• 1st Season of Music Foil and Epee Scrimmage, 19 Sep 14

    Happy Birthday Hans Zimmer and John Powell
    Season of Music
    First Foil and Epee Scrimmage 2014-2015 Season

    At the heart of fencing is music (timing, tempo, rhythm), physics (acceleration, inertia, mass, velocity, time, friction, pressure), math (distance, height, length, width, angles), and temperament (patience, relax, tension, concentration). On 19 September 2014, boys and girls who fence foil and epee at Dark Horse Fencing Club came together for the first in a series of scrimmages, which we’re dedicating to a “Season of Music”. Dark Horse Fencing Club will dedicate four scrimmages during the 2014-2015 fencing season to a Season of Music in which we honor great American movie music soundtrack composers. Music of these master composers inspire an array of quick, rapid, tempo-changing footwork, ideal for training today’s fencing champions. In recognition of their birthday in September, Friday’s scrimmage was in honor of Hans Zimmer and John Powell.

    At the conclusion of the preliminary seeding round of the combined Youth and Cadet foil event, lefty Sam ““Storm’n”” Morgan earned the #1 seed with three victories (+7 indicator); Nick “Thorn” Dunn earned the #2 seed with three victories (0 indicator); Paul ““Brisco”” Anderson, #3 seed, two victories (+3 indicator); Carter “Panther” Harrison, 4th seed, two victories (0 indicator), and lefty Anna “Stryker” Dunn, 5th seed.

    In the direct elimination quarterfinal round, “Storm’n”, Thorn and “Brisco” received byes, hence Stryker and Panther dueled. Panther leapt out to a 5-0 lead before Stryker struck Panther for a point. At the end of the first of three two-minute periods, with the objective to reach 10 points first, the score was Panther 8, Stryker 1. The quick-tempo action of first period play changed to a slow-pace rhythm during the second period. Stryker slowed the tempo down and her tempo-change surprised and frustrated “Panther’s” desire to maintain the initiative. The second period was mostly Stryker’s. She succeeded in closing the gap somewhat by the end of period. With the score 9-4 in Panther’s favor, entering the final two-minute period, Stryker realized she lacked the time to repeat her second period success unless she increased the tempo gradually to find the sweet spot in her efforts, but still below the threshold that would enable “Panther” to score the final match point. It was not to be though. With increased tempo she launched a quick attack, which “Panther” succeeded in parrying and riposting for the 10th point and match win. With victory, “Panther” rested, rehydrated and prepared for his semifinal match with the other lefty, “Storm’n”.

    The first semifinal match, however, was fought between Thorn (2nd seed), and “Brisco” (3rd seed). In their preliminary bout, Thorn narrowly prevailed, 5-4. “Brisco” though was not rattled. He carefully composed a new strategy, which proved highly effective in the 1st period. At the end of the 1st period, the score was ““Brisco”” 6, “Thorn” 1. As had happened in the previous match, “Thorn” chose a different strategy to slowdown the tempo, which served well his second intention efforts. By the end of the second period, “Thorn” closed the gap somewhat but not enough, ““Brisco”” 9, “Thorn” 5. “Déjà vu, all over again”, the third period was reminiscent of the previous match, as “Brisco” quickly scored the final point to win in the match, in an upset, 10-5.

    In the other semifinal match, Panther was drenched by “Storm’n”, as he was caught in a flash flood of hits — eight straight points – before scoring two in a row. In less than one period, “Storm’n” added “Panther” as a trophy, 10-3.

    Fast as the previous match was, the final match between “Storm’n” and “Brisco” was antithesis. Both fencers chose slow tempo and rhythm, feeling each other out with feints and invitations. Neither fencer wanted to make the first mistake by attacking. “Storm’n” highly respected “Brisco”’s ability to fight second intention, while “Brisco”, in turn, highly respected “Storm’n”’s quicker speed, greater reach and strength, and unmatchable left-handed skill. If the much shorter in stature “Brisco” had a chance, it was in slowing the game down, controlling a slow tempo and correct distance, while patiently waiting out “Storm’n” to make the first and hopefully last fatal mistake by attacking an irresistible but yet defendable target.

