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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 May 14th, 2015 at 10:56 am, in Uncategorized

    Thrust Fencing Academy strikes again! After successfully holding three Regional Youth Circuits in the past two years, the club has won the bid to hold/host the Westchester-Rockland division’s first Regional Open Circuit also known as a ROC. The tournament, expected to draw close to a thousand spectators and fans at the Rockland Community College in [...]
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  • Posted on May 6th, 2015 at 9:32 am, in Uncategorized

        It’s been a busy Spring for Thrust Fencers Gillian Parris and Hudson Santana! Gillian (L) pictured with her coach Mika’il Sankofa and teammate Ibla Vadasz recently won Thrust’s Regional Youth Circuit Y10 Women’s Sabre title held at Rockland Community College in March! Not to be outdone, her clubmate Hudson Santana won the Denise [...]
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  • 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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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.
Engarde - Touche' - Thrust!

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Fencing Friday Megathread - Ask Anything!
Friday, May 31, 2015

Happy Friday, /r/Fencing, and welcome back to our weekly ask anything megathread where you can feel free to ask whatever is on your mind without fear of being called a moron just for asking. Be sure to check out all the previous megathreads as well as our sidebar FAQ.

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Sportsmanship vs. Gamesmanship on the piste.
Thursday, May 31, 2015

Lately I've seen and heard that quite a number of fencers are known for their gamesmanship on the piste. I don't think that's necessarily bad because everyone wants to win, but where do you think the line is? For me, anything dishonest is over the line, like bell-punching or hitting the floor, getting the touch and not owning up to your miss (when there is no video). Things like playing mind games a la Milanoli is fine with me, though. Granted, it makes me want to kill the person doing it to me, but that's my fault for falling for it.

Conversely, I don't hear all that much about people being very sportsmanlike. In the commentary of the European Championships in Sheffield I heard a story about Boczko once turning down a point and losing a semifinal because of it, and of course I see handshakes and occasionally a touch that's declined because of hitting the ground, one's own leg etc., but these things don't seem to 'spread' nearly as much as stories of gamesmanship.

Where do you stand on this? Do you consider yourself more sportsmanlike or more gamesmanlike? I like to think of myself as being a bit of both. I'll always concede to hitting the floor or the box, but at the same time I'm fine with fencing a bit erratically to frustrate my opponents and shouting to celebrate a touch.

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