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September 16, 2017 Tournament at College of the Desert

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The 2017-2018 San Bernardino Division tournament season started on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at College of the Desert.

We want to thank Laura Holmgren who brought 22 of her Poly Technic High School foil fencers! We had a total of 39 foil fencers for this tournament!

Also want to thank the San Diego Division fencers who come to our tournaments and make the epee fencing so fun, intense and exciting.

And…special thanks to foil fencer and referee extraordinaire, Chris Craig, who directed the majority of the foil bouts and D.E.’s.

l-r: 3rd, Zakaree Simanton, Arizona Fencing Academy, 2nd, Max Engelhardt, Team Touche, 1st, Nick Going, Still Point Fencing, and earning his E17 rating.  Men’s Foil.










Mixed Epee, l-r: 1st, Thomas Junseo Park, Battle Born Fencing, earning his A17, 2nd, Jesus Campos, Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club, 3rd, Alex Soderberg, Team Touche, 3rd, Charles Alexander, No Fear










Saber, l-r: 2nd, Jade Abbott, HHS, 1st, Costa Nichols, Desert Fencing Academy who earned his E17, and 3rd, Vincent Tan, South Pasadena High School

Update on the Saber Glove Update

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

We have an update to the Noor electric saber gloves.

Counterfeit  Noor electric saber gloves were made and sold with the 2cm turnunder.
Most of these counterfeit gloves have been removed from the marketplace, but a few may still be floating around.

The knock-off gloves have only a 2cm turnunder on the electric cuff and around the wrist is blue piping.

The legit Noor electric saber gloves have the 5cm turnunder and the piping around the wrist is white. And, of course, the FIE and 800N labels.

I want to thank Sam Signorelli for bringing this item to our attention and informing us that most of the fake gloves have been removed, but just be on the lookout to be safe.

Sam worked on the development of these gloves with Noor, so he knows the real deal.

Thanks, Sam, for looking out for us saber fencers!

Up Date On Tournament Schedule

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

November and February 3-weapon tournament dates have been posted to

Saturday, November 25, 2017, at College of the Desert
Saturday, February 10, 2018,   at College of the Desert

We are waiting to hear from UCR on the possibility they can host tournaments in December and March.
If unable, College of the Desert will be the backup venue.

Current San Bernardino Division Tournament Dates Are:
September 16, 2017, at College of the Desert
October 7, 2017, at Hemet High School, J.O. Quals
November 25, 2017, at College of the Desert
December, 2017, TBD
January, 27, 2018, at Hemet High School, Div Quals
February, 10, 2018,  at College of the Desert
March, 2018, TBD
April 14, 2018, at Hemet High School
May 12, 2018, at College of the Desert

Electric Saber Glove Alert

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

This information was communicated to me recently by Sam Signorelli, HOM Fencing and San Bernardino Division Armorer, September 3, 2017.

There are some electrical saber gloves on the market by Noor Plaything.  When you check inside the glove for the official labels, they do have FIE and 800 Newton labels, however, the turn-under (or inside hem) of the cuff is only 2cm, not the regulation 5cm turn-under.  These saber gloves are not legal.

Please know, that when we do saber glove checks at our SBD tournaments, we are checking for the FIE label, 800 Newton label and the 5cm turn-under inside the manchette cuff.  (We also look for holes and tears).

If your electric saber glove is missing any, or all, of these items, we cannot pass your glove at our Division tournaments.

We don’t want you to come all the way to our tournaments and not be able to fence because of this turn-under issue on the electric saber cuff.  So, please check your saber glove.

August 2017 UpDate

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Hi to All,
We are closing in on getting our November, December, February and March tournament dates approved and confirmed by the host venues.

The first tournament of the season will be Saturday, September 16, 2017 at College of the Desert. You may pre-register on All confirmed tournaments for our San Bernardino Division have already been posted to AskFred. You may pre-register for all of them.

Please remember to fill out your USFA membership form online and bring proof of membership to our tournaments.

If anyone, coach, fencer, parent, coming to our San Bernardino Division tournaments also happens to be a certified referee, with a rating of 10 to 1, would you please let us know when you present yourself at the Bout Committee table when you check in.

Due to the new USFA rule, all Division tournaments must have at least one rated referee and any rating, from 1 to 10, is acceptable.

You will not be called upon to referee every single bout!!! But just let us know you are fencing, your rating and in which weapon. This sanctions the tournament in case there is a rating to be awarded.

