The New Jersey Fencing Alliance, a non-profit 501(C)(3), organization invites you to experience its state-of-the-art fencing club, conveniently located in Maplewood, New Jersey. The club offers 19 fencing strips, making it one of the largest fully equipped fencing facilities in the country!
NJFA will be holding Summer camps this year which will begin the week of 7/7. The cost will be $375.00 per session for NJFA members and $400.00 for non-members.
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It was a book that got Abigail Merelman interested in the sport of fencing. One of the main characters in a book she was reading was a fencer and Abby thought that it sounded very cool so she decided to look into it as an activity for herself. She found out that New Jersey Fencing Alliance was very close to home and began her fencing career.Read More
It was a book that got Abigail Merelman interested in the sport of fencing. One of the main characters in a book she was reading was a fencer and Abby thought that it sounded very cool so she decided to look into it as an activity for herself. She found out that New Jersey Fencing Alliance was very close to home and began her fencing career. Abby started training with foil.
Abby heard that a few rated foil fencers would be entering Columbia as freshmen, she asked Coach Frank to train her in Epee. Nine months later, Abby found herself on the starting lineup on the best team in the state. Not to mention, she fenced the winning bout of the State Championship. Abby is currently an unrated fencer, but that will change soon.
Abby's other interests include writing for Columbia H.S.'s arts and literature magazine, Guildscript, as well as dancing. Abby loves languages and she has been learning a lot of them. She is currently studying French and German. Maybe she will combine all of these interests and fence internationally someday, then of course write about it!
Currently Nationally ranked (#45) foil fencer Camille Pham is making her mark in the sport of fencing. Camille began fencing at the suggestion of her father. Even though no one in her family had ever fenced before, he had heard great things about New Jersey Fencing Alliance and thought she should give it a try.Read more
Currently Nationally ranked (#45) foil fencer Camille Pham is making her mark in the sport of fencing. Camille began fencing at the suggestion of her father. Even though no one in her family had ever fenced before, he had heard great things about New Jersey Fencing Alliance and thought she should give it a try. Camille also heard that Columbia High School had a State Championship fencing team and wanted to be a part of that dynasty.
Once she joined NJFA, she discovered that is was just as she thought it would be and so were the other fencers and coaches. Camille currently has a "D" rating. Her success came from a lot of fencing and practice. "It was a really gradual process and it took a lot of work and time to get where I am now."
When she is not on the strip, you might find Camille playing the violin or doing what she calls her "secret addiction": online shopping! Camille recently returned from a successful NAC with Coach Frank where she came in 10th in the Y14 women's foil event.
DeAna Choice Oliver was raised in a house where athletics was a way of life. DeAna is the second of four children and the only girl. She has always been exposed to sports that are male dominated. Being the daughter of a football coach, it was hard for DeAna to find a sport that she could call her own.Read more
DeAna Choice Oliver was raised in a house where athletics was a way of life. DeAna is the second of four children and the only girl. She has always been exposed to sports that are male dominated. Being the daughter of a football coach, it was hard for DeAna to find a sport that she could call her own.
One day DeAna came home from school and told her father that she wanted to fence. This was her freshman year and he didn't know that Montclair High School had a fencing team. As time passed, it was evident that DeAna was serious and wanted to pursue the sport of fencing. DeAna started to familiarize herself with the sport by watching matches on the internet. Subsequently DeAna joined the fencing team at Montclair High and instantly took to it. Even though DeAna was a novice, she entered the Freshman/Sophomore tournament and took third place her freshman year and second place her sophomore year. The transition from a novice to a formidable opponent was impressive.Once DeAna started competing on a regular basis, she knew that she had to receive additional training in order to improve. DeAna was afforded the opportunity to train on the weekends at the Peter Westbrook Foundation in New York City. DeAna was able to meet many successful fencers who came from different countries and states within the US. However, DeAna needed a local fencing club. DeAna and her family searched for the right club for her. DeAna competed against Columbia High School and learned that one of her fathers' mentors in football was the head fencing coach at Columbia High School. Upon learning that Darryl White (Head Coach of Columbia HS) was one of her fathers' many mentors, his recommendation of joining The New Jersey Fencing Alliance was like it came from a prophet. DeAna has just completed her first full season at NJFA. She loves the environment and appreciates the tutelage that she receives from Coaches Frank and Abdoulaye. Since becoming a member of NJFA, DeAna has raised from unrated to a D rated fencer in a short time.
The most impressive thing about DeAna is her commitment to everything she attempts. Outside of fencing, DeAna volunteers at a church soup kitchen and has completed many projects for her Civics and Government group at school. She currently has a 3.85 Grade Point Average. DeAna has visions of becoming a Physical Therapist and has her sights on Ohio St., Northwestern, Temple, and North Carolina as possible schools to attend. (Thanks to Rae Oliver for the information for this article.)
Inspired by the connection between individuals and their passion to fence, the compelling images of NJ based photographer, Monica Hahn, portrays a fencer’s personal journey in the sport of fencing. More than a photograph her artful work reveals in word and in image a story unique to each fencer. Monica’s initial introduction to the sport of fencing was through her family. She not only witnessed how fencing on so many levels positively contributed to the personal growth of her children but also quickly realized how fencing positively impacted the personal path of fellow fencers. Monica wanted to capture fencing and all elements the sport encompasses through her photography; thus, Fence-O-graphy was born. Instead of the standard student portrait the answer was evident in Monica’s work: an artist with a keen eye, a story teller, an individual whose advocacy for fencing for youths and young adults equaled our own. Monica kindly agreed to put together a photo package for NJFA club member families at a special price. I hope many of you take advantage of this opportunity to capture your fencer’s story in a beautiful keepsake that will last a lifetime. FenceOgraphy is helping us build our Fencer’s ‘Wall Of Fame’ and we would like to include your fencer. Consider signing up for a FenceOgraphy athletic photo package at this special price we have negotiated for you. NJFA believes strongly in sharing the story of fencers and thus will be subsidizing the cost to have your fencers FenceOgraphy mounted proudly in our club. This will serve as inspiration to all fencers on the strip. Visit www.fenceography.com to learn more about Fence-O-graphy and to view the photo gallery.
New Jersey Fencing Alliance would like to introduce the newest coach to join the staff. Sean Buckley has an impressive list of accomplishments in his fencing career so far:
Sean attended and fenced for St. John’s University in Queens N.Y. and currently resides in Secaucus. Before St. John’s he fenced and was captain for St. Peter’s Prep and trained and competed for the Manhattan Fencing Center. A little bit about Sean- he majored in history at St. John’s and some of his favorite things are the book Fahrenheit 451, the movie Jaws and the Baltimore Ravens football team.
Sean knows what it takes to become a champion and can help you become one, too.