ST. LOUIS, MO – Last weekend, October 14 – 16, fencers from Royal Arts Fencing Academy came away with four gold medals and two bronze medals at the Daughtery Youth Cup SYC/RCC. Nathan Martin, 15, of Pickerington won the Cadet Men’s Epee event in his first competitive performance for the 2016-2017 season. Kiera Taylor, 9, of Dayton, OH earned a silver in the Y10 Women’s Epee. Taylor was the youngest Royal Arts fencer competing. Tierna Oxenreider, 12, of Reynoldsburg swept all three of her events, earning gold in Y12, Y14, and Cadet Women’s Epee. Oxenreider is currently number 3 in the country in Y12 Women’s Epee. Keegan Robinson, 11, of Blacklick won a bronze medal in the Y12 Men’s Foil event. This was also Robinson’s first competitive event of the season.
Royal Arts Fencing Academy sent seven fencers to the St. Louis event, which was a super youth circuit (SYC) and regional cadet circuit (RCC) tournament that awards points to fencers which will help them to qualify for national championships. This performance compliments Joseph Streb’s bronze medal finish in Veteran 60 Men’s Foil at the Veteran World Fencing Championships in Stralsund, Germany four days earlier. See here.
Fencing is one of four sport in every modern Olympic Games. Royal Arts teaches all three Olympic fencing weapons as well as lightsaber, historical fencing, and Myo-fu-an, the art of the samurai/ninja. The Academy is run by Julia Richey, a former 13-year member of the Russian National Team. Royal Arts has consistently produced national and world champions every year for the past seven years and is the organizer and host of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Fencing Classic held the first weekend of March every year as a part of the Arnold Sports Festival.