DC #fencingmob takes over the National Mall

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Valerie Asher (seated, in front), organized a magnificent dc #fencingmob. Photo by David Ruskin


September 11, 2014


DC #fencingmob takes over the National Mall


On Sunday, September 7, more than More than 30 fencers from clubs across the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area met on the National Mall as part of a global fencing flash mob to promote this Olympic sport.


The event was one of many around the world, as fencers took to the streets to showcase their sport in iconic public spaces. In Washington DC, the group marched onto the Mall with Russell Ramsey, the chair of the Washington 2024 committee, who is working to bring the Summer Olympics to the area. With the Capitol on one side and the Washington Monument on the other, the group of fencers ranging in age from 7 to over 70 drew a crowd that included local fencing enthusiasts as well as interested onlookers new to fencing.

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DCFC member Valerie Asher with Sunil Sabharwhal, US Representative to the FIE.


With the crowd of supporters was Sunil Sabharwhal, who has a distinguished career in international sport, representing the US fencing community internationally at the sports’ governing body, the Federation Internationale d’Escrime and serving as Chief of Mission for the US fencing at the Beijing Olympics.


DC #fencingmob. Photo by Alex Keto


Following the event, Alessandro Noto of the Italian Fencing Federation reported that in Italy alone, #fencingmobs took place in more than 71 cities. Across the globe, fencers in more than 50 cities in all five continents participated in the flashmob. A first estimate shows more than 7,500 fencers of all ages participated worldwide. Remarkable images and video captured fencing flashmobs in front of the Colosseum in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, near Big Ben in London, at the southernmost tip of South America in Ushuaia, Argentina, Sydney, Australia, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Washington, DC, and dozens of other remarkable cities around the world. Plans are already in the works for a #fencingmob in 2015.


Thanks to David Ruskin for some beautiful photos of the DC #fencingmob. See them on the DCFC Facebook page.

Watch the DCFC video of the DC #fencingmob.

See the international collection of #fencingmob photos.

Watch the international playlist of #fencingmob videos.

Follow the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at #fencingmob.


Finally, the DC #fencing mob would not have happened without the tenacious efforts of Valerie Asher. She managed two permit applications, overcame two denials, submitted two appeals, held one meeting with the Park Service, and even garnered help from a congressional office in order for the Capitol Division to receive a permit for this flash mob. Thanks to Valerie Asher for your dedication, and thanks to all our volunteers, families, and friends for supporting this event.




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Three medals in five days. Just a regular week for #1 ranked Amanda Sirico




Amanda Sirico at the 2014 Summer Nationals and July NAC. Photo by David Ruskin.

Amanda Sirico takes gold in the Junior Women’s Epee event at the U.S. Fencing National Championships and July North American Cup.  With this win, she maintains her rank as the #1 Junior Women’s Epee fencer in the United States.

In a feat of endurance as well as skill, Amanda fenced in seven grueling direct elimination bouts to take gold, competing in a field of 227 fencers.  In the gold medal match, she served a  coup de grace to Emma Von Dadelszen with a definitive 15-6 win.
Only two days ago, Sirico took the #6 spot in the Senior Women’s Epee event, competing alongside London Olympians Courtney and Kelley Hurley.
And on Thursday (6/26), Amanda anchored the DCFC team which took bronze in the Senior Women’s Team Epee, a championship event at Summer Nationals.

From L-R: DCFC club mate Rachel Kraft with the bronze-medal winning DCFC Senior Women’s Epee Team Amanda Sirico, Katherine Sizov, Rebecca Chimahusky, and Brooke Sirico. Joining them, referee Marek Stepien. Photo by Sally Gifford

Sirico is competing alongside 61 other fencers from DC Fencers Club at the 2014 US Fencing National Championships and July North American Cup.  This is the largest fencing event in the world, bringing together more than 4,000 fencers of all ages and ability levels to compete in an array of events, both Championship events, which culminate the 2013-2014 season and North American Cup events which kick off the 2014-2015 season.
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DCFC brings home more than a dozen medals from 2014 Summer Nationals


Senior Men’s Epee Team Bronze Medalists from L-R: Byron Neslund, Robert Suchorski, Dennis Kraft, and Corwin Duncan.



DC Fencers Club sent 62 fencers and six coaches to the US Fencing Summer National Championships and July North American Cup, a two week-extravaganza held June 22 – July 3 in Columbus, Ohio.  With more than 4,000 fencers of all ages from all over the country competing, this is the largest fencing tournament in the world.  Congratulations to all our DC Fencers Club members who are getting in the game, and on the great results from our members.


The Summer Nationals were the culmination of one of the best seasons in the DCFC’s history.  Club members earned many medals in all kinds of competitions including World Championships, Pan American Championships and National Championships.


A special salute to our Summer Nationals medalists, who brought home more than a dozen medals from Columbus, Ohio. And kudos to all DCFC members who gave it their best in Columbus.


