Want to Fence on Television against an Olympic Champion?!?!

Not to drop a big hint about what we are officially announcing next week, but Sean Buckley and Colin Colter qualified last week for the Fencing Masters Expo Tournament on Nov. 17.  The winner of that tournament will fence in the main event against Olympic Champion Aldo Montano and also receive a $1,000 training grant!  (Plus it will be on TV?!?!) Also,  all qualifier winners will  be acknowledged on-stage  (and on ahem TV!?!?!)

Did I mention the last time a US fencing tournament was on TV was the 1980s?

Here is the list of upcoming qualifiers (Your chance to fence your way there!)
http://askfred.net/Events/upcoming.php?filters[sec_id]=&filters[div_id]=&filters[weapon]=&filters[gender]=&filters[age]=&filters[team]=&filters[event_prereg_count]=&filters[event_rating][op]=%3D&filters[event_rating][prediction]=&filters[name]=Fencing+Master&filters[date][op]=%3D&filters[date][value]=

Or you can join them by buying a ticket! www.fencingmastersnyc.com

Colin Colter  and Sean Buckley (below) qualified last weekend!

Who will join them this weekend by winning a Fencing Masters Qualifier? ?

Fencing Club of the Week: Rhode Island Fencing Academy Profiled on Fox TV

There is a great article and video abut the Rhode Island Fencing Academy on the Fox Providence website. http://www.foxprovidence.com/dpp/rhode_show/try-your-hand-at-a-new-sport-fencing

Reporter Elizabeth Hopkins (@TheLillyGuild) visited the club and had a go at fencing and seemed to have a good time!  You can check out the Rhode Island Fencing Academy website at: http://www.rifac.com/

Heart of Fencing: An Entire Television Show About A High School Fencing Team!! (For Real!)

I was working on a blog post about shows with fencing in them and came across an entire television show from Hong Kong that’s actually about a High School Fencing Team!  See Saved by the Bell /Gossip Girls/90210 meets High School fencing!

Awesomeness!

There is love, intrigue and death on the  high school fencing team.   Just like my HS fencing experience.  lol so good!   We need a USA Version now!   

Here’s what I found about it: (http://www.spcnet.tv/TVB-Series/Hearts-of-Fencing-review-r223.html)

Chinese Title: “Dong Sei Yip Cho Pong Seung Gim Jim See” (translates to When the Four Leaves Touch the Points of Swords, generally referred to as simply “Sei Yip Cho”)

# of episodes: An excessively but thankfully short 11 episodes (originally 10, an extra episode was added due to high ratings)

Plotline
In a nutshell…a little bit of fluff, a little bit of cheese, a little bit of preaching, a little bit of puppy love, a little bit of everything. And all this is set against the backdrop of the sport of fencing. The series is reminiscent TVB’s “Aqua Heroes” that came out earlier this year, a bunch of teenagers, a bunch of new faces, and a bunch of lessons against the backdrop of a sport – swimming. Except the storyline for this series is a lot more predictable and the cast members are even less recognizable, if that’s even possible. Here we go.

My Favorite Episode Scenes…The day of the party, Lok accidentally drops the necklace in the middle of the road. He bends down to pick it up, and is then struck by a high-speed truck.(Poor Lok, but the team makes a dramatic discovery!)…

When Lok dies, however, the team realizes that Lok actually really loved the sport and wanted to help their school retrieve the sports title…(Luckily Lok has a brother, but there is trouble!)…

That night on the beach Don (the new captain of the team) tells Yat that he cannot compete in the upcoming fencing competion. Furious, Yat and Don start to throw punches at each other as Lam Lam desperately watches on. They stop fighting as Lam Lam, in tears, yells at Yat, telling him that she knows what he’s trying to do and that he will never succeed because of the reasons behind his actions: “Winning this competition is not your dream…it is your brother’s! You will never succeed, because this ambition does not belong to Au-Yeung Yat, it belongs to Au-Yeung Lok…(WOW! So much drama!)

Finding this show made my night! -Tim

http://www.spcnet.tv/TVB-Series/Hearts-of-Fencing-review-r223.html