Open House on the 11th

posted Sep 1, 2017, 12:51 PM by Fencing UNB

Come join us at 8:00pm on September 11th in the Currie Center Recreation Gym for an evening of fun at this fall's Fencing Open House event. The Open House is free and will feature demos, an introduction to the basics of fencing, and a chance to take a few stabs at the instructors.

Check out the Facebook event page here:

Strong performance from club members at the Veterans Can/Am Cup and NB Provincials

posted May 30, 2017, 11:54 AM by Fencing UNB

UNB Fencing Club member, Wendy Yano, put up a double gold performance at the Can/Am veterans cup, held in Markham Ontario this passed weekend, having captured gold in both the individual and team events.

In New Brunswick, club members participated in the NB Provincial Championships, held in Moncton. Open and Junior Sabre each featured an all-UNB Final with Raphael Bradley defeating clubmate Cameron Haigh for gold in both events.

In Senior Epee, club member David Themens took bronze, falling to eventual gold medalist, Marc-André Leblanc, from Toronto's Vango Fencing Club. Club members Mitchell Clark and Calum Skidmore finished 12th and 9th, respectively.

In Junior Epee, club member Calum Skidmore took Gold after a hard fought bout against Damocles fencer Calum MacDonald.

Yano Takes Gold at Nationals

posted May 20, 2017, 4:46 AM by Fencing UNB

The UNB Fencing Club's Wendy Yano has taken gold in Veteran Women's Sabre at the National Championships in Gatineau! This is Wendy's second gold medal on the Canadian veteran sabre circuit, having claimed gold at the Eastern Canada Cup in Veteran's Mixed Sabre.

Seven UNB Fencers Compete at Boston ROC

posted Mar 20, 2017, 7:55 PM by Fencing UNB   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 7:58 PM ]

Seven UNB Fencers Compete at Boston ROC

March 17-19, 2017


Seven UNB fencers took part in the Bill Hall ROC held in Boston between March 17th and 19th, taking home one gold and two top-eight medals.


UNB’s Wendy Yano (top row, second from left), at the top of the podium in Friday’s Veteran Women’s Sabre Event.


In Women’s Sabre, Wendy Yano fenced the Veteran and Division (Div) 1A categories, claiming Gold in Veteran and 8th place in the Div 1A event. In the Veteran event, Wendy dominated, going undefeated in both the preliminary and elimination rounds. She faced a stiff challenge in her final, however, coming out with the win in a tight 10-9 victory over Connecticut fencer, Jennette Starks-Faulkner. In the Div 1A event, Wendy put on a strong performance in the preliminary round, winning all but one of her matches. In the elimination round, Wendy advanced to the Quarter-Finals with a pair of strong 15-9 and 15-10 victories but would eventually fall to first seed, Jessica Morales of Columbia.


In Men’s Sabre, Raphaël Bradley finished with seventh in Div 2 and 13th in Div 1A, while teammate Cameron Haigh finished with 13th in Div 2 and 15th in Div 1A.


In the Div 2 event, Raphaël and Cameron finished the preliminary round with 3-2 and 3-3 records, respectively. In the elimination round, Raphaël advanced to the Quarter-Finals after 15-6 and 15-13 victories but fell to the eventual gold medalist, Kyle Berney, from Brandeis University. Cameron won his first elimination bout in dominant fashion going 15-6 before falling to the second seed, Jahi Tracy, in the round of 16.


Left: Sunday’s Div 1A Women’s Sabre Podium                       Right: Saturday’s Div 2 Men’s Sabre Podium.


In Men’s Epee, club Epee coach, David Themens, finished 17th in Div 2 and 28th in Div 1A. Patrick Bradley, who coaches at Fredericton’s Damocles Fencing Club, finished 9th in Veterans, 18th in Div 2, and 39th in Div 1A. Calum Skidmore, who trains at both UNB and Damocles, finished 12th in Div 2 and 21st in Div 1A. First year, Joshua Dacanay, finished in 76th in Div 1A.


In the Div 2 event, the UNB fencers dominated their competition in the preliminary round with David finishing with the 4th seed, Patrick the 7th seed, and Calum the 15th. In the elimination round, Calum advanced to the round of 16 with a strong 15-7 win but fell to Bay State fencer, and eventual bronze medalist, Javier Garcia-Albea. Both Patrick and David struggled early in the elimination round suffering 13-12 and 15-14 upsets to their respective opponents.


In the Div 1A event, the UNB fencers put on respectable prelim performances with Patrick, Calum, David, and Josh finishing the preliminary rounds with the 21st, 26th, 46th, and 75th seeds, respectively. In the elimination rounds, both David and Calum advanced to the round of 32, while Patrick suffered an upset in the round of 64 to New York fencer, Benjamin Rogak, and Joshua lost to Brandeis University’s Jake Tyler. In the round of 32, Calum would fence the US East Coast’s #4, Udaypaul Chilana, falling to the Boston College Freshman 15-10. David would fence 1996 Bulgarian Olympian, Iliya Mechkov, losing 15-9.


