TMFC Students Win One Gold and One Bronze Medal at the Manhattan Fencing Youth and Senior Foil Liberty Cup

Pictured: Jackson Wong wins a Gold Medal in Y-10 Men's Foil

Pictured: Jackson Wong wins a Gold Medal in Y-10 Men's Foil

Highlights

  • Top-8 Medal by Caroline Slaski in Y-14 Women’s Foil

  • Top-8 Medal by Iris Yang in Y-10 Women’s Foil

  • Bronze Medal by Iris Yang in Y-12 Women’s Foil

  • Gold Medal by Jackson Wong in Y-10 Men’s Foil

New York, NY (May, 2019) - Three TMFC fencers participated in this local tournament at the Manhattan Fencing Center. The tournament took place over a single day and held seven Youth Foil events. Each of our students who participated in an event won at least one medal.

Caroline Slaski achieved a Top-8 Medal in Y-14 Women’s Foil. Iris Yang achieved a Top-8 Medal in Y-10 Women’s Foil and a Bronze Medal in Y-12 Women’s Foil. Lastly, Jackson Wong won a Gold Medal in Y-10 Men’s Foil.

Congratulations!

Full Club Results Below:

Y-14 Women’s Foil

  • 5th Slaski, Caroline

Y-10 Women’s Foil

  • 5th Yang, Iris

Y-12 Women’s Foil

  • 3rd Yang, Iris

Y-10 Men’s Foil

  • 1st Wong, Jackson

Y-12 Men’s Foil

  • 14th Wong, Jackson

Full Results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=41260

TMFC Fencer Sabrina Fang Wins Two Gold and One Bronze Medal at Canadian Nationals

Pictured: Sabrina Fang receives her Bronze Medal in Senior Women’s Foil

Pictured: Sabrina Fang receives her Bronze Medal in Senior Women’s Foil

Quebec, QC (May, 2019) - Sabrina Fang competed in the CFF National Championships, a four-day tournament at the Québec City Convention Centre. Sabrina accomplished incredible results, bringing home two Gold and one Bronze Medal.

Sabrina achieved a Gold Medal in both Junior and Cadet Women’s Foil. She also competed in Senior Women’s Foil and won a Bronze Medal.

Congratulations Sabrina! We are blown away.

Full Club Results Below:

Junior Women’s Foil

  • 1st Sabrina Fang

Cadet Women’s Foil

  • 1st Sabrina Fang

Senior Women’s Foil

  • 3rd Sabrina Fang

Full Results: http://www.fencing.ca/results/2019_nationals_quebec/index.htm

TMFC to Hold Classes at the Metropolitan Montessori School

Pictured: Coach Lance and Coach Melvin give a fencing demo at the Metropolitan Montessori School

Pictured: Coach Lance and Coach Melvin give a fencing demo at the Metropolitan Montessori School

New York, NY (May, 2019) - Our very own Coach Lance and Coach Melvin head to the Metropolitan Montessori School to give a fencing demo to Upper Elementary students. TMFC will be running classes here throughout the fall.

Melvin and Lance gave a brief history of fencing and outlined the basics of the sport. Then they invited a few students to bout, and even called on the school’s librarian, Ms. Mbaye, to come up and try to score a few touches. The class was blown away!

A great time was had by all. We can’t wait to continue fencing at the Metropolitan Montessori School.

Check out the video below, as well as a photo of the demonstration posted by the Metropolitan Montessori School’s instagram.

Student Spotlight: Silas Parks

“Silas started last fall… with footwork, and is now learning how to incorporate blade work with his friends in the musketeers class”

- Lancelot, Silas’ Coach.

Above: Silas’s father Chris Parks created a beautiful video showcasing Silas’ experiences at Tim Morehouse Fencing Club.

Silas has been fencing with us since September 2018. He attends the Musketeers class twice a week and trains hard with his coaches and peers. We are extremely proud of the progress he has made, and we are so excited for all of his future fencing achievements!

Great work Silas!

Video by Chris Parks.

EVERY BOUT EVER FENCED BY TIM MOREHOUSE FENCING CLUB STUDENTS (And, How They've Done)

All the bouts fenced, win-loss and event entry totals by TMFC student’s since the club opened in December, 2015 until May, 12, 2019.

All the bouts fenced, win-loss and event entry totals by TMFC student’s since the club opened in December, 2015 until May, 12, 2019.

The above graphic is a summary of almost every bout ever fenced by anyone ever representing Tim Morehouse Fencing Club since we first opened our first club in Manhattan in December, 2015.

I started out thinking about this solely as a tournament’s article but it also got me thinking about the financial impact our club has had on the sport with so many new members that are competing.

