Excited to get a piste of the new year!
Cincinnati Fencing Club has renewed it's contract at the Clifton Community Center and will be returning again starting on January 3rd (Monday) of 2022! We are thrilled to have the contract in and it looks like we should have an uninterrupted summer, this year!
Our beginner's class is anticipating a new group in the new year starting on the 10th, if you are interested in joining, please follow this link to our Fees and Lessons page to contact Dick Males and get a spot on the floor!
Our Advanced Class and open fencing will resume on the 3rd of January and will be Monday nights ongoing. We welcome members from other local clubs, fencers moving to the area from other clubs, getting back into the sport after time away... you name it, we're happy to have it!
In addition to our floor time in Clifton, we continue our partnership with NKY Fencing in Ludlow, KY, more details on that below.
We continue to do our part to limit the exposure and threat of COVID19 and our current variants as possible. That means that we are asking for courtesy and social distancing and are strictly requiring the use of filtration masks that cover the mouth and nose fully.
At all times we will be observing the state's requirement for wearing face coverings. It is important that the covers are breathable enough to allow for safe exercise, please give consideration to that, but we want to restrict droplet spread and inhibit inhalation of foreign bodies.
COME READY TO FENCE!
We are discouraging usage of the locker rooms. They are small, enclosed spaces that don't allow for proper ventilation and thus are risky for the spread of the virus.
As possible, please come to practice in whatever gear you would need to use the locker room to change into.
KEEP PROPER DISTANCE
Don't get caught too close to be safe!
As much as possible we will be enforcing proper distance between all participants to minimize the exchange of air.
We will be watching for this, but you as fencers know, it is everyone's responsibility to maintain their safe distance.
Thus far, our attendence numbers have been well within the margins for safe occupation of the space that we have at our disposal.
We are monitoring that, ongoing, to stay inside safe practice and are asking family/spectators to sit at a respectful distance from each other and mask continually.
Class at Clifton Rec: Mon
Monday evenings we are running both our beginner classes through the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and our continuing programing for members intermediate level and on. We already have a beginner class under way and will be planning our second post-COVID class coming up sometime around the start of the new year. Anyone interested in getting involved with that class can contact Dick Males to be added to the waiting list for the upcoming sessions.
For those club members that are interested in getting some extra fencing in, we will be continuing our engagement with NKFA. Nate Westcott will be running classes for both groups on Thursdays going forward and we have been invited to continue attending on those days.
Our Bluegrass friends
Throughout the pandemic, we have partnered with the fine folks down in Ludlow, KY to help their students get back on the piste and to give our members a place for the serious business of fencing! It has been a fantastic partnership and a testament to the small family that is fencing and the wonderful partnerships that exist between our groups.
Nate Westcott is running floor drills and holding open floor fencing for the members of NKYFA along with those that have membership with the Cincinnati Fencing Club on Thursday nights, doors opening at 7pm and the floor open until everyone is too tired to go on!
Map and directions below.
looking back, wistfully
I've been going back through old files, photos, and the like; riding on waves of nostalgia. I've pulled out some photos going back to 2014 when we were meeting at McKie recreation center while the Clifton rec was being renovated!
These are trying and difficult times for everyone, but it's important that this club has been around for a very, very long time. It is entirely thanks to the people in these photos, the instructors like Kim, Dale, Dick, Adam, and Nate; the officers of the club like Mike; the members of the club, both new to the sport and old to the club. We will bounce back. We will, together, overcome the challenge that is this disease and the necessary hardships that we endure so that we may all endure.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a little look back!
usfa membership and tournaments
USFA Memberships are required for all sanctioned fencing tournaments. Memberships renew in July and must be current for the following fencing year. You can follow the button below to the USFA Membership page to get your first membership or to renew your existing membership.
Competetive Fencing and Upcoming Tournaments
If you are excited to learn more about competition fencing, if you are looking for upcoming tournaments, or if you are looking for results from previous tournaments, then it is time to get acquainted with AskFred.net.
AskFred is a database open to the fencing community to organize tournaments, keep results and data about fencer's careers, and give a unified place for clubs to advertise their upcoming events!
For information on upcoming tournaments follow this link to see all tournaments "near" Cincinnati (AskFred is a little broad in it's definition of near): AskFred.net.
USFA Rating Chart
Academy of Fencing Masters Blog is a great resource for information by fencers and parents of athletes, talking about all the stuff that we all wonder about. Wonder no longer, start learning today!
The following link will take you to askfred.net for the explanation of how the ratings given out during a tournament are determined. USFA Ratings.
Also, this article goes into all the nitty-gritty of earning your ratings:
SWOH division board
This year, 2021 has seen a sudden and exciting renewal of interest in the USFA Southwest Ohio Division Board.
Many of you saw an openly posted election, for the first time in at least a decade, for the board of the SWOH Div Board.
The results are in and these are the results:
Kyle Roat of HCMA is the new president of the division.
Alex Burte of Queen City Fencing Club is the vice president.
Jessica Betteridge of Miami University is the treasurer.
Nick Aguilar of Miami University is the secretary.
This was the campaign statement of Roat and Burte,
We are excited to see a renewed interest in local fencing, particularly during this period of difficulty for local organizations. Already, Roat and Burte have arranged the following seminar as an initiative to increase the number of local referees capable of overseeing tournaments, a significant bottleneck to having local events.