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  • May 26, 2019 12:21 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Florida Fencing Academy fencers picked up six medals at the 7th Annual "It's only a Fleishe Wound" Tournament at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    For Foil Fencers, Noah Helton won the Gold Medal in the Senior Mixed Foil.  Vishnu Guatam won a Bronze Medal in the C and Under Mixed Foil. 

    For Epee Fencers, Thomas DuPree and William Bowden competed against each other in the final C and Under Mixed Epee Final with Thomas picking up the Gold Medal and a C rating, and William winning the Silver Medal.

    For Saber Fencers, in the C and Under Mixed Saber it was Thomas DuPree getting the Silver Medal and William Bowden getting the Bronze Medal.

    It was a good day for Coach Harper who had his hands full with his fencers moving through the rounds.  

  • May 07, 2019 7:23 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Our summer camps are now set up and you can pay for them by credit card online.  We are very glad that we could make this convenient.  

    Go to the Fencing Camps page and register now.

  • March 23, 2019 9:26 AM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    With the approaching Spring Break for Alachua County schools, we are offering programs during the week for students.  

    We open our doors at 8:00am and begin the day which will include exercises and basic fencing instruction.  Our coaching staff is assisted by our interns and tournament fencers to ensure everyone has a great experience in becoming familiar with the art of fencing.

    Our full day program is 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Please bring a lunch, snacks and drinks.

    We offer half days which go from 8:00am to 12:00 pm or from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  

    Many of our tournament fencers discovered their desire to improve in fencing after having attended a camp.  We encourage you to give that opportunity to your children.  

  • March 17, 2019 11:35 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    The Florida Fencing Academy is migrating all of its membership management to a new database.  As part of that move, this website is integrated into the database for efficiency of resources.  Once the contact database has been fully populated, you will begin to see new email formats and ultimately a website that will allow you to make your payments and get all your information in one place.

    Bookmark this website and visit often.  Let us know if you think of something we could put on the website to better serve the members of the Florida Fencing Academy.  

  • February 18, 2019 10:44 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Fencers from all over the nation converged in Denver, Colorado for the 2019 Junior Olympics.  The Florida Fencing Academy was represented by Coach Harper, Foil Fencer Noah Helton, and Epee/Saber Fencer William Bowden.

    In the Cadet Foil event, with 315 fencers in the competition, NOAH HELTON placed 7th.  The position in the top 8 is a career high for Helton and an outstanding achievement!  He is an amazingly talented young man!

    In Junior Epee and Junior Saber, WILLIAM BOWDEN faced stiff competition at this national level.  In his six seeding bouts during the two days, he tied the score at 4-4 each time, only to have the opponent prevail.  This was his first Junior Olympics and he did great against these highly rated fencers.

    COACH BRIAN HARPER was a referee during the weekend, which was capped off by him calling the Cadet Women's Epee Final bout.  Being the referee at the Junior Olympics is an honor.  Being the referee for a Final is a milestone in the career of a coach.  Congratulations to Brian!

    Congrats to our 2019 Junior Olympics participants.

  • February 10, 2019 9:26 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    The Green Gator Tournament was held on February 9th and 10th at the University of Florida.  

    VISHNU GAUTAM fenced Foil and finished in the upper half of the field in both of his events (Senior Mixed and Div 2 Mixed).

    We saw a number of FFA fencers in the Saber events on Saturday.  Coach TYLER KVOLS-RIEDLER posted another victory as the Gold Medalist of the Senior Mixed event with EVIN SAMY and WILLIAM BOWDEN both finishing in the top 10.  Also competing in that event was THOMAS DUPREE, ETHAN KREHL, MATTHEW MILLER, ETHAN WHITE and UMA MCINTOSH.

    In the Division 2 Saber, EVIN SAMY finished 6th and our other fencers in that event were WILLIAM BOWDEN, THOMAS DUPREE, ETHAN KREHL, MATTHEW MILLER and ETHAN WHITE.

    On Sunday the action was in Epee with strong fields.  The Senior Mixed was a good experience for our fencers ROBERT WAGMAN, NICKOLAY MAVRODIEV, THOMAS DUPREE, WILLIAM BOWDEN and COLE JANES.

    For the Div 2 Mixed Epee, WILLIAM BOWDEN won the Bronze Medal.  Our other fencers in that event were NICKOLAY MAVRODIEV and THOMAS DUPREE. 

    Congratulations to all of our fencers for their achievements and for their sportsmanship.  We look forward to seeing them compete next time.

  • February 03, 2019 1:51 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Two of our fencers were in recent tournaments and picked up medals.

    On January 26th, MICHEAL MORRISON won a Bronze Medal in the Y12 Mixed Saber at the January Joust, sponsored by the En Garde Fencing Club in Ocala.

    On January 31st, WILLIAM BOWDEN won a Bronze Medal in the Senior Mixed Epee at the Laid Back Thursday Night Epee Thing, held at the College Park Community Center in Orlando.

    Fencers from the FFA will be competing on February 9th at the 53rd Annual Green Gator tournament which will be held at the University of Florida.  Good luck to all of our fencers. 

  • January 20, 2019 12:00 AM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Fencers from the Florida Fencing Academy participated in the Papa Ryan's Birthday Bash Tournament in Tampa at the University of South Florida campus on Saturday, January 19th.

    Congratulations to 15-year-old WILLIAM BOWDEN who won the Gold Medal in the C & Under Epee event.  He finished first in a field of 31 fencers and obtained his D rating.    Additionally, William also won the Bronze Medal in both the Senior Mixed Saber and the D & Under Saber events. 

    Congrats to EVIN SAMY who won the Gold Medal in C & Under Saber and a Bronze Medal in the Senior Mixed Saber.  

    Congrats also to NOAH HELTON who won the Bronze Medal in Senior Mixed Foil in a field of 28 fencers.

    Other Academy fencers there included ROBERT WAGMAN who finished 6th in the C & Under Epee, VISHNU GAUTAM  who placed 9th in C & Under Foil and in the top half of the field in the Senior Mixed Foil, and Aggie Wagman who competed in the C & Under Senior Mixed Epee.

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  • January 17, 2019 12:17 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Some of our fencers participated in the Jax Jab Tournament held in Jacksonville on January 12th.  ROBERT WAGMAN (father of Aggie Wagman) just won the Silver Medal for D and Under Epee (and obtained his E Rating), NOAH HELTON won a Bronze Medal in the Senior Mixed Foil competition and VISHNU GAUTAM won the Bronze Medal in the D and Under Foil.   Also, finishing in the top 10 in their events were WILLIAM BOWDEN and THOMAS DUPREE.  And in his first tournament in many years, NICKOLAY MAVRODIEV fenced Epee very well, placing 11th.

    Now is a great time to join the Academy.  We have seen an increase in memberships here in the new year.  Some of our students are just learning the fundamentals while our more advanced students are competing in competitions throughout the state.  

    We look forward to seeing your student at the Academy.  Good luck to our fencers who will be participating in the tournament in Tampa at the University of South Florida on Saturday, January 19th.

  • November 18, 2018 11:26 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    This new site is still under construction but a lot of functionality is in place.  We are tinkering with the look of the site and we will soon be setting up the financial pieces on the back end so that payments can be made online.  Many of our photos are low resolution and will be replaced with higher resolution pictures.

    If you have ideas for what you would like to see on the Academy's website, feel free to make those suggestions to Coach Harper.

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