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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


Thank You to Those Who Filled the Sleigh!

We ended the last term of the year with good cheer and charity. Even old heroes like Coach Ralf dug out his stuff and borrowed some equipment to fence! Thank you to those who supported this charity drive, and congratulations to the winners of the Y14 Foil/Epee and Open Foil/Epee events.

Y14 Foil
Sha Yi Peng (Gold Fencing) (1st), Lisa Xu (2nd),  Kincaid DeBell (3rd), Naomi Millen (3rd)

Y14 Epee
Arthur Andreev (1st), Seva Plottinchenko (2nd), Joachim Laurent (3rd), Christopher Petter (3rd)

Open Foil
Jonathan Ding (1st), Anuj Sirsikar (2nd), Ralf Bissdorf (3rd), Reid Anctil (3rd)

Open Epee
Adam Maczik (1st), Liam Carpenter (2nd), Cameron Santos (3rd), Rebecca Pfeiffer (3rd)

The toys were donated to the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. Here's a little Thank You note from them, along with stories of recipients who will be receiving gifts. 

A collection of photos from the evening:


SYC, RYC, RJCC, ROC... What Are These And Why Do They Matter.

So you've been receiving emails from the coaches informing you of upcoming SYC/RYC/RJCC/ROC and registration deadlines, but you've no idea what are these competitions for, what is the level of competition involved, to what end do they serve, and if your child should be fencing in them.

Don't worry, you're not the only puzzled parent out there.

The Abbreviations & Who Should Join

SYC- Super Youth Circuit. SYCs are National level competitions for the Y10, Y12 and Y14 fencer and therefore reward points that count towards the National Rolling Point Standings (NRPS). SYCs award points to the top 40% of the competitive field (rounded up to the next higher integer) to a maximum of 64th place. These competitions are one of the possible qualification paths for Y10 and Y12 events at both the March NAC and/or the USA Fencing National Championships in July.  Youth fencers may participate in one or more SYC tournaments, however, only the top result will be included in the revised point standings published after the latest SYC.  

Marx's assessment on who should join an SYC
Athletes in the Youth Competitive or Competitive Program who have had at least a top 8 finish in Regional competitions. We recommend that you pay most attention to the SYC that is located within a 2 hour drive radius.


RYC- Regional Youth Circuit. RYC tournaments are held throughout the season and provide opportunities for the Youth fencer to gain competitive experience at a level below National level. These competitions are one of the possible qualification paths for Y10 and Y12 events at both the March NAC and the Y10, Y12 and Y14 USA Fencing National Championships in July. However, unlike SYCs, there are no national points awarded at RYCs.

Marx's assessment on who should join an RYC
Athletes in the Youth Competitive or Competitive Program with a minimum fencing experience of 1 year.


RJCC- Regional Junior Cadet Circuit. RJCCs are conceptually similar RYCs where the events provide competitive opportunities beyond the local and division levels but below the NAC Junior/Cadet levels. As the name suggests, the difference is in the qualifying age category- this is for Junior (U20) and Cadet (U17) level fencers.

Marx's assessment on who should join an RJCC
Athletes who are at least 14 years and above, who are in the Competitive Program with a minimum fencing experience of 2 years.


ROC- Regional Open CircuitROCs are again conceptually similar to RYCs and RJCCs, but apply to the Open/Division I-A fencer. Other competitive opportunities in the ROC tournaments are provided for Veteran (40 & Older) and Division II (C, D, E or U) fencers. 

Marx's assessment on who should join a ROC
Cadet and Junior athletes who meet the qualifying class and who are in the Competitive Program with a minimum fencing experience of 2 years.

What are the National level Competitions?

USA Fencing runs several national tournaments:   North   American   Cup   (NAC),   Junior   Olympics,   and   Summer   Nationals.   National tournaments have entry rules/qualification paths that must be met before entering the tournament. These entry rules/qualifying paths are listed in chapter one and chapter two of the Athletic Handbook.

Disclaimer: Content from this blog entry has been partially extracted and summarized from information found on

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