from the less-experienced fencers after an intial
round of pools. This means even the beginners have a chance to
make a medal round, and they're not going to get whooped on by someone
with ten times more experience. Find more information and
Tournament, May 2:
On May 2, up in SLO, there will be a senior tournament (fencers born
in 2001 or earlier) and a youth tournament (fencers born in 2000 or
later). The senior tournament is for unrated fencers only, and
it is a USFA-sanctioned meet, meaning participants must be competitive
members of the USFA, and they must have their own gear.
Pre-registration is available here:
The Youth Event on May 2 is unsanctioned, however, and therefore open
to ages 8-14 with the basic USFA membership OR the competitive
membership. This tournament is a tad more introductory, and the
organizers do their best to make sure everyone gets the equipment they
need. So, if you want to try a tournament, but you do not have
all the gear, then you should still be able to participate.
There is no link to pre-register. Just send me an email.
In preparation for the two tournaments listed above, you can expect to
see more sparring over the next two weeks, and I will try to go over
equipment maintenance with everyone. I will bring some tools to
help check weapons and body cords, and provide advice on how to clean
and care for electrical jackets and other equipment. Please let
me know if you have questions.
3/24/15: National Championship Qualifiers
The swords have ceased their clashing and the dust has settled to the
floor. These six athletes remain, ready to carry the fight to San Jose
and the 2015 National Championships in June.
- Harriet Eckstein: Vet Women's Foil
- Theo Funk: Youth 12 Men's Foil
- Matt Kuiken: Div 3 Men's Epee, Vet Men's Epee, Vet Men's Foil, Vet
- Li Meinhold: Youth 12 Men's Foil
- Lucas Nichols: Div 3 Men's Foil
- Sean Strong: Div 1A Men's Epee
There were also a handful of fencers from the UCSB team who
qualified. Congratulations to our Santa Barbara fencers. And
congratulations to those who may not have qualified, but who put
themselves out there in an attempt.
I am looking forward to the lessons as we start with Spring
quarter. Also, I am looking forward to a busy tournament
- April 12, the UCLA fencing team is holding their annual "Okawa
Open" in honor of their legendary coach.
- April 25, there will be an Open at UCSB, in which all fencers born
in 2001 and earlier should compete.
- May 2, there will be the final Central Coast Youth event up in San
Luis Obispo. It looks like we might also have a foil tournament for
the unrated members of the club there, too.
- Memorial Day weekend, the Cal Poly SLO team will host their annual
Sprinkled between these weekends are a number of other events in Los
Angeles and Orange County. All tournament information can be found on
Congratulations to the UCSB Fencing team. They finished 2nd in their
conference and are on their way to the Club Fencing National
Championships in Pennsylvania, April 10-13.
Many people have asked about carpools to practices. Shall we try to
establish some ride-shares again? Send an email if you are interested.
There are a number of tournaments coming up in Thousand Oaks and Los
Angeles in March and April for the competitive fencers. The UCSB team
will host a meet in late April. The San Luis Highlanders will host a
Youth tournament in May. And the Cal Poly SLO team will host a meet in
late May. Look for registration on askfred.net
2/7/15: Tournament Results
Saturday was fun. Sure, there were some bumps in the beginning. This was
a learning experience for the UCSB students. But in the end, I think
everyone had a good time. The Youth 14 tournament had 6 entrants. The
Youth 10/Youth 12 tournament has 7 entrants. To maximize practice time,
we fenced out all places, and I think everyone learned something. Then,
for the team event, we had 11 teams of 3 fencers each. We formed teams
of mixed ability levels in an attempt to foster a community beyond club
walls. Some teams had UCSB fencers, Presidio fencers, and Points West
fencers all working together to win. What an experience!
You can find the results for all events here: http://presidiofencing.com/ucsb/tournament/
And to those who competed, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you
for daring a tournament. Fencing tournaments are an important part of
learning the sport. Tournaments give us a metric for improvement, and
they provide an opportunity to meet and spar with people outside of the
club. Our next Central Coast Youth tournament will be held in May in
SLO. Following the meet, there will also be another team tournament --
this time for high school athletes.
Competitive fencers should keep an eye on askfred.net. You'll have a
number of tournaments in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo
over the next few months. Additionally, the SoCal Summer Nationals
Qualifiers will be held in Thousand Oaks in March. As always, feel free
to email me with questions about whether or not a particular tournament
is right for you.
Thank you, UCSB Fencing, for running the event.
