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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!!!

February 11, 2017, San Bernardino Division Qualifier for Summer Nationals

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Hi to All,

The San Bernardino Division Qualifier for Summer Nationals will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Hemet High School.

Please pre-register on  The close of check-in times are posted on AskFred.

Remember, this is the Division Qualifier for San Bernardino Division fencers.  You must be a member of the San Bernardino Division to fence in this qualifier, not L.A. Division, not San Diego Division…San Bernardino Division.

This is a Div 2/3, Veteran and Y-14 qualifier.  The entry fee is $15 per event.  We will be checking masks and gloves and there will be a rated referee.

Again, please pre-register and note the close of check-in time for your event(s).

Summer National Championships will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 1-10, 2017.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

January 14, 2017 Tournament at Hemet High School

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Our first fencing tournament of 2017 was held at Hemet High School.  We had a great turnout with 27 fencers for foil, 21 fencers for epee and 12 fencers for saber.

Reynaldo Navarro, South Coast Fencing Center, took first place in saber and earned his E17 rating.

In foil, Ethan Hodess, LAIFC, took 1st place, earning his D17, in 2nd place, Christine Wang, Gryphon Fencing, earned her E17, in 3rd place, Daniel-Douglas Walker, Victor Valley High School/Fencing Academy of Nevada, earned his E17 and also in 3rd place, Gary Zeiss, Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club, earned his E17.

In epee, Frank Hewitt, Cabrillo, took 1st place and earned his A17 rating, in 2nd place, Benjamin Folayan, Tournament Fencers Club/Red Rock Fencing Center, earned his B17, in 3rd place was Timothy Marsh, No Fear, earning his C17, in 6th place, Arturo Perez-Hunt, Desert Fencing Academy, earning his D17 and in 8th place, Leann Labra, UCR, earning her E17.

Our next tournament is February 11 at Hemet High School.  This is our San Bernardino Division Qualifier for Summer Nationals.  Only fencers who are members of the San Bernardino Division can participate in this qualifier.

Events and times are posted on  Please pre-register, but you can register at the door.

Epee (l-r) 1st place, Frank Hewitt, Cabrillo, earning his A17, 2nd place, Benjamin Folayan, TFC, earning his B17, 3rd place, Tim Marsh, No Fear, earning his C17, 3rd place, Bill Gelnaw, No Fear







Saber (l-r) 3rd place, Gary Zeiss, BHFC, 2nd place, R2, DFA, 1st place, SCFC, Reynaldo Navarro, earning his E17






Foil (l-r) 1st place, Ethan Hodess, LAIFC, earning his D17, 2nd place, Christine Wang, Gryphon, earning her E17, 3rd place, Daniel-Douglas Walker, VVHS, earning his E17

Happy New Year 2017!!!

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Happy New Year to all our San Bernardino Division fencers, and fencers who participate in our tournaments from neighboring Divisions!  Wishing you all the best in 2017 and a blissful fencing season!


January 14, 2017, 3-weapon open at Hemet High School
Close of check-in times:
  9:00 a.m., Mixed Saber   10:00 a.m., Mixed Foil,   12 noon Mixed Epee
Please pre-register on

February 11, 2017, Div 2/3 & Y14 Qualifier at Hemet High School
Schedule is posted on AskFred.  Please pre-register on AskFred.

Remember, only fencers who are members of the San Bernardino Division are eligible to fence in the San Bernardino Division qualifier for Summer Nationals.  Fencers outside our Division, please check with your Division as to your tournament date.