    When the first two-minute period ended, “Storm’n” had scored one and the only point of the match so far. “Brisco” was still in the game though. The second period was “Brisco”’s turn. Again his strategy was clearly evident and successful. The only point scored was “Brisco”’s. With the score only 1-1, the “David versus Goliath” match entered what we all expected to be a decisive period. Surprisingly, “Storm’n” continued to play a cautious game instead of using the last two minutes to try a couple of blistering fast attacks. Even so, it didn’t hurt either fencer, though “Brisco” scored the next point, but “Storm’n” shot back with one, also. As regulation time expired, the two were tied at two-a-piece – “inconceivable”. The timekeeper now flipped a coin. “Brisco” won the coin flip and gained an advantage. The fencers entered one-minute, sudden death overtime knowing that if either “Brisco” held off “Storm’n” from scoring one point or if “Brisco” scored one point, “Brisco” would be victorious.

    “Storm’n” put pressure upon “Brisco” with excellent time management, by investing practically the entire one minute overtime period posturing, inviting, deceiving, and reconnoitering for a weakness until at the very last second he saw an exposed weakness and hastily prepared, a direct fleche attack. He was just one step too far away though, as he launched the last attack. Just the extra step – distance — “Brisco” needed to detect, characterize, parry and riposte for a superfluous score. With a lot of “how-to-beat-a-lefty” training over the past several months, “Brisco” finally mastered the most difficult Cadet lefty opponent he’s ever fenced. Final score, 3-2, “Brisco” was awarded first prize, the last but most special of Coach-Emeritus Franklin’s electric foils, with the coach’s name engraved inside the bell guard. Second place prize, Hans Zimmer’s composed soundtrack to the movie “Rush”, went to “Storm’n”.

    The epee event’s matches were “fast and furious” compared with the slow-paced foil event’s final match. After the preliminary round for seeding, Blake “Blade” Traylor was 1st seed; Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, 2nd seed; and Cory “Billy” Mitchell, 3rd seed. “Storm’n” and “Billy” dueled in the only semi-final match, as “Blake” advanced directly to the finals by nature of his outstanding preliminary round fencing.
    The semi-final match went the full distance — three, three-minute periods, 15-point match. At the conclusion of the first period, “Storm’n” built a commanding, 8-3 lead. During the second period, “Billy” almost turned the tide, outscoring his opponent, 5-4, with the result Storm’n’s lead was cut, 12-8. The final period was exciting as both fencers scored well, but “Billy” could not hold back the storm. “Storm’n’ prevailed, 15-10.

    The final match started calmly enough as “Blade” built a 5-1 lead by the end of the 1st period. During the one minute break gray clouds gathered and the wind seemed to whip up as “Storm’n scored the first three points of the 2nd period, making the score 5-4. “Blade” didn’t see a threat in the gathering storm as he quickly retaliated with three points of his own. By the end of the second period, with gale storm warnings posted, the score was 8-5 in “Blade’s” favor. The final period saw “Storm’n” wreak havoc as he outscored “Blade” to tie the match by the conclusion of regulation time. With the score tied 10 all, the scorekeeper flipped another coin. “Blade” won the coin flip for the advantage. Once again, “Storm’n” resorted to excellent time management, putting pressure upon “Blade” until the last two seconds. Launching a fleche attack, as he did in the final match of the foil event, “Storm’n” landed the decisive tie-breaking point this time, without incurring a double touch. Victory – Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, 11-10, and with victory he received the last of Coach-Emeritus Franklin’s replacement electric epee blades as 1st prize. As runner-up, “Blade” received a copy of John Powell’s movie soundtrack “Green Zone”.

    Our second of four Season of Music foil and epee scrimmage is scheduled for Friday, October 10, 2014. We will honor the birthday of movie music soundtrack composers Steve Jablonsky and Michael Giacchino (Star Trek into Darkness). Join us. The foil event is scheduled from 1300-1500 (1-3pm); and the epee event follows at 1500.

  • Catch Horse Fever This Season!

