March 11, 2017 Fencing Tournament at Hemet High School

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

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

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

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!!!

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.

December 10, 2016 Tournament at College of the Desert

December 20th, 2016

The December 10th tournament at College of the Desert provided early Christmas gifts of ratings changes to participating fencers.

Matthew Mizell, Desert Fencing Academy, took 1st place, won the gold medal and earned his E16 rating in saber.

In epee, Sean Lauron, Fortune Fencing, took 1st place, won the gold medal and earned his A16 rating.  Warren Chao, LAIFC, took 6th place and earned his D16.

The next tournament will be January 14, 2017 at Hemet High School.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Epee, 6th, Warren Chao (LAIFC) earned his D16, 3rd, Creston Bailey (No Fear), 3rd, Justin Smith (No Fear), 2nd, Benjamin Yeh (Fortune), 1st, Sean Lauron (Fortune) earned his A16





Saber, 3rd, Simeon Miller (DFA), 2nd Kle'Jon Louis (VVHS), 1st, Matthew Mizell (DFA) earning his E16

December 3-weapon Fencing Tournament

November 11th, 2016

Hi to All,

Due to circumstances, the Saturday, December 17 tournament that was going to be held at UC Riverside has had to be changed to Saturday, December 10 at College of the Desert.

Sorry for this change, out of everyone’s control, but we do have a December tournament!

– Leslie

Junior Olympics Qualifier, November 19, 2016

November 3rd, 2016

Hi to All,

The date for the San Bernardino Division’s Junior Olympics Qualifier is Saturday, November 19, 2016.

The venue has been changed from UC Riverside to University Heights Middle School.
The address is 1155 Massachusetts Avenue, Riverside, CA, 92507 .

You may, and please do, pre-register on
All close of check-in times are posted on

Saturday, October 15, 2016 Tournament at College of the Desert

October 17th, 2016

College of the Desert was the host venue for the October 15th tournament.  We had a good turnout with lots of good fencing!  And two ratings awarded!

Mixed Epee: 1st, Eric Speicher (Conejo and earning his E16), 2nd, Khanyon Garey (DFA), tied for 3rd William McCloud (DFA), Jesus Campos (BHFC)






Mixed Foil: 1st, Carl Nicholson (SCFC and earning his D16), 2nd, Austin Carter (ASUFC), tied for 3rd, Christine Wang (Massialas and earning her E16) and Mark Xu (Polytechnic)








Mixed Saber: 3rd place Jade Abbott (Hemet High School) & Nick Richardson (DFA), 2nd, Leslie Taft (DFA), 1st, Costa Nichols (DFA)

September 17, 2016 Tournament at College of the Desert

September 20th, 2016

Saber: Costa Nichols, DFA, 2nd place, Samuel Weinger, 1st place, Matthew Mizell & Nick Richardson, DFA, tied for 3rd place











Foil: Michael Perry, Team Touche, 1st place, Matthew Chan, Precision, 3rd place, Annette Lee, Swords, 3rd place & Carl Nicholson, SCFC, 2nd place












Epee: Ariana Dorticos & Glenn King, DFA, tied for 3rd place, Frank Hewitt, Cabrillo, 1st place, William McCloud, DFA, 2nd place