Salle D’Asaro Fencing Club head coach Michael D’Asaro Jr. trains his students for success, preparing many former students to compete on NCAA fencing teams at the top colleges and universities. He helps them achieve this goal by demanding a high level of dedication—the same kind of dedication he has put into his own career. The son of legendary fencer and club founder Michael D’Asaro Sr., D’Asaro spent his youth swiftly ascending to the 1996 U.S. Olympic men’s saber team. He now coaches in foil, épée, and saber techniques, leading group lessons replete with drills and practice bouts as well as private sessions ideal for getting more one-on-one guidance.
Two terrace-section tickets to "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" on Saturday, August 6, at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine (a $112 value). Four tickets to The Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Coast Collection shopping center in Costa Mesa (a $40 value). 10 Drop In and Draw art sessions at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Orange (up to a $150 value).
The story of the Los Angeles Dodgers begins in 1884 in Brooklyn, New York, where the team tried out such names as the Bridegrooms, the Superbas, and the Robins before finally settling on the Dodgers in 1932. A scant 15 years later, the club played a vital role in the American civil-rights movement, as Jackie Robinson became the first African American to don a Major League uniform. When Robinson retired after the 1956 season, players such as Don Drysdale and Duke Snider picked up the torch and, along with owner Walter O'Malley, led the team on a cross-country move to Los Angeles in 1958. The club settled into its new home four years later, erecting the stadium in which it's since won four World Series titles. Unlike most modern fields, which use giant green screens to appear surrounded by city skylines, Dodger Stadium sits in the shadow of the real San Gabriel Mountains, and the 56,000-seat ballpark was selected by MLB players as the best stadium in baseball in a 2003 Sports Illustrated poll.
USC's student athletes have a proud history of winning, and not just in collegiate sports. They also dominate in international competition at the highest level. Since the Trojans sent their first athlete to the Summer Games in 1904, they've won 587 medals, including at least one gold medal in every Games since 1912. If USC were its own country, it would have the 16th-most medals of any nation, but still no standing army to defend the podium from jealous fourth-place finishers.
Trojans' accolades at home are just as impressive. The football team commands an all-time record above .700, winning more than 30 bowl games and as many conference championships. All in all, USC teams have won 97 men's national titles and 25 women's, more than all but two other schools in the country.
The Los Angeles Matadors’ new team of fighters battle their way through the World Series of Boxing, an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between Olympic and professional boxing and helping boxing to reclaim its status as a world-class sport. The Matadors come out swinging to reestablish their domination over the Mexico City Guerreros. After winning their first two bouts against their rivals, the Matadors fell in their third cross-border match-up on foreign turf, in Mexico City. Sit ringside for an authentic fight-night experience, cozy up to the action on the lower level, or enjoy the view from above on the upper level as you try to catch a foul-flying boxing glove.
Reflecting their zeal and do-it-yourself confidence, the LA. Derby Dolls zip around a 100?x60? banked oval track that they built themselves with the help of friends and family members. The track?s customized slope and elevation enables them to hit breakneck paces normally reserved for cheetahs that can afford their own cleats. Bout attendees can wander over to the factory?s Doll Mall for Stila Cosmetics, apparel and jewelry, food from L.A. food trucks, and visit the Mohawk Bend Bar for craft beers from Golden Road Brewing or a Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum cocktail.
Although fans keep the air moving, the Doll Factory doesn?t have air conditioning or heating, so audience members should dress according to the season. Bout attendees can park their cars for $10 at Silver Lake Medical Center or their motorcycles and scooters for $5 at the Westlake entrance.
Recognizing the opportunities that having such a large track gives them, the Derby Dolls have expanded their community involvement by offering the venue for events such as the TwentyWonder fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles.