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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 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 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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  • 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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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.
Engarde - Touche' - Thrust!

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Drills and Conditioning For a New Fencer?
Wednesday, October 31, 2014

Hey guys, I started sabre a few weeks back and I'm really enjoying it, but I was hoping for some advice on how to improve. I know that the absolute best thing I can do is bout, but for right now I'm only able to bout two days a week (amounts to roughly 2-3 hours). What else can I be doing to improve at home / with my free time?

Historically I don't like gyms, so I've been running outdoors about 4.5 miles three times a week and trying get my time for that lower and lower. I'm hesitant to start going to the gym because I'd be a little unsure which muscles to focus on (obviously legs, but what else?). So my real question is how should I divide my workout time between distance running, sprinting, and lifting, and are there any workouts / exercises you guys might recommend?

In terms of technique and skill, what drills / practice can I do on my own? I found this thread, which seems awesome. Hopefully I'll get some friends to practice those with soon, but at the moment this is a solo adventure.

Thanks a bunch for any advice you guys can give me. Fencing seems like a great sport; I'm just unsure how best to get started.

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