In the Veteran event, Patrick put on another dominating preliminary round performance, finishing with the 3rd seed. His elimination round struggles continued, however, as he was upset by New England fencer Michael Byrne, 10-7 in the round of 16.


In Men’s Foil, Joshua Dacanay finished in 81st

Five Medals for UNB at the Eastern Canada Cup

posted Oct 24, 2016, 8:40 AM by Fencing UNB


Five medals for NB fencers at Canada Cup East

Two gold and three bronze medals were captured by three fencers from the UNB Fencing Club at the first national circuit event of the season – Canada Cup East - held in Montreal on the Oct. 22-23 weekend. New Brunswick was represented by seventeen competitors.

Ecole Ste. Anne student, Raphael Bradley took bronze in both cadet (under 17) and junior (under 20) men's sabre to establish a strong start to the competition season. He also finished 12th in senior men's sabre. Next weekend, Bradley, a member of the National Team Sabre Program will travel to London England with Team Canada and coach, Jim Stevens to compete in a European Circuit competition. Raphaël currently sits in third place in the Cadet Men's Sabre High Performance Rankings and is pushing to qualify for the 2017 Cadet World Championships in Bulgaria.

Fredericton High student, Jenny Zhu, earned gold in under 15 women's epee. Ranked 2nd after the preliminary round, Jenny defeated her first opponent 15-3 in the elimination round but suffered an ankle injury in her semi final bout. Despite the injury, Jenny finished the semi-final match 15-8 and took gold with another 15-8 performance over Laura Mykhalchenko from Ontario. Jenny took a bronze medal in junior women's foil after defeating fellow Fredericton fencer, Willow Wilson, in the quarter finals and losing to eventual gold medallist, Ariane Léonard of Montreal.

Wendy Yano captured gold in Veteran's mixed Sabre and placed 12 in senior women's sabre.

Other UNB results were:

David Themens - 34th in Senior Men's Epee
Patrick Bradley - 12th in Veteran's Epee and 30th in Senior Men's Epee
Cameron Haigh - 9th in Junior Men's Sabre and 15th in Senior Men's Sabre.

The Damocles Fencing Club of Fredericton fielded a team of 9 fencers with the following results:

Willow Wilson - 6th in junior women's epee, 18th in senior women's epee
Calum MacDonald - 18th in cadet men's epee, 29th in junior men's epee
Calum Skidmore - 19th in junior men's epee, 41st in senior men's epee
Job O'Brien - 35th in junior men's epee, 46th in senior men's epee
Minh Nguyen - 39th in junior men's epee, 41 in senior men's epee
Sophie Poitras - 9th in under 15 women's epee, 9th in under 17 epee
Pierre Arseneau – 21 in cadet men's foil, 24 in junior men's foil
James Piers – 23 in cadet men's foil, 25 in junior men's foil
Buster Biggs – 24 in cadet men's foil, 30th in junior men's foil

Two fencers from the Fundy Fencing Club in Saint John competed with the following results:

Jane MacGregor - 15th in junior women's epee
Matthew Cole – 32 in junior men's foil, 34 in senior men's foil

Former Fundy Fencing Club member, Scott MacGregor took bronze in Junior Men's Epee after a defeat at the hand of eventual gold medalist, Loic Beaulieu in the semi-final. Scott currently trains with the Royal Military College Fencing Club.

UNB Fencing Club’s Jenny Zhu takes Bronze in Montreal

posted Sep 27, 2016, 8:31 AM by Fencing UNB   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 8:34 AM ]

UNB Fencing Club’s Jenny Zhu takes Bronze in Montreal



Seven UNB Fencing Club members took part in the annual Terre des Hommes Tournament in Montreal this weekend. Facing a tough crowd of national team members, UNB’s Jenny Zhu (age 14) took bronze in U20 Women’s Epee and 5th place in the Open category. In the Junior event, Jenny came 6th after the preliminary round matching her up against the 3rd place fencer, Justine Boudreau of Quebec City, for the elimination round. Controlling the action throughout most of the match, Jenny came out on top with close 11-10 victory. Moving on to the semi-finals, Jenny faced Ariane Léonard of Montreal. Having trouble figuring out the orthodox fencer from Montreal, Jenny fell behind, 13-3 by the end of the first period. After a few words from club-mate, Patrick Bradley, Jenny rallied in the second round, closing the gap substantially; unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and Jenny was defeated 8-15, finishing 3rd overall.


In Men’s Epee, club coach David Themens, achieved the club’s best result with a 17th place finish. Patrick Bradley, Mitchell Clark, and Garreth McGrath finished strong with 27th, 28th, and 29th place finishes, respectively.


The UNB club’s Sabreists, Raphaël Bradley and Cameron Haigh, were also in action this weekend competing in the Junior and Senior Sabre categories. This was the first opportunity for NB fencers to fence under the new and radically changed sabre rules. After strong performances, both fencers would fall just shy of medalling in the Junior event with 5th and 6th place finishes, respectively. They would also finish 7th and 8th, respectively, in the senior category.


