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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 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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  • 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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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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Ratings for Referees?
Wednesday, August 31, 2014

Now that American referees have heard back on their ratings updates or renewals, we think it's probably a good idea to start getting feedback on the pros/cons of our current ratings system, and open the dialogue on ways that the system could be improved.

So, fire away, guys. There is no wrong answer, but you may be asked to show your work.


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Help a n00b out. Was Stephen Colbert and Rep. Fudge using foils, epées, or sabres tonight?
Wednesday, August 31, 2014

I didn't think it was sabres, because of the scoring/style. I'm not good enough to tell epée from foil, though...anyone?

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This Attack.gif in History
Tuesday, August 31, 2014

Something a little different. A call from the 1989 World Championships.


You can watch the match starting with this touch online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WftsbRlV6Ts#t=2627 Don't forget that at this point the lights were reversed! Lights signified a touch against, not a touch for.

Note: CSS for spoiler tags currently in progress!

Hover over the spoilers here to see what the call is now. The call is Attack Right.

Hover over the spoiler here to see about the call then. Here the referee is clearly visable making the call Attack in Preparation from the Left. I can't say for certain that this call was indicative of how this call was made at the time, since I didn't even start my own fencing career until more than a decade later, but I hope that it's clear that this is not how this action should be called today. This feels like a super heavy punishment to the fencer moving forward without their arm extended. But FotL doesn't make an attack into this "preparation". They don't even fully extend either! Even if FotL had made this same action, but earlier, there is no way that would be called Point in Line today

It's an example (although maybe not a perfect one) of a shifting focus in how priority is called. Following these trends and how they develop over time is crucial to a successful competitive fencing career. Today, it's widely recognized that scoring a valid touch on the attack in foil is extremely difficult. A lot of risk is taken by being the attacker. This is why you see so many fencers in lower levels of fencing being successful by simply being patient, waiting for their opponent to make a mistake in their attack, and then just counter-attacking into them. You see a ton of counter-attacks and remises at this level of fencing.

So, modern interpretations reward the fencer who takes these risks if they successfully make the attack. Often times, this is done by determining which fencer stepped into the critical distance. Here, that is FotR. FotL responds by counter-attacking.

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