New Jersey Fencing Alliance and the United States Fencing Association Team Up for a Successful Steve Sobel SYC 2013 Competition

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The NJFA and the Steve Sobel Super Youth Circuit (SYC) 2013 Draw Over 1,200 Contestants from Around the Globe to Participate in an International Fencing Competition

Our goal was to deliver a spectacular event and leave our participants and their supporters with the best fencing experience ever. - Mr. Frank Mustilli, President and Owner of New Jersey Fencing Alliance (NJFA)

New Jersey Fencing Alliance, the USFA, and Steve Sobel SYC hosted their annual regional conference from March 15 - 17 at the Jersey City Armory in Jersey City, NJ. As the largest fencing event ever to be held in New Jersey, over 1,200 participants ages 10 - 14 from around the world supported by their families competed for awards in three categories: Epee, Foil and Sabre.

This Elite SYC competition provided an opportunity to earn national youth rolling points; additionally it is a qualifying path for Summer Nationals for Y14, Y12, and Y10 age categories. National Points were awarded to those fencers placing in the top 40% of the competitive field. The Steve Sobel SYC is sanctioned by USA Fencing, organized by New Jersey Fencing Alliance (NJFA), Maplewood, NJ, and is part of a group of events held throughout the country for youth fencers in the same age categories in all six weapons. In addition, this was the fourth event in the prestigious NJFA Youth Cup Series.

Mr. Sobel, a two-time USFA President, member of the US Fencing Hall of Fame, former Vice President to the US Olympic Committee and NCAA President, attended the competition and presented the awards. “I was delighted to be involved in such an integral part in the competition,” stated Mr. Sobel. “Not only was it an honor to pay tribute to those who excelled in their respective category, I was even more pleased that the youth of today continue to embrace this sport. Fencing, as we know it, has been around since the 16th century and to see how many still respect their time-honored traditions today is impressive and hopeful for the future.”

The New Jersey Fencing Alliance (NJFA), a non-profit organization located in Maplewood, NJ, hosted this event for the first time. Originally scheduled to be held in November of 2012, the event was postponed until March 2013 due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. NJFA is dedicated to introducing the sport of fencing to people of all ages and athletic abilities and offers professional instruction from nationally and internationally recognized coaches and fencers, as well as recreational and competition in all weapons.

“When we first heard of our acceptance in hosting the Steve Sobel 2013 event, our goal was to deliver a spectacular event and leave our participants and their supporters with the best fencing experience ever giving us the opportunity to host future competitions,” says Mr. Frank Mustilli, President / Founder of NJFA, “Not only did we exceed our goals but we surpassed everyone’s expectations. I cannot thank Mr. Sobel and all our countless volunteers enough for their time and participation in this worthy event. Fencing requires patience, determination and dedication – and I believe we all shared those same values.”

About New Jersey Fencing Alliance (NJFA)
Located in Maplewood, NJ, the Vision of New Jersey Fencing Alliance (NJFA), a non-profit 501 C-3 organization, is to offer participation in the Olympic sport of Fencing, its skill, strategies and techniques, to students of all ages, racial and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Our highly trained and experienced teachers work closely with our students in all weapons (Foil, Sabre and Epee) to develop the physical, intellectual and emotional skills required to succeed in this challenging sport, while maintaining a fun atmosphere. Our teachers will provide the high quality care and understanding needed by our students, to overcome the challenges both on and off the strip. NJFA offers private lessons, classes, and camps in all weapons.

Our goals are to produce National, World, and Olympic Champions in the sport of fencing as well as introduce the sport of fencing to children, teens and adults promoting a strong work ethic and a sense of fair play. Our Core Values include:

  • To strive for excellence in the sport of fencing
  • To value sportsmanship, a strong work ethic, and fair play.
  • To teach our fencers to win with grace and lose with dignity
  • To ensure that all conform to the rules, spirit, and etiquette of the sport of fencing
  • To respect all fencers and members within NJFA
  • To represent NJFA in the best possible light in local, national, and international competitions.

For more information, visit or call 1-973-763-5728.

About United States Fencing Association (USFA)
The USFA was founded in 1891 as the Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA) by a group of New York fencers seeking independence from the Amateur Athletic Union. The AFLA changed its name to the United States Fencing Association in 1981. The USFA is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale d'Escrime(FIE), the international federation for fencing founded in Paris in 1913. The USFA was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Pennsylvania in 1964 and in Colorado in 1993 in compliance with the Amateur Sports Act and opened its national office at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. in August of 1982.

The mission of USA Fencing is to serve and foster the growth, participation and development of domestic fencing at all levels and to achieve sustained international success. For more information, visit

Mr. Frank Mustilli
President / Founder
New Jersey Fencing Alliance (NJFA)
Tel: 973.224.3448
Email: fmustilli(at)njfencingalliance(dot)com

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