Tune Up Results


In the last DCFC tournament before Summer Nationals, DCFC swept the top spots in the Senior Mixed Epee event and medaled in the Sabre event as well.

Thanks to meet manager Katelyn Keegan for running the tournament. Congratulations to all our fencers on getting in the game, and a special salute to the top winners below.

Senior Mixed Epee:

Dennis Kraft, gold
Clinton Rodell, silver
Julian Raul, bronze
Andrew Nosil, bronze

Senior Mixed Foil

Jeffrey Chu, gold
Dylan Pyne, silver
Tristan Szapary, bronze
Jacob Gordon, bronze

Senior Mixed Sabre

Keith Baker, gold
Roland Frye, silver
Ronald Kramer, bronze
Diane Trice, bronze

Full results on askfred.net


July 21 – a celebration of 25 years with Janusz

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You are cordially invited

to celebrate 25 years

with Janusz Smolenski at DC Fencers Club


Tuesday, July 21

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


at DC Fencers Club

9330 Fraser Avenue

Silver Spring, MD


Feel free to bring a dish and a story!


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A golden day for women’s fencing at the Amazon Open XII


Valerie Asher, founder of the Amazon Open and advocate for women’s fencing, watches the twelfth annual women’s tournament unfold.


The Amazon Open, held on June 7 at DC Fencers Club, was a smashing success. For the twelfth year running, Valerie Asher organized this women’s tournament, which has become one of the strongest on the East Coast. An intrepid supporter of women’s fencing, Valerie offered an inspiring speech on the capacity of the participants to help other women up and help them out, in fencing and beyond.

Thanks to meet manager Lewis Sloter, his deputy Katelyn Keegan, our referees, and our families and friends for your support. We salute Laura Johnson for sponsoring a beautiful sabre trophy, to be engraved with the names of each year’s winners.Fencers came from as far as Boston and Cleveland to participate in the competition.

We congratulate the following fencers on their top eight results and thank all the fencers for getting in the game.


The top eight in the epee event featured world class competitors.

Senior Women’s Epee – Results

Amanda Sirico, gold
Meghan O’Reilly, silver
Dariya Yefremenko, bronze
Sofia Komar, bronze
Rebecca Chimahusky, fifth place
Valerie Asher, sixth place
Veronica Weser, seventh place
Lauren McCoy, eighth place


Some of the sabre girls having fun at the Amazon Open XII.

Senior Women’s Sabre – results

Tasia Ford, gold
Brooke Sirico, silver
Bridget Marturano, bronze
Abigail Benson-McCarthy, bronze
Paige Manel, fifth place
Erina Iwasa, sixth place
Megan Buteau, seventh place
Amit Hanadari-Levi, eighth place

For full results, visit askfred.net

A photo album of the Amazon Open XII is available on the DCFC Facebook page.

Remember to sign up for the Tune Up Tournament, June 20-21 at DCFC.

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June 14 – free yoga workshop at DCFC



TIME CHANGE ALERT!  We are meeting at 3:30 pm on Sunday, not in the morning.  Thanks for being flexible!

What: Yoga for fencers 

When: Sunday, June 14, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (2 hours)

Where: DCFC, 9330 Fraser Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

Who: Yogi Joe Deucher and you!

Why: Hey DCFCers! Are you stiff from too much ‘en garde?’ Feeling a bit asymmetric in your core? Need more mobility in your weapon arm? Looking for a way to improve your competition warm-up?

Try an afternoon of yoga with DCFCer Joe Deucher. A 20+ year student of yoga, Joe finds yoga to be a very useful part of his fencing training. He will lead us through stretches and poses to increase flexibility and help prevent injury – and will share his “day-of-competition” warm up routine. 

Bring your own mat!

RSVP at the DCFC Facebook event page.

Sign up for the Amazon Open XII – Sunday June 7




It’s about to get real! The twelfth annual Amazon Open is the biggest yet, with more than 60 epee fencers (A2) and 30 sabre fencers (B2) signed up. Participants receive special commemorative bracelets, there are prizes for the top eight, and a cadre of sharp-dressed referees! Thanks to organizer Valerie Asher for creating this amazing event. Join us for one of the strongest East Coast women’s tournaments.

Sunday, June 7 at DC Fencers Club

9:30 am – epee event

2:00 pm – sabre event


Sign up on askfred.net!



DCFC sweeps the Captain Steere!


From R-L: Top eight at the 2015 Captain Steere included Dennis Kraft, Andrew Nosil, Joe Deucher, Amanda Sirico, Sam Dietrich, Nathan Bailey and Christopher Hoffman. Photo by Debra Nosil.


