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Cobra Challenge Super Youth (SYC), Y8 and Cadet Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017
Walk-in fee now in effect...Waiver required at check-in... READ “More Info” before e-mailing with questions...
Meadowlands Exposition Center: Secaucus, NJ
posted 08/14/2017
More Info
** Remember to download the waiver.
** We encourage you to come to the venue on Friday afternoon (before 6:30) to have equipment checked for Saturday and Sunday events.
** TRAFFIC ALERT - Jets have a home game at 1pm on Sunday. Traffic in the area may be heavy- plan accordingly.


POOL ASSIGNMENTS (subject to change)
Friday
8:00 Y14 ME--- E,F,G,H
8:15 Cdt MF--- A,B,C,D
8:15 Cdt WE--- L,M
12:00 Y14 WF--- H,J,K,L
12:00 Cdt MS -- C,D,E,F
1:00 Y8 Epee--- M
1:00 Y10 MF--- A,B,F,G
3:15 Y10 MS--- J,K
3:15 Y12 WS--- D,E,F

Saturday
8:00 Y14 MF--- A,B,C,D,E,F
8:15 Y10 ME--- J,K
8:15 Cdt WF--- H,L,M
12:30 Cdt WS--- J,L,M
12:45 Cdt ME--- D,E,F
12:45 Y10 WF--- F,G
1:00 Y8 Saber--- H
2:00 Y12 WE--- to be posted
3:30 Y14 MS--- A,B,C,H,J,L

Sunday
8:00 Y12 MF--- A,B,C,D,E
8:15 Y14 WE--- E,F,G,H
8:15 Y10 WE--- J
8:30 Y14 WS--- H,K,L,M
12:30 Y8 Foil--- L,M
1:00 Y12 WF--- to be posted
1:00 Y12 ME--- to be posted
2:00 Y12 MS--- to be posted
2:30 Y10 WS--- to be posted

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COBRA CHALLENGE SUPER YOUTH CIRCUIT (SYC) and CADET
Proudly hosted by Cobra Fencing Club
November 24-26, 2017

The Meadowlands Exposition Center (http://www.mecexpo.com)
355 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094

Book Embassy Suites (adjacent to venue): Special rate available until Nov 7, or until the block is sold out, whichever comes first. http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/M/MEANJES-NYF-20171122/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG


• Easily accessible to all major interstate arteries including New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway
• Minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport and Teterboro Jetport
• Only 5 miles from Manhattan
• Regular NJ Transit door-to-door bus from Port Authority NYC, from Hoboken/Jersey City/Union City, and Newark Penn Station to front entrance of the facility
• Free shuttle (Monday through Friday) from Secaucus Junction train station (NJ Transit) to front entrance of facility (http://ezride.org/2-1-3-Schedules/1-1-3-Sched-HarmonMeadow.asp)
• Fully handicapped-accessible
• Complimentary garage parking – over 6000 free parking spaces
• Several hotels within walking distance. Book host hotel Embassy Suites (adjacent to venue). The special room rate will be available until November 2, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/M/MEANJES-NYF-20171122/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
• Surrounded by a variety of over 40 restaurants, movie theaters and retail shops
• Harmon Cove Outlet Center only 5 minutes away

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LIVE FEED: Live tournament results (during competition): http://www.cobrafencing.com/results

REFEREES: If interested in refereeing, e-mail Lisa Campi-Sapery at lisasapery@hotmail.com

QUESTIONS: Read the “More Info” section before e-mailing with questions

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Events are open to current USA Fencing competitive members age-eligible to fence, and to foreign fencers with current FIE license or proof of affiliation with their federation or a current USA Fencing competitive membership.

The SYC tournament serves as one qualifying path for Y10 and Y12 fencers to the Youth NAC and for Y10/12 and 14 fencers to the Summer National Championships. Athletes finishing in the top 40% of their event at an SYC earn National Ranking points in that category. In Y12 and Y14 this qualifies athletes to compete at the Summer National Championships for the season in which they earned national points. For Y10, athletes qualify to compete at the Summer National Championships by participating in an RYC or SYC tournament within the competitive season.

Cadet events are not qualifiers and no points are awarded. Ratings can be earned, if event criteria is met. Y8 events are not official USA Fencing categories and may have limited entries.

Classification changes can be earned if criteria met. The competition must meet or exceed criteria in Group C1 or higher to award changes in classification. Please refer to the Classification Chart for more information.

The Athletes Handbook (http://www.usfencing.org/athlete-handbook) is the definitive reference document regarding points and qualification paths. Results, points and ratings earned at this event are not official until processed by USA Fencing National Office.

Age Eligibility:
DO NOT sign up for an event you are not eligible to compete in based on the following 2017-18 USA Fencing age eligibility
Y8 2009-2012
Y10 2007-2010
Y12 2005-2008 (or on Y10 NRPS list)
Y14 2003-2006 (or on Y12 NRPS list)
Cadet 2001-2004 (or on Y14 NRPS list)

EXCEPTION TO AGE ELIGIBLITY CRITERIA
--- Youth 12 – A fencer born after 2008 can fence in Y12 IF the fencer is on the National Youth 10 Point Standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.
--- Youth 14 – A fencer born after 2006 can fence in Y14 IF the fencer is on the National Youth 12 Point Standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.
--- Cadet (through JO’s) – A fencer born after 2004 can fence in Cadet local and regional competitions, NAC Cadet tournaments and Junior Olympic Cadet Fencing Championship and qualifying tournaments IF the fencer is on the National Youth 14 Point Standings at the time of the entry deadline for that tournament.

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REGISTRATION AND EVENT FEES
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Tournament fees must be paid at time of registration (your entry is “incomplete” until payment is made). Fees are based on the guidelines listed below. SYC fees and deadlines are established by USA Fencing.

Payment is made online. If you need to make any alternate payment arrangement you MUST e-mail the organizer prior to November 5 for instructions.

Fencers listed as "incomplete" and presenting at the door to compete must pay late fee +$20.

SYC EVENT FEES
REGULAR entry/payment until November 5, 2017 (extended to November 10): $30 registration fee plus $50 per event
LATE entry/payment November 6-21 (amended to Nov 11-21): $30 registration fee plus $150 per event
INCOMPLETE ENTRIES (presenting to compete on tournament day): $30 registration fee plus $150/event plus $20
WALK-IN Entry (after November 21): $90 registration fee plus $150 per event. Entry and Payment during this period is made at the door with cash, credit card, or check payable to "Cobra Fencing Club"

Y8 and CADET EVENT FEES
REGULAR Entry/payment until November 17, 2017: $30 registration fee plus $50 per event
LATE Entry/payment November 17 (10 pm EST)- 21, 2017: $30 registration fee plus $100 per event
INCOMPLETE ENTRIES (presenting to compete on tournament day): $30 registration fee plus $100/event plus $20
WALK-IN Entry (after November 21): $90 registration fee plus $150 per event. Entry and Payment during this period is made at the door with cash, credit card, or check payable to "Cobra Fencing Club"

REFUND POLICY
100% refund (less FRED fees) if notified before November 5, 2017.
Event fee only refunded if notified November 6-17, 2017(registration fee will not be refunded).
NO refunds if notified November 18-26, 2017 – NO exceptions

To submit refund request: Notify Steve Kaplan at steve@cobrafencing.com and include a mailing address. Refunds will be processed after conclusion of tournament.

