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SITS Summer Epee Camp

SITS will be offering an Epee Camp this summer July 18-22 for intermediate fencers ages 12-16. Emphasis will be placed on solidifying basic skills while honing fencers’ innate strengths and abilities. As well as time dedicated to fostering and understanding the more intellectual aspects of the sport. 

Features

  • Daily footwork and blade work lessons
  • Open bouting 
  • Team building games and exercises 
  • Tactics and mental fitness 
  • Understanding the rules and tournament structure 
  • Armory lessons 
  • Guest speakers 
  • End of camp tournament 

Schedule 

Monday July 18 – Friday July 22
10:00am. – 4:00pm.

Doors will open at 9:00am. Late pick up will be available until 5:00pm. 

Registration fee

  • Before June 1st –  $420
  • After June 1st –     $550
  • Single day rate –   $110

Registration deadline – July 1st

Requirements

  • minimum non-competitive usafencing membership 
  • Full fencing gear
  • Bagged lunch

SITS Fencers Compete at ROC

Three SITS fencers, Sophia Balskus, Mila Covino and Raven Belliveau competed at the Boston Fencing Club ROC on Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th. 

Sophia and Mila fenced in DIV2 Women’s Epee.  Mila fenced well and gained experience fencing in her first Regional Open Circuit event. Congratulations to Sophia who fought hard all day and had some excitingly close Direct Elimination bouts that gave her coach (and her mother) many new grey hairs. She finished strong in the table of 16 placing 15th out of 46 fencers. 

Congratulations to Raven who fought his way through several A rated fencers on Saturday to finish 8th out of 82 fencers in DIV1A Men’s Epee earning his A22! Raven returned on Sunday to compete in DIV2 Men’s Epee. After losing his first pool bout Raven went on to win every bout thereafter finishing in 1st place and bringing home a Gold medal. 

Both Sophia and Raven earned regional points towards this year’s Summer Nationals in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Results for all events can be found here: https://fencingtimelive.com/tournaments/eventSchedule/C02D2290630D48F8B3801D31772399B4#today

SITS Fencers Compete in Junior Olympics

Congratulations to Dannan Page and Sophia Balskus who traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah this February to compete in the Junior Olympics.  

This marks Sophia’s third JO competition. This year she competed in both Cadet and Junior Women’s Epee.  Dani competed in Cadet Women’s Epee. This was her first time competing in the Junior Olympics. 
Results for all events can be found here: https://member.usafencing.org/details/tournaments/5096

Congratulations also go out to Raven Belliveau, Emmett Sparrow Belliveau, and Shelby Saccomanno who all qualified for Men’s Epee events but were unable to attend due to usafencing policy restrictions. Raven and Sparrow both qualified for Junior Men’s Epee and Sparrow and Shelby both qualified for Cadet Men’s Epee. 

SITS Remains Open

Despite rises in COVID-19, Sword in the Scroll Fencing remains open for classes and lessons. Students, coaches and spectators are asked to wear masks are all time and social distance while in the building.

04.16.2022 | Update

Effective March 1st face coverings are no longer required at Sword In The Scroll Fencing Academy. 

SITS Fencers Compete in Nutmeg State Games

Several SITS fencers competed in the 2021 Nutmeg State Games fencing tournament in Danbury on August 1. Leading all fencers were Dani, placing 3rd in Women’s Epee and Sophia, placing 5th. In the Men’s Epee event, Edward finished in 7th place and earned his C21 rating. Edward faced another SITS fencer in the table of 16, winning the bout against Jonathan who finished 9th overall.

The Nutmeg State Games is the largest amateur multi-sport event in Connecticut. The fencing competition was held at Candlewood Fencing Center, in Danbury.

SITS Fencers Compete at 2021 National Championships

Six fencers from Sword in the Scroll Fencing competed at the 2021 National Championships in Philadelphia July 3-13. This was the largest number of fencers to represent SITS at the national level. Raven led all fencers with a 25th place finish (out of 167) in the Div2 Men’s Epee event. Congratulations to Raven, Sophia, Sparrow, Alex B., Drew M., and Kameron. Kameron and Sophia each fenced in 3 separate events during the 10-day championships. Results of all events can be found here.

Schedule Change with New Covid Restrictions (Updated 7/22)

SITS has modified our class restrictions and changed the schedule. The current class schedule is as follows:

  • Mondays Youth Class 5:50-6:30 / Epee Class 7:00-8:30
  • Tuesdays Adult Open Fencing 7:30-9:00
  • Thursdays All weapons 6:30-8:30
  • Saturdays Youth Class 9:00-10:00 / All Weapons 10:30-12:30

Classes no longer require advance sign up for members, however, class size will be restricted if numbers exceed capacity. Mask are no longer required during practice though fencers are welcome to continue wearing them. Mask are still required for all USFA tournaments.

Parents and drivers are now able to come watch fencers again. Masks are optional.

The SITS Board will continue to monitor the status of the pandemic and local health guidelines and adjust protocol as needed.

SITS Reopens With Covid Restrictions

SITS has re-opened for limited class sizes. Classes are restricted to 12 students. All classes have procedures in place to keep students safe. Students must sign up for classes prior to attending. Questions can be sent by email.

SITS Fencer wins State HS Championship in Epee

At the 2020 High School State Championships, SITS epee fencer Melissa won the gold medal becoming the third SITS fencers to win the state title and the second in 2 years. Melissa competed in the Women’s Epee event and represented Waterford High School where she is a junior.

SITS Fencer Wins High School State Championship

Congratulations to Alex W. who went undefeated on March 10th at the High School State Individual Fencing Championships to become the 2019 Women’s Epee State Champion representing Norwich Free Academy.

Also medaling at the championships were Raven (6th place) and Edward (7th place) in Men’s Epee.

Liam H. had a strong finish in 9th place, followed by Kameron (11th place Men’s Epee).

Other strong finishes were earned by Jade (15th in women’s saber), Alex B. (17th Men’s Epee), McKenna (22nd Women’s Epee) and Duncan (23rd Men’s Epee).

In all, more than a dozen SITS fencers competed in the championships representing school and homeschool programs across Eastern CT.