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May 14, 2024


DCFC Youth Sabre Challenge - Saturday, May 18, 2024

A youth sabre tournament will be held on Saturday, May 18, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

The Youth-14 Mixed Sabre event will close registration at 2:30pm. The Youth-10 Mixed Sabre will close registration at 3:30pm. The Youth-12 Mixed Sabre will close at 5:00pm.

Preregister at AskFRED.


DCFC Youth Epee Challenge - Sunday, May 19, 2024

A youth epee tournament will be held on Sunday, May 19, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

The Youth-10 Mixed Epee event will close registration at 10:00am. The Youth-12 Mixed Epee will close registration at 12:00pm. The Youth-14 Mixed Epee will close at 3:00pm.

Preregister at AskFRED.


Capital Fencing Academy Unclassified Mixed Sabre - Saturday, June 1, 2024

The Capital Fencing Academy will host an Unclassified Mixed Sabre event on Saturday, June 1. The competition will close registration at 2:30pm.

Preregister at AskFRED.


Amazon Open - Sunday, June 2, 2024

The annual Amazon Open Tournament will be held on Sunday, June 2, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

The 21st annual Amazon Open will have medals awarded down to 8th place, with special prizes awarded to the top 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 sabre event.

You may register on site the morning of the event, but it will help to make the tournament run more smoothly if you preregister. Entry fee is $50.00 per event.

Senior Women's Epee registration closes at 9:30am.

Senior Women's Saber registration closes at 2:00pm.

Preregister on AskFRED.


Captain Steere Open Mixed Epee - Sunday, June 9, 2024

The annual Captain Steere Open Mixed Epee will be held on Sunday, June 9, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

The Open Mixed Epee competition will close registration at 10:00am.

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, died March 17, 2001 of pneumonia at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Virginia. The longtime McLean resident was 92.

Off the coast of Morocco, Patton and other aides expressed pessimism at the heavy seas and what it meant for a landing that was the opening of a new theater of operations during World War II. But Capt. Steere, then a Navy meteorologist, steeled Patton's resolve with a forecast that, though at odds with information from London and Washington, proved correct. This feat earned him the fiery general's confidence and the nickname "Commander Houdini."

Captain Steere was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Chicago. He learned the rudiments of fencing from a drama professor at the University of Chicago, where his brother was a student. Capt. Steere was on a fencing team at the Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1931. With his lightning-quick hand movements, he was named to the foil team that won a medal at the Los Angeles Olympics.

At the Olympics, the U.S. team tied for first, which resulted in an elimination round. American sports pages were filled with stories of the competition, since, during the early rounds, the American foil team had beaten the storied French team for the first time.

Capt. Steere received a master's degree in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1940. After the Africa landing, he was promoted and served at various command posts predicting weather conditions for naval actions. He was among the Navy group that forecast surf and swell conditions for the D-Day landing at Normandy.

After the war, he taught at the Naval Academy, commanded the Bainbridge Naval Training Station in Maryland and commanded two destroyers, the New Kent and the Porter. He retired from the Navy in 1961 and moved to McLean.

From the 1950s into the 1980s, he was a fixture at the Naval Academy, where he taught and fenced with young midshipmen. Fit and compact, he fenced into his late seventies and won various titles of the Amateur Fencers League of America, which became the United States Fencing Association. With his eyesight failing, his last recorded tournament victory was in 1989. He loved fencing, he told an interviewer, because it was a "complex puzzle."

Preregister at AskFRED.


Tune-Up Open - Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 2024

The annual Tune-Up Open will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, at DCFC's Forest Glen Fencing Center.

On Saturday, June 22, Open Mixed Foil will close registration at 3:00pm and Open Mixed Sabre will close registration at 5:00pm. The Open Mixed Epee competition will close registration at 9:00am on Sunday, June 23.

Preregister at AskFRED.


Referee Training Supported by Capitol Division

The Capitol Division Executive Committee is committed to increasing the number of rated referees within the division.

To support this goal, the Committee has voted to reimburse any Capitol Division member's referee clinic fees and testing fees if they pass the written test and practical exam and successfully earn a referee rating. Travel and hotel expenses are not reimbursable, only the fees for the clinic and test. Verification of the rating earned and documentation of the testing fees should be sent to the Division Treasurer.

In addition, the Capitol Division will reimburse the membership upgrade fee for new referees (and those who have just turned age 18).


Capitol Division International Competition Grants

For the 2023-2024 season, the Capitol Division is pleased to make international competition travel grants of $500.00 available to individual fencers who are members of the Division. These grants are being made to fulfill our mission, as outlined in our bylaws, to assist Divisional fencers to reach their full potential in fencing. These grants are available to reimburse expenses related to competing in cadet, junior, and senior US Fencing designated international competitions and at Veteran World Championships and to attending those same competitions as a member of the official US Fencing delegation.

Fencers are eligible for one grant per season. Grants are available for expenses not fully reimbursed from other sources.

