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Tim Morehouse Fencing Club's First Ever Elite Sleep Away Camp at Cornell University is a Success

Ithaca, NY - Tim Morehouse Fencing Club just concluded its first ever sleep away camp held at Cornell University with 55 students training from Aug. 10-18 in saber and foil.

The camp was held in partnership with Cornell University Varsity Coach Daria Schneider and featured Olympian and coaches Tim Morehouse, Achiko Lortkipanidze, Slava Grigoriev, Ziad El-Sissy and Jeff Spear as well as Melvin Rodriguez, Diana Ruiz and Susan Jennings. It included students from across the country.

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“We are very proud of the hard work of the students who attended. They trained with focus and energy and really bonded together over the course of the 8 days.”

Student’s participated in 3 practices a day including conditioning, footwork, tactical and technical drills and tournament bouting.

Enrollment is now open for the Tim Morehouse Fencing Club programs in Westchester, New York City and Greenwich, CT.

Link :https://www.timmorehousefencing.com/enrollnow


Special Guest Coach and Fencer Zeyad Al-Sisi Will be Attending the Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Sleep-away Camp at Cornell University!

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We are pleased to announce that 3-time NCAA All-American and Tokyo Olympic Hopeful Zeyad Al-Sisi will be attending the Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Sleep Away Camp at Cornell University!

Zeyad will be assisting with the coaching at camp as well as bouting with our fencers.

When asked about the addition, TMFC Founder Tim Morehouse said, “He brings an amazing spirit whenever he coaches and trains and his experience and insights will be a great asset to our campers. We are really excited to have him joining us!”

The 1st Annual Tim Morehouse Fencing Club Sleep away Camp is running Aug. 10 to the 18 on the beautiful campus of Cornell University and will include saber and foil training with the TMFC elite coaching staff and special guest. The coaches include Olympian Achiko Lortkipanidze, Cornell University Head Coach and 5-Time US National team Member Daria Schneider, Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse and more!

There is still time to sign up for the final few spots:
https://www.timmorehousefencing.com/sleepaway

More announcements to come!

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The New York Athletic Club Leads the USA Fencing Summer Nationals After Day 1 with 6 Medals

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Medal Count Leaderboard

USA Fencing Summer Nationals 2019

The New York Athletic Club soared into day winning 6 medals based on the strength of their Epee fencers performances and a bronze medal from Sylvie Binder in Division 1 women’s foil. Alex Tsinis took home the gold medal in Division 1 men’s epee with Dylan Nollner, Ryan Griffiths and Olympian Jason Pryor also winning Division 1 Epee medals. In Junior women’s epee, Mina Yamanaka also brought home a gold medal for the NYAC.

The NY Fencers club sits in 2nd place with 4 medals. LA International won 2 medals and 20 clubs brought home 1 medal on day 1 including Tim Morehouse Fencing Club, Globus Fencing Academy, Spartak, Premier Fencing Club, Massialias Foundation, V Fencing Club, Team Touche, The Peter Westbrook Foundation were some of the notable powerhouses to bring home a medal.

The winner of the US Summer Fencing Nationals and July Challenge will have the bragging rights of winning the largest fencing competition in the world with “More than 5,400 competitors from 48 states and 20 nations will compete in 94 events over 10 days in what is expected to be the largest edition of the tournament in USA Fencing history.” according to USA Fencing. (Article Link)

The standings are calculated by top-8 medal results with each fencer’s primary club earning a point for a top-8 medal result.

The full and live list is here: https://www.timmorehousefencing.com/summer-nationals-leaderboard

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TMFC Students Awarded USA Fencing Regional Patches for the 2018-19 Season

Regional Patch winners Catelyn So and Audrey Young at an SYC tournament in November 2018. Pictured left to right: Catelyn So, Audrey Young, Charlotte Young, Catalina Berrios

Regional Patch winners Catelyn So and Audrey Young at an SYC tournament in November 2018. Pictured left to right: Catelyn So, Audrey Young, Charlotte Young, Catalina Berrios

Colorado Springs, CO (June, 2019) - USA Fencing announces the patch winners for the Regional Youth Circuit, Regional Junior and Cadet Circuit, and Regional Open Circuit. RYC patches are awarded to the top Y10, Y12 and Y14 fencers of each respective region for the 2018-19 season. RJCC Recognition Program recognizes the gold, silver and bronze medalists in the cadet and junior age categories. The ROC Recognition Program awards patches to Division IA, Division II and veteran fencers for their accomplishments at ROCs throughout the country.

