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AFM Newsletter #103 - April 2022

The last month has been a difficult one. The war in Ukraine has devastated this once peaceful country that seems very far away, and in a sense, it’s a scary time for people everywhere. We thought that we were living in a time of peace and democracy, but now it seems those ideals are being challenged in a fundamental and terrifying way. 

 

We have all followed the news of the war, and so many people everywhere have supported Ukraine, democracy, and specifically our coaches who are directly affected by the war. This is a moment to come together in unity and mutual aid, and we have certainly seen that firsthand at AFM! We appreciate everything that’s been offered by our wonderful AFM family. Flowers, gifts, chocolates, supplies, and so many more very generous donations to the affected families and to our coaches! They appreciate it so much, and it’s a testament to our unity. The whole AFM and fencing community stands by Ukraine! 

We continue to be hopeful for the best possible outcome and to pray for an end to the war. Everyone affected by war deserves our prayers. Thank you so much for your donations to large humanitarian organizations, for donations to your coaches, and for your tremendous support of the Ukrainian refugee families who are being hosted by our fencers. We believe that humanity will prevail in any situation, even in the darkest of days. Thank you for opening your hearts! We have the best community of fencing families at AFM!  

There is always an opportunity to do something. In that vein, AFM is hosting a charity tournament on May 29th in support of the people of Ukraine. You’ll find details about it below. 

Even as there is a conflict raging across the ocean, we are thankful to have normalcy here and the chance to enjoy the wonderful opportunities that fencing is bringing us. 

Summer Nationals is just ahead, and we can almost see the finish line! It’s time to start planning your trip to SN - both your travel and your accommodations. It’s also time to sign up for prep camps and to boost your performance with private lessons as you can! Good luck as well to those who are close to qualifying, even if they are not quite there yet. We believe in you and we are here to support you! There are still some competitions left to get those final fencers qualified. If you are unsure or have questions, you can always reach out to us!

Stay tuned, stay focused, and lean on us as we head into the home stretch. 

We are all in this together, and we are all here to support each other. No matter where you are or where you are from, know that fencing is a place for you to find community and common ground.

                                                  Sincerely yours, 
                                                                                  Irina 

Fencing Tournament in Solidarity with Ukraine
May 29, 2022
AFM Sunnyvale

https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=50319

 

We must always stand for justice and freedom, doing what we can to support those who are facing the worst things imaginable. 

AFM is committed to doing what we can, and what we can do is to organize. On May 29th, we’ll hold a fencing tournament at our Sunnyvale facility with all proceeds going to humanitarian aid for Ukraine. 

This mixed tournament is for Senior epee fencers, (ie those born in 2008 or before). 

There are three ways you can help with this event, supporting Ukraine with our community through fencing. 

  • Fence as a competitor

  • Direct as a referee

  • Volunteer to staff the event

You’ll find the details on askFred about times and how to register. It’s the least we can do, and we always wish we could do more. 
 


2022 Summer National Schedule Announced

At last, we’ve got a schedule for Fencing Summer Nationals! This information will allow you to start making those detailed plans ahead of the event, so it’s highly important. 

This major event of the season is almost here, and it’s the culmination of so much hard work, so many dreams, and such a huge amount of planning and emotion. Make sure to go ahead and book your hotels and travel as soon as you can, as the hotels near the venue will start filling up fast and the best flights will get booked quickly too. 

If you are a first-time parent or the parent of a younger fencer who is wondering whether it’s worth the effort and cost to go to Fencing Summer Nationals, we invite you to read our blog post on the importance of the national events. These events are so enriching and important for fencers of all ages!

Our AFM team is excited to be putting together the plans for training in this final home stretch! Look for lots of rich training options through lessons and camps during the next few months. 

The 2022 USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge will be held from July 2-11 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. Here are the highlights of the schedule. Below, you’ll find a link to the full post from USA Fencing. 

  • Registration opens April 6th (just a few days away!)

