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"Fencing for the People" in Beautiful Nyack, New York
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Thrust Fencing Academy

Welcome To Thrust Fencing Academy Located In Nyack, NY

Mika'il Sankofa

Mika'il Sankofa, Three-Time Olympian and Owner of Thrust Fencing Academy

Thrust Fencing Academy takes pride in providing families an affordable haven for kids and adults to learn one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.

Located at the historic YMCA in Nyack, New York, Thrust Fencing Academy is dedicated to enriching the lives of students age 5- Adult through the Olympic sport of Sabre fencing.

Given that fencing is a one-on-one versus a team sport, the rewards for students learning the art form are many and include:

  • Improves focus, concentration and decision making skills

  • Fosters self-esteem, self-worth and independence

  • Stimulates student curiosity about unconventional sports

  • Teaches importance of exercise w/a non- traditional sport

  • Teaches courtesy and respect of peers

  • Teaches focus, cooperation and conflict resolution


Thrust Fencing Academy Training Advantages



  • Coach - Mika’il Sankofa, Three-Time Olympian, Hungarian Honors Maestro’s Degree

  • 20 years of experience teaching students fencing at beginner, National and World Class level

  • Proven results, including National Champions, Junior Olympic Champions & World Team Members

  • Club Membership - No club fees, only YMCA fees apply ($800 -$1000 Savings)

  • Discount Monthly Fees for Group Classes and Private Lessons

  • All Fencing equipment provided free for beginners - Protective  Mask, Jacket, Weapon, Glove as well as Electric Scoring Equipment

  • 6000 Sq Ft Gym for fencing

  • 2000 Sq Ft Mirrored Studio for Private Lessons & Footwork

  • 2000 Sq Ft Fully Equipped Weight Room & Aerobic Machines

  • 18 Meter Swimming Pool

  • Jacuzzi with adjacent Sauna & Steam Rooms

  • Private Video Screening Room

  • Study Lounge & Game Room Foosball & Ping Pong

  • Locker rooms & showers

  • Members-only access

Recent News

  • Posted on Feb 22nd, 2015 at 2:17 pm, in Uncategorized

                    L-R: Tim, Robert, Coach Sankofa, Raj, Matt The Hackley Men’s Sabre team composed of Tim Steinberg, Robert Link, Raj Chaudhry, and Matt Bonanno shocked the league by winning both the overall ISFL High School league sabre team title as well as the team championship yesterday at the [...]
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  • Posted on Dec 22nd, 2014 at 8:46 am, in Uncategorized

    Nice work to close out the weekend was delivered by Sterling Grube and Gillian Parris at this weekend’s RYC held at Cobra Fencing Academy. Gillian got the party started by fencing with confidence and poise in the Y10 Women’s sabre event. She finished the pools 4-0, was seeded 2nd going into the directs and finished [...]
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  • Posted on Dec 22nd, 2014 at 4:12 am, in Uncategorized

    Coach Mika’il Sankofa was selected as the MC for the Absolute Fencing Sabre Grand Prix by the United States Fencing President Donald Anthony. Held December 14 in Brooklyn, Coach Sankofa presided over the final 8 fencers in both the Men’s and Women’s Sabre finals at the event featuring such world class fencers as 2004 Olympic [...]
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  • Posted on Nov 21st, 2014 at 12:58 pm, in Uncategorized

    The biannual Thrust Regional Youth Circuit attracted over 1000 this past weekend at the Rockland Community College!  Athletes from the ti-state area enjoyed fencing in the 80,000 sq ft Field house sponsored by Thrust Fencing Academy. Absolute was the official equipment supplier for the event, Escrime Management kept the 19 completions held moving, Mia’s Kitchen [...]
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  • Posted on Oct 18th, 2014 at 5:24 pm, in Uncategorized

                    LtoR Coach Mika’il Sankofa (Three Time Olympian), Sterling Grube, Bob Cottingham, Robert Cottingham Jr (Two-Time Olympian) After fencing for only one year, Sterling Grube has started his second season off with a bang! Fencing in only his second major Super youth competition, Grube took 8th in the [...]
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  • Posted on Oct 5th, 2014 at 3:17 pm, in Uncategorized

