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Club Sports Updates: Martial Arts, Men’s Volleyball, and Fencing Clubs

Here are the latest updates for the IUP Martial Arts Club, the Fencing Club, and the Men’s Volleyball Club.

Martial Arts

The IUP Martial Arts Club recently competed in two grappling tournaments. On September 22, 2012, the jiu-jitsu side of the club traveled to Altoona, Pa., to compete in the Pennsylvania Grappling Championships. The jiu-jitsu team ended up coming out on top and won the first-place team trophy. IUP had strong performances from the entire team. Brittany Walker earned a first-place medal in No-Gi. Ryan Butcher earned a first-place medal in Gi and No-Gi by submitting all of the opponents he faced. In Roderick Antonio Kendrick Jr.’s first tournament, he took second in his division and submitted one of his opponents. It was also Stephen Sabreen’s first tournament, and he took first in No-Gi and submitted one of his opponents. Christopher Simpson took first in Gi and second place in No-Gi. Michael Pavolko, who is an IUP alumnus, also competed with the team and took first in No-Gi.

On October 27, the jiu-jitsu side of the club traveled to Pittsburgh to compete in the Western Pennsylvania State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Championships. Walker, Sabreen, and Kaitlyn Kozuch each earned second-place medals in No-Gi, while Simpson took third in Gi.

Men’s Volleyball

The Men’s Volleyball Club recently held its annual tournament. Teams from Grove City, Slippery Rock, Carnegie Mellon, Edinboro, IUP alumi, and the IUP A and B teams competed. IUP B had a pool play record of 7-1 and won their net. They made it all the way to the championship before losing in 3. IUP A team won the champion match against IUP B. IUP A team is the IUP Invitational Champion!


Here are the results of the tournament on Sunday, November 4, 2012.

In foil, 29 competitors total: Ashley Schmidt placed 11th, earning an E rating. Erik Blank placed 18th, Tim Debor placed 22nd, Jennifer Joy placed 26th, Sander Metzelaar placed 27th, and Adam Clemons placed 29th.

In epee, 34 competitors total: Ben Russell placed 1st, earning a B rating (is already an A); Tim Debor placed 12th, earning an E rating. Adam Clemons placed 24th, and Bryce Nicholson placed 29th.

Foil and epee are the two different fencing weapons that were featured in this tournament. Sabre was the only weapon not featured, since our club doesn’t really train in that weapon.


Foil is a smaller, lighter sword and is meant to replicate the duels to the death that would typically be held between two nobles. Points in a foil match are determined by priority (a type of right of way) and target area. A valid point can only be scored if the fencer lands within the valid target area with priority. Valid target area is the torso area of the body.


Epee is a larger, heavier weapon that is based more closely to the rapier sword. Epee matches are meant to replicate duels to first blood and, therefore, valid target area is the entire body. Points in an epee match are given by simply hitting your opponent. This is also the only fencing weapon in which both fencers can score a point at the same time. Matches in both foil and epee typically go first to 15 points or until time expires.

The rating system in USA Fencing, the national organization that controls the sport in the U.S., ranges from E to A along with U. A fencer with a U rating is classified as unrated. A fencer with a rating of E or higher influences the ratings awarded at each tournament that they attend. An A-level fencer can qualify for national tournaments and even the Olympic games. A rating nationally recognizes a fencer to have a certain level of skill in that particular weapon.

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