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Qualifying Path for Junior Olympics and July Challenge

Qualifying Path to Junior OlympicsWhen it comes to the qualifying path for Junior Olympics and July Challenge for Cadet and Juniors the whole subject becomes to be very confusing.

The reason is that unlike all other categories the qualifying path works slightly differently. The major difference is cadet/junior season.

Cadet/Junior season is not aligned with USFA fencing season and spans from Junior Olympics of the current year till Junior Olympics of the next year and coincides with International Cadet/Junior age definition.

For cadets and juniors there are two major national level tournaments that require qualification:

  1. Junior Olympics Championship, held during the President Week Weekend in middle of February (this season February 17-20, 2017 in Kansas City, MO)
  2. July Challenge, held as part of the Summer Nationals in late June, early July (this season July 1-10, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UT)

Let’s see how to qualify for each one of these events.

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School Absences and Fencing Competitions – How to Work the System

School Absences and Fencing Competitions – How to Work the SystemWhen your child starts competing on the regional or national level, school absences are almost inevitable. National level tournaments (NAC’s and Championships) run Friday thru Monday, and regional level tournaments, such as RYC’s, SYC’s, RJCC’s and ROC’s also often take at least one or even two school days. Add to this an additional day required for travel (especially when coming from the west coast to the east) your child’s miss school days start to quickly add up.

Schools aren’t happy about that.

Understanding the School’s Perspective

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Pan American Youth and Veteran Fencing Championship 2016

Academy of Fencing Masters at Pan American Youth and Veteran championship 2016 : From left to right: Andrea leang, Leehi Machulsky, Adam Chirashnya and Alan Buchwald

AFM fencers at Pan American Championship 2016. From left to right: Andrea Leang, Leehi Machulsky, Adam Chirashnya and Alan Buchwald

All eyes were on Rio this summer as the USFA was busy with promoting fencing in different places around the country in support of our accomplished athletes in the Summer Olympics. That’s rightfully so – the momentum and the press has never been better for fencing.

But there was actually something else big going on in fencing this summer – the Pan American Youth and Veteran Championship in Puerto Rico!

The Pan American Youth and Veteran Championship this year was held in Ponce, Puerto Rico on August 22-26, 2016.  Last year the Championship was held in Lima, Peru, and the next year it supposed to be at the Virgin Islands.

Our Amazing Pan American Games Experience

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6 Ways to Make Weekdays Easier for Fencing Families

6 Ways to Make Weekdays Easier for Fencing FamiliesMaking everything happen during the week can be a challenge for fencing families, in no small part because the days start early and the nights can go long, and competition weekends can make it all even worse. There are always ways to improve, things that we can do to make it easier and less stressful for the family. Here are some things that we’ve found to work for us.

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7 Simple Things to Make your Fencing Better

7-simple-things-to-make-your-fencing-betterOften it is the simplest things that are the most effective, the most important in our training. Taking fencing training up a notch doesn’t have to be complicated, and fencers can get better through tweaking just a few basics. Here are seven simple things that are easy to overlook but can really improve your fencing.

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