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Keeth Smart Fencers Club/PWF

James Williams Fencers Club 2004-2007

Tim Morehouse Fencers Club 2000-2007

Jason Rogers

The Fencers  Club  is  the  oldest  and  largest  fencing  club    in  the  United  States.  Comprised  of  a  diverse  group  of   people  united  by  a  common  passion  for  fencing,  the   Fencers  Club’s  main  goal  is  to  foster  and  support  the   pursuit  of  excellence  in  fencing,  academics  and   community  service.  With  the  generous  support  of,  and   volunteer  efforts  by,  our  dedicated  members,  we   provide  a  variety  of  services  to  our  members  while   sharing  our  resources  with  the  community  at  large.     The  Fencers  Club  Mission  and  Goals:    

Provide the  highest  level  of  instruction  and  state  of  the   art  facilities  for  the  sport  of  modern  fencing.   Promote  the  social  and  athletic  interaction  of  our   members  through  the  sport  of  fencing.    

Preserve the  history  and  tradition  of  fencing  in  the   United  States.    

Broaden the  base  of  support  for  fencing  in  the  United   States,  and  especially  New  York  City,  by  actively   developing  and  offering  fencing-­‐related  community   outreach,  scholarship,  and  educational  programs.  


CHAIRMAN Rex  Chung     PRESIDENT   Julio  Mazzoli     VICE  PRESIDENT   Erinn  Smart   SECRETARY   Michael  Nissan     TREASURER   Eric  Pho     Anne  Mathews    

Inspire and  assist  our  scholar-­‐athletes  to  achieve  at  the   highest  levels  in  fencing  and  academics.    

Promote a  culture  of  sharing  and  community  outreach   through  fencing  and  academic  activities.    

Produce fencers  of  Olympic  caliber  through  the  active   sponsorship  of  world-­‐  class  training  programs,   competitions,  and  teams.  

Cliff Bayer  

Benjamin Bratton  

Peter Ganzenmuller  

Simon Gershon  (coach  rep.)   Alan  Getz  

Liz Luckett  

Jean-­‐Marc Oppenheim   Paul  Oratofsky  



Kathleen Reckling   Peter  Westbrook   Julia  Whitehead

Fencing in  the  Schools    

The Fencers  Club's  Fencing  in  the  Schools     program  embodies  all  aspects  of  the  Fencers   Club’s  mission  and  goals.  It  is  a  comprehensive   program  that  teaches  fencing  to  students  in   their  own  schools  while  imparting   the  character  building  values,  discipline  and   strategic  thinking  that  are  integral  to  the   sport.    By  working  closely  with  students  in  a   sport  that  is  physically,  intellectually  and  

emotionally challenging,  our  highly  trained   and  motivated  scholar-­‐athlete  coaches  will   encourage  the  students  to  work  through   difficulties  to  achieve  their  goals  and  develop   perseverance  that  can  enhance  the  students’   ability  to  perform  in  non-­‐fencing  pursuits.            



Our vision  is  to  offer  fencing,  with  all  its   easily  transferable  skills  for  learning   and  discipline,  to  a  wide  range  of   students  across  racial,  socio-­‐economic   and  cultural  divides.  We  are  committed   to  building  strong  partnerships  with   schools  that  share  our  vision  and  to   implementing  sustainable  fencing  and   mentoring  programs  in  schools  with   limited  resources.    

Every child  deserves  a  high-­‐quality,  broad-­‐based   education,  which  should  encompass  a  thorough   grounding  in  academic  subjects,  an  introduction   to  the  arts,  the  fostering  of  personal  growth  and   rigorous  and  interesting  physical  education.     Through  Fencing  in  the  Schools,  we  seek  to   partner  with  schools  to  facilitate  students’   physical,  intellectual  and  emotional  growth,   especially  during  highly  formative  years.    


Fencing in  the  Schools

Fencing in  the  Schools  is  a  comprehensive  fencing  curriculum  that  partners  with  schools  to  implement  on-­‐site  coaching/mentoring   sessions  to  facilitate  students’  physical,  intellectual  and  emotional  growth,  especially  during  highly  formative  years.    

The Children’s  Storefront  School  


Lower Manhattan  Community  School  

Grace Church  School  

For The  US  Army  Fort  Hamilton  Youth  Services  

FENCERS CLUB est. 1883

We  have  been  coaching  fencing   as  part  of  the  gym  curriculum       and  as  an  afterschool  program   for  over  10  years.       OUR  CURRENT  IN-­‐SCHOOL  PROGRAMS  

The Children’s  Storefront  School   70  East  129th  Street,  NYC   Integrated  into  the  3rd  and  4th  grade  P.E.  curriculum     Mott  Hall  II,  235  West  109th  Street,  NYC   Integrated  into  the  middle  school  P.E.  curriculum     Bronx  Expeditionary  Learning  HS   240  East  172nd  St,  Bronx,  NY  10457  

