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San Bernardino Division Junior Olympics Qualifier

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Hi to All,

The San Bernardino Division Junior Olympics Qualifier will be held at Gryphon Fencing Academy in Murrieta, Ca.,
Sunday October 24, 2021.

This is a qualifying event for San Bernardino Division fencers ONLY.

The Event Schedule and Close of Check-in Times are posted, as well as directions to Gryphon Fencing Academy in Murrieta, on

For any additional questions, please email the event organizers.

San Bernardino Division 2021-2022 Tournament Schedule

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Hi to all the members of the San Bernardino Division.

Currently, our venues, College of the Desert and UC Riverside, are in lockdown due to Covid-19 and it seems that for the first half of the fencing season, September-December, no fencing tournaments will be held. And we are not sure what is in store for us come January 2022.

Gryphon fencing club in Murrieta, California, is a USFA member and a San Bernardino Division club.
They have the possibility of running small sized tournaments at their club and the Division has already let them know that their tournaments are sanctioned by the Division which means ratings can be awarded to the fencers. Any tournaments that they host will be posted on AskFred.

We are also searching for other venues in nearby areas that will allow us to use their facility for Division open tournaments. We are hoping that this possibility will become available in 2022, (if not a bit before then).

This is why you will not see any San Bernardino Division tournaments posted on AskFred at this time.

We will keep you posted on any developments.

Thank you.

San Bernardino Division Qualifier for Summer Nationals

Sunday, April 18th, 2021

Hi to All San Bernardino Division fencers and parents.

As you know, due to Covid-19, all our San Bernardino Division venues (College of the Desert, UC Riverside and Hemet High School) have been in lockdown.

Per the USFA fencing tournament calendar, the Summer National Championships and Junior Olympics will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 3-12, 2021.

If there are any San Bernardino Division fencers who truly desire to compete in either or both the Summer Nationals or the Junior Olympics, please contact Coach Ken Wheeler at Gryphon Fencing Club in Murrieta, CA, to let him know.

The deadline to host a qualifier is June 7th.

Thank you,

Leslie Taft
San Bernardino Division

August 2020 Division Update

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Hi to all San Bernardino Division fencers and visitors to our website.

I’m sure all of you are staying current via the USFA news updates.

At the present time, no tournaments are being scheduled in our San Bernardino Division.

College of the Desert and UC RIverside are currently locked down.
To our knowledge, Hemet High School is also locked down.

When our Division will be able to hold a tournament, we will let you know.

Thank you.

May 16 Tournament at College of the Desert

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Hi to All,

As you can probably guess, the May 16 tournament at College of the Desert has been cancelled.

I was hoping, but, the college is closed and they won’t let anyone in, even us nice fencers. I’m sorry.

Well, let’s keep our fingers crossed and hopefully we’ll have a fencing season in the Fall, or sometime in 2020-2021!

San Bernardino Division 3-Weapon Open, Saturday, April 4, 2020, at College of the Desert

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Hi to All,

You guessed it…we are cancelling the April 4 tournament.
College of the Desert officially closed on March 16.

We are hoping that the May 16 tournament will/might be a go.

I will definitely let you know.

Hope you are all staying safe.

Cancelled, Saturday, March 21 San Bernardino Division 3-Weapon Tournament at Hemet High School

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Hi to All,
With the current COVID-19 situation, the Hemet Unified School District has cancelled all athletic competitions at Hemet High School.
Therefore, our March 21, 2020, San Bernardino Division 3-Weapon Tournament at Hemet High School has been cancelled.

Concerning the April 4 tournament at College of the Desert, we do not as yet know if the tournament is a go, or, will have to be cancelled.
Once we know, we will post that information to the Division website.

Saturday, February 8, 2020, San Bernardino Division 3Weapon Tournament at Hemet High School

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

We had a great turnout for our February tournament at Hemet High School.
88 fencers, from Arizona, Nevada, San Diego, Orange Coast, So Cal and San Bernardino.

