Bringing International Titles Back to BC!

It’s only a few weeks into 2018, but our BC athletes have already brought home incredible results to the province. So far our team has travelled to Virginia Beach for the first NAC of the year, and to Bratislava, Slovakia for the Cadet European Circuit. Keep reading for results and a full run-down of the euro circuit!

The first 2018 NAC took place over the January 5th-8th weekend in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A big congratulations to Howard Zhao on another fantastic NAC result! More great NAC results are as follows:

Howard Zhao – 5th Junior Men’s Epee

Seraphim Jarov – 13th Junior Men’s Epee

Dylan French – 17th Div 1 Men’s Epee

Emma VonDadelszen – 11th Div 1 Women’s Epee


This past weekend (January 12th-14th) BC sent 5 athletes to Bratislava, Slovakia for a Cadet European Circuit. The competition consisted of both men’s and women’s epee individual and team events, as well as men’s foil individual and team events. Friday morning was kicked off bright and early with the Women’s Epee event. Nicole Su 3-3 in her poule, while Christina Zozulya came out of the first round undefeated. Going into the direct elimination round of 256, Christina was seeded 8th, thus snagging her a BYE into the round of 128. Nicole was ranked 112th, which placed her up against Hungarian fencer Evelin Tantmann. Nicole advanced into the round of 128 alongside Zozulya with a 15-13 win over Tantmann. Christina’s first bout was against Mehtap Mira Akinci (TUR), where she came out with a 15-10 victory. Unfortunately Nicole wouldn’t be following her teammate into the round of 64 as she fell 15-7 to 17th seeded Anna Gzyunova (RUS), giving her a 108th place result. Christina was victorious once again in the round of 64 with a 15-8 win over Claudia Durau (ROU), but the next bout would set her up against a familiar face. Christina’s next opponent was Canadian teammate Arianne Leonard, and the two have fenced before in national competitions, but this was a whole new setting. Despite the adrenaline-high international competition, Christina pulled through with a 15-12 win over her teammate, which sent her into the round of 16. Another win against Anna Liakhova (RUS) placed her into the 8’s against Eszter Muhari (HUN). With energy high and the medal rounds within sight, Christina beat the Hungarian 15-11. Onto the semi-finals, but this would show to be the most difficult, palm-sweating, heart-wrenching bout of the day. Christina would have to beat 12th seeded Belgian fencer Lili Buki in order to try for the European Circuit title. The bout was shifting in favour of our BC athlete, as she was leading by a couple of points towards the end of the match. However, 14-12 was the turning point for the bout, and Christina began to lose her lead as a result of some strong reposts from her opponent. The match concluded with a final score of 14-15 for Buki, (who went forth to win the European Circuit title), which handed Christina the bronze medal alongside Iana Bekmurzova (RUS). Christina was coached by Victor Gantsevich, and this was a fantastic result for both of them as well as Igor Gantesvich (another large contributor to Christina’s training and success), Dynamo Fencing Club, and the entirety of the BCFA community. Such a result shows what is possible through sheer dedication, perserverance, and passion. Congratulations Christina!

The second day of competition saw individual men’s epee and women’s team events. We had another two athletes in the men’s individual competition – Seraphim Jarov and Howard Zhao. Both boys had just come from achieving great results in Virginia Beach, and were ready to put on a good performance. They started the day off strong with Seraphim going 5-1 in his poule, and Howard finishing undefeated. Into the direct elimination rounds, Howard was seeded 2nd and Seraphim was 29th, which stood them both in good stead for the bouts to come. The impressive poule results of the two offered them both BYE’s into the round of 128. Howard’s first bout was fenced against Evgeni Minchev (BUL), who he handily beat 15-12. Seraphim also had a fabulous first showing against Bartosz Kitlinski (POL), with a 15-8 victory. However, the round of 64 faced Seraphim against a Canadian teammate, just like Christina. Seraphim fenced Victor Ji, who was seeded 34th after poules, but he didn’t let their acquaintance shake him, and he pulled out another big 15-9. Howard’s second bout was against Mikalai Zdanchuk (BLR), who he beat 15-11, and sent him forward into the round of 32. Despite the boys’ fantastic performance throughout the day, they both concluded their events in the 32’s after losing a equally close bouts. Seraphim fell 12-11 bout to Atrur Tolasov (RUS), while Howard lost an intense 15-14 bout against Alexander Biro (AUT). At the end of the day, Howard finished 17th and Seraphim finished 21st – still, fantastic results for an international competition with just shy of 300 competitors. Well done again boys!