Seven fencers from Tim Morehouse Fencing Club are receiving Patches this year! In the RYC category, patches were awarded to Myles Duckett, Catelyn So, Audrey Young, and Alina Zhang. In RJCC, patches were awarded to David Pavlenishvili, Nathan Andrews, and Peter Hammer. Peter Hammer won two patches this year: a Silver Patch in Cadet Men’s Saber, and a Gold Patch in Junior Men’s Saber.

Bravo everyone!

Full Club Results Below:

RYC

  • Myles Duckett wins a Bronze Patch in Y-10 Men’s Saber

  • Catelyn So wins a Gold Patch in Y-10 Women’s Saber

  • Audrey Young wins a Bronze Patch in Y-10 Women’s Saber

  • Alina Zhang wins a Silver Patch in Y-12 Women’s Foil

RJCC

  • David Pavlenishvili wins a Silver Patch in Cadet Men’s Epee

  • Nathan Andrews wins a Bronze Patch in Cadet Men’s Foil

  • Peter Hammer wins a Silver Patch in Cadet Men’s Saber

  • Peter Hammer wins a Gold Patch in Junior Men’s Saber

Full Results: https://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/1026276

Elite Epee Fencing in Westchester with Coach Alex Zurabishvili at Tim Morehouse Fencing Club

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Coach Alex Zurabishvili has developed several national team members and he is the Head Epee Coach at Tim Morehouse Fencing Club where he is in charge of developing all aspects of the Epee program.

The club is offering group classes and private lessons in Epee at our Port Chester Facility at 135 Pearl Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.

Email info@timmorehousefencing.com for more information.

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!

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

Beginners Guide to Fencing Tournaments (Part 1)

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Touche!

7 Essential Things To Know To Start Competing in the Sport of Fencing!


1. Decide to Start Competing! (Do it!) 
We recommend that competition be a regular part of a student's development in the sport of fencing.

The key is selecting tournaments that are within a student's level and managing expectations (first tournaments are about learning!).

2. Get a USA Fencing "Competitive Membership" at the USA Fencing website. (Link Below) 

Everyone that competes must have a USA Fencing "Competitive Membership" which is $75 dollars and runs from when it is purchased until July 31 of the current year. 

Once you get a membership, you will a USA Fencing Membership # and you must have this number available when checking in at competitions. 

USA FENCING MEMBERSHIP (REGISTER)

 3. Know your "Age Classification and Eligibility"

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Your USA Fencing "Age/Classification Eligibility" is based on a fencers BIRTH YEAR (Month and Day doesn't matter!). 

There are associated rules about which "age categories" a fencer can compete in based on their "classification age". You can be too young or too old.  

A General rule of thumb is that you can't compete in age categories BELOW your current age category but you can compete in some age categories above your age category. (Review the chart below)

USA FENCING CLASSIFICATION CHART:
 https://cdn4.sportngin.com/attachments/document/45bb-1594743/2018_2019_Age_and_Classification_Chart.pdf

4. Have All The Necessary Fencing Equipment: (Check Specifications)

Required Equipment: 

  1. Electric Saber Fencing Mask

  2. Fencing Jacket (Dry)

  3. Fencing Pants (Dry)

  4. Underarm Protector

  5. Electric Fencing Jacket for Saber (Buy Stainless steel! It will last longer)

  6. 2-Body Cords (You must always have a backup at a competition)

  7. 2-Head Clips (You must always have a backup at a competition)

  8. Fencing Socks (These are long socks - no skin can show between sneaker and the start of the fencing pants)

  9. ** 800-Newton Saber Fencing Glove (The Practice Gloves cannot be used in competitions!)

