Peter Schifrin grew up in Southern California and began fencing at the age of 13 under the tutelage of Mel North. He was twice Junior National Champion in epee and also a medalist in foil. In 1977 he began his collegiate studies at San Jose State University, training with Michael D’Asaro. He was a four-time All American and won the 1982 NCAA collegiate championships in epee.
He competed at two World University Games, won Gold in team epee at the Pan American Games and took the Silver medal at the 1981 Maccabiah Games. His great success in National events earned him a spot on the epee team for the 1984 Olympics.READ MORE...
He taught fencing for a brief period focused on his artistic career and has become a renowned sculptor, poet and teacher. He has taught at the Academy of Art in San Francisco for many years and created a large number of commissioned sculptures for both public and private clients.
A number of things have come my way recently through various paths. Taken individually, they add to the collection in nice ways, but don’t necessarily give me the grist to crank out a full story around them.
My first impression of Peter Schifrin was formed by my reaction to seeing his sculpture work used in a poster for a fencing tournament. It was a photo of his sculpt of his teammates, Vinnie Bradford and Stacey Johnson, and I was fascinated by it.
Ever wondered who has the “fencing.com” URL? Yup, it’s the Silicon Valley original, The Fencing Center. Proximity and foresight; a powerful combination. The past two weeks of “Shelterinplace Con – 2020” have been all about San Jose’s The Fencing Center.
In 1983, my SJSU teammate (and for a year, my epee coach) was seeking a berth on the US Olympic team. He had a number of strong finishes, but really needed to get some European competitions under his belt
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