We had a great time hosting our first summer day camp for fencers ages 8-14 (who have some fencing experience), led by Guest Coach Gary Copeland from Northern Colorado Fencers. It was great to see everyone working so hard and improving their skills!
Following the kids’ camp, Gary led a small 2-day coaching workshop focused on individual lessons. In addition to RDF coaches Kevin and Sarah, we had two coaches join us from the Lincoln Fencing Club. We really appreciate Gary’s instruction and feedback and we’re looking forward to helping our students be more successful!
Three RDF athletes traveled to Salt Lake City for Summer National Championships. On Thursday, Julia and Sarah fenced Division 2 Women’s Epee. After a bit of a rough start in pools, Julia fenced very well in direct eliminations and finished 31st – her best national finish so far – and Sarah went out in her first DE (15-point bout) and was 88th. Julia fenced again the next day in Div 3, ending 68th. On Saturday, Lily competed in her first national event (and 3rd tournament ever): Y14 Women’s Epee. She worked hard and got touches on everyone in her pool and came in 148th. In Y12 on Monday, Lily won two pool (5-point) bouts, but lost her first DE, placing 70th.
RDF sent four fencers to Minneapolis for the Almost Sauna Summer Open (it was very hot and humid!) for one last tournament before Summer Nationals. Sarah and Julia finished 7th and 8th in the Open epee event. Lily and Kaden finished 5th and 6th in Y12. Full results available here: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=34030#134197
Kaden attempts to hit his opponent on the arm in Y12 Epee.
RDF fencer Jim took home the Titanium Man trophy after a long day of fencing at the Iowa City Fencing Center last Sunday. Julia came in 6th, Austin (who usually fences at U of I but is in Des Moines this summer) ended 7th, and Charlie finished 10th. The Titanium Man tournament uses a slightly different format than most tournaments we go to; it’s round-robin 15-point bouts. Seventeen people makes it an endurance test, but it’s also great practice for direct elimination bouts. Congratulations to all the survivors!
Registration is open for our next Beginner Youth Fencing class and Beginner Teen/Adult Fencing class. The kids’ class meets Tuesday evenings 5:30-6:30, June 6-July 18 and the older folks meet Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30. (Remember, no class the week of Independence Day!) 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.
Beginner Youth Fencing:
Beginner Teen/Adult Fencing:
Registration for the Teen/Adult class is full/closed as of 5/28/17. We will have more beginner classes in September! Thank you for your interest!
RDF hosted our annual spring tournament on Sunday, with 52 fencers competing. Sixteen fencers from RDF competed, many of them in their first real tournament!
In Y12 Mixed Epee, Lily finished 2nd, Simon and Weston tied for 3rd, Kaden was 5th, Jack ended 6th, and Graham (our Y10 fencer) ended up 7th. It was the first real tournament for all of them (well, real epee tournament – there was that one time Kaden fenced foil in Iowa City). In Y14, Daniel was 3rd, Alex finished 5th, Nick was 6th, Weston was 7th, Lily ended 8th, Simon was 9th, Maggie was 10th, and Kaden was 11th.
In Open Mixed Epee, Jim finished 7th (in his 2nd tournament of the weekend), Sarah finished 18th, Charlie ended 23rd, and Julia was 27th. In the D & Under Epee event, Carl was 5th, Charlie came in 6th, Julia was 12th, Henry was 22nd, Nick ended 23rd, and Daniel finished 26th.
We owe all of our parents, referees, and volunteers a big THANK YOU for helping us put on this event! We enjoyed getting to fence lots of great people from around the region, so thank you to everyone who came out to make this event a success – we will have to get a bigger gym next year!