  • Qualification deadline is May 25

  • Regular entry deadline is May 25 as well

  • Late entry deadline is 5pm on the day before the event

https://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/1217719

 

Summer Nationals - Q&A for New Fencing Families

The 2022 USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge will be held from July 2-11 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Many new fencing parents have questions about qualifications if there is still a chance to qualify, and if it is worth traveling and competing at the Summer Nationals. 

Here are major answers for you to make decisions. 

Qualifications for SN 

There are still a few opportunities to qualify for the Fencing Summer Nationals! The last competitions that bring a fencer to qualification are still to go in April and May, so you’ve got time. 

If you have been competing either regionally or nationally, you have been earning points that go towards your qualification, even if you didn’t realize it! Be sure to check with your coach or with a member of the staff to see if you have qualified for Summer Nationals. You might well be closer than you think you are! 

For a comprehensive explanation of how to qualify for Fencing Summer Nationals, be sure to check out our blog on qualifying. There are so many paths for each individual fencer to qualify in, from points to percentages to straightforward divisional qualifying competitions - there are so many ways for fencers to get into this tournament. 

All in all, it’s really not that complicated to make it work, and it’s definitely worth exploring!

Here are links to blog posts about qualifications: 
Qualification update - Summer Nationals 2022 
How to Qualify for the Summer Nationals - Infographic 


Should I take my child to the SN? 

Are you unsure about whether you need to bother taking your child to Fencing Summer Nationals? Then it’s time for you to start thinking about what great things this competition could possibly bring to them, and to you.

We deeply believe in competitive experience. It is a personal decision of each family, but the excitement of competing in a huge venue, however, with dozens of referees in their ties, and the rows and rows of strips and vendors, it’s a huge experience! You’ll get to see the highest-ranking fencers in each category going toe to toe and fencing at their very best. 

There are just so many advantages to going to this competition. It wakens the passion in a young fencer and opens their mind and heart to the possibilities that lie before them. 

We highly recommend fencers to start going to Summer Nationals at the Y10 age. Y8 is too young and too soon, but Y10 is great for experience, for bonding with teammates, coaches, and for finding friends from all over the United States.

At Y12, it starts to become much more competitive. It’s not too easy to qualify or to win at this level, so an increase in the amount of experience is necessary if you want to achieve and get those results. This level requires a higher level of dedication and a stronger work ethic. 

Y14 is the category that really prepares fencers for the big game in Cadets and Juniors. The qualification is more difficult, so if your fencer qualified, we strongly recommend you to go! Cadets and Juniors are the fencers that cannot imagine their life without fencing, so you’ve probably got them working on convincing you to let them go even more than we do. 

Good luck to everyone in making their decision, and good luck with all of those preparations for Summer Nationals!

 


Competition Results in March 2022



Pan-American Championship in Lima, Peru

Wow, what a great result! Leehi Machulsky won a Silver medal in Cadet Pan-American Championship in Lima, Peru, losing by 1 touch in priority (15:14) to Grace Hu from Canada. Also, congratulations to her USA teammate Mia Smotritsky from NY for winning bronze! What an amazing achievement! Congratulations to Leehi, her family, coach Zhanna, and the whole awesome AFM coaching team and friends! Great job, way to go!

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March North American Cup 

Congratulations to Sergey Schindler for medalling twice this NAC, both in Vet60 Men’s Epee and also in Open Age Veterans Men’s Epee! Great job Sergey, your hard work with coach Slava pays off, and congratulations to both of you!
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Congratulations to Jere Bothelio for winning Silver at Vet70 Men’s Epee in March NAC and locking his spot in the Team USA for the Veteran World Championship!
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Congratulations to Suzanne Bloomer for medalling in Vet60 Women’s Epee despite the arm injury! And congratulations to the coach Jere for helping to get two nice medals to our veteran ladies! Way to go all! We are looking up to you!