    Dark Horse fencers now have an opportunity of winning world class fencing blades this season when they win USA Fencing tournament events, and by earning a new rating.  Win a long-lasting, maraging steel replacement blade, approved for international competitions (FIE stamped Foil, Epee and sabRe ["FIEFER" pronounced "fever]).  For example, a foil fencer who earns their E-rating, wins an Absolute Ultra FIE blade.  An epee fencer may win a “SR-71 Blackbird” FIE epee blade.  A sabreur may win a “Z-Pro” maraging sabre blade.  Train Hard-Compete-Persevere.  Catch a “FIEFER” this season only at Dark Horse. 

  • Fencing Friday Afternoons in August

    Those “horse days of summer” Fridays can now be spent in our nice air conditioned fencing club.  Dark Horse fencing club will now be open on the following Friday afternoons in August:  1, 8 and 15 August.   Foil fencers are welcome between 1:00-3:00pm; epee fencers between 3:00-5:00pm; and sabre fencers between 3:00-5:00pm.  A structured lesson and pool or team bouts are planned.  The Friday program is for fencers 9 yrs old and older (veteran age, too), who have completed a beginners class and intend to fence competitively this new season of fencing, which begins, 1 Aug.

    If you are interested in coming, email Coach George: sabrist@earthlink.net

    All fencers should go to the USA Fencing website to renew their annual USA Fencing membership before the first class.  Print and bring a copy of your membership renewal receipt to class.

    All fencers must wear clean and appropriate fencing attire to class.  No short pants.

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  • “Wolverine” makes “First Team” USA Fencing All-Academic Team

    USA Fencing and Absolute Fencing Gear partnered for the fourth straight year to recognize young fencers who have excelled in high school with All-Academic Team honors.

    All-Academic Team members were honored during a ceremony in Columbus, Ohio on June 30, 2014.

    Athletes with a GPA of at least 3.85 were named to the First All-Academic Team (FT). Dark Horse Fencing Club junior epeeist, Logan “Wolverine” Everts was selected for this honor.

    Second Team (ST) athletes included those whose GPAs were 3.7 – 3.84.

    Athletes with 3.5 – 3.69 GPAs were recognized on the Honorable Mention Team.

    The All-Academic Team members represent 36 states and 143 fencing clubs from across the United States.


    All Dark Horse Fencing Club high school age fencers should consider competing for this honor next winter, as soon as it is announced. As you will see when you read the full length story at the web-link above, the top four fencers chosen from all those who across the country are honored (263 honored) receive a scholarship, too. This year two received $4000 scholarships and two received $1000 scholarships.

  • Annual Membership Business Meeting – June 23

    DHFC will be hold its annual membership business meeting next Monday, June 23. We will start at 7:30 PM, followed by an ice cream social (courtesy of the Church).


    • State of the Club
    • Financial Report
    • Officer Elections
    • Ice cream!

    Please Join Us!

  • Club is closed Wednesday, 14 May, and Thursday, 15 May

    Church is preparing for a festival this coming weekend, so they need our fencing space.

  • “Doc” Bone sews up Battle of the Wilderness Sabre tournament

    On May 5, 2014, Dark Horse Fencing Club’s young triathlete (sabre, foil and epee), Emma “Doc” Bone overcame a hamstring problem in her lunging leg to triumph victorious at the sabre tournament that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Battle of the Wilderness, which was fought in the local area, May 5-7, 1864.

    In addition to winning a replacement sabre blade as first prize, she received a surprise antique collectible.  Dark Horse Fencing Club presented Doc with a sabre guard, engraved with the name of the late great fencing coach of Temple University, Charles Ash.  In addition, Coach Ash engraved his fencing nickname “John Carter of Barsoom”, which is a reference to the fictional Virginian hero who was transported to Mars in the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom” series.

    If Coach Ash were alive, we’re sure he would feel honored that “Doc” has his sabre guard to inspire her and her coaches as she prepares for the 2014 US Summer Fencing Nationals.

    2014 Class Picture

  • “Storm’n” Morgan blows through competition to win St. George the Dragonslayer Foil Tournament



    “Storm’n” Morgan blows through competition at St. George the Dragonslayer Foil Fencing Tournament

    On Thursday, April 24, 2014, Sam “Storm’n” Morgan won the foil event on the second day of the fencing tournament hosted by Dark Horse Fencing Club , which is held to commemorate the feast day of St George.   Storm’n blew through the preliminary round winning all six of his bouts, which earned him #1 seed for the direct elimination round 10-point bouts. 