On tournament day, fencers who fail to check-in at the registration desk before the posted close of check-in time for their event will be withdrawn from the competition, and no there will be no refund of entry fees.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy:
In the event of necessity to reschedule the tournament due to most extreme circumstances, such as unforeseen extreme weather or catastrophe (USA Fencing determines need to cancel/delay/reschedule a Regional Tournament in the best interest of the membership) all fees paid will be applied to rescheduled event. Regional tournaments which are cancelled due to no fault of the Organizer will be rescheduled by USA Fencing, if possible, within the season for which the tournament was awarded. In the event a fencer is not able to attend a rescheduled event, a full refund will be issued. Note, delay of start times not caused by extreme weather or catastrophe does not qualify as valid refund criteria.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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Fencers are prohibited from competing in more than one event per day. Exceptions to this rule are at the discretion of the Bout Committee and Tournament Organizers. Fencing commences shortly after close of check-in. Arrive sufficiently early for equipment check and proper warm up. Venue opens at 6:45 a.m.

CLOSE OF CHECK-IN TIMES:
We strongly encourage you to arrive at the venue at least 1 hour before close of your event registration. Venue opens at 6:45 a.m. Fencers failing to check-in by the published deadline will be removed from the event and refunds will not be made. Fencers must check-in each day they fence.

FRIDAY:
Times subject to change

Y14 ME 8:00
Cadet MF 8:15
Cadet WE 8:15
Y14 WF 12 noon
Cadet MS 12 noon
Y8 Epee 1:00 (events mixed if less than 5 fencers in either gender)
Y10 MF 1:00
Y10 MS 3:15
Y12 WS 3:15

SATURDAY:
Times subject to change

Y14 MF 8:00
Y10 ME 8:15
Cadet WF 8:15
Cadet WS 12:30
Cadet ME 12:45
Y10 WF 12:45
Y8 Saber 1:00 (events mixed if less than 5 fencers in either gender)
Y12 WE 2:00
Y14 MS 3:30

SUNDAY:
Times subject to change

Y12 MF 8:00
Y14 WE 8:15
Y10 WE 8:15
Y14 WS 8:30
Y8 Foil 12:30* (time changed from 11:30 to 12:30) (events mixed if less than 5 fencers in either gender)
Y12 WF 1:00 * (time changed from 12 noon to 1:00)
Y12 ME 1:00 * (time changed from 12 noon to 1:00)
Y12 MS 2:00 * (time changed from 12:30 to 2:00)
Y10 WS 2:30

TOURNAMENT DAY CHECK-IN REQUIREMENTS

Venue opens at 6:45 a.m. Fencers are required to check in each day they compete. Fencers are required to have equipment checked (only required once if fencing more than one day)

Present to check-in with:
a. Proof of fencing federation membership (USA Fencing, FIE, or foreign federation) card. To print USA Fencing membership card visit: http://www.member.usfencing.org
b. Signed waiver required.
c. Proof of age (unless previously verified and noted on your membership card)in case of question of age-eligibility.

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TOURNAMENT ENTRY
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• Event eligibility is determined by 2017-18 USA Fencing birth year requirement only (not specific day/month). All entrants' age/point eligibility will be verified prior to the tournament, and any ineligible fencers will be notified and removed from the "who's preregistered" list.

DO NOT sign up for an event you are not eligible to compete in based on the following 2017-18 USA Fencing age eligibility
Y8 2009-2012
Y10 2007-2010
Y12 2005-2008 (or on Y10 NRPS list)
Y14 2003-2006 (or on Y12 NRPS list)
Cadet 2001-2004 (or on Y14 NRPS list)

*See current NRPS standings at: http://www.usfencing.org/current-point-standings

• USA Fencing competitive membership, or other foreign federation membership, required. Must present membership card (or proof of membership payment) at check-in. To print your membership card visit: http://www.member.usfencing.org.

To join/renew USA Fencing membership visit: http://www.member.usfencing.org. If no proof of membership you must complete and pay for USA Fencing membership. You may join/renew at the door (parent signature required).

•Regular fee entry/payment deadline is November 5, 2017. Entry fee must be PAID for entry to be considered complete. If you need to make an alternate payment arrangement you MUST e-mail the organizer prior to November 5 for payment instructions. Late entrants will be accepted (at late fee) until Nov 21. Fencers listed as "Incomplete" and presenting to compete will be accepted at late fee plus $20. Walk-in entries (Nov 22-26) will be accepted at the door (at walk-in fee).