We really appreciate this. We know that many of our Division fencers, and out-of-division fencers, have been working on this.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in September!

San Bernardino Division 2017-2018 Tounament Schedule

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Hi to all the fencers, happy summertime and I’m sure I’ll see many of you in Salt Lake for Summer Nationals.

Our 2017-2018 Division Tournament Schedule has been posted to  You may pre-register now.

Sept. 16, 2017 at College of the Desert, 3-weapon
Oct.    7, 2017, at Hemet High School, J.O. Quals
Jan.  27, 2018, at Hemet High School, Division Qualifier for Summer Nationals
Apr.  14, 2018, at Hemet High School, 3-weapon
May 12, 2018, at College of the Desert, 3-weapon

We are waiting on dates for our November, December, February and March tournaments.  As soon as those tournament dates are confirmed, they will be posted on and to the Division website.

Happy Summer and Blissful Fencing!


Saturday, May 13, 2017, End-of-Season Tournament at College of the Desert

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

The end-of-season awards tournament was held at College of the Desert on Saturday, May 13, 2107.

Epee (l-r), 1st place, Maki Potes, UCLA, earning his A17, 2nd place, Joseph Choo, Northwest Fencing Center, 3rd place, Gabriel Lira, Arrowhead Fencing

Foil (l-r) Joseph Choo, Northwest Fencing Center, 2nd, Yaseen Mohamed, Anaheim Hills Fencers Club, 3rd place, Michael Perry, Team Touche, 3rd place, Cynthia Chen, Golubitsky Fencing Center

Saber (l-r) 3rd place, Vincent Tan, ZFencing, 3rd place, Victor Bianchini, Golden Saber Academy, 2nd place, Leslie Taft, DFA, 1st place & earning his E17, Bill Gelnaw.

Saturday, May 13, 2017, End-Of-Season Awards Tournament at College of the Desert

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Our San Bernardino Division 2016-2017 End-of-Season Awards Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at College of the Desert.

Trophies will be presented to the top San Bernardino Division male and female fencers in foil, saber and epee, as well as the top teams.

Close of check-in times: Saber at 9:00 a.m.,  Foil at 10:00 a.m., Epee at 12 noon.

Please pre-register on

March 11, 2017 Fencing Tournament at Hemet High School

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Foil (l-r), 3rd, Iven Ponce, Victor Valley High School, 3rd, Kelvyn Aguilar, Hemet High School, 2nd, Zacherie Meredyth, Hemet High School, 1st, Daniel-Douglas Walker, Victor Valley High School and earning his E17












Saber (l-r), 3rd Jade Abbott, Hemet High School, 3rd, Leslie Taft, Desert Fencing Academy, 2nd, Lucas Dobrzanski, Kern Athletic Fencing, 1st, Gabriel Lira, Arrowhead Fencing











Epee (l-r) 2nd place, David Polakoski, Encinitas Fencing and earning his B17, 1st, Alex Soderberg, Team Touche















Epee was an A2 event with 30 fencers.  Other fencers earning their rating in epee include:

5th place, Eric Zhang, Team Touche, earning his C17
6th place, Gabriel Lira, Arrowhead Fencing, earning his C17
8th place, Mark Olson, earning his C17
9th place, Matthew Lee, Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club, earning his D17
10th place, Richard Lee, Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club, earning his D17
10th place, William McCloud, Desert Fencing Academy, earning his D17




Referee Clinic on Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

To all San Bernardino Division member fencers, and fencers outside our Division, the San Bernardino Division, in conjunction with Ken Wheeler of UCR, is hosting a referee clinic on Saturday, April 1.  Derek Cotton will lead the clinic on Saturday, there will be a written exam and then, on Sunday, April 2, there will be a fencing tournament so that those who participated in the lecture portion of the Referee Clinic can be observed and earn a Referee rating.

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a referee and earning a rating to do so in one weekend.

For more information on the Referee Clinic and to pre-register, please go to

Please note, that come the 2017-2018 fencing season, for all Division tournaments and for any tournaments that used to be “self-referee” tournaments, the new rule from the USFA, all such tournaments must have at least one rated referee.  It does not matter the level of the rating nor the weapon, just that there be a person present who is a rated referee, otherwise, any rating that is earned at the tournament will not be recognized.  An even more urgent reason to get our San Bernardino Division fencers certified with a Referee rating.

This is a wonderful opportunity and, again, all information is posted on  And Derek Cotton is the teacher!!!