Armory Clinic with USFA Armorer Dennis Crumpler

Spend a day with USFA Armorer Dennis Crumpler and get your essential equipment repaired and readied for Summer Nationals (and hopefully the rest of your fencing career)!

Session includes:
- Step instruction to fixing a body cord (bring your own!).
- Step instruction to fixing a foil/epee (bring your own!)
- Tips and tricks
- Getting your armory questions answered

Register your interest at the front desk.


(Ideal) Checklist of Things to Bring

For body cord:

  • Small pair of side cutters
  • A set of screwdrivers, by which one can open the body cord plugs and another will tighten the set screws.  A $5 set ofmicro screwdrivers is quite adequate.
  • Wire skinner
  • Heat shrink tubing is useful, but not essential
  • Soldering iron, if have
  • Test meter, if have

For blade:

  • Box end wrench to fit the barrel for their weapon, 5 mm for foil and 6 mm for epee
  • A cheap 6 in one screwdriver 
  • Box end 8 mm ignition or bicycle wrench to tighten 2-prong socket nuts
  • A small pair of vise grips to hold the blade while tightening the barrel
  • Box cutter, or sharp slot head screwdriver to clean the groove in blade
  • Sandpaper (100 and 150 grit) 
  • Plastic spaghetti (insulating tubing)
  • Blade wires
  • Superglue (all the better if it's any one of these: Gorilla "rubberized" CA, red Locktite, gel CA Locktite)
  • 1/4in triangle file and 9in flat file (if mounting new blade)
  • Wiring string or chain
  • Electrical tape (for securing the wire at the tang). 3M number 35 recommended.
  • Tools that a fencer should ordinarily have: tang nut wrench, test box, and appropriate test weight, shims for epee
  • Parts for weapon: barrel, springs, screws, tips, tip tape

NOTE: Best to remove old wiring in your blade with acetone and clean the groove before the clinic

Schedule for Pre-Nationals Intensive Training

Schedule's out! Please attend the sessions according to your age category. In the case that you're unable to attend all designated days, you could try to make up for your absence on the extra day that we've scheduled in the program- that day has been marked as "Additional Choice".

Click a bulleted point below to view the pdf version of the schedule!

Seniors, Juniors and Cadets: 21 - 26 June

Y14 & Under: 26 - 30 June

Friends and Family Day Returns!

Friendsandfamilyday

Calling all Youth fencers! Tell your friends, grab your family, because FRIENDS & FAMILY DAY is back again! 

This class is open to anyone above the age of 8 who would like an exposure to fencing. You don't even need to be a friend or family member of our current members to pop by :) Just come join us during one of the weekdays dressed in your athlete attire and take a water bottle with you! 

One Bronze and a Top 8: Success at the Cadet World Championships (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

One Bronze and a Top 8: Success at the Cadet World Championships (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Qualifying to the World Championships is no easy feat - there are only 3 slot per weapon group per country. We were first stoked to have Julian and Amita qualify to represent the US and Singapore respectively at the competition; but nothing beats achieving success at the event.

Credit goes to Julian and Amita who have sacrificed, endured and triumphed. A well-deserved 7th place finish for Julian and Bronze medal for Amita indeed!

We should also not forget the crew who have supported them along the way -  coaches who have impacted their journeys, family members, and fellow club fencers. Yes, you who tried to beat them at every opportunity and made them stronger.

Here are the results in brief:

Julian

  • Table of 64: V15 - 8 (Moritz Schauer, AUT)
  • Table of 32: V15 - 10 (Shimpei Matsubuchi, JPN)
  • Table of 16: V15 - 12 (Tommaso Marini, ITA)
  • Table of 8: D10 - 15 (Vladislav Mylnikov, RUS)
  • Final Rank: 7th

Amita

  • Table of 64: V15 - 9 (Oleksandra Budenko, UKR)
  • Table of 32: V15 - 5 (Isabella Gill, GBR)
  • Table of 16: V15 - 8 (Hanna Andreyenka, BLR)
  • Table of 8: V15 - 6 (Anna Taranenko, UKR)
  • Table of 4: D10 - 12 (Nora Hajas, HUN)
  • Final Rank: 3rd

Replays of Julian's bouts can be found on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbfirZ_EmIA, switch the camera view to the one for the green strip.

Replays of Amita's bouts can be found on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7FALRMhxF8, switch the camera view to the one for the red strip.

The Junior Championships will begin on 5 April. To follow the event, check out http://fencingplovdiv.com/world/.

And finally, some photos of our fencers!

Photo credits: Augusto BIzzi, taken from FIE's Facebook page.

 

What's your favourite? Ours is this:

Julian giving it all in his ukulele jam session after defeating Tommaso Marini from Italy to advance to the Top 8. His song of choice? Michael Jackson's "Beat It", of course!

Julian giving it all in his ukulele jam session after defeating Tommaso Marini from Italy to advance to the Top 8. His song of choice? Michael Jackson's "Beat It", of course!