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FOTC News 2018

Gently used fencing shoes looking for a new home.

February 22, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

One pair of men's size 5-1/2 and one pair of men's size 9-1/2 Absolute brand fencing shoes. Free if they fit you.
They are in the fencing closet. Ask Pearce if you want them.

Memphis Central High School Marching Band performs at Junior Olympics

February 20, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

We would be remiss if we didn't thank the Memphis Central High School Marching Band for their performance of the National Anthem to start off the 2018 Junior Olympics. They put on an impressive a show!

Someone wants to buy our videos

February 19, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

A media company has offered to buy the broadcast rights to our videos.
Price would be based on viewership our videos get on their system.
It is very flattering but the amount of money is not large and we could lose control of our work.
I think we're going to tell them no.

2018 Junior Olympics National Championships

February 18, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

One more day to go at the Junior Olympics. Tomorrow is Matthew in Cadet Men's Epee and Ashley in Junior Women's Foil.
Day one was Ashley in Junior Women's Saber.
ashley 2018 jo

Day Two was Chance in Cadet Men's Saber and Daniel in Junior Men's Epee.
chance 2018 jo

daniel 2018 jo

Day Three (today) was Matthew in Cadet Men's foil.
matthew 2018 jo

No one has gotten close to winning a medal so far, but everyone is fencing well.

Fencing Class and Practice Schedule Changes

February 14, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

Thursday, February 15 and Monday, February 19th classes and practices are cancelled.
The team is headed to Memphis for a long weekend of competition at the Junior Olympics National Championships.

Mardi Gras fun and fencing.

February 10, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

mardi gras mask saber
Saber gold medalists Ashley and Christopher modeling their first place prize, Mardi Gras party masks.

We are testing new formats for tournaments in an effort to increase the fun for not just the fencers but also for spectators. Today's events were accompanied by a New Orleans Mardi Gras style feast.

corn bread
Corn Bread.
corn bread
saber medalists
Our saber medalists.

epee medalists
Our epee medalists.

Of our team's fencers, Ashley get the gold in women's saber. Daniel gets the bronze in men's epee. Shelby get the gold in women's epee and silver in women's saber.

Thank you to Shelby for not only fencing really well, but for refereeing the entire day. She did a great job.
And special thanks to Bill and Darla for helping us cook the wonderful feast. They spend lots of hours in the kitchen so the rest of us could have fun fencing and eating.
cookin friends

February Earn Your 'E' Series - Foil

February 8, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

We held a small foil tournament tonight.

(Rob and Ashley tie for 3rd. Matthew wins second. Karina takes first. Zoe and Shudi fenced their first tournament. Missing from the photo is Sarah who came down from Champaign Urbana.)

We have to keep these events small due to time restraints. A huge thank you goes to Chris French who helped referee. Without his help there is no way we could have let 7 people enter.
As it was, it took 2 and 1/2 hours to complete.

Our next fun tournament is not one to be missed!

February 6, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

Saturday, February 10 at Bluff Grange. Saber starts at noon. Epee starts at 3:00.
Sure, we'll be fencing hard in separate saber and epee contests but after the fencing we'll be celebrating Mardi Gras with a banquet.

What kind of New Orleans Mardi Gras would it be without Red Beans & Rice, Beignets and Chicory Coffee?

Spectators are welcome to watch the fencing for free.
$10 for non-fencers to join in on the Mardi Gras beads and banquet. Fencers eat free.

womens mask prize
Women's first place prize.
mens mask prize
Men's first place prize.

Thank you for a successful Trivia Night fundraiser!

February 4, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us Saturday night. Also thanks to all those who helped us run the event and who donated items for our Silent Auction. Finally, extra special thanks goes to Rob, Cheryl and Shelby who were responsible for making this another great night for our team.

Special thanks to these treasured individuals...
Adeyinka Adewale
Rick and Joyce Brenner
Rob Comstock
Catherine and Tom Hunter
Cheryl Korobey
Joyce and Bill Korobey
Lisa Korobey
Shelby Korobey
Tina Orr
Bill Velders
Dorothy and Malcolm Weiser
Carol Wiley
Dave Woesthaus

... and businesses:
Bliss Floral
Body and Mind Gifts
Curt Smith's Outdoors
Curt Smith's Sporting Goods
DiGregorio's Italian Market (on the Hill)
Float Center Shiloh
Grappa Growlers
Pottery Hollow
Randall's Wine & Spirits
Schubert's Smokehouse
St. Clair Bowl
Town Hall Archery
Unique Inking

Trivia Night fund raiser this Saturday. Your help is needed!

January 29, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

We need items for the silent auction and we need more people to come play the games with us.

The funds we raise go to provide training and competition equipment for kids from across the St. Louis metropolitan area who are challenging the best in the world.

(Matthew studies up on giant slaying.)

Matthew is one of 4 of our athletes who will be competing in the US Fencing Association/U.S. Olympic Committee sponsored Junior Olympics in less than 3 weeks. He and the other 3 will face the best teen fencers from each state in the Nation.

Please help us continue to provide these opportunities to many more deserving kids in the coming year.

Successful fencing weekend in St. Louis

January 28, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

On Saturday, Matthew wins 5th in Y14 Men's Epee. In Y10 Men's Foil, Tyler has 4 victories and 2 losses in pools. Wins first elimination bout. Loses in the semi-finals to take the bronze medal.

On Sunday, Matthew fenced Y14 Men's Foil. He was eliminated by the eventual gold medalist, a very good fencer from Kansas City. He comes home with the bronze medal.