1/24/15: A New A-rated Fencer in SB
Congratulations to Jason Lipton, the UCSB Epee Captain, for making the
quarter finals at the Battle in Seattle. This finish at a Division
1A tournament allwed Jason to claim his A'2015 rating in Epee. A
sophomore at UCSB, Jason won the 2013 Division III National
Championships in Columbus, Ohio. We are excited to have another
A-rated fencer in our ranks.
Another great finish from the weekend goes to Matt Kuiken, Presidio's
sole saber fencer. Matt finished with the bronze medal at the
Orange Coast tournament today in Long Beach, re-earning his D
rating. He also met with some success in the epee event.
Congratulations, Matt and Jason.
Remember, the Central Coast Youth Circuit Event will be held at UCSB on
February 7th at 10 am. You should have received more information
via email. Please email Tim if this is the first you're hearing of
the event. Following the youth tournament, the UCSB Club is
hosting an informal and fun team foil tournament. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
11/30/14: Lucas Nichols Joins the E-Club
Congratulations to Lucas Nichols for earning his E-2014 in Foil by
finishing 7th at the Toys for Tots Tournament yesterday. Rich Kaplan,
Carter Block, and Theo Brown also deserve acknowledgement for their
participation. This was probably Carter and Theo's highest-rated
tournament to date, and Rich was a mere two points away from also
earning his E-rating.
Matt Kuiken also fenced at the tournament. He skipped the foil in favor
of both the epee and the saber events. He managed to walk away with the
silver medal in the epee.
There are still tournaments scheduled for 2014. Check FRED for more
information. We are looking into hosting a youth foil clinic in Los
Olivos on Jan 17. More information will follow soon.
11/23/14: No Classes this Week
The Goleta Valley Community Center is booked on Tuesday, and has been
booked for months. As a result, there is no practice this week. We will
re-convene on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Enjoy the Holiday.
And remember the Toys for Tots Tournament in Newbury Park on Saturday.
Find pre-registration on AskFRED.
11/17/14: Bladerunner Results
Sean Strong finished 8th out of 98 at the Bladerunner Regional Open
Circuit in San Diego last weekend.
11/8/14: Congratulations to our Contenders!
Presidio Fencers had a strong showing at today's Central Coast Youth
Circuit in Los Olivos. Here are the medalists:
Youth 10 Foil
Gold: Boris Peljhan, Presidio SB
Silver: Hank Molina, Presidio North, Los Olivos
Youth 12 Foil
Gold: Kincade Avery, Presidio SB
Silver: Kaleb Jordan, Points West Ventura
Bronze: Wyatt Spencer, Presidio SB
Youth 14 Foil
Gold: Theo Funk, Presidio SB
Silver: Li Meinhold, Presidio SB
Bronze: Zach Seaman, Presidio North, Los Olivos
Senior E-and-Under Foil
Gold: Jade Eng, Salle LaVerne, Torrance
Silver: Matt Kuiken, Presidio SB
Bronze: Russel McCullough, Cal Poly SLO
Bronze: Michael Fernicola, Cal Poly SLO
The next Youth Circuit Event will be a clinic in January. More
details to follow.
The next local Senior tournament will be the Toys For Tots Charity Event
in Newbury Park. Preregister here:
10/22/14: Equipment Needs
Last night, I had everyone in attendance get suited up for sparring on
the electric machines. Doing this gave me an opportunity to see who has
what and who needs what.
Now, to review, everyone at the club should have:
1) Mask (foil fencers should have a conductive bib)
4) underarm protector
5) chest plate (for women of all ages and for boys under 14)
6) body cord
7) conductive jacket (aka foil lame)
8) practice weapon
9) competition weapon
10) mask cord
Some other items include an equipment bag and fencing pants (aka
I would like to place a group order with the fencing post. What does
everyone need? Please shoot me an email if you would like to be included
in this order.
10/7/14: Youth and Cadet Foil Clinic in SLO
The San Luis Highlanders will hold a youth and cadet foil clinic on
October 18, 2014. The clinic is appropriate for all levels of fencers,
ages 10-18. Most likely the Cal Poly Fencing Team will be helping out,
so there will be plenty of attention available to participants. Also,
Eric, the Highlanders Coach, asked a Presidio Coach to lead a short
segment. This clinic will be a great opportunity for Presidio fencers to
get some immersive experience in a low-pressure setting. I encourage
everyone to attend.
Download the flier for the clinic here
Note that lunch will be provided, and that participants must bring the