I can't help with Washington. By Upstate, what do you mean? There's
a *huge* area, all of which is called Upstate. For example, it'd
be pretty difficult for someone in Watertown to make it regularly
to Ithaca clubs, and vice versa.
If you're in the Ithaca area, contact the Cornell University Fencing
Club -- non-students are generally welcome. Also, a Mr. Adam Crowne
teaches fencing -- all European weapons. He's ***ic (which as
a sabre fencer, I appreciate :) and *very* good.
Eric Alfred Burns "Life is full of decisions
Solipsist at Large but you never get to make any."
"It's all in your mind"
>I can't help with Washington. By Upstate, what do you mean? There's
>a *huge* area, all of which is called Upstate. For example, it'd
>be pretty difficult for someone in Watertown to make it regularly
>to Ithaca clubs, and vice versa.
>If you're in the Ithaca area, contact the Cornell University Fencing
>Club -- non-students are generally welcome. Also, a Mr. Adam Crowne
>teaches fencing -- all European weapons. He's ***ic (which as
>a sabre fencer, I appreciate :) and *very* good.
>Eric Alfred Burns "Life is full of decisions
>Solipsist at Large but you never get to make any."
>"It's all in your mind"
Well, anyway, speaking as a Cornell Fencing Alum, I would have to agree
that the Cornell team welcomes outside Fencers, since it's hard to get
any variety of opponents in The-Middle-of-nowhere.
The best bet would be to talk to John Helmich (acting head coach, who also
happens to run the Southern Tier Fencering Club). The Cornell team
office phone number is 607-255-2368. Unfortunately, it looks like '92-'93
will probably be the last season that the Varsity program will be around.
As far as upstate New York, try the Rochester Fencing Center, home of junior
foilist, (er, foil champion...) Felicia Zimmerman. You can probably look it
up or call information. I don't know what kind of policy they have but they
do have many levels of fencers from beginners, junior team members, ***s,
"masters" and the like. This gets into another thread about ranges of
ages or fencers, right? Well, in addition, John's club teaches younger
kids (I'd guess the ages were about from 7-15) and here in Boston, I fence
at the Boston Fencing Club in Watertown which has open fencing with many
levels, a Junior team as well as beginner-advanced classes for all ages.
But I'll follow up to that thread in more detail if I see it again.
Enough rambling, gotta get back to work...
-Stan Yen (Cornell '90)
To be or not to be = 0xff
Randell Jesup, Jack-of-quite-a-few-trades, Commodore Engineering.
Disclaimer: Nothing I say is anything other than my personal opinion.
Near Ithaca, try Cornel fencing team, although I'm not sure what the
situation is about non-students fencing. If you're in Buffalo, try my favorite
club, the University Buffalo Fencing Club. We've all sorts of levels of
competition, and the coaching (especially sabre) is fairly good. Also, we're
alot of fun. If you are in the Troy area, RPI has a good club, and Syracuse
University used to hold an annual competition, so they probably still have a
club. Finally, if you're in Rochester, by all means get in touch with the RFC.
Bucky is the head coach there, and is a damn good one. His students aren't as
good as they are entirely because of natural skill - Felicia and the rest will
hopefully not take offense when I say that Bucky is at least 50% of why they are
so damn tough to beat. Western New York is usually highly-competitive in the
regionals, especially when Bucky's full entourage show up: Felicia, Marijoy and
the rest of the Clinton family, Stan, and all the other fencers I haven't
competed against in a long time.
I'll see if I can remember to bring in the schedule from home.
Hunter Zuker (206) 822-5200
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