National Fencing Club Rankings LLC, (NFCR) provides the fencing community with objective, accurate and in-depth rankings of fencing club performance in the U.S. We publish three rankings (Podium Medal Points, Top 8 Medal Points and Top 16 Placement Points) for each age division (Youth, Cadet, Junior, Senior and Veteran), each gender and each weapon, giving 90 detailed rankings in all.
NFCR is a fully independent organization and is not legally subordinated to any club or organization involved in US fencing. We recognize that rankings serve many purposes and have responded to the demands from the fencing community for easily interpretable information on the standing of fencing clubs throughout the country. NFCR recognizes that its rankings may help differentiate the types of fencing clubs with their different weapons and programs.
NFCR objectives are to:
- Provide unbiased and objective rankings of fencing club performance in the US that will be recognized by key stakeholders including clubs, coaches, fencers, prospective fencers, parents, administrators, the USFA and the general public.
- Provide and disseminate rankings that are timely, credible and based on a methodology that is easy to find and easy to understand.
- Publish and disseminate the rankings in a similar format each year so that readers can track developments and make comparisons over time
- Provide rankings that provide added value and further insights on how fencing clubs are evaluated by the fencing community, e.g. detailed rankings by weapon, age and gender.
In short our mission is to lift the profile of the Sport of Fencing in the U.S.
The Principals of the firm are Harrison Woods and his father Ross Woods. Making sense of mountains of data and number crunching are among Ross Woods’ many fields of expertise. Combine this with his love of fencing and his exposure to US fencing through his sons, Harrison and Jack Woods and you have the ideal profile for the Founder and Principal of National Fencing Club Rankings. His older son, Harrison Woods, came up with the idea of ranking fencing clubs. He is Co-Founder and assists with the research, marketing and product design. Fencer Jack Woods is both the inspiration and mentor to the group.
Harrison’s younger brother Jack also introduced him to the sport of fencing. He initially dabbled in epee before taking on saber more seriously in his sophomore year in high school, when he fenced on the saber squad for the Columbia High School (CHS) Boys’ Varsity Fencing Team.
Harrison, who was elected class president for his first three years of high school has been elected school president and the overall and sole captain of the CHS Boys Fencing Team for his senior year. CHS holds the honor of being the high school to have won more all-state fencing tournaments than any other high school in the country.
In his sophomore year, his saber squad won Gold at the New Jersey State High School Squad Championships as well the All-State Cetrullo Fencing Championships. His CHS team was also undefeated in all the All-State Championship Fencing tournaments, and won Gold for the Overall New Jersey High School Fencing Championships. Harrison was also on the USA Fencing and Absolute Fencing Gear All Academic First Team in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.
Fencing on the saber squad for the CHS Boys Varsity Fencing Team in his junior year, he went undefeated in the Cetrullo All-State High School Fencing Championships and his saber squad and the Boys Varsity Fencing Team won Gold. The CHS Boys Varsity Fencing Team also won Silver in the overall New Jersey High School Fencing Championships.
He is a former competitive swimmer and lacrosse player and enjoys surfing and playing basketball with his brother in the summer. Harrison enjoys speaking Mandarin and is a self-confessed research and analytical nut, which is why he thought it would be a great idea to start this fencing website.
Ross Woods is Founder and Managing Director of Hotel Investment Strategies LLC; a hotel investment advisory firm that helps clients construct and manage hotel portfolios throughout the world. In recent years, clients from the US, South-east Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East have sought his services.
Ross was previously Director and Management Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, Partner, and Management Consultant with Horwath International, and Director with KPMG in Australia. He was also Vice President with Prudential Real Estate Investors in New Jersey.
For the past ten years, he has been an Adjunct Professor in New York University’s Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business and the Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. He has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in Statistical Methods for Sports Management, Statistical Methods for Tourism and Hospitality, Hotel Investment Analysis and Entrepreneurship.
Raised in Australia in the world of Rugby, Ross is proud to have played with a few of Australia’s greatest rugby players. He acknowledges that he knew little about fencing until his younger son Jack, became passionate about the sport. While accompanying his son to fencing tournaments around the country, Ross became enamored with the sport. Ross’ “rugby voice” is often heard at tournaments cheering for his sons!
He is married to international artist and professional speaker, Krysia Woods. Apart from number crunching and fencing, he is passionate about fresh coffee beans, Australian Cattle Dogs, Aussie Rules, international politics, and jazz.
Jack’s interest, passion, and success in the sport of fencing have inspired his whole family to develop an interest and become involved in this extraordinary sport. By the age of eight, Jack was already a talented athlete but dreamed only of becoming a fencer.
As a ten year-old, he earned his “B” rating in an Y14 Men’s Foil event at an SYC with 116 competitors from across the country. At the time he was ranked number one in the country in the Y10 Men’s Foil and went on to enjoy 38 consecutive months in the number one position in both Y10 and Y12 Men’s Foil.
Armed with his “A” rating, enormous determination, and the dream of competing on the world stage Jack competed in Paris in the 2015 Challenge CEP – Marathon Fleuret where he won the Gold medal. With 440 fencers from 24 countries competing, this was the largest Y14 Men’s Foil event in the world. History was made in February 2016 when Jack fenced 23 bouts to successfully defend his title to win gold against a field of 365 fencers from 27 countries, including the powerhouse fencing nations of Russia, France, Italy, Hungary and Germany. Not only does Jack remain the only athlete ever to win the Challenge CEP-Marathon Fleuret individual title as a thirteen-year old, but he is the first athlete to win individual gold two years in a row at this event.
When Jack is not on a piste, he enjoys drawing, video games, tennis and surfing with his older brother.