Lower Manhattan  Community  Middle  School   26  Broadway,  New  York,  NY  10004     Brooklyn  Expeditionary  Learning  HS   Integrated  into  the  high  school  P.E.  curriculum     Fort  Hamilton  Child  &  Youth  Services   USAG  Fort  Hamilton,  NY  11252   Part  of  Fort  Hamilton  Youth  Services  


The Caedmon  School,  NYC  

Kew-­‐Forest School,  NYC  

Scarsdale After  School  Clubs,  Scarsdale,  NY  

           Geneva  School,  NYC  

               Grace  Church  School,  NYC  


Village Community  School,  NYC  

New Partner  Schools  for  2011-­‐2012  (as  of  6/2/2011)   The  Speyer  Legacy,  15  West  86th  Street,  NYC  

George Jackson  Academy,  104  Saint  Mark's  Place,  NYC   4  

THE BENEFITS  OF  PHYSICAL  FITNESS     Physical  fitness  is  not  only  strongly  linked  to  good  health  but,  as  many  studies  demonstrate,   can  also  be  a  significant  element  in  achieving  academic  success  and  emotional  well-­‐being.    

The Benefits  of  Physical  Activity,  CDC,  published   February  16,  2011      

“Regular physical  activity  is  one  of  the  most  important   things  you  can  do  for  your  health.”      

Is There  a  Relationship  Between  Physical  Fitness   and  Academic  Achievement?       Journal  of  School  Health,  January  2009    “Results  show  statistically  significant  relationships  between   fitness  and  academic  achievement.”    

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“Results show  statistically   significant  relationships   between  fitness  and   academic  achievement.”  




Improving  physical  fitness  and  emotional  well-­‐being  in  adolescents  of  low  socioeconomic  status,   Oxford  Journals,  Health  Promotion  International,  Volume  20,  Issue  2   “Among  adolescents,  physical  activity  is  associated  with  benefits  in  the  prevention  and  control  of   emotional  distress,  and  improvement  of  self-­‐esteem.”    

Statement of  Dorothy  G.  Richardson,  M.D.  President's  Council  on  Physical  Fitness  and  Sports,  U.S.   Department  of  Health  and  Human  Services  

“Physical activity  and  sports  involvement  are  important  developmental  opportunities  for  both  boys  and   girls.  Contributions  include  increased  strength  and  power,  better  cardiovascular  functioning,  enhanced   immune  system  responses,  opportunities  to  develop  moral  reasoning,  positive  self-­‐concepts  and  social   interaction  skills.”     5  

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A. Why  Fencing?   Almost  uniquely,  and  in  contrast  to  many  other  physical  fitness  activities,  fencing  marries  its  

physical elements  with  the  stimulation  of  emotional  and  intellectual  development  that  can  generate  

positive benefits  in  other  areas  of  a  student’s  life.        

Ø Fencing promotes  discipline:   •

Successful fencers  learn  to  control  their  emotions  as  they  formulate  and  reformulate   their  strategies  over  the  course  of  a  bout.  

Fencing is  grounded  in  a  long  tradition  of  discipline  and  respect  for  oneself,  one’s  

opponent and  the  rules  of  engagement.  Elements  of  these  traditions  are  highly  visible  in  


the conduct  of  the  sport.  

Fencing encourages  resilience.  Even  the  best  fencers  lose  many  bouts;  learning  from  ones’   losses  and  retooling  for  the  next  round  is  essential.    

Ø Fencing is  a  highly  inclusive  sport;  students  and  athletes  of  all  body  types  and  personalities   can  succeed  at  fencing,  and  anyone  can  reach  the  proficiency  level  necessary  to  enjoy  the  


Ø Fencing is  safe,  inexpensive  to  implement  in  schools,  and  can  be  practiced  in  a  limited   amount  of  space.  It  does  not  require  special  or  permanent  structures. 6  


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Fencing fosters  complex  problem  solving  skills  and  requires  students  to  use  their  powers  of   observation,  deduction  and  reasoning  to  understand  and  accurately  execute  actions  during  


the bout.  

Fencing encourages  mental  agility  and  fast  thinking  as  fencers  must  constantly  analyze  the  

complexities of  the  bout  in  the  context  of  their  own  physical  and  psychological  capabilities  


and the  opponent’s  strengths.  This  analysis  must  occur  over  the  course  of  seconds.  

As a  physically  demanding  sport,  fencing  provides  substantial  cardiovascular  benefits  and  

the associated  training  emphasizes  the  development  of  flexibility,  agility  and  coordination  of  


footwork and  eye-­‐hand  movements.    


Fencing is  an  exciting  sport  that  is  often  appealing  to  kids  who  don’t  normally  like  physical  

pursuits; it  can  also  be  immensely  empowering  to  shyer  or  smaller  kids  who  normally  don’t   stand  out  in  physical  activity  but  who  can  often  find  ways  to  succeed  at  fencing  against  

bigger and  stronger  opponents.