    Phil Yoo Earn his C at Stamford’s Mixed Open at Stamford Fencing Academy this afternoon! After a 4 & 1 start in the first round, Phil got it together in the direct elimination rounds by going a perfect 4-0 to finish with a gold medal as his reward. Phil fenced like a Matador this afternoon” [...]
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  • Posted on Oct 2nd, 2014 at 7:19 am, in Uncategorized

    Gillian Parris displayed a medalist smile this past Sunday as she kicked off her season with a bronze medal at the Cobra RYC held Sept 28th. Ranked number #1 after pools, she won her first bout in the direct elimination round, before losing her bout to the eventual gold medalist. Her teammate Sterling Grube also had a good start to the season by finishing in 12th place in the boys Y14 Men’s Sabre event.
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  • Posted on Aug 14th, 2014 at 12:28 pm, in Uncategorized

    Coming off what is arguably one of the best Summer Nationals starts for a fencing club two years old, Thrust will be holding its second RYC in as many months. The fall event will be held at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York November 16. With the initial turnout of over 4oo at the [...]
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  • Posted on Jul 5th, 2014 at 10:57 am, in Uncategorized

    It was a fun and very competitive week of fencing for our 8 athletes who qualified from Thrust Fencing Academy. After competing for just a year(seriously) we had some close call bouts, break through performances, great learning and even a photo op with 2008 Silver Medalist Keeth Smart! Most importantly, our fencers were part of [...]
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  • Posted on Jun 6th, 2014 at 7:33 am, in Uncategorized

    Eight strong will be going to the 2014 Nationals with a twinkle in their eye for gold this June! Qualifiers from Thrust include: Justin Park – Y14 Men’s Sabre, Lauren Park, Y14 Women’s Sabre, Hudson Santana – Y14 Men’s Sabre, Noah Roger – Y14 Men’s Sabre, Sterling Grube – Cadet Men’s Sabre, Aidan Russell – [...]
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First Lesson/Group Class - FREE!

Always wanted to try Fencing but never knew where to go?
The Academy holds classes for students from 5-Adult.
Call 917 512 4813 for a Free private lesson and Group Class with Olympian Mika'il Sankofa.
No time to call? Drop us an email at thrustfencingacademy1@gmail.com
All necessary equipment will be provided.
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Global Fencing News

What exercises can I do without aggravating my knee injury?
Tuesday, April 30, 2015

Disclaimer: I have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow morning. Not asking for an internet diagnosis. :)

I've injured my knee somehow while fencing. The inside of my right knee has been giving me this lovely stabbing, burning sensation for about a week. It's not horrible, but it's noticeable, and I would rather not make it worse. However, fencing has been my main form of exercise lately, aside from my usual hiking and biking. All three of these things are now aggravating my knee. I'm at a loss as to how I can keep active without making this into something serious, and I'm not really interested in sitting on the couch for weeks. My coach says that this is a pretty common fencing injury, so I'm hoping that someone here has been in a similar situation and can give me ideas about how to stay active until my knee heals.

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Epee with Foil Guard
Tuesday, April 30, 2015

Hypothetical situation here: Would it be legal to fence with a foil guard on an epee if the guard depth met the material requirements rule of a minimum depth of 3 cm?

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Biased refs in tournaments
Tuesday, April 30, 2015

So, this happened a few weeks ago, and since I'm still bitter I thought I should ask the community if I have any right to be. I was at a very small tournament, at a club which I am not a part of. During the pools, I had lost many touches (both lights go off, but there was definitely clear action and right of way) which I was almost sure were mine. I did not say anything, assuming that the ref saw something I clearly didn't. As the pool matches went on I noticed the ref was talking to certain fencers and giving them coaching on the side. Not sure why I didn't think anything of it then but I did take note. I did poorly in the pools but it was an all advance tournament. During my first elimination, I was confident that the ref was cheating me out of points, so confident that I nearly said something on the strip(Thank god I didn't). Losing 15-8 , I was eliminated learning only afterwards that my ref owned the club and was coaching her students while refereeing. That's the part that gets me, because it was a USFA tournament, while it was a small one, I feel like that can't be allowed. Maybe I'm just bitter in defeat, but I'd like to know y'alls thoughts.

EDIT: This is not at all to discredit my opponent, who was the better fencer and would have won biased ref or not. The bias did very much effect my ranking in the tournament. Insult to injury, I suppose.

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