July 2016 Fencing Camps

Fencing, Chess, and no Peanuts Camps

July 25th – 29th

$150 for the Week or $30 per Day

Tables overflowing with food and drink
9:00 – 12:00
Doors open at 7 am for early drop off



Penn fencing coach will be inducted after 52 years in the sport

Micahnik finally to be in Hall of Fame

From an article at The Daily Pennsylvanian

By Brandon Moyse
Issue date: 7/19/07 Section: Sports

With 52 years of fencing under his belt, Penn coach Dave Micahnik is more than just a fixture in the sport – he is an all-time great.

And he is finally being recognized for this as the United States Fencing Association recently elected him for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Better late than never, some may say. Count HOF committee chairman Andy Shaw among that group.

“He could have been in sooner,” Shaw said. “There’s no question he should be in the Hall. Recognizing greatness and being great are two different things.”

Micahnik nailed down the latter as a three-time Olympian, a national top-10 fencer, and as a successful college coach – 32 winning seasons and a Coach of the Year award in 1997.

“A lot of people were surprised that I wasn’t inducted a long time ago,” Micahnik said. He added, though, that it was an honor that never really crossed his mind when he took up fencing a half-century ago.

But Micahnik never got impatient. The hallmarks of his career have been his measured approach and quiet intensity.

Shaw recalls an incident with Micahnik was while Shaw refereeing the Ivy title match between Penn and Columbia in the early 1980s. While the Columbia coach was “going ballistic” to the point of causing three referees to withdraw, Micahnik paced the sideline calmly.

“He knew throwing a fit would do no good,” Shaw said. “Dave was measured, intelligent … always knew the story and never lost himself in it.”

Despite this somewhat stoic demeanor, Micahnik could not help but get emotional when he found out that he was elected to the Hall of Fame.

It was special for him because he felt that “it’s a career vote: not just as a competitor, not just as a coach or an administrator or a volunteer, it’s the whole thing. It’s validation, it’s a good feeling to be recognized and be appreciated.”

The actual induction will take place a year from now, at the 2008 Summer Nationals in San Jose, Calif. One of his former assistants, Cathy McClellan, will also be inducted with him.

How has Micahnik spent the last few days celebrating his latest achievement? He’s not sitting back relaxing, that’s for sure. The Hall of Famer has been busy helping to install a new floor in the fencing room at Penn. Dedication never rests, even after 52 years.

Stellar career thrusts fencer into hall of fame

(June 14, 2007) — Nat Goodhartz has been breaking down gender barriers in the sport of fencing for almost 45 years.

Goodhartz, the head coach of the Rochester Fencing Club, will become the first female fencing coach inducted into the United States Fencing Association’s Hall of Fame on June 30 in Miami.

Goodhartz, 61, started the women’s fencing team as a student at Ohio State University in 1963 and has coached both the U.S. National men’s and women’s foil teams.

“There’s never been a woman selected who was solely honored for her coaching skills, which makes her career even more special,” said Andy Shaw, who nominated Goodhartz and is chairman of the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame.

Goodhartz, a Hilton resident, has been the head coach at the Rochester Fencing Club for at least 25 years. Goodhartz has trained nine national champions and, along with Buckie Leach, worked with Iris Zimmermann when she won the World Championships in 1995. She also started a fencing team at SUNY Brockport.

“She’s raised the profile of female coaches in the U.S.,” said Rochester Fencing Club owner Sue Clinton. “Fencing tends to be a sport where females aren’t given the same respect as males in coaching, and if they do coach, they will usually coach females. Nat’s broken a lot of barriers for female coaches all over the country.”

Goodhartz is currently in Cuba training Zimmerman and Hannah Thompson for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

FIE 100th Anniversary


Andy and Beth Shaw at the FIE 100th Anniversary in Paris, France



Andy was invited to the 100th anniversary party for the FIE  because of his contribution to their travelling fencing photographic exhibition since much of the visual history from 1913-1945 was destroyed during WWII.

Dîner de Gala de la FIE,  Rmn – Grand Palais

Travelling exhibition

The purpose of this celebration is to create an interesting and interactive exhibition about the development of fencing as a man against man combat and as a sport, tracing the history of fencing clubs and the foundation of the FIE; of fencing and the Olympic movement; of fencing as a marketing product, etc.

The exhibition is intended for a wide public and will be created with modern communication technologies, including audio-visual segments, 3D original exhibits or their copies, system of panels, LCD, touch displays and showcases.

The exhibition will have a compact design and will be structured in such way that it will be possible to be installed at the Senior World Championships in Budapest and Gala Dinner in Paris. In addition, two individual smaller installations will be exhibited during the competitions organized by the founding members during the Centennial year.