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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 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 Apr 5th, 2014 at 1:39 am, in Uncategorized

        The Inauguaral Thrust Regional Youth Circuit held March 30th at the Hackley School was a huge successes. Sponsored by Absolute Fencing, the first event of it’s kind held in the Westchester Rockland Division went off without a glitch and our club came up with some wonderful results. Pictured from LtoR: In Y10 Women’s [...]
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  • Posted on Dec 24th, 2013 at 6:54 am, in Uncategorized

    Thrust Fencing Academy (TFA) will be hosting a Regional Youth March 30th at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York. With the goal of expanding competitive experience for the region’s upcoming fencers, the inaugural Westchester-Rockland division event will be holding events in Youth 8, Youth 10, Youth 12 and Youth 14 categories.
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  • Posted on Nov 26th, 2013 at 6:13 am, in THAT'S HOW TO START THE SEASON

    The brother and sister duo of Justin and Lauren Park qualified for the 2014 Junior Olympics which will be held in Portland, Oregon in February. Lauren won the Cadet Women’s sabre qualifier while little bro Justin took the bronze in Cadet Men’s Sabre. Both are pictured along with their teammates at the West/Rock qualifying event [...]
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  • Posted on Oct 16th, 2013 at 10:14 am, in Uncategorized

    Under the guidance of Thrust Fencing Academy, Blue Rock Elementary has started an after school sabre program to expose 3rd and 4th graders to the sport of sabre fencing!  Located in West Nyack, the Blue Rock School’s philosophy can be best described as “having students fully engaged in what they are doing.” An essential ingredient [...]
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  • Posted on Sep 17th, 2013 at 7:43 am, in Uncategorized

    Thrust continues to flourish in Fall 2013 with the launching of the Hackley After School Program. Expanding its reach to Westchester County, Thrust Fencing Academy will be teaching youngsters the sport of fencing at the Hackley Lower School starting in September. Taught by coach Sankofa, the 10-week program is designed to get kids moving, thinking [...]
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  • Posted on Apr 2nd, 2013 at 1:14 am, in Uncategorized

    University of Pennsylvania Senior Mike Mills won the Men’s NCAA Sabre title. The 6’5″ Junior is a native of Short Hills, NJ and is a pursuing an Arts and Science major. Mike was coached by Maestro Sankofa before entering college and under his tutelage won a junior men’s saber title at the San Jose North [...]
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  • Posted on Mar 5th, 2013 at 12:41 pm, in Uncategorized

    Hackley Sabre Squad: LtoR: Tim Steinberg, Henry Brooks, Captain Phillip Yoo and Robert Link Hackley sabre squad finished in style at the recent ISFL League Championships by taking the silver after defeating Horace Mann and several other schools. The team lead by captain Philip Yoo and Robert Link, both members at Thrust Fencing Academy, joined [...]
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  • Posted on Feb 20th, 2013 at 12:30 am, in Uncategorized

    With participants coming from as far as Albany, New York for Thrust Fencing Academy’s first fencing tournament January 27th, sabrerists as young as 5 years old fenced in age group competitions ranging from Youth 8 to Youth 14. The first athlete to strike gold for Thrust Fencing Academy was Sean Harris. The happy Nyack native [...]
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  • Posted on Jan 23rd, 2013 at 5:41 am, in Uncategorized

    With the goal of exposing more youth to the Olympic sport of fencing, Thrust Fencing Academy will be starting it’s second after school program at Valley Cottage Elementary school. The program, scheduled to start in February, sold out quickly with excited students and parents already asking administrators to extend the program into spring.
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  • Posted on Jan 7th, 2013 at 1:19 am, in Uncategorized

    Starting January 16, Thrust Fencing Academy will be teaching an 8-week after school program at Upper Nyack Elementary School. The goal – to teach kids focus and fitness through the Olympic sport of fencing. Sixteen Musketeers ranging in ages from Second to Fifth grade will participate in the weekly program taught by Maestro Mika’il Sankofa. [...]
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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 917 371 5603 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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Technical Question: Under the current FIE rules of January 2014, can you parry with the guard in Foil?
Thursday, April 30, 2014

Previous discussion regarding foil parries and the new rules can be found here.

Current FIE Rules

The current rule that defines what a parry is:

  • t.56.4

Attacks by beats on the blade:

  • a)

In an attack by beating on the blade, the attack is correctly carried out and retains its priority when the beat is made on the foible of the opponent’s blade i.e. the two-thirds of the blade furthest from the guard.

  • b)

In an attack by beating on the blade, when the beat is made on the forte of the opponent’s blade i.e. the one-third of the blade nearest the guard, the attack is badly executed and the beat gives the opponent the right to an immediate riposte.


t.56.4.b states a parry occurs when the attacker comes into contact with the forte of the defenders blade. This is currently the only definition of a parry in foil.

Looking through the rules to ascertain whether the guard is part of the forte of the blade I've found:

  • m.3.1

The length of the blade includes the button and everything which is added in front of the convex surface of the guard whether or not it is fixed to the latter.

So, m.3.1 excludes the guard as being part of the length of the blade and therefore it is not part of the forte as defined in t.56.4.b.

My quandary, how should we call the following actions:

  • Situation one:

Fencer A attacks by beating the blade but hits Fencer B's guard with his own foible not touching any part of B's blade. Fencer A lands his attack on target. But, Fencer B makes a simple, direct 'riposte' after the beat and also lands a hit on target. The machine registers two good hits. What's the call?

  • Situation two:

Fencer A attacks and hits B's guard with his pointe d'arret (point). No hit is registered. A makes a simple and immediate offensive action (remise as per t.8.4.a) and hits. Fencer B after the hit on the guard makes a simple direct 'riposte' and hits. The machine registers two good hits. What's the call?

So, reddit fencers any thoughts?

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Learning to direct bouts online?
Thursday, April 30, 2014

I was wondering if you guys know of any places where one can learn to improve their ability as a director online. I have been trying to find a place that plays you a video, and ask you what you think the actions were. Then will tell yo what you got right or wrong. Any one here have any ideas?

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