About DESF

About DESF

The Down East School of Fencing was founded in 1995. More information coming soon....


John KraussJohn William Krauss, Maitre d'escrime (Foil and Epee), Prevot d'Armes, DESF Founder and Head Coach

John Krauss is founder and head coach of the Down East School of Fencing in Maine. Mr. Krauss is certified by the United States Fencing Association and the United States Fencing Coaches Association, organizations that govern US fencing instruction and competition. First trained at the Bucks County Academy of Fencing in New Hope, PA, under Maestro Mark Holbrow, Mr. Krauss has acquired twenty-five years of experience as a veteran national competitor and seventeen years as an instructor/coach in fencing. In 1982, Mr. Krauss earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Muskingum College and has completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Maine, Orono in sports psychology. He has a strong educational and training background. His students have included Junior Olympians, Divisional, Sectional and National finalists. Previous to founding DESF, Mr. Krauss devoted over ten years as a professional in the human services field and was certified as a social worker for the State of New Jersey.

As a member of the Northeast Division USFA, he has served in many officer roles on the executive committee, and has been tri-director of the North Country Fencing Camp with Coach Viveka Fox (Vermont Fencing Alliance) and Coach Tracy Nabstedt (Concord Fencing Club). Mr. Krauss is also a member and contributing writer of articles to The Swordmaster, the publication for the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA), and served as the director of the USFCA Annual National Coaches Conference.

Mr. Krauss is an active competitor and has earned medals in over 150 tournaments since 1984. In 2000, Mr. Krauss was the Senior Division Foil Champion and Division II Foil Champion of the Northeast Division USFA. In 2001, Mr. Krauss was 8th in the Summer National Veteran Combined Men's Foil Championships, Sacramento, CA. In 2002, he placed 9th in NAC Veteran's Men's Foil in Reno, NV; 3rd at the Summer National Veteran 40 Men's Foil Championships, Greenville, SC; and 6th at the recent NAC Veteran's Men's Foil in Columbus, OH. Mr. Krauss currently is on the USFA National Point Standing in the 50-60 Men's Foil category.  He believes that fencing as a sport is a creative, clever, and tactical game which allows fencers to express their personalities. To be successful, a fencer must be fit, have excellent technique, strong tactics and most importantly... be sensible and smart!









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