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B. Who  will  serve  as  coaches  for  

D. What  is  the  cost  of  implementing  

Fencing in  the  Schools?  

Fencing in  the  Schools  and  who  will  

All of  our  School  Coaches  are  highly  

pay for  it?  

selected for  their  passion  for  fencing  and  their  

with its  partner  schools  in  Fencing  in  the  

accomplished scholar-­‐athletes.    They  are  

The Fencers  Club  is  committed  to  working  

commitment to  teaching,  being  role  models  and  

Schools to  meet  the  needs  of  the  students  and  

mentoring students.  Fencers  Club’s  own  world-­‐  

the school’s  budget.    

renowned coaches  will  instruct  the  School  

For more  information,  please  contact:    

Coaches.  They  will  work  with  a  carefully  

Liz Cross,  Executive  Director  

planned curriculum  designed  by  Fencers  Club.  

Fencers Club  will  work  with  the   schools,  donors  and  sponsors  to   implement  a  sustainable  program.  

The School  Coaches  will  meet  regularly  to  

discuss their  students’  progress  and  any  issues   that  may  be  useful  in  teaching  and  mentoring.  

The School  Coaches  will  be  evaluated  for  their  

E. Can  P.E.  instructors  and  other  teachers  

commitment, performance  and  effectiveness.  

participate in  the  program?  

P.E. instructors  and  teachers  affiliated  with  

partner schools  and  interested  in  learning  more  

about fencing  are  invited  to  join  group  classes  at   the  Fencers  Club.  For  those  instructors  who   would  like  to  reach  a  significant  proficiency  

level, Fencers  Club  will  be  designing  a  coaching   clinic  that  would  be  flexible  and  suitable  for   teachers  with  limited  time  and  funds.    

C. Can  we  meet  other  students  in  the   program  and  represent  our  schools?  

Fencers in  the  program’s  partner  schools  will  


have the  opportunity  to  fence  for  their  

schools at  the  Fencers  Club.  Two  annual  

competitions, one  in  December  and  one  in  

June, will  provide  students  with  a  chance  to  

measure their  fencing  progress  and  meet   other  students  in  the  program.    Families,  

school administrators  and  friends  will  be   invited  to  each  event.    


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Fence in  the  summer:  Fencers  Club  hosts  an  annual  summer  camp,  combining  academics  and  fencing   and  run  according  to  the  same  principles  embodied  in  its  Fencing  in  the  Schools  program.      Substantial   financial  aid  is  available  for  those  students  with  demonstrated  need.    


Become a  member  of  the  Fencers  Club:  Fencers  Club  helps  new  students  choose  a  coach  and   program  that  is  appropriate  to  the  student’s  stage  of  development,  personality  and  fencing  goals.   The  student  will  continue  to  work  with  his/her  School  Coach  as  a  mentor  at  the  club.        

Apply  for  the  Fencers  Club  Scholars  program:  Those  students  who  have  demonstrated  a  passion   and  aptitude  for  fencing,  but  may  not  be  able  to  afford  the  membership  fees,  may  apply  for  the   Fencers  Club  Scholars  program.  The  Fencers  Club  Scholarship  Committee  will  evaluate  the   application  and  the  award  is  based  on  the  student’s  commitment  to  fencing,  academic  achievements   and  financial  need.  



Photo by Serge Timache

FENCERS CLUB est. 1883

Fencing in  the  Schools  Coaches  

Bratton,  Benjamin    

Benjamin Bratton  is   currently  one  of  the   most  successful  epee   fencers  from  the   United  States.     Originally  from   Queens,  New  York,   Ben  graduated  from   the  Dwight  School  in   New  York  City  and   from  St.  John’s   University.  Ben,  a   three-­‐time  NCAA  All-­‐ American  and  three-­‐time  national  champion,  is  one   of  the  nation’s  top  epee  prospects  for  the  2012   Olympic  Games  in  London.    He  coached  at  the   Caedmon  School,  and  coaches  for  the  Peter   Westbrook  Foundation  and  Riverdale  Country  Day   School.    Ben  is  training  full  time,  coaching  and   mentoring.    

Clement, Luther  

Cross, Emily    

Emily Cross  is  one   of  the  most   successful   women’s  foil   fencers  from  the   United  States.     Emily  competed  at   her  first  national   tournament  at  the   age  of  11,  and  at   the  age  of  13  won   a  team  bronze   medal  at  the  2000   World   Championships.  She  went  on  to  win  three  world   championships  and  a  team  silver  medal  in   women’s  foil  at  the  2008  Olympic  Games  in   Beijing,  China.  Emily  fenced  at  Harvard  University,   where  she  became  the  first  Harvard  female  to  win   the  NCAA  championship  and  was  awarded   Harvard  Crimson  Female  Rookie  of  the  Year.    She   was  named  the  Scholar-­‐Athlete  of  her  graduating   class.  Currently  Emily  is  teaching,  fencing,   volunteering  and  applying  to  medical  schools.  