The last day of competition saw our final BC athlete in the Men’s individual foil event. Lucas Sings would fence as the only BC athlete in the 171 person event, with the rest of his team cheering him on. Much like the rest of our team, Lucas started the day of very strong with a 5-1 poule result and a 35th place seed going into DE’s. Lucas’s first bout was against Daniel Gerziacak (CZE), who he handily beat with a final score of 15-5! Moving into the round of 128, and Lucas would be facing 30th ranked Lucas Lutar (USA) – same name, but who would prevail? Unfortunately our BC Lucas lost 15-5 to Gerziacak, but finished his event in a respectable 46th place. Good job, Lucas!

All of our athletes competed in their corresponding team events during the competition as well, however, the results weren’t as celebratory as in the individual competitions. In men’s foil, Canada 2, which featured Lucas Sing, came out with a 10th place result after losing their first match 45-23 to Hungary. However, in the first round of placements, Canada 2 beat Ukraine 2 45-25 with great contribution from Lucas. Unfortunately, the team lost in their second round of placement to Sweden 2, with a close score of 45-38. In the women’s event, our girls were split between the two Canadian teams, and represented BC well. However, Canada 1 and Canada 2 finished 25th and 26th out of the 39 teams that participate. To conclude the competition, the men’s epee team event took place. Seraphim fenced as a part of the Canada 2 team, who were seeded 33rd out of 43 teams at the beginning of the competition – the largest team event of the weekend. Seraphim shone alongside his teammates in their first bout against Germany 4, and anchored the team to a 45-34 victory. However, despite the stellar first match, the team struggled towards the end of their top 32 bout against Russia 1. The score was tied 14-14 in the third match, but Russia began to pull ahead in match 4, and Canada was unable to regain control of the bout. The bout concluded with a 45-31 victory for Russia, which resulted in a 28th place finish for our team.

Christina Zozulya and Coach Victor Gantsevich – Cadet European Circuit Bratislava, Slovakia




Men’s Epee World Cup 2018: Volunteers Needed!

Get ready, because the Men’s Epee World Cup is coming back to BC! This event has shown to be a thrilling spectacle for seasoned fencers and beginners alike, as it showcases high-level and even Olympic level fencing in our own backyard. However, such an event is only possible if we as the BC fencing community come together and lend a hand. So, if you are living in the greater Vancouver area, or are able to make it out for the weekend of February 16th-18th, don’t forget to sign up to volunteer for. There are a number of different volunteer positions that need to be filled, such as hospitality, video replay, and weapons check, so we’re going to need support from the whole BCFA community!

To sign up as a volunteer, please visit:


For more details regarding the competition itself, take a look at the World Cup website:


End of the year competitions!

It’s December, and 2017 is coming to a close, so let’s make sure to get out into the community and support those local competitions Register, spread the word, and make the year go out with a bang!

Dynamo Youth Open #3 (Christmas) – Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC (Dec 10th)

Santa Open – Sutherland Secondary School: North Vancouver, BC (Dec 23rd) Upcoming Competitions:



2018 Can/Am Veterans Cup – Calling all BC Veterans!

Our BC veterans proved their skills at the Veteran World Championships a few weeks ago, and coming in May of 2018 is another opportunity to showcase that west coast talent! The Can/Am Veterans Cup is the premier veteran competition in North America, so let’s get as many of our athletes out there to represent British Columbia! The competition will be taking place in May of 2018 in Markham, Toronto. All further information regarding registration, competition format, and accommodation is posted below.

Can/Am Veterans Cup 2018

May 26 – 27

Markham (Toronto)

All weapons, individual and team

Master at Arms (three weapons) Champion Awards

Age group medals awarded

CFF Ranking points (for Canadian Fencers)

Cash Prizes and much more;

Gala Award Dinner & Dance, honouree for outstanding achievement in Veterans fencing.

The Venue:

Vango Toronto Fencing Center

980 Denison Street

A superb facility with 14 FIE strips and raised final strip.

 Most of all great fencing and camaraderie

Support and be part of Veterans fencing.


  Special rates event Hotel steps from venue.

Monte Carlo Inn, Downtown Markham

Single & Double $109.90

Continental Breakfast, Parking, local calls, WI FI; Complimentary

“Can/Am Veterans Cup 2018 Group Block” 329531 / Pin 011117

Must book by April 26, 2018

2017 Veteran World Championships (In Review)

The 2017 Veteran World Championships took place this past week (October 16th-21st), and our BC athletes will be returning home with some phenomenal results to show for it.

