RDF to Host Annual Equinox Epee Tournament

We’re gearing up for our big annual tournament – Equinox Epee – on Saturday, March 24 at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines. If you’re an epee fencer, sign up today: https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=38662! We have events for Y10, Y12, Y14, D & Under classifications, and an open (ages 13+, any classification) category.

If you’re not a fencer or you know a fencer, this is a good chance to see what we spend all this time training for! As usual, it’s free to come watch.

Thanks to the great support we had last year, we’ve been able to make some upgrades to this year’s event: bigger gym with hardwood floors and bleachers so we can have more strips than last year, a grounded strip, another new scoring box, and more professional referees!

Events Scheduled for Saturday, March 24:
Senior:
9:00 AM – Mixed Epee
12:00 PM – D & Under Mixed Epee

Youth:
12:00 PM – Y10 Mixed Epee (Unsanctioned)
1:00 PM – Y12 Mixed Epee (Unsanctioned)
2:00 PM – Y14 Mixed Epee

Holiday Hours

2017-2018 Holiday Hours

Normal practice as scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 26. We’re closed Wednesday, Dec. 27, Saturday, Dec. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 2, and there is no Youth Practice on Thursday, Dec. 28. Regular schedule resumes Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Happy Holidays, everyone!

“Div 1.5” Training Tournament

On Sunday, we ran an invite-only “training tournament” for fencers who compete in Division I (C-rated & up) events (or are working up to it). We decide the format the day of, depending on who is there and what they want to work on, and then we record all the bouts for review by the group afterwards. This was probably a broader skill range than we’ve had in the past, but it was especially helpful to have the stronger fencers’ feedback during the video review portion. We watched and critiqued at least one video of every fencer, and everyone has links to the full collection. We really appreciate everyone coming out and fencing with us!

Results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=38655

In-Club Youth Tournament!

On Saturday, we held a fun tournament for our club members ages 14 & under. Kids and parents who had never been to a tournament before learned how a tournament works and what to expect in a familiar, no-pressure environment. We split the group into an older event and a younger event. Results are available here: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=39266. Everyone displayed excellent sportsmanship and we saw some really well-fenced bouts. The kids enjoyed the competitive challenge and edible medals!

Sioux City Challenge Results

Today, six RDF fencers traveled across the state for the Sioux City Challenge. Julia took out Sarah in the direct elimination round of Women’s Epee and went on to tie for 3rd, while Sarah ended 7th. Unfortunately, Lily had to withdraw after the women’s pool round. In Mixed Epee, Nick finished 12th, earning his E17 classification, Sarah was 13th, Julia ended 17th, Alex was 19th, and Daniel came in 23rd.

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Nick lands a single-light counterattack on an opponent during a direct elimination bout.

January 2018 Youth Beginner Fencing Class Registration

Registration for our first kids’ beginner fencing class of the new year is now open! The 6-week class meets Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30, January 9-February 13, 2018. Have fun, make friends, learn a new sport!

Cost is $60. All equipment is provided. Students should wear comfortable athletic clothes, specifically pants that allow full range of motion (no shorts!) and close-toed shoes.

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January 2018 Teen/Adult Beginner Fencing Class Registration

Registration is now open for our Teen/Adult Beginner Fencing class! The 6-week class for ages 13+ meets Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 pm starting January 10. Have fun, make friends, learn a new sport!

Cost is $60. All equipment is provided. Students should wear comfortable athletic clothes, specifically pants that allow full range of motion (no shorts!) and close-toed shoes.

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