Goto,  Jean    

Luther Clement  started  to  fence  when  he  was  five   years  old  and  is  one  of  the  best  men’s  sabre  fencers   in  the  United  States.    Luther  has  been  on  the  US   National  Team  several  times  throughout  his   fencing  career.  He  won  a  bronze  medal  at  the   Junior  World  Championships,  earned  All-­‐American   honors,  and  was  named  East  Coast  Athletic  Scholar   of  the  Year.    He  began  his  coaching  career  as   assistant  coach  to  the  head  fencing  coach  of  the   University  of  Pennsylvania.  Currently  he  is  training   to  qualify  for  the  2012  Olympic  Games  and   coaching.  


Jean Goto,  a  native  New  Yorker,   began  fencing  at  the  Peter   Westbrook  Foundation  when   she  was  ten  years  old.  Since   then  she  has  trained  with  some   of  the  best  coaches  in  the  world.   Jean  has  been  a  successful   competitive  fencer  for  many   years.  As  a  member  of  the  NYU   fencing  team,  Jean  was  the   winner  of  the  Temple  Open  and   was  selected  to  represent  NYU   at  the  NCAA  fencing   championships  and  was  named  All-­‐American.     She  has  coached  with  fencing  programs  at  Gate   Hill  Day  Camp,  the  Dwight  School,  Greenwich   Academy,  Leadership  High  School  and   throughout  Greenwich,  CT  and  the  Cayman   Islands.  Jean  is  devoted  to  working  with  kids  to   develop  their  talent  and  passion  for  fencing.

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Hassan, Aziza    

Muhammad, Ibtihaj    

Hailing from   Maplewood,  N.J.,   Ibthihaj  is  a  member   of  the  U.S.  World   Championship  Team   and  2012  Olympic   hopeful.    Muhammad   is  currently  ranked   2nd  in  the  United   States  and  11th  in  the   world.  Her  fencing   career  highlights   include  two  US  National  Championships,  team   gold  medal  from  the  2010  Pan  American   Championship,  and  a  top  8  finish  at  the  2010   New  York  World  Cup.    In  addition  to  training   for  the  2012  London  Olympic  Games,   Kim,  Justin     Justin  Kim  is  an  accomplished   Muhammad  is  a  private  tutor  and  head  fencing   national  fencer  from  Singapore.     coach  for  Columbia  High  School,  reigning  New   Jersey  State  Champions.  Ibthihaj  is  a  graduate   His  career  highlights  include   reaching  the  finals  at  the  2010   of  Duke  University.     Singapore  Nationals  Open   2010.    His  passion  for  coaching     Ramirez,  Yeisser     originates  from  his  experience   Ramirez  is  a   as  a  coach  at  the  Singapore   Academy  of  Fencing  where  he   competitive  and   worked  extensively  with  young  children.  Justin  is  a   internationally   experienced  fencer   sophomore  at  NYU.     from  Guantanamo,     Cuba.    He  was  a   McTigue,  Michael     nationally  ranked   Michael  McTigue  is  a   member  of  the  Cuban   decorated  Veteran  fencing   fencing  team  from   champion  whose  career   2005  to  2007.    Upon   highlights  include  a  gold  and   arriving  in  the  United   silver  medal  at  the  2010  NJ   States  in  2008,  he  has   Senior  Olympics,  as  well  as  a   been  a  member  of  the   gold  medal  at  the  2010  NJ   United  State  Fencing   Cup  Championship  in   association  and  is   Veteran  Men’s  Epee.    He  was   currently  a  nationally   an  assistant  fencing  coach  at  Michigan  State.   competitive  fencer.     Michael  also  managed  the  fencing  program  for   Ramirez  recently   the  Montclair  State  Gifted  and  Talented  Fencing   received  a  green  card   Camp.    He  is  a  holder  of  Moniteur  d’Arms  in  all   based  on  his   fencing  disciplines  from  the  United  States   international  recognition  for  his  extraordinary   Fencing  Coaches  Association  and  he  is  currently   abilities.  He  has  been  a  coach/mentor  for  the   the  head  coach  of  Montclair  High  School.  Michael   Peter  Westbrook  Foundation  and  the  Fencers   was  named  by  Star  Ledger  as  “2011  Coach  of  the   Club. Year”.         Aziza  started  fencing  when   she  was  eleven  years  old  in   New  York  City.    She  was  a   member  of  the  2000  Temple   University  Women’s  Fencing   team.  Aziza  graduated  in   2004  with  All-­‐American   honors.    She  was  the  assistant   coach  at  Stevens  Institute  of   Technology  and  helped  bring   the  team  to  a  second-­‐place  finish  at  the  Eastern   Women’s  Fencing  Conference  Dual  Meet   Championship.  Aziza  has  extensive  coaching   experience  working  with  college  fencers  and   middle  school  students.    


FENCERS CLUB est. 1883

Rodney, Adam  

Smith, Dwight    

Born and  raised  in  New  Orleans,   Louisiana,  Adam  is  a  graduate  of   St.  John’s  University.    Adam   fenced  all  four  years  during  his   tenure  and  was  named  All   American  in  2006.    Adam  placed   third  at  the  2010  National   Championships  and  won  a  team   gold  medal  at  the  2009  National   Championships.  In  addition,   Adam  has  had  a  number  of   international  successes,   including  his  silver  medal  team   finish  at  the  2010  World  Cup  in   Tallin,  Estonia.    He  has  been  a   coach  and  a  mentor  at  a  variety   of  fencing  programs  in  New  York   City  area.    

    Ross,  Nicole  



Nicole Ross  started  to   fence  at  the  age  of  nine   and  has  been   competing  for  the  last   thirteen  years.    Under   the  guidance  of  Fencers   Club  coaches  Simon   and  Irene  Gershon,   Nicole  was  a  member   of  the  2009  Junior   World  Championship   gold  medal  team,   placed  second  at  the   2010  national   championships  and  won  the  2010  NCAA   championship.    She  was  the  two-­‐time  captain  of   the  Columbia  University  fencing  team  and  has   been  a  member  of  four  national  teams  including   the  2010  US  National  Fencing  Team.    Nicole  has   worked  with  young  fencers,  often  assisting  her   coaches  with  their  beginner  classes  as  well  as   after  school  programs.  She  is  currently  training   for  the  2012  Olympic  Games.      

Dwight Smith  has   been  fencing  since  he   was  9  years  old  and  is   considered  one  the   nation’s  top  men’s   epee  fencers.    He   graduated  from   Columbia  University.   While  at  Columbia,  he   was  a  three-­‐time  All-­‐ American  and  three-­‐ time  All-­‐Ivy  League   honoree.    As  a  member  of  the  Peter  Westbrook   Foundation  team  that  won  the  gold  medal  at   the  2010  National  Fencing  Championships.     Dwight  has  extensive  coaching  and  mentoring   experience.  He  has  taught  at  The  Dwight  School,   The  Village  Community  School,  Lower   Manhattan  School,  The  Peter  Westbrook   Foundation  and  The  Children’s  Storefront   School.  In  addition  to  coaching  and  training,   Dwight  works  as  a  high  school  placement   coordinator  and  mentor  at  the  Children’s   Storefront.  

Holtz, Donovan    

Donovan Holtz  began   his  fencing  career   with  the  Peter   Westbrook   Foundation  at  the  age   of  10.  He  very  quickly   developed  into  an   internationally   competitive  fencer.  At   age  18,  he  began   volunteering  his  time   to  the  Westbrook   Foundation  by  running  the  epee  class  with  his   peers  in  the  program.  Donovan  studied   engineering  at  Rutgers  University  then  later  at   New  Jersey  Institute  of  Technology  where  he   earned  his  degree  in  Mechanical  Engineering.   While  still  a  student,  Donovan  was  hired  to  coach   the  NJIT  fencing  team  for  four  seasons.  Currently   Donovan  works  at  the  Fencers  Club  as  the   Programs  Manager,  coordinating  all  Fencers  Club   programs  including  the  Fencing  in  the  Schools   program.    


FENCERS CLUB est. 1883

Fencers Club  Coaches      

Elterman, Edward  –  Foil  

Born and  educated  in  Belarus;  has  been  a  coach  at   the  Fencers  Club  since  1991;  also  coaches  at  New   York  University  and  has  developed  many  NCAA   All-­‐Americans.    

Gershon, Irene  –  Foil  

Former Regional  and  Collegiate   Coach  in  the  Ukraine  and   assistant  coach  at  St.  Johns   University;  received  fencing   degree  with  high  honors  from   the  Kiev  Institute  of  Physical   Education;  supervises  several   youth  fencing  developmental   groups  and  has  developed  many   top  internationally  competitive   American  men  and  women   foilists.    

best fencers  in  the  world.  

Petin, Mikhail-­‐  Foil  






the National  Masters  Fencing  Academy  of  France,   in  foil,  epee  and  saber;  has  developed  some  of  the   !"#"$%"&'(#)*+*#



Spencer-­‐El, Akhi-­‐  Sabre  

Gershon, Simon-­‐  Foil  

Served as  2008  Beijing  Olympic   coach;  earned  his  Masters  degree   in  P.E.  and  fencing  at  the  Institute   of  Physical  Education,  Lvov,   Ukraine;  since  arriving  in  the  U.S.,   has  developed  students  beginning   at  all  skill  levels;  students  have   won  a  Silver  Medal  in  Olympic   Games  (Beijing,  2008),  four  Gold   and  four  Bronze  Medals  at  the   Junior  and  Cadet  World   Championships,  and  numerous   international,  national  and  NCAA   titles.    

Considered to  be  one  of  the  best   Former  coach  of  both  the   # sabre  fencers  in  the  U.S.  from  1995   Ukrainian  Men's  and  Women's   %,-./01#2341536# !-,7./689#:;<3/=89>0## to  2004,  winning  numerous   !C,-?D408#B83D=## ",(8.?6@,A88#B88# Foil  Squads  and  the  Soviet  Union   ',';#'9E8/536# !!,F/868#G8/1=.6# national  and  international   Women's  Foil  Team;  coach  of  the   G,H0D4=309#I8E06# !&,J0E30#7K0/## F,    ,%4=0#(L86D8/,'9# championship  titles;  earned  his   1986  Gold  Medal  World   # M# coaching  degree  from  Hungary  in   Championship  team;  holds  a   2009  and  joined  the  Fencers  Club   Masters  degree  in  fencing  from   as  a  coach;  has  developed  some  of  the  best  sabre   the  Kiev  Institute  of  Physical  Education;  served  as   fencers  in  the  country  with  one  current  student   US  Men's  Foil  Coach  at  the  1996  Atlanta  Olympic   ranked  11th  in  the  world  and  2nd  in  the  U.S.     Games;  has  developed  and  currently  coaches  some   of  the  country’s  top  men  and  women  foilists.   Udvahelyi,  Kornel-­‐  Epee   G#



Graduated with  high  honors  from  the  Masters   program  at  the  Hungarian  Institute  of  Physical   Education;  as  Hungarian  National  Junior  Epee   Coach,  his  top  student  won  the  Cadet  World   Championship,  Junior  World  Cup  Championship,   and  a  Silver  Medal  at  the  Junior  World   Championships;  his  American  students  have   enjoyed  similar  success  at  Cadet  and  Junior  World   Championships,  as  well  as  U.S.  National   Championships  and  NCAAs;  in  addition  to   coaching  at  Fencers  Club,  serves  as  epee  coach  at   New  York  University.  

Kfir, Nitai  -­‐  Foil  

Born and  raised  in  Israel,  was  a  member  of  the   Israeli  National  Team  six  consecutive  times;  two-­‐ time  Israeli  National  Champion;  NCAA  First  Team   All  American  with  Honors;  has  been  coaching  foil   since  2002  and  joined  the  Fencers  Club  in  2005.    

Leach, Buckie-­‐  Foil  

Considered to  be  the  most  successful  Foil  coach  in   US  Fencing  history  with  his  students  responsible   for  more  international  medals  in  Women's  Foil   than  any  US  coach  or  club  combined;  served  as  US   Olympic  Coach  in  1996,  2000  and  2004;  has   placed  five  athletes  on  US  Olympic  teams  and  two   on  Canadian  Olympic  Teams.    

Vaksman, Boris-­‐  Epee  

Formerly, one  of  the  Soviet  Union’s  most   successful  fencers;  began  his  coaching  career  in   the  Ukraine  as  a  Pentathlon  coach  with  two  of  his   top  students  qualifying  for  the  Ukrainian  National   Pentathlon  team;  has  been  coaching  in  the  US   since  1989;  has  been  a  coach  at  Fencers  Club  since   2006  and  also  coaches  at  St.  John's  University.  

Lee, Seoung-­‐Woo-­‐  Epee    

Former Head  Coach  of  the  Korean  National  Senior   Women's  Foil  Team  and  former  foil  and  epee   coach  at  the  Paris  University  Club  in  Paris,  France;     has  two  Masters  diplomas:  one  from  the  Korean   National  Masters  Fencing  Academy  and  one  from    




FENCERS CLUB est. 1883


Fencers Club  is  a  nonprofit  organization  dedicated  to  promoting  excellence  in  fencing,  academics,  and  character.     We  actively  support  a  culture  of  sharing  by  performing  community  services  that  extend  beyond  fencing.  

Some  programs  that  are  in  place:   •

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Annual College  Symposium  with  Head   Coaches  from  Columbia,  Harvard,  NYU,   Princeton  and  University  of   Pennsylvania   College  and  other  school  counseling   and  recommendations   Competitive  and  need-­‐based   scholarships     Weekly  Summer  Day  Camp  and   Berkshires  Training  Camp   Training  opportunities  abroad   Fencing  in  the  Schools:  A   comprehensive  curriculum  that   partners  with  schools  to  implement  on-­‐ site  fencing  sessions  to  facilitate   students’  physical,  intellectual  and   emotional  growth,  especially  during  the   highly  formative  late  elementary  and   middle  school  years.   Volunteer  opportunities   Fencers  Club  Pro  Shop  –  all  profits  go  to   the  Fencers  Club  Scholarship  Funds   Tutoring  services  

Our Community  Outreach  Fencing   Programs:   • • • • • • • •

The Children’s  Storefront  School   Mott  Hall  II   Lower  Manhattan  Community  Middle   School   Fort  Hamilton  Child  &  Youth  Services   Brooklyn  Expeditionary  Learning   School  for  Community  Leaders,     Public  School  Athletic  League  Training   Program   Summer  Day  Camp  with  75%  financial   aid   Groundwork  Youth  Services


ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM  ON  COLLEGE  FENCING   Peter  Brand,  Harvard  University;  Zoltan  Dudas,  Princeton  University;  Emmanuil  Kaidanov,  Penn  State;   George  Kolombatovich,  Columbia  University;  Steve  Mormondo,  New  York  University  

In-­‐Kind Donations:  

The Action  Center,  Brooklyn  Children’s  Sports  Center,  The  Children’s  Storefront,  City  and  Country,  Go  Project,   Grace  Church  School,  ,  Hunter  College  Elementary  School,  Geneva  School  Little  Baby  Face  Foundation,  Peter   Westbrook  Foundation  and  Trevor  Day  School.    

In  2010,  we  gave  more  than  $125,000  in  monetary  support  and  in-­‐kind  donations  to   various  outreach  programs  and  schools.   17  

3. Expect best response

Adversaries are predictable. They never cooperate unless it’s to their advantage or they have no choice. If they see we have an answer, they play differently. We gamble, but not really. Nor do we look for trouble. We’re opportunists, ready to exploit what comes our way. Yet we never expect the opponents to play along. We can’t suppose they’re going to blunder, or fail to see the threat. Even a novice can make a good decision by accident. So we play the odds, expecting the best response, armed for combat against master or lucky beginner.

Adversaries are  predictable.  They   never  cooperate  unless  it’s  to  their   advantage  or  they  have  no  choice.  


4. Beware of self-deception

A Few Thoughts on Learning and Competing By Bruce Pandolfini 1. Just Begin

Start where you are, with what you already know. Don’t look for the right place to begin. Don’t worry about learning the wrong way. Don’t think about finding the right book, teacher, or method. However you go, your opponents will light the path by beating you. We learn best by doing, which is a good way to learn anything. So in the beginning we’re urged to play before we know how. Not everyone can do it, but those who try are ahead of those who don’t. They know some of the obstacles, and that’s a step on the road to conquering them.

We learn  best  by  doing,  which  is   a  good  way  to  learn  anything.     2. Make a commitment  

Our game is demanding. It requires effort and dedication. If we let our minds wander, or play with ambivalence, or lack energy, we lose. We can’t show up and expect to get by. We’re playing people. They play for real. They don’t care about our troubles. They’d exploit any weakness without quarter. So the course is clear. In order to succeed we must fight to the end. That attitude doesn’t always win. But it commands respect, and on a long journey, we need it to point the way.

The player is always striving to know the truth, which can be many things and therefore misleading. For example, truth can be big or small. It can be objective or subjective. Objective truth is true for everyone or no one. Subjective truth works only for a particular player, opponent, observer, or commentator. But it works, as does factual truth, relative truth, practical truth, and truth for truth’s sake. With all that truth, it’s easy to fall back on our own truth, the most deceptive of all. Fortunately, the game can’t be won by a lie.

Start where  you  are,  with  what  you   already  know.  Don’t  look  for  the   right  place  to  begin.  Don’t  worry   about  learning  the  wrong  way.   Don’t  think  about  finding  the  right   book,  teacher,  or  method.   However  you  go,  your  opponents   will  light  the  path  by  beating  you.   5. Take control

Players clash for the initiative. If we don’t fight for it, our opponent might seize the reins and become us. Whoever wrests control has greater freedom and new choices, which fuels the attack. Feeding off that surge, the aggressor hopes to impose restraints and extract concessions, leading to more rewards and fresh options for the mounting onslaught. From options to control, the process is unstoppable, and each play builds on the one before it.

6. Appreciate small differences

Some games are played the same way over and over. That helps us learn how to win, doing the same things every chance we get. But even the same moves can be played differently. We can play them at different speeds or on different days. We can try them at different times against different opponents. Nor do we ever have to wear the same clothes or feel the same way. And there are many other elements that play a role, if we factor them in. It’s in those illusory differences that surprising creativity can be found.

It’s in  those  illusory  differences  that   surprising  creativity  can  be  found.   7. Make something out of nothing

We start even and what follows is small change. We create tiny differences and turn them to our advantage. We convert the immaterial to the material and the intangible to the tangible. We make the temporary permanent and the fleeting lasting. We gather nuances and favorable transitions into an overall advantage. If we do it right our superiority becomes overpowering. We can’t be stopped and win the game by force. But victory can come so suddenly it’s easy to miss how we got there: by gradually making something out of nothing.

We create  tiny  differences  and  turn   them  to  our  advantage.  We  convert   the  immaterial  to  the  material  and   the  intangible  to  the  tangible.  

9. Avoid bad habits We keep our minds active, but don’t burden ourselves needlessly. So we assign some tasks to involuntary procedure. That way, certain things get done. Indeed, true ability is implied by the number of operations we can perform without having to think about them; the more, the better. Reactions are important in timed competition, when excessive thinking can hasten defeat. But we must always resist thinking too superficially. It could lead to bad habits, such as undue thinking, or not thinking at all. 10. Look for patterns

The game is fraught with everyday parallels. It’s not that its situations have direct bearing on daily living. They may or may not. But many of the methods and strategies used to solve problems of play, with creative input, may be applied to the real world. Beyond that, we can often use the solution of one quandary as a template for another, even in different universes. It’s surprising how far we can go on a good analogy.

Our  game  is  demanding.   It  requires   effort  and  dedication.  If  we  let  our   minds  wander,  or  play  with   ambivalence,  or  lack  energy,  we  lose.  

8. Think like they think

The bedrock of defense is mindset. Players are cautious, always wary of potential problems. So we look in the mirror, entering the defender from the mind of the attacker. We imagine being where the opponent is, conspiring against us. Suddenly, defense is attack, and attack defense. We become the other side, seeing the idea first to sap it of value. That neutralizes the opponent, who doesn’t know we have until it’s too late.

Reactions are  important  in  timed   competition,  when  excessive  thinking   can  hasten  defeat.  But  we  must  always   resist  thinking  too  superficially.  It  could   lead  to  bad  habits,  such  as  undue   thinking,  or  not  thinking  at  all.    

Bruce Pandolfini  is  one  of  the  best-­‐known   chess  teachers  in  the  world.  He  is  a  co-­‐ founder  of  Chess  in  the  Schools,  a  program   that  has  brought  chess  to  thousands  of  NYC   schoolchildren.       Bruce  has  been  teaching  chess  at  the  Fencers   Club  Summer  Day  Camp  for  three  years.    He   has  written  this  for  our  athletes  and  originally   titled  it,  A  Few  Thoughts  on  Competition:   Chess,  Fencing  and  Otherwise.  


FENCERS CLUB est. 1883

Fencing  in  the  Schools  Leadership    

Liz Cross:  Executive  Director,  Fencers  Club;  Director  of  High  School  Placement,  The  Children’s   Storefront  School  


Michael Nissan:  Member  of  Executive  Committee  and  Board  of  Directors,  Fencers  Club;     Partner,  Weil,  Gotshal  &  Manges  LLP    

Erinn Smart:  2008  Beijing  Olympic  Games  Silver  Medalist;  Member  of  Executive  Committee  and   Board  of  Directors,  Fencers  Club;  BA,  Barnard  College;  MBA  Class  of  2013,  The  Wharton  School,   University  of  Pennsylvania      

Julia Whitehead:  Member  of  Board  of  Directors,  Fencers  Club;  President,  Whitehead  Miller  

Advisors, Inc.  

Fencing in  the  Schools  Advisors      

Keeth Smart:  2008  Beijing  Olympic  Games  Silver  Medalist,  Men’s  Team  Epee;  BA,  St.  John’s   University,  MBA,  Columbia  Business  School,  Columbia  University      

Ivan Lee:  2004  Olympian,  Men’s  Sabre;  BA,  St.  John's  University;  member  of  the  NYPD  and   Fencing  Commissioner  for  the  New  York  City  Public  School  Athletic  League    

Fencing  in  the  Schools  Administrator    


Donovan Holtz:  BSET,  NJIT;  Assistant  Coach  at  NJIT  2006-­‐2010;  2009  National  Men’s  Epee  Team  


Keeth Smart,  Erinn  Smart,  Ivan  Lee  and  Kamara  James   Members  of  the  Fencers  Club/PWF  at  the  2000  Olympic  Games   20  

FENCERS CLUB est. 1883



The Founders  Circle  is  compose  of  those  individuals  and   companies  who  provided  the  start-­‐up  resources  to  start   the  Fencing  in  the  Schools  program.    

Anonymous Donors  

VISIONARIES  $5000+   Michael  Nissan   Dr.  Elizabeth  Poynor   Bing  and  Migs  Wright  

MENTORS  $1000+   Absolute  Fencing  Gear   Fred  and  Liz  Cross   Michael  Kirch   Alan  Getz  &  Barbara  Osborne   Anne  Mathews  and  Robert  Nunziato   Dr.  and  Mrs.  Malcolm  Moore   Michael  and  Annik  Wolfe  

FRIENDS   Dr.  and  Mrs.  Barry  Field   Roger  Pierro   Michelle  and  Charles  Schorin  

  If  you  are  interested  in  supporting   Fencing  in  the  Schools  or   sponsoring  a  school,  please  contact:   Liz  Cross,  Executive  Director      

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