With so many fencers, and such good fencing, the Division awarded new ratings in Saber and Epee!

In Saber: Earning his E20, Alec Gibson, Desert Fencing Academy

In Epee: Earning his A20, Chuck Alexander, No Fear
Earning his B20, Charles Munoz, Wildcat Fencing
Earning his B20, Aaron Kim, Orange County Fencing Center
Earning his C20, Alexander Foreman, Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club
Earning his E20, Justin Perkins-Ollila, Wildcat Fencing

Congratulations to these fencers!

The next San Bernardino Division 3-weapon tournament will be Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Hemet High School. Pre-registration is open on AskFred.

Also, Saturday, April 4, 2020, College of the Desert will be hosting the Division’s 3-weapon tournament.

A special item has been added, as some requests have been made, for Vet Men’s Epee, 65, 70, 80 and above, with an E or under rating.

We are going to give this a go and see what kind of turnout we get.

Have been asked by some of the men epee fencers in this age range, if the Division would consider offering such an event. It’s a bit much, they have said, to fence all the “young ones” and all the “rated ones”, and would we offer something more in range of their age and ability.

So, to our Vet men epee fencers who fit into this “niche”, sign up, come out and fence. And if you know of anyone who is starting to fence and compete and would like to take advantage of this opportunity, let them know.

Epee (l-r):
Epee (l-r): 1st, Chuck Alexander (No Fear), 3rd, Aaron Kim (Orange County Fencing Center), 2nd, Charles Munoz (Wildcat Fencing). Chuck earned his A20 rating and both Aaron and Charles earned their B20 ratings!
Women’s Epee (l-r): 3rd, Felicia Beardsley, 2nd Sarah Hepler (San Luis Highlanders Fencing Club), 3rd, Cindy Buenrostro (San Diego Fencing Center), 1st, Susan Michelle Vargas (San Diego Fencing Center)
Foil (l-r): 3rd, Jeff Keeney (South Coast Fencing Center), 3rd, David Ignacio (San Dimas Fencing Academy), 2nd, Dennis Stephen (Desert Fencing Academy), 1st, Zakaree Simanton (Arizona Fencing Academy).
Saber (l-r): 3rd, Leslie Taft (Desert Fencing Academy), 2nd, Rhiley Williams (West Coast Fencing Center), 1st, Alec Gibson (Desert Fencing Academy). Alec earned his E20 rating!

February 8, 2020 3-Weapon Open at Hemet High School

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

The next San Bernardino Division tournament will be a 3-weapon open at Hemet High School, Saturday, February 8, 2020.

There are also Women’s Foil and Women’s Epee events.
The minimum number of women we require for either event is 3 women.
With 3 women, we will run the event, however, no medal.
With 4-5 women, we will run the event, medals awarded.
With 6 or more women, medals and rating(s) will be awarded.

Ladies may also compete in the mixed events.

We ask the fencers to please pre-register on AskFred so we know how many fencers are attending and how many strips are needed.

Pre-registration on AskFred ends at 11:59 p.m. on the Thursday before the Saturday tournament so that we have Friday to check and verify all memberships, download the tournament to Fencing Time and upgrade any rating or fencer’s information.

Of course, no fencer will be turned away and can come on tournament day and register to fence.

Saturday, January 11, 2020, San Bernardino Division Qualifier for Summer Nationals at Hemet High School

Friday, December 27th, 2019

The San Bernardino Division will hold its Qualifier for the Summer Nationals Championship on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Hemet High School.

We will be qualifying, in all weapons, Y14 and Div 2/3. Veterans can qualify by competing in the Div 2/3 events.

Again, this qualifier is for San Bernardino Division member fencers only.
Fencers out of our Division may not participate.

We ask fencers to please pre-register on AskFred.
Close of check-in times for all events are posted on AskFred.

We will have rated referees.
$25 per event in which you participate.