  10. 2 Sabers (Youth-10 must use "2" Length sabers" and Youth-12 and upwards can us a "5" Length Sabers. You must have a backup saber at a competition

Recommended: (But Not Required) 

  • Fencing bag (That fits all the equipment)

  • Fencing Shoes

5. Pick Your Competition!

Start with Local Competitions at your club or other fencing clubs!

You generally want to compete in your age category first, especially if you are Y8, Y10, Y12 or Y14. If you are a Cadet/Junior or Senior aged fencer the find  "Unrated" or "E and Under" competitions.

We recommend competing once a month after you have begun competing so that the fencer can get experience. Do not be deterred by the placement of the fencer in early competitions.)

6. Registering For Competitions: (There are three main places to find competitions)

* Generally, tournaments have entry deadlines, so ensure you register before the deadline or you may have to pay double fees. Local tournaments usually allow "day of" walk-ins but regional and national ones do not. 

Places to Find Competitions: 

1. Askfred: www.askfred.net
This website generally has competitions hosted by fencing clubs. You can search by zip code. 

2. USA Fencingwww.usfencing.org
The USA Fencing website now requires all regional and national tournament registration to go through their website. You will need to login to your account and search their database. 

Quick Guide to Fencing Tournament Acronyms: (Regional and National) 

SYC/RYC: Competitions for Youth-10, Youth-12 and Youth 14 fencers
RJCC: Competitions for Cadet (Under-17) and Junior (Under-20) competitions
ROC: (Fencers over 14). Categories: Open, Division 1A, Division 2 and Division 3 competitions
NAC: North American Cups. National Competitions. 

* At Tim Morehouse Fencing Club we have a Tournament Calendar and the Master Schedule includes all the regional, National and International Competitions that we recommend for our members. 

There are 4 Competition Levels: 
1. Local
2. Regional
3. National
4. International

7. What's Next? 

  • The 4 main things you can earn at fencing competitions:

    1. Fencing and Life Experience: (Invaluable if you learn from every tournament regardless of the result)

    2. "Ratings": (U (Unrated), E, D, C, B and A). These impact seeding at competitions. You start as a U.

    3. "Points": There are a number of different points lists. Regional, national and International. Generally, your region, national and international events all have systems where you earn points based on either top-32 finishes or top-40% in the field.

    4. Qualifying for Bigger Competitions: (You can qualify for one ofthe "Championships" through good results)

Qualification Competitions Include: 

  • Summer Nationals and July Challenge: This is one of the first big tournaments that students will qualify to compete in. This tournament is held over 10-days around the July 4 weekend every year. (There are events in every age category except Youth-8)

  • World Championship Teams - Only in Cadet, Junior and Senior divisions.

  • Division 1 NACs (The events that help qualify you for the Olympics or World Championships depending on the year): You must be a C and over-14 to compete. You earn "Div. 1 National points" through top-32 finishes.

  • Junior Olympics (Under-17 and Under-20)

  • Division 1 National Champions (You must have earned points in a "North American Cup (NAC)" competition to qualify. Generally, a top-32 results earns national points at a Division 1 event.

  • Competing in Cadet, Junior and Senior World Cups: (Generally, you must be ranked in the top-16 or better to qualify to compete in international competitions in the main age categories and Division 1)

The Bigger Competitions and Pinnacle Events in the Sport of Fencing: 

  • The Olympics: You must be top-8 (Minimum top-16) in the USA in Division 1 to even attempt to qualify for the Olympics. Top-8 fencers are qualified to fence in the Grand Prix and World Cup competitions. You qualify of the Olympics by earning points at World Cups and Grand Prix competitions (8 of them) and World Championships the year before the Olympics. (Only top-4 compete)

  • World Championships (Cadet, Junior and Senior/Division 1): The Top-3/4 fencers in the USA at the end of the qualification periods will qualify to represent the USA at the World Championship events. Cadet (Under-17), Junior (Under-20) and Senior/Division 1. (Above 14+)

  • Other Major Competitions: The Pan American Games (Every 4 years), the Pan American Championships (Every year), World University Games.