It’s a sweep at the Captain Steere! Congratulations to DCFCers who took gold, silver, and bronze at the A2 Senior Mixed Epee event on Sunday, May 31. DCFCers also made up seven of the top eight in this event.

Thanks to our meet manager Cindy Sirico and all our family and friends for your support of our competitors. Thanks to Debra Nosil for this photo.

Results – 2015 Captain Steere Senior Mixed Epee

Dennis Kraft – gold
Andrew Nosil – silver
Ezra Wright – bronze
Joe Deucher – bronze

Amanda Sirico, fifth place
Sam Dietrich, sixth place
Nathan Baily, seventh place
Christopher Hoffman, eighth place

Full results can be found on askfred.net. 

Captain Steere three-weapon tournament, May 30-31



Join us at this three-weapon tournament to honor Capitol Division member Captain Richard Steere.

Senior Mixed Foil – May 30, 10:00 am
Senior Mixed Sabre –  May 30, 1:00 pm
Senior Mixed Epee – May 31, 10:00 am

Register on askfred.net


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Fences with Wolves was a howling success!


Young competitors at the 2015 Fences With Wolves Youth Fundraising Tournament Photo by David Ruskin


The Fences with Wolves youth epee fundraising tournament was a howling success! Thanks to our organizer, Jacob Asher, our bout committee, our refs, and our families and friends for your support of this event, held Sunday, May 17 at DC Fencers Club.

We will update you soon with fundraising results for the Yellowstone Park Foundation, as well as photos. In the meantime, we salute our young champions and all our young wolf pups on their wild, wonderful run.

Y10 Mixed Epee

Riley Benkler (FIA-BALT), Gold
Spencer Rothka (FSA), Silver
Clark Donovan (DCFC), Bronze
Sophia Jakel (SVF), Bronze

Y12 Mixed Epee

Hadley Husisian (FSA), Gold
Timothy Seungjoon Lee (POFC), Silver
Shibli Nomani (Reston Fencers Club), Bronze
Julien Maury (CCFC), Bronze

Y14 Mixed Epee

Meghan Sirico (DCFC), Gold
Emma Scala (CCFC), Silver
Justin Haddad (DCFC), Bronze
Jack Steuble (DCFC), Bronze

For full results, visit askfred.net.


A photo essay of the event can be found on the DCFC Facebook page. Thanks to Coach David Ruskin and proud father David Asher for the photos.

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DCFC is closed on Memorial Day



HOLIDAY CLOSURE ALERT! DC Fencers Club will be CLOSED on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. When the Federal Government is closed, so are we.

Enjoy your holiday.

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Upcoming tournaments at DCFC



Mark your calendars! Four tournaments at DCFC are coming up soon.




On Sunday, May 17, DCFC hosts the fourth annual “Fences With Wolve”s. This is a Y10, Y12, and Y14 mixed epee event. This tournament is a fundraiser for the Wolf Project of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Over the past three years, Fencers With Wolves has raised $15,000 to study the long-term impact of wolves, which were reintroduced to the Park’s ecosystem in 1995.  If you’d like to sponsor a young wolf, there is a sign-up sheet at the club. All fencers receive a commemorative wristband, and there are wolf-themed prizes for medalists, as well as a prize in each age group for the fencer with the most sponsors. Registration fee is $35 for preregistered fencers and $45 at the door. A portion of tournament fees will go directly to the Yellowstone Wolf Project. Please know, you may only register in ONE event.


Register on askfred.net https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=29182




This is a three-weapon tournament to honor Richard C. Steere, a retired Navy captain who was the weather expert for General George S. Patton during the Anglo-American landing in North Africa in November 1942 and a member of a bronze medal-winning U.S. fencing team at the 1932 Summer Olympics. Captain Steere was a fixture at the U.S. Naval Academy in the 1950s and 60s, where he taught fencing to midshipman. A lifelong supporter of fencing, Steere fenced into his late seventies and won various titles of the Amateur Fencers League of America, which became the United States Fencing Association.


Register on askfred.net





DCFC hosts the twelfth annual Amazon Open, which features women’s epee and women’s sabre events. Medals awarded down to 8th place, with special prizes, including gift certificates from Absolute Fencing, awarded to the top 4 finishers. This has been one of the strongest women’s epee tournaments in the mid-Atlantic and typically draws fencers from all over the country. We are also pleased to offer a women’s saber event.


Register at askfred.net.






This is it! Take advantage of this three-weapon tournament at DCFC to prepare for Summer Nationals. Register on askfred.net



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