After the Montreal tournament, half of the UNB team moved on to fence at the Governor General’s Challenge in Ottawa putting up strong performances. Results from that tournament can be found below:


David Themens: 12th in Senior Mixed Epee

Garreth McGrath: 15th in Senior Mixed Epee

Mitchell Clark: 17th in Senior Mixed Epee


Congratulations to all those that participated in these tournaments!


All-UNB final at NB Epee Circuit #1

posted Sep 15, 2016, 7:16 AM by Fencing UNB

The UNB Fencing Club's Epee group was in great form Sunday, where they took part in a training clinic, lead by coach Rick Gosselin, and the NB Epee Circuit #1. The tournament saw fencers from PEI, Nova Scotia, and across New Brunswick compete in the first event of the season on the national domestic circuit. Club fencers David Themens and Patrick Bradley fought it out in the final of the tournament, where David would eventually take gold. Damocles fencer, Calum MacDonald, and UPEI fencer, Spencer McGregor, rounded out the podium with bronze medals. Overall, UNB occupied six of the top-8 positions at the tournament, putting on a dominant performance. Congratulations to all of our UNB Epee Fencers!

History of Alfred Knappe

posted Aug 19, 2016, 12:56 PM by Fencing UNB   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 1:06 PM ]

To begin our club's celebration of 50 years of fencing at UNB, our Director (Evan Schriver) has put together an exposé about the club's first coach, Alfred Knappe.  

            Born in 1933 in the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia, Nazi Germany took control of his homeland in 1938. He lived through the Second World War as a child, losing his father just after the war to a Gulag in Siberia, where he died. Alfred, and the rest of his family were loaded on cattle cars and sent to West Germany, where they set down roots. Alfred only joined a fencing club in 1950, one year after the Allies lifted the ban on fencing in Germany (as fencing swords were considered ‘weapons’ under Germany’s surrender terms). He quickly flourished in foil and sabre, being invited to numerous national competitions and winning many gold and silver medals between 1952 and 1954.

However, the German economy was still weak in the 1950s, so Alfred turned to Canada to begin a new life, arriving on May 11, 1955. He found work in the woods and worked hard learning English, then found a job in the metal industry, where he worked for 10 years. In 1966, he was hired as the Chief Technician in the Chemical Engineering Department at UNB. When he arrived, his past caught up with him when the UNB Fencing Club, a newly formed club in 1966, approached him to be their first coach. His acceptance of their invitation would lead to fencing as we know it today in New Brunswick.

Alfred did everything for Fencing in New Brunswick over the next ten years: coaching, refereeing, competition organization, equipment sales and repair, training of coaches and referees, and administration work for the New Brunswick Fencing Association (being President of the organization from 1969-72). He worked until he burned himself out, then returned to fencing at the club level before becoming the NBFA President again in 1981. He also worked at the national level, becoming a board member for the Canadian Fencing Association (now known as the Canadian Fencing Federation) from 1969-72, and helping to found the National Committee of Fencing Instructors in 1971.

Two of his most lasting contributions to fencing in New Brunswick have been the Alfred Knappe Tournament (which he founded and sponsored from 1973-79, and again from 1997 until his death in 2010) and the Alfred Knappe Trust Fund (a fund used to sponsor the training of F-ENB members). Alfred continued to train fencers, coaches and referees, as well as attend numerous fencing events in New Brunswick (showing particular interest in the UNB Fencing Club – his home club) until his death in September, 2010 at the age of 77. His legacy lives on, in the tournament and trust, which bear his name, in the organizations he founded and built, and in the sport of fencing in New Brunswick, which would not be what it is today without his work.

Evan Schriver
UNB Fencing Club

Summer Fencing Schedule Begins Today!

posted May 2, 2016, 5:43 AM by Fencing UNB   [ updated May 4, 2016, 8:55 AM ]

The club's summer program begins today (May 2nd). Until August 31st, club practices will be at the following times:

Mondays: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturdays: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

The club will also be hosting summer beginner programs on Mondays from 7:00pm until 8:00pm.

Two medals for UNB Fencers at Eastern Canadian Championships

posted May 2, 2016, 5:40 AM by Fencing UNB

Three UNB Fencers competed at the Eastern Canadian Championships in Toronto this weekend.

The father-son duo of Patrick and Raphaël Bradley took home two medals for the club. Raphaël took gold in Cadet Sabre over Drake Johnson of Kingston Fencing Club, while his father, Patrick, took bronze in the Veterans Epee event.

Other UNB Results:

Raphaël Bradley: 8th in Junior Men's Sabre
Patrick Bradley: 35th in Senior Men's Epee
Wendy Yano: 14th in Senior Women's Sabre

UNB Fencers will now be preparing to close out the season with the New Brunswick Provincial Championships in Fredericton, May 7-8, and the National Championships in Longueuil, QC, May 21-23.

Congratulations to our UNB Fencers and good luck this weekend!

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