• A signed waiver of Liability is required. Note, photography, filming, recording or any other form of media of the athlete during the tournament can be used by the host organization and USA Fencing. Those wishing to opt out of medial coverage must present the waiver to the BC in person.

• Age verification required either by presenting: USA Fencing card stating Age Verified "Y" OR Copy of birth certificate, or other government-issued ID with photo

•** Liability waiver - Upon entering this tournament you agree to abide by the current rules of USA Fencing and other applicable rules instituted by Cobra Fencing Club. You acknowledge you are entering this tournament at your own risk and release USA Fencing and its sponsors, Cobra Fencing Club, Meadowlands Expo Center, Escrime Management, and referees/staff from any liability. With entry you give consent to tournament organizers to obtain medical care from any licensed physician, EMS personnel, hospital or clinic for any injury or illness that may arise during activities associated with this tournament. Photography, filming, recording, or any other form of media of the athlete during the tournament can be used by Thrust Fencing Academy and USA Fencing. Those wishing to opt out of media coverage must inform the Bout Committee.**

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HOTELS
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Five national hotel chains are adjacent or within walking distance:

Embassy Suites (adjacent to venue): Special rate available until Nov 7, or until the block is sold out, whichever comes first. http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/M/MEANJES-NYF-20171122/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Holiday Inn: http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/secaucus/hmnnj/hoteldetail
Hyatt Place: http://www.hyatt.com/hyatt/index.jsp
Courtyard by Marriott: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrse-courtyard-secaucus-meadowlands/
Meadowlands River Inn: http://www.meadowlandsriverinn.com/

Six national hotel chains are within a five minute drive: Crowne Plaza Hotel, LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Meadowlands Plaza Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Meadowlands, Candlewood Suites

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VENUE
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Cobra Fencing Club and Meadowlands Exposition Center are not responsible for any lost or stolen property.

The Expo Center/Harmon Meadow complex has something for every member of the family, with a variety of restaurants, movie theaters and retail shops (no sales tax on clothing and shoes), all within walking distance:
• Minutes from New York City (door-to-door bus from Port Authority)
• Located just off NJ Turnpike
• FREE parking for over 6000 cars adjacent to the Expo Center (Decks B and C)
• FREE shuttle (Monday thru Friday) from Secaucus Junction Train station to the Expo Center via EZ RIDE (http://ezride.org/2-1-3-Schedules/1-1-3-Sched-HarmonMeadow.asp)
• Five national hotel chains adjacent to venue within walking distance: Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Hyatt Place, Courtyard by Marriott
• Six national hotel chains within a five minute drive: Crowne Plaza Hotel, LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Meadowlands Plaza Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Meadowlands, Candlewood Suites
• A variety of over 40 restaurants, movie theaters, health club, and retail shops within walking distance.

NEAREST AIRPORT: Newark Liberty International (12 miles away)

MASS TRANSIT:
NJ Transit bus is available directly (door-to-door) from Port Authority Terminal (42nd Street, Manhattan) to the front entrance of the facility.
#320 from New York Port Authority
# 85 from Hoboken/Jersey City/Union City
# 78 from Newark Penn Station (weekdays)

For NJ Transit ticket and fare information and current schedules visit http://www.njtransit.com

NJ Transit trains originating from Hoboken Terminal and New York Penn Station stop at Secaucus Junction, an approximately 12 minute taxi ride from the Expo Center. FREE shuttle service is available Monday thru Friday from Secaucus Junction Train station to the Expo Center via EZ RIDE (http://ezride.org/2-1-3-Schedules/1-1-3-Sched-HarmonMeadow.asp) (http://www.ezride.org; 201-939-4242)

AREA TAXI CABS

Secaucus Taxi Service (201) 866-7780; (800) 291-5382
Secaucus Taxi (201) 866-3333
Access Taxi (201) 888-1255
A-1 Express (201) 601-0444
Secaucus Cab (201) 348-4448

