---------- EVENT SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION ----------
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Mixed Foil - 10:00AM
* All times are close of registration. Please arrive early to get your equipment checked during check-in.
* We will be running on a strict schedule so your promptness is much appreciated.
* All events will be fenced as a single round of pools with 100% promoted to direct-elimination, no fence-off for third.
* Friends and family and spectators are welcome.
* A waiver must be signed by all participants (see link to generic waiver above). Waivers will also be available on site during check-in.
* The Fargo Park District is proud to sponsor the 2012 Charles Selberg Memorial Fencing Tournament. This free fencing event is meant to bring fencers together for a fun introduction to competitive, electric foil fencing, and to celebrate the memory of famous North Dakota native and fencing master Charles Selberg.
* This free fencing event is open to everyone, and no membership of any kind is required.
---------- REGISTRATION INFORMATION ----------
* Preregistration for this event on askFRED is appreciated but not required.
* You can preregister for this event by clicking on the link above.
* Or you can register for the event on site before 10am.
* This tournament is free.
---------- VENUE INFORMATION ----------
The event will be held at:
* Southwest Youth Ice Arena
4404 23 Avenue SW
Fargo, ND 58104
Room 1 upstairs on the second floor, to the right
701 356 9888
* Free parking is available.
* For a map to the venue, click on the link above, “Map to 4404 23 Avenue SW Fargo ND 58104”
---------- TOURNAMENT RULES ----------
* This is a non-USFA fun tournament. No membership of any kind is required.
* Fencing uniform is required, including regulation mask, jacket, lame, glove, and non-marking shoes.
* For this event, a mask with a lame bib is NOT required for foil, so "standard" masks may be used.
* Fencers may wear masks with a lame bib, but they may not use tape to cover the conductive part (for safety reasons).
* Names are NOT required on jackets or lames.
* Bouts will be self-refereed; experienced fencers who are not fencing at the time, and who are comfortable with refereeing bouts in a given weapon, may referee.
* Medals will be awarded to the top 4 finalists.
---------- EQUIPMENT CHECK ----------
* Please arrive early to allow time for equipment checks.
* Mask inspections and punch tests will be conducted during check-in.
---------- NEARBY HOTELS ----------
* The Settle Inn
4325 23rd Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58104
Toll free: 800-677-3060
Front Desk: 701-235-4699
---------- FOR MORE INFORMATION ----------
* Please contact Jason Schoenack (701 306 0815) - firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Fargo Park District Fencing Club - http://www.fargoparks.com/aprog_fencing.html
---------- ABOUT CHARLES SELBERG ----------
Charles Alan Palmer Selberg passed away in good humor on March 9, 2012 at the age of 81. He was born in Grand Forks, ND on August 2, 1930. Selberg received his Maitre D'Armes from the Federation International D'Escrime in 1967. In addition to being a fencing master, Selberg was also an abstract, post-impressionist painter. He has a painting in the permanent collection at Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, MN, and one also at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. On the side of the McCormick building in downtown Fargo is a restored version of his infamous sign painting of 'The Cowboy' that he painted originally in 1949 (commissioned by Sunny Brook Whiskey). Charles had a particular fondness for gorillas. Sign painter, cartoonist and artist, Selberg moved to California in 1952 where he received Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine of Arts degrees from San Francisco State University. Selberg taught art in San Francisco and fell in love with fencing in the early 1950's. Fencing first appeared in North Dakota in 1960, when Maestro Selberg moved from San Francisco, where he was the head coach at the San Francisco School of Fencing (run by John McDougall), back to Fargo, ND, where he founded North Dakota's first fencing school, the Selberg Fencing Academy, which he operated in Fargo from 1960 to 1966. The Selberg Fencing Academy (SFA) was located originally at 54 1/2 North 5th St. in Fargo, but was moved in 1965 to the Fargo Arena building in Island Park. Selberg thought that fencing would do well in Fargo because of the long cold winters that forced people inside for physical activity. Fencing competitions in Fargo during that time (including many dual matches between Minneapolis and Fargo) were held either at the SFA or at Moorhead State University, in their large gym. Between 1960 and 1966, the North Dakota division grew to become the 4th-largest fencing division in the country, and SFA fencers won three Midwest Championships, a Chicagoland Open Championship, and finished in the Top 10 at the U.S. National Championships in Women's Foil two years in a row. Selberg returned to San Francisco in 1966 where he taught at the Halberstadt Fencer's club, and began his 16-year career teaching fencing at the University of California at Santa Cruz (where he was a tenured member of the eminent faculty of Cowell College). Known affectionately as Mr. Natural amongst fencers at the University of California at Santa Cruz, due to his engaging approach to teaching fencing, Maestro Selberg was revered for his keen psychological and strategic insights into the game. His ability to teach quality fencing to large groups of students was a tribute to his deep knowledge of the sport, his creative ability, and his tremendous sense of humor. The fencing masters that taught Charles formed his most impressive fencing lineage: German born Eric Funke, followed by American born Jack Nottingham (taught by Aldo Nadi), and Hungarian-born Olympic champion George Pillar (taught by Laszlo Borsody and Italo Santelli). His years working with Hans Halberstadt also left a profound impression on Charles’ teaching. In 1970 he was a member of the three-man foil team that won the only gold medal ever for the U.S. at the World Masters Championships. Named one of the 'Great Fencing Masters in History' by Amarillo College in Texas, Charles was the author of the renowned books 'Foil' (1976) and 'Revised Foil' (1993). After retiring from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1982, he moved to Ashland, Oregon where he resumed the Selberg Fencing Academy, and created an extensive series of instructional videos and DVDs (http://www.selbergfencing.com). Maestro Selberg taught that the greatest benefits that we get from fencing are health and recreation.