First up for our BC competitors were Mike Krasnich, and Roy Suzuki in Individual Men’s Sabre. Mike competed in the 50+ category of the Individual Men’s Sabre event. Poules presented Mike with a 58th seed position from his 1-5 display. He gained a bye into the round of 64, and was matched up with the 7th seeded fencer, Sergey Kushpil (RUS). Mike was unable to defeated the Russian, falling 10-5 and accepting his 58th place result in the end.

Next was Roy, who fenced in the 60+ age category, and went 2-3 in poules at the beginning of the day. After poules, he was seeded 27th and placed against Hon Kin Albert Tsang (HKG). Roy handily defeated his opponent 10-4 in his first DE, advancing him into the round of 32. Eric Loiseau (FRA) was Roy’s next bout, though the tables turned and the French fencer prevailed with a 10-4 win over our BC athlete. He concluded the event in 28th place. Mike and Roy both represented Canada and BC well, along with their combined efforts in the Team Men’s Sabre event.

Fran Sloan-Sainas and returning former Olympian, Susan Stewart were next up to represent our province in Individual Women’s Foil. Fran left poules ranked 23rd, giving her a BYE into the round of 32. She was up against Liubov Mayorova (RUS), though just narrowly missing the round of 16 with a final score of 6-4 for Mayorova. Still, Fran finished in 25th place in the 60+ event.

If you weren’t already familiar with Susan’s fencing career, she competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, placing 6th in team and 43rd in individual women’s foil. Stewart has yet again graced the world stage the Veteran Worlds, and begun the 70+ category with a 5th place seeding after poules. Once into the round of 16 after her bye through 32’s, Susan faced Ruth Dodge (USA). The bout ended with a 10-5 win for Dodge, and a 9th place result for Susan.

The next day, the ladies were up again for the Team Women’s foil event, this time accompanied by BC athelete Grace Born and Montreal teammate Siobhan Moss. In the poule rounds the ladies fenced against Australia, Germany, and Japan, though were unsuccessful against their opponents, leaving them with a 10th place seed into direct eliminations. With poules behind them, they fought hard against the Japanese team, and prevailed with a 30-26 win.  Moving onto the round of 8, team Canada was paired with the no.2 seed, France; though this didn’t shake them. Another 30-26 success over the French team, and they were onto the semi-finals! Facing off with the United States, who Susan was already familiar with after her individual event, emotions were high. The women put up a good fight against our Southern neighbours, but in the end the USA advanced into the final with a 30-15 win. Our Canadian team finished the event in 4th place after the bronze medal bout against Great Britain. Overall a fantastic world result for our Canadian/BC women’s team!

Onto day 4 of the competition, and it was Grace Born’s time to shine in Individual Women’s Sabre (50+). She started the event out slowly,  going 1-5 in poules and being seeded 27th going into DE’s – yet still gaining a bye into the round of 32. Grace kicked up the heat in the 32’s with a nail-biting victory of 10-9 over Jose M Padura (ESP), who was seeded 6th after poules. Another close bout came in the round of 16 against Vanessa Hendra (GBR), with Grace defeating the British fencer 10-8! The day progressed, and her next opponent was presented in the form of Friederike Janshen (GER). The German was the 3rd ranked fencer in the event, and was showing to be a tough competitor. Though Grace gave it all she had, the German ended up proceeding to the Semi with a 10-4 victory. Grace completed her Veteran Worlds with her best ever result, an 8th place result. Congratulations again, Grace!

Roy Suzuki, who fenced previously in the sabre events, Bela Suveg, and Andrew Shulz were our BC men’s epeeists at the Championships. Bela started the event off well, completing poules with 4 victories and 2 losses, placing him in the 32nd seed position. Due to his achievements throughout poules, Bela advanced straight into the round of 64. His first bout was against Alexandr Zagorulko (RUS), in which he defeated the Russian 9-5. In the round of 32, Bela’s opposition was Roberto Codon Miravalles (ESP). Despite his previous successes, the Spanish fencer took the win over our BC champion, with a 10-6 win. Bela concluded the event in 28th place.

Andrew began the Individual Men’s Epee 60+ event going 2-3 in his poule, with one competitor withdrawing from the competition. This initial result landed Andrew in a 45th place position directly advancing into the round of 64. His first bout was against Goran Elfverson, in which Elfverson won the bout 10-7.

Roy fenced alongside teammate Andrew Shulz in the 60+ age group. He finished poules with 3 victories and 2 losses, which presented him as the 36th seed, and a bye into the round of 64. However, Martin Dalla Vecchia (SUI) showed victorious against Roy with a 10-4 win. Andrew finished up the event in 31st place, while Roy came 42nd. All of our Men’s Epeeists demonstrated fabulous BC fencing throughout, and put in valiant efforts within the team event as well.