    The first quarter-finals match was between #3 seed, Paul “Brisco” Anderson, and #6 seed Victor “X-man” Kriska.  Brisco’s long-standing competitive experience was too much for X-man, who is in his first season of fencing.  Brisco won the match 10-2. 

    Following them was the match between #2 seed, Nicholas “Thornblade” Dunn and Carter “Panther” Harrison, #7 seed.  Behind 3-1, Panther changed his parry technique.  It had an immediate positive effect.  Panther leaped ahead 9-5 before the end of the first period.  Thornblade composed himself and came back for the second period with a new tactic.  He used his ability to control distance to keep Panther’s ripostes at bay.  Unable to reach his prey, Panther could not score the final point.  Instead, Thornblade’s counter-ripostes found Panther’s metallic hide for five unanswered points and the kill, 10-9. 

    Semi-final Round

    In the semi-finals, Storm’n defeated Emma “Doc” Bone, #5 seed, 8-7.  Doc led most of the way through the match and at one point was sailing along comfortably with a 7-2 lead — the calm before the storm.  Suddenly, Storm’n bore down with gale force ripostes and scored the next six unanswered points to win the match as time expired. 

    The other semi-final match was between Brisco and Thornblade.  Thornblade used a different tactic on Brisco.  Instead of fencing Brisco long-range, which is also Brisco’s forte, Thornblade opted to fight inside, drawing Brisco into in-fighting situations where he could leverage his superior in-fighting experience and quick staccato ripostes.  Unable to see and parry Thornblade’s ripostes, Brisco succumbed 10-8. 

    Y-10 Fence-off:  Carter and Victor fenced off one more time.  The winner of the 10-point match would win an electric foil donated by Coach Emeritus Franklin.   X-man held off Panther, 4-3, to win the foil.    

    Championship match

    Storm’n, a lefty, fenced Thornblade, a righty.  Both were 14-yr olds.  A great prize was at stake.  The champion would win a Viniti FIE maraging electric foil blade –Best in Class.   Thornblade had been struggling all day against lefties.  In the preliminary bout, Storm’n shut him out, 5-0.  Once again, Thornblade could not present the combinations of tactics to draw Storm’n into his strength.  Final score: 10-5. 


    1      Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, Y-14 & U-16 champion, Viniti FIE maraging electric foil blade –Best in Class

    2)    Nicholas “Thornblade” Dunn, Absolute Ultra FIE maraging foil blade

    3)    Paul “Brisco” Anderson Y-12 champion, Absolute Advanced Gold Elect Foil Blade

    Victor “X-man” Kriska Y-10 champion, electric foil

  • “Wolverine” wins St. George the Dragonslayer epee tournament


    Left-to-right: “Wolverine” Everts, “Blade” Traylor, “Billy” Mitchell, and “Doc” Bone. Kneeling: Fencer X


    “Doc” Bone awarded tied for 3rd place prize from Fencer X.


    “Blade” Traylor awarded 2nd place prize, an epee, from Fencer X.

    “Wolverine” triumphs at the St. George the Dragonslayer Epee Fencing Tournament

    On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Logan “Wolverine” Everts won the annual Dark Horse Fencing Club epee tournament, which is held to commemorate the feast day of St George.   Wolverine entered the 15-point direct elimination round seeded #1.  In the semi-final round of the fantastic four, his first opponent was the aggressive, energetic, tri-weapon fencer, fourth seeded, Emma “Doc” Bone.  Doc is skillful and graceful to watch compete in each of the three fencing events: foil, sabre and epee.  Wolverine over-matched Doc’s talents, however, bringing to bear several years of highly competitive epee experience, cross-training athleticism and a “D”-rating.  Though their match was close through the first two points each, Wolverine settled down and with precision cruised to a 15-4 victory. 

    The second semi-final match of the evening was between second seed, Blake “Blade” Traylor, and third seed, Corey “Billy” Mitchell.  Through the first four points each the score was close, when “Blade” broke out to win the match, decisively, 15-4.

    The greater experience and skill of the D-rated epeeist, Wolverine, proved too much for the unrated, Blade, as Wolverine pierced Blade’s defenses on the way to a 15-8 victory.