American Fencer Book Signing with Tim Morehouse (January 12 at Barnes in Noble Union Square)

Join me at Barnes and Noble in Union Square in NYC on January 12, 2013 at 2pm for a book signing and Olympic fencing demonstration!

If you purchase a copy of AMERICAN FENCER from Barnes and Noble between now and the event you’ll receive priority seating for this fun afternoon that will be a blast for kids and adults alike.  The event is FREE to the public.




American Fencer is more than a swashbuckling romp through the diverse subculture of the ancient sport of fencing—it’s the story of what it takes to overcome expectations of your peers and the world, as well as the self-expectations that can lead to failure.  Olympic medalist and U.S. National Champion Tim Morehouse’s memoir is a story of teamwork and individualism, monastic dedication and high-stakes competition—the difference between a dream and its demise separated by 120 milliseconds at the tip of the sword.

Whether or not you’ve ever picked up a foil, epee or saber, Tim’s story speaks to the underdog in all of us—the shoestring self-start with belief, dedication, and little else. American Fencer is the story of the American dream.

I will be having a book launch event in NYC on Tuesday, April 24 and you can find the invite at (hope you can join me!)  Tickets are $75 dollars and will include a signed copy of the book, drinks and hors d’oeuvres with proceeds going to support my foundation Fencing-in-the-Schools.

The book will head into bookstores starting after the London Games so right now you can get online, at a few fencing outlets (in the near future) and at some of my upcoming appearances over the next few months.

Thank you all for your support!


Great Video Profile on the Peter Westbrook Foundation from 60 Minutes II in ’03

Just found this video the other day. This is probably one of the best profiles fencing has had on it in the past decade or more and really great look at the great work of Peter Westbrook.

Also, some great fencing footage from those days!  Really brings back memories!

Two Years to London Olympics Celebration: “The Olympics Are Like Chronicles of Narnia”

Along with my fellow fencing Olympic teammates Keeth Smart, Erinn Smart and Susie Paxton we attended a celebration held by the British Consulate on the HMS Albion docked at NYC.

On hand were numerous Olympians, dignitaries and others to celebrate the half-way point to the next Summer Olympic Games!

You can check out the article here:

And, my interview where I compared the Olympics to the Chronicles of Narnia…

Congratulations Coach Yury Gelman on his induction into the US Fencing Hall of Fame!

Last night at the US National Championships 3-time Olympic coach Yury Gelman was inducted into the USFA Fencing Hall of Fame at a ceremony conducted at the Atlanta Georgia World Congress Center.

Yury, owner and coach at the Manhattan Fencing Center, led to the US Men’s Saber team to a Silver Medal at the Beijing Olympics, his student Keeth Smart was the first American male to become #1 in world, his student Akhi Spencer-El was the first American male to become #1 ranked Junior fencer in the world.     Including, Sr., Jr and Cadet along with NCAAs he has accumulated over 50+ National Championships.   Since 1998 at the US Nationals, all but one (where he did not attend) was won by one of his students: Dave Mandell, Keeth Smart, Ivan Lee, Tim Hagamen and Tim Morehouse.

Guests at the ceremony included, Arkady Burdan, Sada Jacobson, Brendan Baby, Henry Hartunian, Steve Sobal, Carl Borack, Andy Shaw, newly appointed executive director Greg Dilworth, Brad Baker, Kalle Weeks along with countless other members of the fencing community.

Congratulations to Yury and as he said at the ceremony, “I’m not done yet!”