SOME TAKEAWAYS:

  • 2931 Tournament Entries: If an athlete spends an average of $60 per tournament entry fee, it means TMFC families collectively have spent over 175,000 on entry fees over the past 4 seasons and $85,000 this season alone.

  • Do # Competitors and Results Correlate? The increase in entries did correlate to an increase in medal results. This season TMFC won the SYC medal count for the first time (Top 55 Competitive Saber Clubs 2018-2019). However, I don’t necessarily think the # of entries will necessarily mean better results. Our pool and DE % has remained relatively the same as the number of entries has increased.

  • WIN-LOSS %: Has held relatively steady even with the increase in competitors which for us has come from new fencers taking their first competitive steps. Our “more experienced” fencers improved their results while new fencers are taking their first steps of winning 1-3 pool bouts in their first 10 tournaments.

  • The Pool win-loss % and DE win-loss % are relatively similar for the club overall.

  • Next steps for me are to break down the win-loss record and % by age category, # of years competing and we also look at things by coach within these sub-group

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Broken down by Pool and DE Record.

Broken down by Pool and DE Record.

WHAT RESULTS ARE INCLUDED
The data
includes every local tournament, regional, national and international tournament that our fencers have fenced in over the past four years. The results do not include NCAA fencing results.

The results are only from tournaments where student’s were representing TMFC.

SOME BACKGROUND:
My professional background included four years on staff at Teach For America where data-driven was a way of a life. Everything that was a key metric for success had to be measured and analyzed. All goals had to be measurable, progress was tracked and any conversation about next steps and improvement was grounded in what the data was telling us. I saw amazing results and progress when this was done well with teachers and students.

For someone like myself who was training for the Olympics, being at an organization with clear and measurable goals helped me to thrive and I always felt a key thing missing from my own Olympic fencing career was the type of powerful data that could help me make better decisions on the strip and off.

So, Tim Morehouse Fencing Club’s ingredients are a mix of our coaches fencing knowledge, a data-driven teaching pedagogy and a values driven approach to the lessons we teach and how they could impact students beyond the fencing strip.

Welcome To MORE-HOUSE!

TMFC Fencers Bring Home One Gold Medal and Four Bronze Medals at the East Coast Challenge RJCC

Pictured: Sabrina Fang wins a Gold Medal, and Bethany Lee wins a Bronze Medal in Cadet Women’s Foil

Pictured: Sabrina Fang wins a Gold Medal, and Bethany Lee wins a Bronze Medal in Cadet Women’s Foil

Highlights:

  • Bronze Medal for Yiming Han in Junior Men’s Foil

  • Top-8 Medal for Connor Kravit in Cadet Men’s Epee

  • Top-8 Medal for August Grossman in Cadet Men’s Epee

  • Top-8 Medal for David Pavlenishvili in Junior Men’s Epee

  • Gold Medal for Sabrina Fang in Cadet Women’s Foil

  • Bronze Medal for Bethany Lee in Cadet Women’s Foil

  • Top-8 Medal for Richard Lin in Cadet Men’s Foil

  • Bronze Medal for Sydney Hirsch in Junior Women’s Saber

  • Bronze Medal for Josephine Chang in Junior Women’s Saber

Rockaway, NJ (May, 2019) – 50 students from Tim Morehouse Fencing Club participated in Junior and Cadet competitions at this two-day RJCC event at Morris Knolls High School. Our Fencers brought home one Gold Medal, four Bronze Medals, and four Top-8 Medals.

Sabrina Fang won a Gold Medal in Cadet Women’s Foil. Yiming Han won a Bronze Medal in Junior Men’s Foil, and Bethany Lee won a Bronze Medal in Cadet Women’s Foil. Sydney Hirsch and Josephine Chang tied for Bronze in Junior Women’s Saber. Top-8 Medals were awarded to Connor Kravit in Cadet Men’s Epee, August Grossman in Cadet Men’s Epee, David Pavlenishvili in Junior Men’s Epee, and Richard Lin in Cadet Men’s Foil.

Additionally, Josephine Chang achieved her A19 Rating competing in Junior Women’s Saber. Josephine is now the third A-Rated female fencer in TMFC history!

Congratulations everyone!