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March NAC - Congratulations to Alan Buchwald for winning a Bronze medal at the NAC in Vet70 event!!! Fantastic job, Alan! Congratulations to you, your family, and your coach Alexander Maximovich! Way to go!
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SYC in Rochester, New York

Congratulations to Serena Xu for winning Gold at Y10 Women's Epee in Ben Gutenberg SYC in Rochester, New York. Great job, Serena, Way to go!
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Great performance at TFC Epee tournament!
Ian Alvarez won Gold and earned his B rating, Nathan Ming won Bronze and earned C rating and Agniv Sarkar won Bronze and renewed his C rating too! Congratulations boys, way to go!
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Fortune SYC in Ontario
Congratulations to Diana Martynov’s for medalling in Y14 Women’s Epee event in Fortune SYC and earning her D rating! Way to go Diana!

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Fortune SYC in Ontario

Gold for Morgan Hankins and bronze for Jessica Xu in Y10 Women’s Epee event! Way to go girls! 
Congratulaitons!
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Congratulations to Veronika Zherebchevska for winning Bronze and earning a C rating in Cadet Women’s Epee event in Ontario RCC tournament! Way to go Veronika!

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Congratulations to Samyak Jain for winning Bronze inY12 Men’s Epee event at the Fortune SYC in Ontario, CA! Great job, Samyak!

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Congratulations to Riley Dowdell for medalling with 7th place I. y14 Men’s Epee event in the Fortune SYC in Ontario, CA! And re-earning his D rating second time in the row, solidifying his new rating! Great job, Riley!

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Congratulations to Tessa Camama for medalling with 5th place and Anais Mollinier for medalling with 6th place in the e Fortune SYC tournament in Y12 Women’s Epee event! Way to go girls!
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Great job by the Y8 girls at Fortune SYC/Y8 in Ontario, CA! Vaishnavi Vijay earned Silver, Nicole Wang 5th place, Audrey Cayetano 6th place and Allison Li 8th place. Great job, girls, that’s just the start!
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Congratulations to Max Ding with Silver and Sasha Borovikov with 5th place in Y8 Men’s Epee event in Fortune SYC in Ontario, CA! Good job, boys!
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Congratulations to Riley Dowdell for finishing in 6th place and earning D rating in Cadet Men’s Epee event in Fortune SYC/RCC tournament in Ontario, CA! Great job, Riley! Also notable top 16 finish of Elliot Park.
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AFM Youth Epee Cup #2

Congratulations to the winners of the Y10 Women’s Epee event at the AFM Youth Epee cup! Serena Xu won Gold, Morgan Hankins won Silver, Karolyn Sun and Jessica Xu won Bronze! Congratulations to the fencers and their parents!

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Congratulations to the winners of the Y10 Men’s Epee event at the AFM Youth Epee Cup #2! Aaron Millikan won Gold, Sameer Mana - Silver, Aaron Jao and Kaden James - Bronze. Congratulations to the fencers and their parents!
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Congratulations to the winners in Y12 Men’s Epee event in the AFM Youth Cup! Thomas Claes - Gold, David Kofman - Silver, Ryan Ma and Arnav Mana - Bronze. Congratulations to the fencers and their parents!
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Congratulations to Y12 Women’s Epee winners at the AFM Youth Cup #2! Morgan Hankins - Gold, Serena Xu - Silver, Neallie Gillis-Pade and Tanvi Gariney - Bronze.
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The cutest age category, Y8 finished their competition today. And the winners are: Pearl Mansuy - Gold, Yvonne Wang - Silver, Nicole Wang and Alyssa Pikusova - Bronze, Audrey Cayetano - 5th, Vaishnavi Vijay - 6th, Brandon Matusow - 7th and Roman Novoselov -8th. Congratulations to the athletes and their parents!

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Congratulations to Y14 Men’s Epee medalists! Bison Ng from Las Positos Fencing Center - Gold, Kai Anderson - Silver, Matthew Smith and Mancik Johar - Bronze. Congratulations to the fencers and parents!
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Y14 Women’s Epee medalists in the AFM Youth Cup #2. Emilia Salistra from TFC - Gold, Violet Davis - Silver, Samantha Chen and Shaina Cohen - Bronze. Congratulations to the girls and their parents! Way to go!

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Wang Memorial RYC and Div 1A/2 ROC
Div II Women's Épée - Congratulations to Zara Sinha for winning  Gold and earning her D rating! 
Zaan Sinha won 6th place in Y-14 Men's Épée - Way to go!
 