An overall wonderful performance by all of our Canadian and BC athletes. We are all looking forward to what seems to be a strong future for BC veteran fencing on the international stage! Go BC!



Looking Forward

If you’re an eager athlete trying to plan out your competition season already, there are some fantastic events all across BC waiting for you to sign up for them. They may not be coming for a couple of months, but its better to get on it now than to miss out on competing later!


UBC Remembrance Day Competition 2017AMS Student Nest, Great Hall: Vancouver, BC  (Nov 19th)

Pre-Xmas Epee Clash 2017 – Beairsto Elementary School: Vernon, BC (Nov 25-26th)


  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #2 – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (Dec 3rd)
  • Dynamo Youth Open #3 (Christmas) – Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC (Dec 10th)


  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #3 – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (Jan 28th)


  • Dynamo Youth Grand Prix (#4) – Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC (Feb 11th)


  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #4 – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (Mar 25th)


  • Dynamo Youth Open Grande Finale (#5) Y8-Y14, Junior – Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC (May 6th)
  • Jeux De Pomme 2018 – Beairsto Elementary School: Vernon, BC (May 12-13th)
  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit Grande Finale – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (May 27th)

Flex that Fencing Brain!

We all experience motivational dips during the competition season; training nearly every day for hours on end may take its toll on some of us. At times your confidence may falter due to the blank slate that is the unknown future (i.e. point standings to qualify for national team, results at your next big competition, etc.), so how do we counteract these thoughts? I suggest getting your hands on the autobiography “Running With Swords” by Canada’s very own Sherraine Schalm. She has four Olympic games behind her, as well as multiple Pan American Games and World Championship medals to her name. Sherraine’s book is a fantastic display of true dedication, and the potential of what may come if you keep putting in the work to achieve your goals. A little bit of Canadian fencing history to get the season going!

Another fantastic read for those just dipping their toes into the fencing world, “How to Fence Epee” translated from French by our very own BC coach, Brendan Robertson from Okanagan Freestyle Fencing! Check out the link below for more information regarding this brilliant introduction into the technical world of our sport.

“How to Fence Epee”:

Sherraine Schalm’s Wikipedia page:


Competitions to come…

As all of you begin the search for new, fun, and challenging competitions, consider checking out these fantastic local ones coming soon! The following tournaments will take place throughout the months of September and October, so get registering now!

Victor Gantsevich Senior Open – September 23rd

  • Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC

Victor Gantsevich Youth Open #1 – September 24th

Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC

TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #1 – October 1st

Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gymnasium, Coquitlam, BC

Okanagan Fencing Championships – 2017 – October 20-22nd

Winfield Memorial Hall: Lake Country, BC

UNBC Cup Charity Tournament – October 21-22nd 

Charles Jago Sports Center: Prince George, BC

Dynamo Youth Open #2 (Halloween) – October 29th

Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond BC

Halloween Slash and Stab 2017 – October 29th

AMS Student Nest, Great Hall: Vancouver, BC



The 2017 BCFA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be taking place on Sunday, September 10th from 12pm-2pm at the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Conference will be open to all  members of the BCFA community who would like to be involved in the future of the BCFA, and the changes made within it. Topics including; the strategic plan, financial plan, potential future member positions, etc. will be discussed and voted on during this time. If you would like to see certain changes within our community, or have any suggestions regarding the future of the association, please attend this meeting and have your voice heard. Additionally, head on over to our Facebook page to let us know if you are thinking of attending- LINK BELOW!

BCFA Facebook:

Welcoming The New Season…

As many of you know, the summer months provide us with the perfect opportunity to train for hours on end with minimal distraction in sight. Training camps, early morning sessions, or even (very) late night sparring; depending on what your coach prefers. That being said, time truly does fly by, and September is slowly but surely creeping around the corner. Therefore, as the summer days draw to a close, the eager BC fencer must look towards this season’s upcoming competitions. Whether you’re new to the competition world and are just testing the waters, or you’re an oldie (but, a goodie, of course), is your best bet for finding great local competitions. If you’re thinking about travelling a bit further out for your tournament fix, there are plenty of competitions all over the US on the website for the picking as well. Additionally, the CFF (Canadian Fencing Federation) website has all the information you require if you’re planning on either trying out the occasional Canada Cup, or have aspirations towards qualifying for the 2017-2018 Canadian National Fencing Team. As well as competition information, the CFF website will also equip you with details regarding CFF license renewal/registration, HPP application procedures, and a variety of other Canadian fencing related documents for your own personal knowledge. Links for both of these resources with be posted below. Stay focused in the weeks to come, and welcome the new season with open arms, BC fencers!

CFF Website: