6/25/14: Results from Summer National Championships
Congratulations to Sean Strong, our only club member to head to National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. In his first event, Division 1A Epee, Sean finished 7th in a field of 78. This is Sean's best finish to date. The complete results can be found here:
Sean's next event is Division 1 Epee, an open event with over 300 registered fencers. On Sunday, he will compete in the Junior Epee tournament. Good luck, Sean!
6/21/14: Schedule for next week
There was some confusion about whether or not there would be practice last Saturday, what with it being Solstice. In fact, there was sparring. To keep everything as clear as possible, the schedule for the week is posted to the right.
If you show up on Saturday, then I would greatly appreciate it if you would stick around for a little while and help me with some cleaning and organizing. There's a lot of stuff to move.
And if you show up on Monday, June 30, for sparring, then bring something. We'll have a party.
6/15/14: Space Updates and July time-off
I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend and a nice Father's Day. We are half-way through June and many are wondering what is happening next month.
Unfortunately, I have not found a permanent location for fencing practices. I have found some temporary places, but most are only available in the summer, and the prices just aren't what I was hoping for. At this point, I would say that we'll just take a little hiatus in July, and possibly in August. There is one exception: starting June 23, UCSB will hold sparring sessions on Mondays from 4:30 until 6:45 pm, and on Friday nights after 5 pm. The location is Rob Gym, Room 2120. These practices will be unstructured, and will primarily be for electric fencing. Those who come should have their own electric gear and should be confident and comfortable on the electric strip. If you are interested, then please email me for more information.
A break in July really seems like the best plan. Many families take vacations, and children take summer camps. Even Leslie and I are now looking at a couple of weeks away next month, complicating a July move.
And so you know, the place that is looking the most promising in August is the Goleta Valley Community Center. We should be able to rent one of their larger rooms, at least until we find something more permanent. I am still pursuing some other leads, and I will keep everyone informed as the summer progresses.
6/4/14: Quick Announcements
Remember, the 4 pm Youth class is cancelled tomorrow in order to let everyone celebrate the last day of school. The Senior class is still on, however. So if you really want to get some sword swinging in, then show up around 5:30 or 6:00 pm.
And with the end of the school year, this is an appropriate time to congratulate our graduates:
Austin Abreu is wearing a heavy jacket to Drexel in Philadelphia
Oliver Bublitz is looking forward to tipping some cows at UC Davis
Jieh Mehinhold is also heading to UC Davis, but he swears he'll stay away from cows
Parker Muir will kiss a banana slug at UC Santa Cruz
Sophia Russo is taking as many fresh vegetables as she can to MIT
Timothy Stanton will keep it weird at the University of Texas in Austin
and Gage Delany is planning his dance moves all the way to CSU Long Beach
Congratulations to all of them! I'm going to miss them all.
And finally, there is still time to sign up for the tournament this Sunday at the club. Pre-register here:
Please contact me if you have any questions. Have a nice Wednesday night!