Upcoming Competitions 

 

Central California Division Qualifiers -
don't miss this chance to qualify for SN! 

There are two upcoming events that we really want to highlight for those fencers who have not yet qualified for Fencing Summer Nationals. Both fo these offer a real chance for fencers to qualify for the big event, even for fencers who have not earned significant national or regional points. 

If you are on the fence about whether you’re going to go to Fencing Summer Nationals, these two competitions will give you a chance to go out on a limb and be a part of the biggest fencing tournament of the year!

The best part is that both of these events take place right here - just over in San Jose! It’s an easy trip and a fantastic opportunity to compete on this level. 

CenCal Y14 Summer Nationals Qualifier - April 24

https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=49792

CenCal Div II/III/VET Summer Nat Quals May 22 

https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=49791


Silicon Valley RYC 

April 8-10

The Silicon Valley RYC is being held in Fremont. It’s for Y10, Y12, Y14 fencers and is the last Regional Youth Circuit in Northern California. This tournament is definitely one to attend! It also features Cadet event and it a great start for those fencers who are age-eligible but never experienced Cadet level fencing.

See all the details on the link below. 

(https://member.usafencing.org/details/tournaments/4456)

 

April NAC 

April 8-10

The April NAC is the last national-level tournament for Cadet/Junior/Senior fencers prior to the Summer Nationals. First of all, this NAC is the Division 1 National Championship. It also features Division 2, Cadet, Junior and Division 1 Team events. For our Competitive and Advanced fencers, this is a fantastic tournament, full of highest level fencing and quite a few events! 
 

See all the details on the link below. 

(https://member.usafencing.org/details/tournaments/5616)
 

 

 

 

USA Fencing All-Academic Teams Applications

 

This application is one that you simply must not miss if you are a high schooler! 

It's a huge honor to be nominated to the All-Academic Team, and we could not be prouder to have had many AFM athletes awarded this wonderful prize in the past. Not only is it a wonderful recognition, it’s also great to put on college applications. 

Note that there are also a total of $10,000 in scholarships available for top finishers not to be missed! 

Fencers must have a GPA of at least 3.85 for the First All-Academic Team, which awards scholarships. The Second All-Academic Team has a 3.4-3.84 GPA requirement. Class rank is also taken into consideration when choosing who makes these teams. Aside from the GPA requirement, there’s also an essay component. 

You can be awarded this honor every single year in high school, so up to four times!

Read how to apply at the link below and then just go do it. Best of luck to you all, and please reach out if you need any guidance on your application. https://www.usafencing.org/all-academic 


AFM Competitions 



AFM Stands with Ukraine 
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Senior Mixed Epee, Sanctioned
AFM Sunnyvale 


This sanctioned mixed epee tournament is organized in support of the Ukrainian people. All proceeds will go to the humanitarian funds of Ukraine. You can help by 1) fencing; 2) referring; 3) volunteering to run the event
You can help with that tournament by fencing, agreeing to ref, helping with the tournament organization, or just by showing up.

Please come and fence in this USFA Sanctioned Mixed Epee event to show your support for Ukraine. All net proceeds will go to one of the humanitarian funds of Ukraine.
https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=50319

 

AFM Youth Cup #3

Sunday, June 5, 2022
AFM Sunnyvale

This is the third competition in the series, and will again host Y8/Y10/Y12/Y14 fencers. Preregistration closes on 6/1. If you competed in any of the previous Youth Cup events, you’ll definitely want to take part in this one!

See all the details on the Ask Fred link below. 

https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=49605 
 

AFM Open Junior Tournament

Sunday, June 12, 2022
AFM Sunnyvale

AFM is hosting the Open Junior Epee Tournament for both men and women in mid-June, and it’s a great opportunity for fencers to get in a post-season warm-up before Fencing Summer Nationals in July. This is a sanctioned USA Fencing tournament, and it’s specifically designed to give fencers a boost during this period of downtime to keep their skills sharp and their fencing excitement going.  