2014 Summer Nationals/July North American Cup Results


Amanda Sirico, gold, Junior Women’s Epee, sixth place, Division 1 Women’s Epee


Kashi Way, silver, Vet 40 Men’s Epee, eighth place, Vet 40 Men’s Foil


Jim Adams, bronze, Vet 70 Men’s Epee; bronze, Vet 70 Men’s Foil. Qualified for Veteran World Championships


Peter Calderon, bronze, Vet 70 Men’s Foil, fifth place, Vet 70 Men’s Epee; bronze, Vet 70 Men’s Sabre. Qualified for Veteran World Championships


Joe Deucher, bronze, Vet 40 Men’s Epee


Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, bronze, Division 1 Women’s Epee


Rebecca Chimahusky, Amanda Sirico, Brooke Sirico, and Katherine Sizov, bronze, Senior Women’s Team Epee


Byron Neslund, Robert Suchorski, Corwin Duncan, and Dennis Kraft, bronze, Senior Men’s Team Epee


Isaac Shelanski, fifth place, Cadet Men’s Epee


Diane Trice, sixth place, Vet 50 Women’s Sabre, eighth place, Vet 50 Women’s Epee. Qualified for Veteran World Championships


Jacob Asch, seventh place, Division 1A Men’s Sabre


Brooke Sirico, eighth place, Cadet Women’s Epee




From L-R: DCFC club mate Rachel Kraft with the bronze-medal winning DCFC Senior Women’s Epee Team Amanda Sirico, Katherine Sizov, Rebecca Chimahusky, and Brooke Sirico. Joining them, Division 1-A medalist, referee, coach, and inveterate photo bomber Marek Stepien.



Thanks to our families, friends, and coaches, for supporting our competitors.  A full photo album can be found on the DCFC Facebook page.


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DCFC closed June 29 – July 6 for Summer Nationals and Fourth of July



DC Fencers Club will be closed Sunday, June 29 through Sunday July 6 due to Summer Nationals and the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  We will reopen on Monday, July 7.  Have a safe and happy Fourth!


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DCFC Men’s Sabre Team Wins Silver at the 2014 Pomme de Terre in Boston



It was the DC to Boston express to victory! Congratulations to Jacob Asch, James Cameron, and Samuel Cohen, the DC Fencers Club Men’s Sabre Team for their 2nd place finish at the Pomme de Terre held at Brandeis University on June 15. Well done!


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Tune-Up Tournament – Results


Thanks to meet manager Lewis Sloter and the entire team of Capitol Division representatives for organizing the Tune-Up Tournament, the last big event before Summer Nationals, held June 14-15 at DCFC.  Thanks also to our referees and friends and families for your support!

Congratulations to Doug Tableman of FSA on winning gold and to DCFCers Isaac Shelanski, Corwin Duncan and Ezra Wright for winning the silver and bronze medals in Saturday’s Senior Mixed Epee event. DCFCers Julian Raul and Damien Lehfeldt took sixth and eighth place in the same event.

Kudos to DCFC’s Roshan Talagala on winning gold in the Senior Mixed Foil event on Sunday.

Full results are available at askfred.net. http://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=23134

A photo essay from the event is available on the DCFC Facebook page.  

One of the photos has become a meme, thanks to Lewis’ idea, and Damien’s meme-ification.  We couldn’t agree more, we think the Capitol Division is awesome, too!




Amazon XI – Results


The top eight in the Senior Women’s Epee event at the Amazon Open XI. From L-R: Lauren McCoy, Two Ravens Fencing School, Rebecca Chimahusky, DCFC, Sizov, Katherine, DCFC, Marie Lawson, Baltimore Fencing Club, bronze medalists Chantal Montrose, TEMPLE University, and Hannah Safford, Hannah, UNAT, silver medalist Amanda Sirico, DCFC, and gold medalist Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, DCFC.


June 9, 2014


The eleventh annual Amazon Open was a celebration of fabulous, fearless women! Thanks to the tournament founder Valerie Asher, to our meet manager and team, to our sharp-dressed refs, and of course to our friends and family for supporting the women athletes in your lives!


We saw some world-class fencing on Sunday, and we salute all the fencers, especially those who traveled from as far as Boston, Cleveland and St. Louis to compete with us.


DCFCers earned medals and top eight spots in both the Senior Women’s Epee and Sabre events. Kudos to Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, Amanda Sirico, Sizov, Katherine, and Rebecca Chimahusky, on earning gold, silver, sixth and seventh place, respectively.



Congratulations to DCFC members Lillie Lainoff (second from left), Brooke Sirico (fourth from left), and Laura Johnson (far right) on earning silver, bronze, and eighth place, respectively! Photo by David Ruskin.


In women’s sabre, we salute DCFC’s Lillie Lainoff, back for the summer from Yale University, on winning silver in Senior Women’s Sabre. Brook Sirico took bronze in the same event, and Laura Johnson took eighth place.


Full results can be found on askfred. Thanks to David Ruskin for these photos, and many more to come!




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Bowie teen pinch hitter helps Team USA win gold at Pan American Zonal Fencing Championships

For Immediate Release

June 5, 2014

Contact: dcfencers@gmail.com



From L-R: Amanda Sirico, Kelley Hurley, Courtney Hurley, and Kat Holmes just before they receive their gold medals in Senior Team Women’s Epee at the Pan American Zonal Championships in Costa Rica. June 4, 2014. Photo courtesy of US Fencing.

