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.
In order to maximize the number of students per week, we have created a short form that we would like anyone who is interested fill out. We will then inform you of the results and the final camp schedule per weapon.
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Josh tried fencing during summer camp several years ago. It was an hour a day as part of the South Orange -Maplewood Adult School, but he was "hooked".Read More
Josh tried fencing during summer camp several years ago. It was an hour a day as part of the South Orange -Maplewood Adult School, but he was "hooked". He then visited NJFA with a scout group and seeing all of the fencers training at a place that was so close to home made him want to try it even more. He then stopped playing all other sports because he just wanted to fence.
When Josh first came into NJFA, Frank looked at Josh and said "That kid is going to be an Epee fencer." Now Josh has been fencing epee for four years. Josh thinks that having Maks as his coach has helped him become a better fencer. In addition to fencing, Josh is an assistant patrol leader with a Boy Scout troop in South Orange, loves spending time outside (especially in the snow) and can often be found at the beach in the summer.
Nine year old Chase Emmer is an outstanding foil fencer. He began, like most little boys, just wanting to hold the weapon-because it was so cool...Read more
Nine year old Chase Emmer is an outstanding foil fencer. He began, like most little boys, just wanting to hold the weapon-because it was so cool... it also helped that his cousin, Zander Rhodes, was also going to begin fencing and it was an activity that they could do together. Chase lives in South Orange, so choosing NJFA was easy because it has a great reputation and it is close for him to get to.
Chase is naturally spurred on by competition and when he won his first Y8 tournament it was like everything clicked for him. What he learned in class really worked and he actually came in third place! His first of many medals! While he is not rated, keep your eyes open, it is just a matter of time. He is currently fencing in Y10 and Y12 events and is the youngest competitive fencer who is ranked in the country. Chase won overall Super Youth Y8 last year, and came in 15th currently ranked #7 in Y10 and 45th out of 105 in Y10 at the Summer Nationals.
In addition to having a cousin who fences, Chase's dad has just taken up fencing to show his support. In addition to his accomplishments in fencing, Chase also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has been skiing since he was three, plays the piano and has been taking Mandarin lessons since he was two years old. In his very little spare time, Chase enjoys the outdoors and loves watching football.
Blessing Olaode is one of NJFA's Saber fencers. Blessing started out her high school athletic career as a volleyball player, but she wanted to do something different.Read more
Blessing Olaode is one of NJFA's Saber fencers. Blessing started out her high school athletic career as a volleyball player, but she wanted to do something different. Maybe a sport that was a little different and maybe one that you could participate in more than for just one season during the year...maybe fencing. She tried fencing with the high school team and decided that it was really fun and the team was very accepting, and like a family so she has continued with fencing. She trains at NJFA because it is where Columbia High School trains, but also because Frank is someone who cares about his fencers on a personal level and that everyone at the club is friendly.
Blessing believes switching from epee to saber has made her more successful and she is now being coached by 2008 Olympic Fencer Abdul Thiam . Both Blessing and her coaches think she is naturally better at saber and she has grown to love saber more. Blessing has recently moved up to a C rating at the Steve Sobel tournament with her third place finish in the Cadet Women's Saber event. In her spare time, Blessing loves to read and write, including writing poems, songs or short stories.
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.