Full Club Results Below:

Junior Men’s Foil

  • 3rd Han, Yiming

  • 14th Andrews, Nathan

  • 46th Lin, Richard

  • 55th Mcgillion-Moore, Jake

  • 57th Ball, James

  • 61st Zhang, Henry

  • 64th Breier, Matthew

Cadet Women’s Epee

  • 22nd Hicks, Grace

  • 23rd Zakharov, Anya

  • 48th Chang, Alicia

Cadet Women’s Saber

  • 14th Ferrari-Bridgers, Marinella

  • 18th Bois, Adele

  • 39th Slobodsky, Sasha

  • 48th Nguyen, Ella

  • 51st Chiang, Sydney

Junior Women’s Foil

  • 12th Fang, Sabrina

  • 34th Stewart, Isabella

  • 68th Xu, Madison

  • 69th Lee, Bethany

  • 75th McKee, Alexandra

Cadet Men’s Epee

  • 6th Kravit, Connor

  • 7th Grossman, August

  • 25th Kobi, Samuel

Junior Men’s Saber

  • 36th Vaccari, Braden

  • 37th Wolin, Zach

  • 47th Wyche, Scott

  • 57th Dewey, Charles

  • 60th Parkhurst, Michael

  • 84th Chan, Alexander

Junior Men’s Epee

  • 7th Pavlenishvili, David

  • 23rd Gibson, Nowell

Cadet Women's Foil

  • 1st Fang, Sabrina

  • 3rd Lee, Bethany

  • 19th Zhang, Alina

  • 31st Xu, Madison

  • 40th Wong, Sophia

Junior Women’s Epee

  • 27th Zakharov, Anya

  • 29th Hicks, Grace

Cadet Men’s Foil

  • 7th Lin, Richard

  • 16th Breier, Matthew

  • 17th Zhang, Henry

  • 26th Ball, James

  • 32nd Li, Richard

  • 69th Wang, Gerald

Cadet Men’s Saber

  • 17th Denner, Lysander

  • 29th Morrill, Justin

  • 40th Edelman, Seth

  • 57th Denner, Max

Junior Women’s Saber

  • 3rd Hirsch, Sydney

  • 3rd Chang, Josephine

  • 12th Four-Garcia, Madison

  • 27th Cannon, Sophia

  • 41st Ferrari-Bridgers, Marinella

  • 49th Slobodsky, Sasha

  • 59th Lockett, Audrey

  • 66th Lai, Sophie

Full Results: https://fencingtimelive.com/tournaments/eventSchedule/859C29B93E30413CA41D82E5D75B6366#today

The Top-55 Competitive Youth Saber Clubs In The Country (2018-2019)

MOST TOP-8 MEDALS AT SYCS - 2018-2019

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There are a number of different lenses to view the success and effectiveness of a fencing club, but since the SYC season just wrapped up today with the final bout at the Rain City Super Youth Circuit between Spartak’s Chase Callahan winning 15-5 over Halberstadt Fencers' Club’s Reya Ghayalod in Bellevue, WA we thought we’d review the competition data and see the results!

I’m really excited to report that for the first time in Tim Morehouse Fencing Club history we have won the most amount of SYC Saber medals and most amount of SYC Saber gold medals in the country! Special congratulations as well to Dynamo Fencing Center on finishing 2nd in the count and beating out some of the perennial saber powerhouses.

After opening just three years ago, I couldn’t be more thrilled and grateful for the hard work of our staff, coaches, students and families. We are charting our own path combining the best-practices of modern teaching methodologies, with human centered design of our programs, with data-driven measurement. At the end of the day, the measure of success is always RESULTS.

One of the first goals we set when we opened Tim Morehouse Fencing Club was to become the top Competitive Youth Development club in the country.

At the time, we used the National Club Rankings to measure how we finished. Since the website is no longer being updated, we thought we’d follow along to his methodology of measuring the club through SYC medal finishes.

I’ve included a few different bits of data including the # of entries by clubs, top-8 finishes and gold medal finishes. We also broke down the data by men/women and age-category.

DATA CAVEATS:

  • Since USA Fencing’s website doesn’t have open API and results are no longer on ASKFRED, this data was entered manually. If you notice any errors, please let us know and we will update them! (If a club name is spelled differently, it will read it as 2 different clubs)

  • We only counted the first club that a student represents and not the secondary.

  • We counted the results of the club a student was representing at the time. So, if a student was representing club X in September and Club Y in May then the results in September would count towards Club X.

  • We combined clubs with affiliate locations into one club. So for example, Sheridan Fencing Academy which has a few different locations is counted as one club.

  • We only counted Y10, Y12 and Y14. Not Y8 or the Cadets that sometimes occurred at SYCS.

Some Take-Aways From our Subset of Medal Winning Students:

  • ALL our TMFC Student’s winning medals take a minimum of 2 Private Lessons Per Week (Most Average 2-3). We had zero medal winners taking 1 lesson or less.

  • ALL the TMFC Student’s who won medals this past season participated in a minimum of two weeks of Summer Training Camps with the average being 3 weeks. By the way, here is a link to our Youth Summer Camps where most of our medalists started! (Youth Competitive Saber Camps Sign Up: https://www.timmorehousefencing.com/summer-camps-1)

  • The student’s who won medals attended practice on average 3-4 times per week except on weeks with tournaments. NONE of the students who won medals practice over 5x per week or more. (Interesting fact)

  • Almost all the students who won medals competed in the age-category the year before. 75% + of the medals were from students in their final year of an age-category. (Age does make a big difference!)

