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.

2010 NCAA Fencing Championships Women’s Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Freshman Dayana Sarkisova (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest
Hills Central) capped an impressive debut season with a third-place finish
at the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships, becoming the first Northwestern
foilist to capture first-team All-American honors and the fourth fencer in
program history to do so. Northwestern finished eighth at the national
championships, marking the 11th-consecutive season head coach Laurie
Schiller’s squad has finished among the nation’s top-10.

Sarkisova posted a 20-3 record through the round robin pool play, earning
the number two seed in the semifinals before falling to Penn State’s Doris
Willette to capture third. It is tied for the highest national finish by a
Wildcat, matching Katie Rudkin’s third-place result in the epée in 2002.
Sarkisova is now part of an elite group, joining Vivian Imaizumi (sabre -
2000) and Rudkin (epée – 2001 and 2002) as the fourth first-team
All-American in Northwestern history.

She also became the first fencer in West Michigan to medal in a NCAA Championship tournament.

In recognition of this awesome accomplishment Dayana has been named “Athlete of the Week” at Northwestern University.

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The Grand Rapids Advanced Fencing Academy is now on Facebook! If you are as well, join us! We will use our page to post events, updates, and help organize activities! This page is for fencers, parents and prospective GRAFA family members as well! Feel free to organize rides or other such collaborations! Enjoy!

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GRAFA is happy to announce the creation of an SMS list to allow us to contact you via cell phone text message in the event of last minute scheduling changes or closings.

Two add your phone to the text messages just enter your phone number into the “SMS Notifications Sign-up” box on the grey sidebar on the right hand side of the homepage.

If you have any questions or comments or are having trouble registering, please email the webmaster.

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Alexa Prasher took a phenomenal 5th place in the Y10 event at the North American Cup in Portland, Oregon. This was Alexa's first Nationals and makes Alexa the fourth GRAFA student who currently has National points on the National Points List. This is a very impressive achievement and GRAFA is very proud of Alexa!

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Congratulations to Eddy Rozanski, Jr on earning his “B” rank in Epee. This is a tremendous accomplishment and Eddy is the first fencer in GRAFA history to earn a “B” ranking in Epee. Keep up the good work Eddy!

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GRAFA would like to congratulate 4 of its younger competitors for their amazing fencing at the Youth Foil Event held at the Great Lakes Sword Club this past Sunday, February 1st: Alexa Prasher, Nicholas Maternowski, Sheyla Osmanovic and Ben Osmanovic. Because of their great fencing, and support of eachother, GRAFA is proud to announce that 4 medals came back to our club this week as a result. Alexa Prasher won gold in the Y10 category and silver in the Y12 category, missing out on the gold by a single point. Nick Maternowski won a silver in the Y14 foil and Sheyla Osmanovic won a bronze in Y10.

Congratulations to them all and we hope to add many more fencers and metals to our list of victories!

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For those of us who frequent the competition scene, there is an important announcement. As you may know, the Michigan Division Website has been having problems and so in an attempt to correct this, they have changed sites. The new site can be viewed at www.michfencing.net

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Congratulations to Dayana Sarkisova on taking 5th place out of 160 fencers this past weekend in St. Louis, MO. Also impressive was Rada Sarkisova who took 15th place.

We were also encouraged to see a couple of our fencers, Rui Takagi and Alex Kernoski, participate in the event. Keep up the good work!

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We will be holding an open Foil and Epee tournament at GRAFA on November 15th. We are also excited to have US Men's Foil Olympian Gerek Meinhart joining us for the tournament.

Open Epee: 10AM
Open Foil: 2PM

Pre-Registration: $25 first event, $10 second event.
At the Door: $30 first event, $10 second event.

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We had very exciting camp over the past weekend featuring US Men's Foil Olympian Gerek Meinhart. Gerek spent the first day fencing with our advanced fencers and the second day fencing and giving some fencing tips to our younger fencers. He also shared his Olympic experience with the camp participants. This was a great camp and everyone enjoyed it a lot.

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