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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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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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How different was Sabre in the pre-electric period?
Tuesday, May 31, 2015

So this video from the '84 Olympics was posted here a few days ago and it was pretty interesting to watch, but man was it weird. All of the running!!

Anyways, was hoping to get some enlightenment on what it was like back then. It certainly seems very different stylistically, and not just because of the allowance of cross-overs. A lot of points where neither fencer is attacking, and they look like a pair of epeeists bouncing in place.

The weirdest rule has got to be the 2-meter warning thing. I kind of what is happening, if you're run off the end of the strip you get a second chance, but isn't that terribly unfair to the fencer who was being aggressive? It seems that in almost all cases, the fencer who was run off then was able to push away from the end rather than getting run off twice in a row. How did this rule ever get made in the first place?

The coin flip to give priority in case of repeat simo calls should make a come back though I think...

Anyways though, thats my takeaway from this, but I'm sure I'm missing a lot of what is going on, and was hoping someone might be able to offer more insight. Any other screwy rules going on at the time? And I doubt there would be anyone here with first hand recollections, but how different was this 80s era stuff from way earlier, like the 30s or so? Wasn't able to find any videos earlier than the 70s (Well, I found this, but, well... skip about a minute in and you'll see...).

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