Welcome to Grand Rapids Fencing Academy, home to West Michigan’s finest fencing instruction. Under the direction of co-owners Mikhail and Arkadiy Sarkisov, accredited Masters of Fencing, GRAFA offers fencing programs for all ages, from beginner to advanced. Our academy provides both the competitive and the recreational fencer a facility where they can develop their skills to their greatest potential through the active implementation of world-class training programs, competitions, and team sport. It is our mission to develop each fencer to his or her ability and to promote the sportsmanship, passion, and camaraderie of fencing within the West Michigan community.
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Congratulation to ALL our fencers who competed at the SYC in St Louis this past weekend! Great work everyone!!! We are so proud of you all!

Max Maximus DeBack: 2nd place in Y12 and 5th place in Y14 SYC in men’s foil
Magnus Pitcher: 10th place in Y10 men’s foil
Skylar Pitcher: Bronze in Y12 men’s foil
Justine Banbury: 1st place in both Y14 and Cadets women’s foil
Liza Novoseltseva: Bronze medal in Y12 women’s foil
Anna Novoseltseva: Silver medal in Y10 women’s foil and 18th in Y12 women’s foil
Greta DeBack: 5 place in Y10 women’s foil

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Congratulations to Max DeBack for taking FIRST PLACE in 12 and under at the Arnold Fencing Classic in Columbus, Ohio! Well done, Max!

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Congratulation to GRAFA Meijer Michigan State Games! Youth 10 – Max DeBack 1 st place, Greta DeBack – 2nd, Henry Ripple – 4 th!!! 12 – Max DeBack – 1 st place, Justine Banbury – 3 rd place. Youth 14 – Alexa Prasher – 1st place, Justine Banbury – 3rd place! GRAFA fencers earned 3 Championships in all 3 Youth events. Great job kids! Good luck at Summer Nationals!!!

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Congratulation to Zach Moore on becoming Div. III Foil National Champion. Zach competed in the field of 124 fencers from around US.
Congratulation to all GRAFA fencers who competed in NAC in Cincinnati, OH. We are all extremely proud of all of you representing GRAFA and Grand Rapids at the National Championships.
Below the results:

Div. ll Men’s Foil Field 121

44T Zack Moore
62 Michael Maurer
104 Quentin Maltman

Div lll Men’s Foil Field 108

1 Zack Moore
20 Michael Maurer
54 Greg Ripple
56 Quentin Maltman
71 Ed Rozanski Sr

Div ll Women’s Foil Field 124

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Congratulation to ALexa Prasher on taking 8 th place in NAC in Cincinnati. In the field of 87 fencers Alexa fought very hard, making finals and taking 8 th place. She became the youngest finalist of the event. Great job Alexa!!!

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The girls competed at Fencing Center of Chicago Open Championship, representing GRAFA fencers!!!!

In Y12 Mixed Foil Hallie Buterrer came in 2 ND place and Justine 3 RD. out 0f 12 competitors.

In Y14 Mixed Foil Justine came 3 RD and Hallie 5 TH out of 19 competitors. Great job girls!!! Good Luck in Columbus at Arnolds!!!

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NU’s Sarkisova can’t be foiled
Dayana Sarkisova’s family narrative is a microcosm of the cataclysmic changes and chaos that accompanied the eventual dissolution of the Soviet Union two decades ago.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/​sports/​ct-spt-0121-hersh-northwestern-​fencer–20120121,0,3186000.col​umn

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Grand Rapids Fencing Academy (GRAFA), located close to the Grand River on the NW side of Grand Rapids, is proud to announce and invite you to attend its 3rd annual Grand Rapids Youth Fencing Cup. Fencers from all over the Midwest gather to compete and earn medals at this anticipated event. Chicago, Indiana and Ohio are some of the neighboring states that have fencers travel to Grand Rapids on this day. This tournament has been a milestone for many fencers who have gone on to compete successfully at the State and National level. It is a chance for fencers to improve their ranks and sharpen their skills because of the number and caliber of fencers who gather to compete. Events are held for Youth 10, Youth 12 and Youth 14.GRAFA is home to a club of fencers who are of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It offers classes and private lessons in foil and epee along with opportunity to compete at the local, state and national level.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into GRAFA is the instantaneous hospitality of the staff, coaches and fencers. As one parent put it, “When I left after my first visit to the Academy, I thought that this was a place I felt comfortable bringing our daughter. The atmosphere and level of professionalism felt healthy.” GRAFA prides itself on giving its best instruction to all of its students at all levels.
No matter what your sport, if you are curious to learn more about the of fencing, if you are looking for something new to discover please stop by our tournament or any other time of the year and meet the coaches and staff.

Top Eight Fencers in each event will be awarded trophies and medals.
As this became our tradition, Top Three Fencers in each event will be awarded the prizes and Top Eight Fencers in each event will be awarded our collectable Grand Rapids Youth Cup Sweatshirts.
At registration, each participant will receive our collectable third pin in the Youth Cup Series to add to their collection.

Events Scheduled:
Unrated Y12 Mixed Foil – 10 AM
Unrated Y10 Mixed Foil – 12:00 PM
Y14 Mixed Foil – 2 PM

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