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And they’re off!
Best of luck to Mark, Jeff, and Ellen who are on their way to Cairo, Egypt. They will be representing the USA in the Veteran World Championships! You can follow the action HERE.
Ellen will be competing in the Vet-70 Women’s Saber event Saturday, October 5 at 10am (local time).
Mark and Jeff will be competing in the Vet-50 Men’s Saber and Vet-60 men’s Saber, respectively, on Sunday, October 6th at 11am (local time).
WFA Rising Stars Season Opener Tournament
Our first tournament, the Rising Stars Season Opener will be held Saturday, September 28 (saber) and Sunday, September 29 (epee). This is a sanctioned tournament, and requires a USA Fencing Competitive membership. Full tournament gear, including knickers and socks, will be required. Find out more and pre-register via AskFRED by Friday, 9/27!
Apply to be part of the WFA Regional Team!
WFA members interested in being part of the WFA Regional team for the fall Trimester (Sept 15-Dec 15)? The deadline to let us know is Friday, September 13. If you would like to be part of the team, please e-mail the WFA!
Coach Mark in the news!
The Issaquah Reporter has published a story on Coach Mark and his journey to the World Veterans Championships! Check it out!
New 2019-2020 Season Class Schedule
Goes into effect September 1
Check the Classes and Open Fencing page or view our online calendar for the updated schedule. You should have also received a copy by e-mail. If you’d like to change the number of classes you are attending each week, please let Angie know.
ANNOUNCING THE WFA REGIONAL TEAM
Does your fencing student love to compete? Do they want to represent the WFA at local and regional tournaments? Are you a fencing parent that has been looking for ways to support your fencing student, and promote their competition to the highest levels?
Introducing the WFA Regional Team!
In response to requests from students and parents who want to further and promote competition for themselves or their students, we have developed a new program that will begin in September, 2019. The Regional Team will help guide students who wish to dedicate their training to competition. Students will be required to attend a minimum number of training sessions a week and agree to compete in 2 local and 1 regional (i.e., Portland, OR or similar) tournaments. For Team members, WFA will provide unlimited access to group lessons and strip coaching at these tournaments. The program is designed for those competing at the Y10 through Junior age groups; many of these tournaments will be at the RYC/RJCC level, and as such, will provide a way for students to gain the regional points necessary to progress to the national level.
Please join us at one of our information meetings, where we will discuss eligibility, expectations, requirements, and cost. We’re here to answer your questions! Information sessions well be held
Friday, Sept 6 at 6pm
Saturday, Sept 7 at noon
You may RSVP on our facebook site (look under events), or let Angie know which you plan to attend so we can make sure to have enough information packets and snacks!
Washington Fencing Academy’s Mark Lundborg, Ellen O’Leary Win National Championship Titles
WFA Fencers Lundborg, O’Leary, Gueble Headed to Cairo for World Championships on the USA Fencing Veteran’s World Team
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 30, 2019—Mark Lundborg, fencer and CFO of Issaquah’s Washington Fencing Academy (WFA), has won a national championship in veteran men’s individual saber at the 2019 USA Fencing National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. The 59-year-old athlete has numerous national medals to his name, but this is the first gold medal at a national championship. WFA fencer Ellen O’Leary, already a USA national champion, also took gold in veteran women’s 70-79 saber at the USA Championships.
Three members of the Washington Fencing Academy will trek to Cairo in October to compete representing the USA at the 2019 Veteran World Championships. O’Leary was pre-qualified due to previous successful wins during the 2018-2019 season, and WFA fencer Jeff Gueble also won a national medal by taking sixth place in veteran men’s 60-69 saber, qualifying him the team.
“I was nervous as hell, in the finals where I always wanted to be, my last chance at age 59, and I just went crazy,” said Lundborg. “It was an emotional, adrenaline-filled day.” Lundborg faced William Becker—a former board advisor to the WFA—in the final match, winning with a 10-3 score.
“This was a product of hard work he has done over the season, we’re all very proud of Mark as well as Jeff’s and Ellen’s achievements,” said Atilio Tass, WFA head coach. “I think they are all great examples of how adult veteran fencers are competing nowadays at a higher level. Their dedication is commendable.”
Saber is one of three fencing weapons, the other two being epee and foil. In fencing saber, competitors may strike valid points on their opponents above the waist. Touches may be made with the point or the side of the blade against an electrically conductive jacket (lame), and in the veteran rankings of fencing, elimination matches go to 10 points.
The USA Fencing National Championships include events for veterans, youths, and adults (“seniors”) in multiple age categories for all three weapons. It is the largest fencing tournament in the world, with nearly 100 events taking place annually over 10 days.
The Washington Fencing Academy, based in Issaquah, Washington, has been teaching and coaching fencing since 2003. The WFA has produced numerous national medalists and champions, and has introduced Olympic fencing to thousands of children, teens, and adults in the Pacific Northwest. WFA head coach Atilio Tass is a former Olympic saber fencer for Argentina and head fencing coach for Brown University.
New Epee Schedule Takes Effect July 1, 2019
Every year at this time, the WFA evaluates the number and proficiency of our students to help us determine the best classes to offer in the coming year. We do this to ensure that we are providing the most applicable classes for students as they progress in their training.
We have adjusted the schedule to take these needs into account. We have also adjusted to a 5:30 pm start in order to ensure that Coach Zsuzsi can arrive to the class after her non-fencing work. Please see the new schedule below, and feel free to contact Coach Zsuzsi if you have questions regarding which classes your students should be registered for. These changes have been reflected on the online class calendar.
Changes to the saber schedule are expected at the beginning of the next fencing season, at the beginning of September
Washington Fencing Academy is CLOSED on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.
On this day, WFA thanks and honors the American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and defending the country they deeply loved.
Students who normally attend classes on Monday are welcome to attend a class on a different day this week.
2019 Issaquah Spring Festival
It was a beautiful day out, and a great time was had by all at this year’s Issaquah Spring Festival. It was great to introduce fencing to the next generation of great fencers. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to help out, and to those that stopped by just to say hi! If you stopped by and got the fencing bug, we look forward to seeing you soon!
Meet WFA Epee Coach Susie! Click here for the full story …
Checking in for classes
STUDENTS! Please remember to check in for your class. Unsure of which class you should check in for?
If you are taking a group lesson, check in for the appropriate lesson—beginner, competitive, etc.
If you are only there to practice, with no instruction from an instructor, select an “open fencing” option
If you are taking a private lesson, select the private lesson option with the appropriate instructor and age/duration category.
If you are unsure of how to check in, please ask an instructor!
WFA-Sanctioned Warm-Ups are Here!
We’ve gone digital!
Digital check in has arrived! WFA members can pick up your new WFA ID cards at the school. These ID cards will make signing into your class a cinch!
Individuals wishing to join WFA or to try out a free introductory class can now sign up on line. Just go to our online portal to confirm your spot!