Matthew and Tyler head to St. Louis for a National Championship qualifying tournament

2018 - Pearce Wilson

Tyler and Matthew will be competing in a national championship qualifier this weekend in St. Louis.
For Tyler, this is just a practice tourament, he has already qualified for next summer's championship. For Matthew though, this is a chance for him to qualify in the Y14 age bracket at the championships.
Matthew has already qualifed for and will compete in the Junior Olympics (the separate national championship for teens) in a few weeks but in that event he will be competing an age bracket up. By age, he is still a Y14 athlete.
Wish us luck!

Changes coming to fencing mask design

January 23, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

Due to concerns that masks could come off during fencing, the international fencing oversight body, the FIE, is requiring a change to mask designs. It is not clear when these new masks will be required for US Domestic competition.

Absolute Fencing Gear is offering a discount off regular prices for their existing FIE approved masks. These current design masks are what many fencers use today and should be fine for practice but be prepared to have to buy a new mask in the coming months for competition use.

If I had to guess when the new mask regulations would go into effect, my date would be August 1, 2018... the start of the new season.

I note that the current Leon Paul mask has a unique design that in my opinion will not be effected by any new mask design regulations.

Another of our fencers qualifies for the National Championships!

January 22, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

Congratulations Yinka! She competed in epee, foil AND saber at a national championship qualifing tournament over the weekend. She is the first of our adult fencers to qualify. The national championships are in St. Louis this year.

Adding 2 extra weekly practices for our Junior Olympians

January 17, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

We will add a Sunday evening practice starting at 7:00 and an extra Thursday evening practice starting at 6:00 just for our Junior Olympians.

We did this last year and it worked well. These extra practices will run til the Junior Olympics in February.

We only need one strip for the Junior Olympian practice. If any other of our fencers wants to get in some extra practice time, the balance of the salle is availble. You are welcome to come and fence on your own.

A lesson amongst the chaos of open fencing practice.

January 15, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

Fencing Fun in the New Year tournament

January 13, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

In the morning we held the Youth Foil event.
(Congratulations to our Youth Foil medalists, Dylan, Timber, Christine and Nicolas.)

We had a noon youth saber scheduled but we didn't have enough fencers. So we improvized and drafted a couple extra siblings and held one anyway! We continue to try to get enough saber fencers to enter tournaments but we just don't have very many in our area.

Finally in the afternoon we had a big crowd for the Senior Unrated Mixed Foil. It was especially nice to see so many of the University of Illinois' team fencers make the long trip down to fence with us.

(Pictured are the 1st through 3rd place women's and men's medalists.)

Unrated Senior Foil almost at capacity

January 11, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

Saturday, January 13 9:00 am youth foil and noon youth saber are good. Plenty of room for more fencers.
However our 2:00 pm Unrated Senior Foil is getting full. We can only take a few more fencers. If you want to fence and are not pre-registered you need to tell Pearce quickly or you could get left out.

Do we have a mission statement?

January 10, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

Our team captain, Shelby is hard at work getting donations for the silent auction. One of the potential donors asked if we had a mission statement.
We have written about our mission before but we've never put it down in a concise form.
Our not very well kept secret is that while we work hard to become the best fencers we can be, being great fencers has never been our goal. Our fencing is just a tool. It's just the hammer to the carpenter. We are building something wonderful, our future self. We strive to use what we learn about ourselves as we train, to become better people.

So here is a more concise version of our Mission Statement:

The mission of the Fencers of the Corn's competitive fencing program is not to create great fencers.

Our mission is to teach young people about goal setting, that life requires non-stop learning, that achievement requires struggle and to never be afraid to challenge the best.

Our mission is to help create a great person.
By the way, our Trivia Night fund raiser is Saturday, February 3 at Bluff Grange. We are in need of more donations for the silent auction as well as more players. Please help us by supporting our young people at this, our biggest annual funds drive.

Deerfield High School Invitational (Chicago Illinois)

January 6, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

Ashley and Chad made the trip to Chicago to compete in their first big tournament.

(Fencers ready to hit the road to Chicago.)

Ashley has competed in a number of small tournaments in the St. Louis area but this was her first out-of-town trip and first big tounament. Chad has only ever fenced one practice tournament we held at Bluff Grange last month.

Ashley won 4 of her 6 preliminary bouts. Because she did so well in that preliminary round, she received a bye (a free pass through) in the first round of the direct elimination round. In the second round she continued her winning ways. She was finally bested in the 3rd round, missing a medal by one bout. Ashley finishes the tournament in 11th place.
Chad was nervous for this his first real competition. As a new fencer, I told him his job was to get one point against each of his opponents - if he accomplished that, I would consider him to have won the day. He did that and more. He scored against each of his opponents. Plus he tallied one victory. He finished the tournament in 44th place.

This photo displays what I like best about fencing, the sportsmanship. Here you see the dad of Chad's next opponent helping Chad hook up to the scoring machine for the bout with his son. We have some pretty awesome people in this sport!

January Earn Your 'E' Unrated Saber

January 4, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

We FINALLY got enough entrants to have a good saber tournament! WOOHOO! We don't have many saber fencers in our area so it has been a challenge to get enough of them in one spot at the same time where we could actually have a tournament.

Congratulations to the medalists. Ashley ties for 3rd with Karina (not pictured). Dave takes 2nd. Chance wins 1st place.
Chance was fencing especially well tonight. In addition to this FABULOUS FIRST PLACE CERTIFICATE he also earns his first national rating from the United States Fencing Association. Chance is our team's first ever fencer to earn a national rating in saber.

Leaping into the New Year

January 1, 2018 - Pearce Wilson

What is the best way to start a new year? Stabbing your friends!!


Yes, we absolutely do fence in a cornfield! Literally at Bluff Grange, a farmers' coop building in the corner of a cornfield on the bluffs over the Missisippi River Valley near St. Louis in Southern Illinois.

We have both recreational and competitive fencers of all ages.