Junior Olympics Results

RDF fencer Ava traveled to Salt Lake City, UT to compete at Junior Olympics, which is national championships for the Junior and Cadet age divisions. In Cadet Women’s Epee on Monday, she finished 157th and made some great touches. She was pleased by her improving ability to emotionally recover from a loss, and some things she’s been working on in practice came together in competition, which is always a good feeling for a fencer!

Full results: https://www.fencingtimelive.com/events/results/394326AEE4F64160B05CBB5A65152238?fbclid=IwAR1lv0bkSaXau7bRu9Rj5juj1AWZ_mHdMm5dPLztcwQvA-qMrrvvfnErOus

Icicle Invitational Results

Nine of our fencers competed in two events at Lincoln Fencing Club‘s Icicle Invitational in Nebraska last weekend. Everyone’s been working hard in practice and we enjoyed testing our skills in competition!

In Senior Mixed Epee (translation: ages 13 and up, open to all genders), Evan (who also trains at the Iowa City Fencing Center) took home the 6th place medal and renewed his “C”, Sarah ended 12th, Nick was 14th, Daniel was 16th, Jack came in 20th, Mat finished 25th, Ava ended 28th, Tasha was 29th, and Chantal finished 31st.

In Senior Women’s Epee, Tasha and Sarah tied for 3rd, Ava was 5th, and Chantal was 6th.

It was also fun to see some familiar faces from the Winter Camp! Thanks for hosting, LFC!

Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=49481

Ivan Lee Leads Referee Seminar at RDF

RDF hosted an Iowa Division-sponsored referee seminar lead by Certified Referee Instructor and 2004 Olympic saber fencer Ivan Lee this weekend. We really appreciate Ivan traveling from New York to Iowa while we were getting 12 inches of snow and running an excellent seminar. Ivan is a dynamic speaker, full of wisdom, and passionate about developing new referees and coaching them to success.

Not only do referee seminars give aspiring referees the chance to become certified referees with USA Fencing, they are part of continuing education requirements for those already certified. Attendees came from the Des Moines Fencing Club, Iowa City Fencing Center, Iowa State University Fencing Club, Omaha Fencing Club, and RDF. There is a lot of material to cover, but all of the participants were prepared, asked good questions, and almost everyone tested for certification. We all are thankful for Ivan’s feedback and encouragement!

Fun at the TCFC Winter Camp

Fencers Daniel, Chantal, and Jack had an exhausting but educational time at the Twin Cities Fencing Club’s annual Winter Camp, Dec. 28-30. We spent a lot of time on false actions – basically actions that are not “real” or committed, which help set up your real, committed action for success by conditioning your opponent to anticipate something other than your real action. We stayed at a nearby rental house with some fencers from the Lincoln Fencing Club, which allowed us to cook some meals and socialize. Our legs were sore, but we had a lot of fun!

Resting fencers: “I don’t think my brain can absorb any more fencing”
Warming up and working on our lunge mechanics with Coach Brad from LFC

RDF December Youth Tournament (HYC #2) Results

We held second of three Heartland Youth Circuit events at RDF this weekend! It was mostly fencers from our club, but it was especially good for those whose fencing has been heavily impacted by the pandemic to get some more experience fencing people in their own age group.

Y10 Epee medalists: Javy, Harry, and Kalina

On Saturday, in Y10 Mixed Epee, Kalina took home the gold medal, Javy earned the silver, and Harry got the bronze.

In Y14 Mixed Epee, Ian from the Omaha Fencing Club won the gold, Ben R. took silver, Sophia and Conner each got bronze (fencing almost always ties for 3rd), Ben H. finished 5th, and Finn came in 6th.

Y14 Epee fencers: Finn, Ben H., Conner, Sophia, Ben R., and Ian

In Y12 Mixed Epee, Kalina won another gold, Conner won silver, and Finn took home bronze. This was Finn, Conner, and Javy’s first tournament.

Y12 Epee medalists: Finn, Conner, and Kalina

In Cadet Mixed Epee on Sunday, Ian and Marcus from Omaha were 1st and 2nd, respectively, and Ben R. and Campbell tied for 3rd.

Cadet epee medalists: Campbell, Ben R., Marcus, and Ian

Then in Junior Mixed Epee, Daniel won gold, Nick took home the silver, Ian and Marcus each got bronze, Ava was 5th, RDF alum Alex (now at ISU) was 6th, Campbell came in 7th, and Ben R. finished 8th.

Junior Epee fencers: Ben R., Campbell, Alex, Ava (played by Sarah here), Ian, Marcus, Nick, and Daniel

Full results: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=48995

Here are the updated Heartland Youth Circuit points standings:

Y10

Y12

Y14

Cadet

Junior

RDF to Host Referee Seminar with Ivan Lee Jan. 14-15

RDF is hosting a referee seminar with Certified Referee Instructor Ivan Lee, sponsored in part by the Iowa Division of USA Fencing, on January 14-15, 2022. This is an opportunity for aspiring referees to earn credentials and current referees to refresh their knowledge and possibly increase their rating. All experience levels are welcome, as well as fencers who want to learn how to most effectively interact with referees and understand the calls being made, family members who want to know how they can best support their athlete, and coaches who need to stay current on the rules and their understanding of our ever-evolving sport. Only those who wish to earn credentials need to take the online/written and practical exam, but everyone should familiarize themselves with the rule book and study guide for this seminar.

The seminar will be held in person at the club, and masks are required for everyone, regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status (but we appreciate that the vast majority of fencing folks are vaccinated!).

Ivan Lee is a 2004 US Olympian and 2014 Hall of Fame member with 23 years of refereeing experience. He is a Certified Referee Instructor and Observer, with ratings of 2 in saber, 3 in foil, and 5 in epee. He has served as a referee assigner for USA Fencing and the Public Schools Athletic League in New York City.

His fencing career also includes 15 US National Championships, 10 NCAA Championships, and team gold at the 2001 Junior World Championships, as well as two golds at the 2003 Pan Am Games. Ivan is the Head Coach for Women’s Fencing at Long Island University and the Head Saber Coach at Long Island Fencing Center.

More information about the process of becoming a referee: https://www.usafencing.org/referees-process

Sign up on askfred: https://askfred.net/Clinics/moreInfo.php?clinic_id=49461

Fencing at the Marx/Mattern Clinic at the Twin Cities Fencing Club

Fencer Daniel and coach Kevin traveled to St. Paul last weekend for a fencing clinic with Olympic fencers-turned-coaches Michael Marx and Cody Mattern. It’s fun to work with fencers and coaches from other clubs and learn from their different perspectives, styles, and skills. Kevin and Daniel brought back some great drills and ideas that we plan on implementing in the club soon!

Coach Michael Marx talks to the group of foil and epee fencers at TCFC