(Silver Spring, MD) — Amanda Sirico, 18, of Bowie Maryland, was ready for the challenge when she was tapped as a late-breaking alternate fencer to help the US Women’s Epee Team win gold at the Pan American Zonal Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica on June 4. Sirico is the #1 ranked Junior (under 20) female epee fencer in the United States, and the #5 ranked Senior (over 20) women’s epee fencer in the United States.


In Wednesday’s event, Sirico fenced alongside London Olympic team bronze medalists Courtney and Kelly Hurley, and fellow Capitol Division fencer Kat Holmes, currently a student at Princeton University. The US Women’s Team earned a bye into the quarterfinals, and advanced with solid wins against Colombia (27-18), Argentina (45-18) in the semifinals, taking gold in the finals against Team Venezuela (38-23). Team fencing events use a relay format in which teams of three fencers compete against another team in three-minute periods for up to 45 points.


A world-class season


Sirico is making her mark as a world-class athlete on the junior and senior international fencing circuit. In April she anchored the Junior Women’s Epee Team to win silver at the Junior World Fencing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This season she also participated in world cups in France, Germany, Spain, Qatar, Brazil, Cuba, and Costa Rica.


Sirico’s top results in the 2013-2014 season


  • Gold, Junior Women’s Epee, North American Cup (Cleveland, Ohio, November 2013)
  • Gold, Senior Team Women’s Epee, North American Cup (Cleveland, Ohio, November 2013)
  • Bronze, Dijon (FRA) Junior World Cup (January, 2014)
  • Bronze, Division 1 U.S. National Championship, Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 2014)
  • Silver, Team Epee, Junior World Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (April 2014)


“Looking back at my season this year, I’ve found a lot that I need to work on, but I’ve made a lot of big jumps forward,” said Sirico. “There’s always room to improve, and being an alternate at Zonals for the senior team is just a stepping stone. I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can bring in the fast approaching, new season.”


Starting this fall, Sirico will attend the University of Notre Dame in fall 2014, where she will join the NCAA women’s epee squad at one of the strongest Division 1 NCAA fencing teams in the United States. She continues to train at DC Fencers Club under the guidance of Head Coach Janusz Smolenski.


Summer Fencing Camps


Each generation of fencing champions gets its start in a beginner class. This July and August, DCFC offers five weeklong summer fencing camps to introduce young people to the benefits of this Olympic sport. Beyond the fitness benefits, fencing promotes intellectual development, decision making skills, self discipline, and confidence. The DCFC fencing camps are for children ages 7 and up, and beginner through intermediate fencers are welcome. Equipment and uniforms are provided. For more information on getting involved in this Olympic sport, call 301-562-1990, email dcfencers@gmail.com, or visit www.dcfencing.com.


About DC Fencers Club


DC Fencers Club (DCFC) has a national and international reputation as one of the best fencing clubs in the United States. The club offers instruction through classes, camps, workshops, and individual lessons. Fencers of all ages are welcome, and members range from recreational fencers to fencers who compete in local, regional, national, and international tournaments. DCFC coaches have a combined 100 years of training, competition, and teaching experience, and they include credentialed fencing masters and National and World Champions. DC Fencers Club promotes excellence, sportsmanship, and safety in a friendly, easygoing environment.


For photos of Amanda Sirico at the Pan Ams, visit


For other photos of Amanda Sirico, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/hoyagal/sets/72157644241641943/


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DCFC will be closed Memorial Day



DCFC will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  We will reopen Tuesday, May 27.

Captain Steere 2014 – Results


Dennis Kraft, Corwin Duncan, Robert Suchorski, Andrew Nosil, Arjuna Subramanian, and Doug Tableman take top eight spots at the Senior Mixed Epee event, Captain Steere 2014. Photo by David Ruskin



Thanks to everyone who competed in and supported the 2014 Captain Steere Three-Weapon Tournament at DCFC on May 17-18, 2014.


In the epee event, DCFC nearly swept all top eight spots. We also had special treat in getting to watch Coach Robert Suchorski competing, as he is training for the Senior Team Men’s Epee event at Summer Nationals in Columbus.



Peter Souders and Jacob Asch celebrate gold and bronze at the Captain Steere senior mixed saber event at DCFC. Photo by David Ruskin


Congratulations to our medalists, and thanks to our meet manager, Cindy Sirico. Enjoy photos by David Ruskin and others from the weekend’s event on the DCFC Facebook page.


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Senior Mixed Epee


Dennis Kraft, gold

Corwin Duncan, silver

Andrew Nosil, bronze

Robert Suchorski, bronze

Arjuna Subramanian, sixth place

Isaac Shelanski, seventh place

Katherine Sizov, eighth place


Senior Mixed Foil


Kashi Way, seventh place


Senior Mixed Sabre


Peter Souders, gold

Jacob Asch, bronze

Samuel Cohen, sixth place

Angus Keto, seventh place


For full results, visit askfred.net at



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