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Fantastic Performance from AFM Fencers at the 2019 Fencing Summer Nationals

Fantastic Performance from AFM Fencers at the 2019 Fencing Summer Nationals

Wow. Just wow! We are still reeling from incredible performance of the AFM fencers at the 2019 Fencing Summer Nationals in Columbus. 

After a memorable 10 days in Columbus, Ohio, we are home and still stunned by the marvelous results from our AFM athletes. It’s impossible not to be proud of these tremendous results from our hard working fencers, so here they are! Join us in congratulating them!

Top National Fencers

Fencers from all over the  United States traveled to Columbus, Ohio earlier this month to face off in the biggest fencing competition in America, Fencing Summer Nationals. After a year of hard work, building on success through the 2018-2019 fencing season, we are ecstatic to say that AFM is among the top clubs in the USA in the medal count, and the best club on the West Coast. Among the 134 American and Canadian fencing clubs that took home medals, AFM’s final rank is number six! That’s phenomenal! 

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Fencing Book Announcement – From Cool Runnings to World Superpower: The Rise of American Fencing

Fencing Book "From Cool Runnings to World Superpower The Rise of American Fencing" by Igor Chirashnya is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats

Breathtaking. Unexpected. Deserved.

Any and all of us who have been in and around American fencing for the last few decades know that where we are today is almost unrecognizable from where we were thirty years ago.

This journey inspired me to write a book about it –  From Cool Runnings to World Superpower: The Rise of American Fencing. Which goes on sale on June 14th, 2019!

The story of how America rose to the top is one that is as exciting as anything you’ll read about in sports. It’s intertwined with global politics, because we discover that America became home to some of the greatest fencing talent in the world thanks to the end of the Cold War. That talent, coupled with the incredible innovation that is the hallmark of the American ideal, has come together to create a story that it’s impossible to put down.

What happened with American fencers is the kind of transformation that you see in movies. In fact, it made me think of a classic Olympic film, Cool Runnings. You know the one, it’s the very fictionalized account of the real events that led to the first Jamaican bobsled team. U.S. fencers at one time were almost as much of a longshot as the bobsledders from the Caribbean, though without the comedy we see in the movie.

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The Rise of American Fencing [Book Announcement]

The Rise of American Fencing Book

American fencing is on a winning streak. You can feel it when you watch our top fencers vie for the top medals at worldwide competitions and win. That’s happening more and more every year, enough to call it more than a fluke, more than a lucky athlete here and there who made it to the top of an international podium. What we’re seeing is a swell of American fencing talent that’s been built over decades, in fits and starts but always with a trend towards a greater goal.

You only have to look at the Olympic medal counts that start at zero for broad decades in the early Twentieth Century, then trickle in with a podium here and there, then flood the stage starting with women’s sabre in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The changes over the last two decades from zero to quasi-hero are really impossible to miss!

It doesn’t matter if you follow epee, foil, or sabre, you can rest assured that there are American fencers of both genders pushing the boundaries against the fencing powerhouses of Europe, Asia, and the former Soviet bloc. If you’re reading this, then I’m probably not telling you anything new. You know that American fencing has been moving forward at a breakneck pace in the last twenty years. It might seem as though that’s a meteoric rise, however it’s anything but. American fencing has been building this ladder for a long time.

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AFM Fourth Anniversary Blog

AFM Fourth Anniversary BlogToday is the fourth anniversary of the Academy of Fencing Masters blog! It seems like only yesterday that our first post was published.

Back in 2014, many parents asked us questions which were difficult to find answers to online. Here and there there were pieces of information, but other than Fencing.net there wasn’t a good source for novice parents. Even fencing.net was geared mostly towards experienced fencers.  So out of our desire to address common issues we decided to create a blog. We wanted to help novice fencers and novice fencing parents, to do our part to increase the profile of this marvelous sport, and to celebrate it. That’s exactly what we dug into and set out to do. There was a need that we knew needed to be filled, a place where we knew we could offer support. Because that’s what life is all about – sharing your knowledge and passion with the world, all while learning from the knowledge of others and being inspired by their passion.

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AFM 2017 Year in Review

AFM 2017 Year in ReviewWhat an amazing year it’s been here at Academy of Fencing Masters!

The last twelve months have seen growth in our club, fantastic finishes for our fencers, expansion of our facilities, and tremendous support from the community. It’s been a good year for AFM, but most of all it’s been a good year for our incredible fencers.

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