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BOUT COMMITTEE
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Escrime Management: George Janto, David Sapery, Cheryl Delaney
Head Referee: Lisa Campi Sapery (If interested in working as a referee, contact Lisa at lisasapery@hotmail.com

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ARMORY
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Armory services available (for fee)

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EQUIPMENT CHECK
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Arrive early to allow time for equipment check. Equipment will be inspected and marked (mask, lame (as appropriate), sabre cuffs, head cords, and body cords). 800N Saber Glove is Mandatory. Fencers only need to have their equipment passed once for the duration of the SYC/RCC. Names not required on uniforms.

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EQUIPMENT VENDOR
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Blue Gauntlet Fencing Gear ( http://www.blue-gauntlet.com) will be on-site for equipment sales.
Proprintwear (http://www.proprintwear.com) will offer event T-shirts and other merchandise.

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FOOD
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Food and beverage concessions will be provided by the Expo Center.

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TOURNAMENT FORMAT/RULES
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• USA Fencing rules apply. http://www.usfencing.org/athletes-usa-fencing-rule-book
• Equipment check required (mask, lame (as appropriate), sabre cuffs, head cords, and body cords). 800N Saber Glove is Mandatory. Armorer will be on-site for repairs (for fee). Fencers only need to have their equipment passed once for the duration of the SYC.
• Must have at least two working weapons and two body cords when reporting to the strip.
• Full USA Fencing regulation uniform required. Name is NOT required on uniform. Foil mask with conductive bib required. Fencers arm, equip and clothe themselves and fence at their own responsibility and at their own risk. Fencers are responsible for ensuring arrival at the strip with working equipment.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
t.15 1. Fencers arm, equip and clothe themselves and fence at their own responsibility and at their own risk.

• Uniforms (jacket, pants, knee-high socks, fencing glove): Standard fencing uniforms; cannot have any rips, tear, or holes. Warm-up pants or jeans are not allowed. Fencing glove must cover half of the forearm. 800N Saber Glove is mandatory.
• Plastrons (underarm protectors): Standard fencing plastron; required with every uniform
• Chest Protector: Required for females
• Masks: 12K punch test; sewn in bib. Conductive Bib in foil is required. Elastic strap at back of mask is required
• Blades: The maximum blade length permitted for Y8/Y10 competitions is 32.5 inches. For Y12, Y14, Cadet competitions, standard blade length of 30-35” permitted.
• Weapon Handle: Any attachment to a weapon’s handle must fix the hand in one position such that the top of the thumb is no more than 2 cm from the inner surface of the guard.
• Names on Uniforms: Not required at SYCs

• Ratings can be awarded, however youth events do not use the E1 or D1 classifications. This means that these events are NR until they achieve C1 level or higher. See USA Fencing ratings chart at: http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0034/6264/Classification_Chart.pdf

• SYC Competitions award national points to the top 40% of the field.
• CADET events are non-regional events and are not a qualifying path.

• Format for all events is one round of pools with 100% promoted to a direct elimination (DE) tableau.

Pools: All events will use pools of six or seven whenever possible. In events with fewer than 11 entrants, the BC may elect to have two rounds of pools followed by 100% promoted to a DE (direct elimination) tableau. There is no fence-off for third place. One preliminary round of pools is comprised of the standard 5-touch bout in 3 minutes. 100% then advance to DE round. DE tableau shall be comprised according to the results of the preliminary pool round. Fencers are seeded by their results in the pool round wherein the results of fencers in all the pools are ordered by best results to poorest results: highest ratio of victories vs. bouts fenced, touches scored vs. touches received.

