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More AAFA History

LOGOS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

2001-2003:  Probably drawn on MS Paint.  This logo was used when the fencing club was operating out of the Pine Forest Recreation Center.  The left most C doubled as a the weapon’s guard and the blade also acted as one of the F’s  parts.

2003-2008:  Originally with the 82nd Airborne patch design in the middle with another sword embedded in it and stars in the blue bar.  First the stars were removed, then later, the 82nd double A’s were removed to simplify the logo. 
    

2008-Current:  The current logo was changed when the All-American Fencing Academy started in Downtown Fayetteville.  It reduced the colors to just red, white, and blue and updated the shield shape.  The iconic All-American Fencing Academy logo has been copied by other fencing designs.  Also see the AAFA Branding and Visual Guidelines page.

WEBSITES THROUGH THE YEARS

2001:
Free Tripod website using html to build website.
https://web.archive.org/web/20040212070009/http://cumberlandfencers.tripod.com:80/

2004:  
Bought a host and domain name.  Learned to use php to create some templates.
https://web.archive.org/web/20040904230621/http://www.allamericanfencing.com

2005:
More use of php to create templates and news posts.
https://web.archive.org/web/20051103233309/http://www.allamericanfencing.com

2007:
First use of a content management system, started with Joomla.
https://web.archive.org/web/20070421131144/http://www.allamericanfencing.com

2010:
Changed to a new Joomla template.
https://web.archive.org/web/20101130010738/http://www.allamericanfencing.com

2013:
Converted to Wordpress content management system.
https://web.archive.org/web/20131206024734/http://www.allamericanfencing.com

AAFA Timeline
2001
June

Pine Forest Rec

Pine Forest Rec
Coach Gerhard was a center director at Pine Forest Recreation Center (PFRC).  Fencing classes start at PFRC as the Cumberland County Fencing Club, a satellite site to the North Carolina Fencing Development Program.
August

Paul Hovey Joins

Paul Hovey Joins
Paul Hovey joins the AAFA while still in elementary school.  He will stay with the AAFA until he graduates from high school and continues to fence at UNC.  Paul also helped coach classes and summer camps.
October

Harry Rulnick Donates To The AAFA

Harry Rulnick letter
Harry Rulnick, WWII Navy Veteran, UNC fencing alumni, and Fayetteville native, learns of the Cumberland County Fencing Club and donates $100 to support fencing in Fayetteville.  He continued to donate $100 for the annual Harry Rulnick Open until his passing in 2009.
2003
July

Moved To Fort Bragg

Moved To Fort Bragg
Coach Gerhard begins working on Fort Bragg and the fencing club is relocated to Albritton Middle School.  The club also changes it’s name to the All-American Fencing Academy.
2005
January

Jon Charles Lends A Hand

Jon Charles Lends A Hand
Jon Charles, a Penn State fencer and grad, lends a hand with some coaching and our transition to our new location in Downtown Fayetteville.  
2008
May

Downtown Fayetteville

Downtown Fayetteville
The All-American Fencing Academy becomes and LLC on May 6, 2008 and opens in it’s current location Downtown Fayetteville, NC.
May

Coach John Page Joins the AAFA

Coach John Page Joins the AAFA
Shortly after opening, Coach John joins the Academy and also begins teaching classes and giving lessons.
September

Alexandra Socha Begins Coach Sabre

Jesus Sierra, Coach Gerhard Guevarra, Coach John Page, Coach Alexandra Socha, Coach Paul Hovey
For about a year, Alexandra Socha, Olympic Polish Fencing team member, begins teaching sabre classes for the AAFA.
2009
June

Megan Connell Begins Coaching

Coach Megan Connell
Megan Connell begins coaching foil and sabre.  Megan was referred to us by Paul Hovey.  She stayed with the AAFA for about a year.
2010
May

Awarded the Small Business Idea Cafe Grant

business owners idea cafe
In May 2010, the All-American Fencing Academy is awarded a small business grant from Idea Cafe.  The grant was used to purchase practice equipment for students.  In 2008, the All-American Fencing Academy previously applied for the grant, but only made the semi-final cut.
2011
September

Maya Cameron Begins Coaching

Coach Maya Cameron, epee bout
Maya Cameron joins the coaching staff in 2011 and stays with us until 2013 coach epee and reffing foil tourneys!
2012
May

Grant Shymske Begins Coaching

Grant Shymske Begins Coaching
Grant Shymske coached with the All-American Fencing Academy for about 2 years.
2014
June

Paul Uyleman Begins Coaching

Paul Uyleman Begins Coaching
Paul Uyleman begins coaching foil and epee classes.  Coach Uyleman remained with the Academy for about a year.
September

Awarded the Insureon Small Business Heroes Grant

Awarded the Insureon Small Business Heroes Grant
In September 2014, the All-American Fencing Academy is awarded the Insureon Small Business Heroes Grant.  The grant purchased 5 big fans for the All-American Fencing Academy.
2015
October

Isaac Erbele Begins Coaching

Isaac Erbele Begins Coaching
Isaac Erbele is stationed at Fort Bragg and begins coaching epee.  Isaac coached with the All-American Fencing Academy for about a year.
November

Awarded the Answer The Call from Blanton’s Heating & A/C Grant

Awarded the Answer The Call from Blanton’s Heating & A/C Grant
In November 2015, the All-American Fencing Academy was awarded a grant from Blanton’s Heating and A/C, and local business.  The grant was used to purchase competition equipment for the students.
2016
April

Lightsaber Classes

Lightsaber Classes
The AAFA begins hosting occasional lightsaber classes!
2017
October

Melea Stoltenberg Begins Coaching

Melea Stoltenberg Begins Coaching
Melea Stoltenberg becomes the second student from the All-American Fencing Academy to become a coach.