 See all the details on the Ask Fred link below. 

https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=49606 

 

Summer Nationals Prep Camps 

Success doesn’t just happen. It takes planning, preparation, and thoughtful choices to get there. Every little thing that you do adds up to become the bigger picture. When you’ve come so close to those big goals by qualifying for Fencing Summer Nationals, you want to take it that next step further and prepare well for the competition. 

We want to give our fencers every possible chance to do their best at Fencing Summer Nationals. Preparation camp is a big way for fencers to continue to improve and to make the best of their training. 

AFM gives fencers a focused training experience in a supportive environment. After many years of doing this, we’ve learned that preparation camps are not only incredibly effective in helping fencers perform their best, they’re also an enriching experience that makes the whole process more fulfilling. 

Adding a Summer Nationals preparation camp to the roster of training is by far the best way to increase a fencer’s level of performance ahead of Minneapolis. 

Location: Sunnyvale and Campbell

Dates:

Summer Nationals prep camp for Y14/Cadet/Junior
Week 1: June 13 - 17, 2022. 9 am - 12 pm.  AFM Sunnyvale
https://askfred.net/Clinics/moreInfo.php?clinic_id=49995

Week 2: June 20 - 24, 2022. 9 am - 12 pm.  AFM Sunnyvale
https://askfred.net/Clinics/moreInfo.php?clinic_id=49996

Summer Nationals prep camp for Youth (Y10 and Y12)
Week 1: June 20 - 24, 2022.       1 pm - 4 pm.  AFM Sunnyvale
https://askfred.net/Clinics/moreInfo.php?clinic_id=49997

Week 1: June 27 - July 1, 2022.  9 am- 12 pm.  AFM Sunnyvale

https://askfred.net/Clinics/moreInfo.php?clinic_id=49998

Sign up!
 


Summer Camp for Beginner and Intermediate Levels

We are happy to offer two weeks of camps for our current Beginner and Intermediate level fencers! Fencing summer camp is for everyone! All of our existing fencers, whether they’re going to Fencing Summer Nationals or not, can benefit from summer camp.
Camp helps to hone fencing skills, build camaraderie, and to get fencers excited about their training. Our coaches always make camp special, and the amount of growth that we see in fencers who attend camp is a testament to how well this mode of intense training works!

Save the dates, sign up will be available on askFred in about one week! 

 

1. End of the Season Summer Camp 

Open for all current Beginner and Intermediate level fencers 
June 13, 2022 - June 17. 2022 
1 pm  - 4 pm 
Sunnyvale location 
All regular classes are conducted as scheduled 

https://askfred.net/Clinics/moreInfo.php?clinic_id=50131

2. Back to Season Summer Camp 
Open for all current Beginner and Intermediate level fencers 
August 1, 2022 - August 5, 2022 
9 am - 12 pm
Sunnyvale location 
All regular classes are conducted as scheduled 

https://askfred.net/Clinics/moreInfo.php?clinic_id=50132

 

 

Introduction to Fencing Summer Camps
Bring your younger siblings and friends to fencing!

 

Getting started in fencing has never been easier than it is with a Beginner Fencing camp at AFM! This is how many of our best fencers got started in the sport, and it continues to be the perfect way to learn the basics and grow some of those skills that you need to get a solid start in this sport. 

Please share the word with your family and friends, as well as your classmates! The more we bring people into the sport, the richer and more exciting our own experience will be. 

Beginner fencing camps are for kids aged 7-13. They include all of the equipment, so kids just have to show up in comfortable clothes, wearing sneakers, a light jacket and carrying a water bottle. We sanitize the equipment between uses, and are rigorous about our safety protocols. Face masks will be in line with guidelines at the time of the camps. 

Every fencer who graduates from fencing summer camp at AFM, is eligible for entry into our intermediate fencing class. It’s a perfect way for kids to get started in fencing!

Location: Sunnyvale and Campbell

https://academyoffencingmasters.com/beginner-camps/

Dates: 
The week of June 13-17, 2022
The week of June 20-24, 2022
The week of June 27 - July 1, 2022 
The week of July 18 -22, 2022
The week of July 25 - 29, 2022
The week of August 1 - 5, 2022 
The week of  August 8 -12, 2022 

 

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