American Fencing League

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The American Fencing League, or AFL, was founded on March 25, 2005 in Salem, Oregon, United States, by a group of fencers seeking independence from the United States Fencing Association. It is a non-profit organization for fencers who wish to enjoy fencing using non-electric foil, sabre, and épée. The AFL provides rules, maintains a classification system for members, organizes competitions, and provides training for fencers, teachers, and officials. Currently, the AFL is composed of three different divisions: Pacific Northwest, Central Virginia, and the National Division representing clubs that aren't represented by one of the other two divisions.

Rules[edit]

Competition is currently on local, divisional, and sectional levels with the first national championship held on August 25–26, 2007.[1] The current rules are based primarily on the 1940 rules of the old Amateur Fencers League of America (which became the USFA in 1981), and to a lesser extent on the 1957 rules.[2] AFL fencing is not as purely athletic a game as Olympic fencing. It has longer "phrases," longer time limits, 1-touch épée rules, a different approach to the principle of "right of way," and a revival of 3-weapon bouts. Standard (non-electric) weapons are used.

The AFL is sometimes mistaken for classical fencing.

AFL National Championship[edit]

The AFL National Championship is held at the end of every competition year. Four individual events are competed in: Foil, Sabre, 1-touch Épée and Three-Weapon. Team competitions are also held in each of the weapons. The first three national championships were held during the summer, in either July or August. Starting in 2011, however, the National Championship will be held in January. This is done so it is offset with the USFA National Championships.

National Championship venues[edit]

Year City, State Host Club
2007 Salem, Oregon Salem Classical Fencing
2008 Glen Allen, Virginia Salle Green
2009 Salem, Oregon Salem Classical Fencing
2010 Will not be held
2011 To be announced To be announced

Note: No tournament will be held in 2010, due to the AFL shifting the national championships to winter.

National champions[edit]

Year Place Individual Foil Individual Épée Individual Sabre Individual 3-Weapon Team Foil Team Épée Team Sabre Team 3-Weapon
2007 1. Josh Conner,
unattached
Joel Klepper,
Southern Oregon Fencing Center
Joel Klepper,
Southern Oregon Fencing Center
Josh Conner,
unattached
Salem Classical Fencing:
Rafael Villarreal, Joshua Keatley, Alexander Rippey, Lindsay Pirelli
Southern Oregon Fencing Center:
Joel Klepper, William Richmond, Desiree Miatke, Zach Markovich
Southern Oregon Fencing Center:
William Richmond, Joel Klepper, Desiree Miatke, Zach Markovich
Southern Oregon Fencing Center:
Joel Klepper, William Richmond, Zach Markovich
2. Rafael Villarreal,
Salem Classical Fencing
Will Richmond,
Southern Oregon Fencing Center
Will Richmond,
Southern Oregon Fencing Center
Joel Klepper,
Southern Oregon Fencing Center
Southern Oregon Fencing Center:
Joel Klepper, William Richmond, Desiree Miatke, Zach Markovich
Salem Classical Fencing:
Michael Heggen, Rafael Villarreal, Cory Partlow, Lindsay Pirelli
Salem Classical Fencing:
Joshua Keatley, Michael Heggen, Lindsay Pirelli, Cory Partlow
Salem Classical Fencing:
Michael Heggen, Rafael Villarreal, Joshua Keatley, Lindsay Pirelli
3. Jared Beilby,
Salem Classical Fencing
Desiree Miatke,
Southern Oregon Fencing Center
Joshua Keatley,
Salem Classical Fencing
Rafael Villarreal,
Salem Classical Fencing
Year Place Individual Foil Individual Épée Individual Sabre Individual 3-Weapon Team Foil Team Épée Team Sabre Team 3-Weapon
2008 1. Joshua Keatley,
Salem Classical Fencing
Walter Green,
Salle Green
Walter Green,
Salle Green
Alexander Rippey,
Salem Classical Fencing
Salem Classical Fencing:
Alexander Rippey, Isabel Ford, Cameron West, Joshua Keatley
Salle Green:
Salem Classical Fencing:
Joshua Keatley, Cristina Ford, Cameron West
Salem Classical Fencing:
Alexander Rippey, Cameron West, Joshua Keatley
2. David Cogley,
Unattached
Alexander Rippey,
Salem Classical Fencing
Joshua Keatley,
Salem Classical Fencing
Joshua Keatley,
Salem Classical Fencing
Salle Green:
Salem Classical Fencing:
Cameron West, Cristina Ford, Isabel Ford
Salle Green:
Salle Green:
3. Isabel Ford,
Salem Classical Fencing
Joshua Keatley,
Salem Classical Fencing
Alexander Rippey,
Salem Classical Fencing
David Cogley,
Unattached
Year Place Individual Foil Individual Épée Individual Sabre Individual 3-Weapon Team Foil Team Épée Team Sabre Team 3-Weapon
2009 1. Joshua Keatley,
Salem Classical Fencing
David Cogley,
Fenian Academy of Fencing
David Cogley,
Fenian Academy of Fencing
Joshua Keatley,
Salem Classical Fencing
Fenian Academy of Fencing:
David Cogley, Philip Englund, Paul Englund
Not contested Not contested Not contested
2. Cameron West,
Salem Classical Fencing
Ted Kanicki,
Fenian Academy of Fencing
Joshua Keatley,
Salem Classical Fencing
David Keatley,
Salem Classical Fencing
Salem Classical Fencing:
Cristina Ford, David Keatley, "Joshua Keatley", Cameron West
3. David Cogley,
Fenian Academy of Fencing
Joshua Keatley,
Salem Classical Fencing
Paul Englud,
Fenian Academy of Fencing
David Cogley,
Fenian Academy of Fencing

Note: Names of team captains are in italics.

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