In order to receive these grants, eligible fencers should submit the Capitol Division International Competition Grant Application to the Capitol Division's Developmental Committee with copies of all the relevant receipts. Reimbursements for expenses will be disbursed by the Treasurer of the Capitol Division.

Deadlines for filing applications for the 2023-2024 season:

Application and receipts should be e-mailed to capdivgrants@gmail.com or mailed to:


Capitol Division Developmental Grants

For the 2023-2024 season, the Capitol Division is pleased to make developmental grants of $300.00 available to the member clubs. Member clubs are eligible for developmental grants once every two seasons. High school and collegiate/university clubs may apply every year. These grants are being made to fulfill our purposes and objectives as outlined in our bylaws, in particular our missions to support, enhance and develop the sport of fencing and to assist Divisional fencers to reach their full potential in fencing. These grants should not be used for ordinary club expenses such as rent or US Fencing membership; rather the clubs should use these funds to enhance the experience of Divisional fencers in the spirit of our bylaws. One grant will be available to each club.

The list below gives a few examples of ways that these funds could be used. This list includes suggestions, but the committee is open to other uses:

High school and collegiate/university clubs are also eligible to be reimbursed for their collegiate/university USA Fencing club membership fee ($199.00) each season.

In order to receive these grants, the club representative should submit a proposal on the Capitol Division Developmental Grant Application to the Capitol Division's Developmental Committee. The proposal will be submitted to the rest of the Executive Committee. If the proposal is approved, the club representative should submit receipts for the expenses covered by the grant and a check will be sent to the member club.

The grant application form and receipts should be e-mailed to capdivgrants@gmail.com or mailed to:

The deadline for grant application is June 15.


Minutes of the Capitol Division Annual Membership Meeting & Executive Committee Meetings


Capitol Division Rated Referees

Below is a list of the rated referees (from the US Fencing Referee Database) who are members of Capitol Division and are listed as "Good-to-Go" (as of 2023-04-08). Note: to be listed as GTG, referees must sign the referee contract on their USA Fencing profile page.

The Referees Commission has realigned referee ratings to match requirements for local, regional and national events. Moving away from the current ratings of P for having passed exams in a particular weapon, and the 10 1 scale with the lower number representing the higher level of the referee the new rating scale is:

Note: R1 rated referees are eligible for selection to referee at national events, depending on tournament needs.

N2 and N1 ratings will be awarded during the annual Referees Commission meeting.

First Name Last Name Foil Epee Sabre
Abigail Benson-McCarthy R1
Karen Brasted R2 R1
Broghan Bukowski R2
Mathew Chin L2 L1
Elliott Clinton N2 N1
Nicolas Del Vecchio R1
Asif Dhar R2
Lily Elnaggar L1 L1
Jill Feldman R1 R1 L1
Nicholas Ferrara N2 N2 N2
Sreehitha Gandluri R1 R1
Ken Gauvey L2 L2
Kieran Gauvey L1
Bobby Gibbs N1 N2 R2
Soraya Henry L2
Nicolas Hensal L1
Calvin Hodges R2
Ryan Hrapsky L2 R1 L2
Katelyn Keegan L2
Robert Klebs L2 R2
David Knizhnik L1
Andrei Nazlymov R2
Tatiana Nazlymov R2
Malcolm Patterson L1 R1 L1
David Ruskin L1 R1 L1
Joseph Simak L2 L1
Brianna Smith N2 N2 N2
Faddey Soldatov R2 R1
Fen Tamulonis R1 N2
Brent Weil L1
Ignacy Wozniak L1
Evan Yee L2

Division Officers and Executive Committee 2023-2024

Chairperson
Nick Ferrara (nf.capdiv@gmail.com)
Vice-Chairperson
Arnold Wynn (arnold@wynnempire.com)
Vice-Chairperson
Todd Bukowski (todd.bukowski@verizon.net)
Secretary
Bettie Graham (bettie_graham@outlook.com)
Treasurer
Maggie Brasted (maggie.brasted@gmail.com)
Members at Large:
Valerie Asher (vaasher@aya.yale.edu)
Elliott Clinton (elliott@capfencing.com)
Raymond Finkleman (fencer@fencer.com)
Chris Ta (duchuuta@gmail.com)
Representatives of the member clubs
Phil Keefer, CAPITAL (pekeefer@outlook.com)
Matthew Moore, CCFC (mdmoore23@gmail.com)
Eliza Mace, DCFC (emace593@gmail.com)
Galina Rakityanskaya, INVICTA - (galinarinvicta@gmail.com)
Jill Feldman, NAZLYMOV - (jill@nazfencing.com)
Oleg Rusanov, ROYALFA (ovr_1973@yahoo.com)
Nathan Yap, BLAIRFC (nathanyap8@gmail.com)

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Raymond Finkleman fencer@fencer.com
Last revised May 14, 2024