Anisha's first NAC medal!

Congratulations to Anisha for winning the Bronze medal in Div II Women’s Epee at the April NAC! Aaaand... it's a B2018! :D

 

Team Silver for Amita at the Junior World Championships!

Here goes Marx Fencing Academy's second World Championships medal - a Silver in the Junior Team Event by Amita Berthier! Amita and her teammates fought tough matches against Team Germany, eventually beating the team in a comeback to land a place in the finals against Team USA. The score in the finals was 30-45, with victory to Team USA.

Congratulations to all the medallists! We're proud of her and of course, Team USA!

Image credits to FIE.

 Amita, after scoring last touch on Team Germany.

Amita, after scoring last touch on Team Germany.

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Peter, as I know.

 Photo Credit: German Press Agency

Photo Credit: German Press Agency

An article by Joan Bissdorf.

 

A few names come to mind when I think of fencing legends of my generation.

Valentina Vezzali, for sure. She lasted several generations. Weird footwork; genius in fencing timings. 

Nam Hyun Hee. She's the face of "Short is just an Excuse". Have you seen her speed?

In the world of Men's Foil, I think of Ota Yuki, Lei Sheng, Andrea Baldini... Peter Joppich.

In my short span of years in the Senior circuit, I would admire Peter from afar - me at the spectator stands while he on the final strip. I was there, at the Grand Palais (Great Palace) in Paris, when he won his fourth individual World Championship gold medal in 2010. The venue was the most beautiful of all that I've attended. Beneath the lights and grandeur of France's iconic monument, it struck me then how our results were such worlds apart and frankly, the realization was all too demoralizing.

 Photo Credit: 20minutes.fr.  Told you it was beautiful.

Photo Credit: 20minutes.fr.  Told you it was beautiful.

Peter Joppich is Germany's Golden Boy. He is born to bear gold medals and mesmerize the crowd with his golden hair. 

I was a fan, and so were many of my peers. A younger teammate of mine even had "Joppich" added to his middle name of his Facebook profile! Don't believe? Amita can verify.

But beyond the medals, there was one thing that I've consistently heard when Peter's success was spoken of. Peter he is hard-working. No, he isn't "just talented", he worked hard.

When I had my wrist injury and sought some downtime from training, Dr Gabor Salomon, who used to work with the German and later, Singapore team, pointedly told me that Peter did 3 hours of footwork all by his own with a stopwatch in hand when he had his arm injury. He did so continuously until he was ready to get back to his regular routine.

So here it is – my little walk down memory lane of Peter Joppich.

I’m excited to meet him and his family when they visit in August, and I’m excited that you’ll get to train with him when he does so. May you witness first-hand the character and attitude of an incredible fencer, gain from his experience and training, and still be mesmerized by his golden hair.

Here's a video of his bout with Lei Sheng at the 2010 World Championships.

Peter will be involved as Guest Coach in these dates:

August 6 - 11: Foil Intensive for C, D, E and Unrated Fencers
August 13 - 18: Foil Intensive for A, B and C-Rated Fencers 

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Parents-Coaches Meeting for Pre-Competitive Class

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Parents of the Pre-Competitive class, please join us for an evening of dialogue with Michael and Ralf for a review of the program and goals for the new season.  

Date: Friday, 9 February 2018

Time: 6pm - 7pm

Location: Lounge, Marx Fencing Academy

First Junior World Cup Gold for Amita!

First Junior World Cup Gold for Amita!

This, a day after she turned 17 in Havana, Cuba. What a way to celebrate and end the year. :)

 In photo, from left to right: Ying CAO (CAN), Xiao-Qing Tsai (TPE), Amita Berthier (SGP), Naomi MOINDROT-ZILLIOX (CAN). Congratulations to the medallists!

In photo, from left to right: Ying CAO (CAN), Xiao-Qing Tsai (TPE), Amita Berthier (SGP), Naomi MOINDROT-ZILLIOX (CAN). Congratulations to the medallists!

 Amita's first Junior World Cup win propels her to World No. 5 in Junior rankings.

Amita's first Junior World Cup win propels her to World No. 5 in Junior rankings.