Y8/Y10 DE format: 10-touch bouts (two 3-minute periods with a 1 minute break between). The first period ends either at the expiration of three minutes or when 5 hits are scored, whichever comes first. During the 1-minute break, ONE PERSON designated by the fencer (team-mate, coach, or parent) may be on the strip with the fencer.
Y12/Y14 DE format: 15-touch bouts (three 3-minute periods with a 1 minute break between) During the 1-minute break, ONE PERSON designated by the fencer (team-mate, coach, or parent) may be on the strip with the fencer.
Cadet DE format: 15 touch bouts (three 3-minute periods with a one-minute break between). During the 1-minute break, ONE PERSON designated by the fencer (team-mate, coach, or parent) may be on the strip with the fencer.

• Seeding for SYC pool round is based on the Current National Youth Ranking according to age group and weapon, then letter ranking with year classification, then fencers with neither points nor classification. Fencers with equal classifications will be randomized within each classification. Cadet pools will be seeded according to letter ranking with year classification. Only ratings and points standings listed on the USA Fencing website will be used (ratings on FRED at not official). It is the fencer's responsibility to ensure that USA Fencing has properly recorded any necessary changes or corrections prior to this date.

Fencers are responsible for ensuring accuracy of all posted information and must report errors to the bout committee (BC) immediately. This includes club affiliation, division, classification, date of birth, gender, spelling of name, etc. Errors in posted pool results must be reported to the BC immediately (within 5 minutes). Once DE round starts and tableau is posted, the pool results are final and no adjustments will be made. Check all scores before leaving the strip. Fencer signature on pool sheet and DE slip implies accuracy. Current ratings: http://www.usfencing.org/current-member-list. Current point standings: http://www.usfencing.org/current-point-standings.

• Medals awarded to 8th place.

• Photography and filming is allowed, however NO flash photography is allowed near ongoing competitions.

Withdrawal during tournament:
• Withdrawal during pools: The pools must be fenced through the last bout. A fencer who withdraws, or who is excluded, is scratched from the pool, and his results are annulled as if he had not taken part.

• Withdrawal during DE: When for whatever reason a fencer cannot fence or cannot complete his bout, his opponent is declared winner of that bout. A fencer who withdraws does not lose his place in the overall classification of the competition.

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QUALIFICATION INFO
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http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0129/2345/2017-2018_Qualification_Tables.pdf

The Athletes Handbook (http://www.usfencing.org/athlete-handbook)is the definitive reference document regarding points and qualification paths.

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ABOUT COBRA FENCING CLUB
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Located at: 629 Grove Street; Jersey City, NJ (http://www.cobrafencing.com)

Steve Kaplan - Club owner/Coach
(U.S. Fencing Coaches Association Fencing Master)
1976 U.S. Olympic Team Member – Sabre.
1975 Pan American Games Silver Medalist.
4 time U.S. National Team Champion.
1971 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All American – NYU.
1980-1986 - Varsity Head Fencing Coach NYU.
1996 - Elected to NYU Athletic Hall of Fame.
2002 - Founded Cobra Fencing Club in 2002.

Raskyrie (Ras) Davidson - Saber
2005, 2006, 2007 United States Junior World Team Member
2006 World Cadet Saber Bronze Medalist
2005 Junior Olympics Cadet Saber Champion
2005 Junior Olympics Junior Saber Champion
2004 United States National Cadet Saber Champion

Abdoulaye Thiam – Sabre
Senegal Olympic Sabre Team 2008 Beijing
Silver Medalist African Games 2007, 2008
Competed in 2008 Senior World Championships, Moscow

Heriberto Gonzalez – Foil
1979 Pan American Foil Champion
1980 Cuban Olympic Foil Team
1983 Bronze Medalist in Men’s Foil Team
1983 Bronze Medalist University Games Foil Individual

Evgeniya Kirpecheva – Foil
Russian junior national foil champion
Cadet World Cup Finalist 2007
NCAA Women’s Foil Champion 2012, bronze medalist 2010, 2011

Marat Israelian – Epee
NCAA champion in 2010 and 2011
Ranked 3rd in the world in Juniors in 2004
Several time Israel national champion and member of Israeli national team
Certified coach by The Wingate Institute, Israel’s National Centre for Physical Education and Sport
Graduate of St. John’s University