MOST GOLD MEDALS AT SYCS - 2018-2019

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MOST ENTRIES AT SYCS - 2018-2019

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Members of Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Win Two Gold Medals at Mission SYC

Pictured: Richard Li wins a Top-8 Medal in Y-14 Men’s Foil

Pictured: Richard Li wins a Top-8 Medal in Y-14 Men’s Foil

Pictured: Dylan Arouh wins a Top-8 Medal in Y-10 Men’s Foil

Pictured: Dylan Arouh wins a Top-8 Medal in Y-10 Men’s Foil

Highlights:

  • Gold Medal for Madison Four-Garcia in Y-14 Women’s Saber

  • Gold Medal for David Pavlenishvili in Y-14 Men’s Epee

  • Bronze Medal for Enzo Bera in Y-10 Men’s Saber

  • Bronze Medal for Madison Duckett in Y-12 Women’s Saber

  • Top-8 Medal for Samuel Kobi in Y-12 Men’s Epee

  • Top-8 Medal for Richard Li in Y-14 Men’s Foil

  • Top-8 Medal for Myles Duckett in Y-10 Men’s Saber

  • Top-8 Medal for Dylan Arouh in Y-10 Men’s Foil

  • Top-8 Medal for Robert Wang in Y-12 Men’s Saber

Rocky Point, NY (April, 2019) - 47 TMFC fencers competed in this three-day SYC tournament at the Mission Fencing Center. Our students achieved impressive finishes, bringing home two Gold Medals, two Bronze Medals, and five Top-8 Medals.

Madison Four-Garcia won a Gold Medal in Y-14 Women’s Saber, and David Pavlenishvili won a Gold Medal in Y-14 Men’s Epee. Bronze Medals were awarded to Enzo Bera in Y-10 Men’s Saber and Madison Duckett in Y-12 Women’s Saber. Top-8 Medals were achieved by Samuel Kobi in Y-12 Men’s Epee, Richard Li in Y-14 Men’s Foil, Myles Duckett in Y-10 Men’s Saber, Dylan Arouh in Y-10 Men’s Foil, and Robert Wang in Y-12 Men’s Saber.

Congratulations!

Full Club Results Below:

Y-12 Men’s Epee

  • 6th Kobi, Samuel

Y-10 Women’s Foil

  • 13th Yang, Iris

Y-14 Women’s Epee

  • 24th Hicks, Grace

  • 27th Wong, Alexandra

Y-14 Men’s Foil

  • 7th Li, Richard

  • 28th Basok, Nikita

  • 30th Rusadze, Nickolas

  • 39th Wang, Gerald

Y-10 Men’s Saber

  • 3rd Bera, Enzo

  • 5th Duckett, Myles

  • 17th Clark, Gabriel

  • 25th Kim, Ethan

  • 26th Clark, Aram

  • 32nd Oh, Aster

  • 35th Sakmann, Sebastian

  • 36th Hamilton, Monte

Y-14 Women’s Saber

  • 1st Four-Garcia, Madison

  • 12th Bois, Adele

  • 14th Slobodsky, Sasha

  • 25th Duckett, Madison

  • 27th Ferrari-Bridgers, Marinella

  • 28th Sullivan, Caroline

  • 37th Jenkins, Scotland

  • 39th Javeri, Amaya

  • 40th Nguyen, Ella

Y-14 Men’s Epee

  • 1st Pavlenishvili, David

  • 21st Kobi, Samuel

  • 46th Zhou, Andrew

Y-10 Men’s Foil

  • 6th Arouh, Dylan

  • 18th Cao, Ray

  • 19th Wong, Jackson

Y-12 Women’s Saber

  • 3rd Duckett, Madison

  • 22nd Javeri, Amaya

  • 45th Lammer, Sophie

  • 51st So, Catelyn

  • 52nd Young, Charlotte

Y-12 Women’s Foil

  • 14th Zhang, Alina

  • 15th Wong, Sophia

  • 34th Lin, Victoria

Y-12 Men’s Saber

  • 5th Wang, Robert

  • 20th Oh, Triton

  • 23rd Kim, Shaun

  • 24th Gonzalez, Emilio

  • 35th Duckett, Myles

  • 37th Clark, Gabriel

  • 49th Brou, Inkosi

  • 51st Mangan, Daniel

Full Results: https://www.fencingtimelive.com/tournaments/eventSchedule/6300369B2D834F31A63A23A59D5231B7#today