We’re beginner and parent friendly, and you’ll be taught by an Olympian who has over 30 years of coaching and competitive experience. We promise you’ll receive World Class Fencing Training Techniques at Thrust that are fun, mentally stimulating that will improve athleticism and competitiveness.
Demanding and Fast-Paced, fencing is one of the easiest sports for boys and girls to learn. Hit without being hit and you’ll come to realize its’ physical and mental benefits.
Demanding at the highest level, fencing is one of the easiest sports to learn conceptually.
“Hit without being hit,” and you’ll come to realize its physical and mental training benefits.
Mika’il Sankofa is a three-time US Olympian in the sport of fencing. A US Fencing Hall of Fame Inductee in 2005, Sankofa’s other accomplishments include two individual national championships, ten-time national team champion and the first four-time NCAA champion in the sport of fencing. Sankofa started his fencing career at the age of nine under the tutelage of ’72 Olympian Tanya Adamovich. A rising national talent by age fifteen, he received a full scholarship to the New York Fencers Club where he continued his training with renowned US Olympic coach Maestro Csaba Elthes.
A graduate of NYU with a BA in Economics, in 2006 he received his Honors Maestro’s degree from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. From 1990-2009, Sankofa served as Co-founder, director of athletics and fencing coach for the Peter Westbrook Foundation. He ran a year-round class for over 200 hundred participants, including a number of elite-level athletes. Sankofa’s students include three NCAA champions, five national champions, six junior world team members, a Junior World Cup champion and Cadet World bronze medalist. Sankofa was the lead NBC fencing analyst for fencing at the 2008 Olympic Games and the Masters of Ceremony for the 2015 Absolute Sabre World Cup Final. Sankofa also conducts fencing clinics and camps throughout the region, and hosts the annual Winter Thrust RYC/RJCC – a regional youth and junior tournament attended by over 1800 athletes in the Tri-state area. In addition to owning and operating Thrust Fencing Academy since 2012 he also runs Thrust Athletic Foundation – who goal is to support Rockland and Westchester youth through the sport of fencing.
Fencing has grown dramatically over the years with the United States enjoying world-class results at Junior World and Senior World-Class levels. Thrust encourages participation in competitions at the club, local, regional and national level.
We have inspired and influenced hundreds of student’s lives – boosting their confidence, athleticism and overall excellence in every field of life. Below is feedback from parents and students.
Coach has been instrumental in my development as an athlete and a man. He pushed me with kindness and discipline that has helped me beyond words. Thanks to him, I'm an NYU graduate and I'm now pursuing my professional dreams in the field of advertising.
Mika’il Sankofa is a fantastic coach! Not only because of his vast knowledge and experience with fencing, but because of his ability to connect with his students of which I am one. Training with coach goes beyond fencing, as he teaches students life lessons of respect, patience and “joy in what you do” that are priceless gems.
Mika’il Sankofa has been instrumental in transforming my daughter into realizing her potential and giving her the confidence to meet challenges. Coach Sankofa has inspired my 9 year old daughter to focus, listen, think, and most of all have fun and enjoy Fencing so much she wrote about it in her school newspaper – Sabre is My Weapon.” Given Mr. Sankofa’s Fencing accomplishments and patience with young upstarts – As a Coach just as he was a Fencer, he is an inspiration to students and parents alike.
We’ve been with Thrust Fencing since the beginning of the year, and I’ve already seen tremendous growth in my 11 year old son both physically and personally! Coach Mika’il not only focuses on challenging him to mold him into a great athlete, but has also committed his time and attention to groom his character as well. His amazing patience, professionalism and genuine interest in the kids will keep us with Thrust Fencing for years to come! I HIGHLY recommend this fencing club for young fencers, any level, you won’t be disappointed!!
Thrust Fencing Academy has done wonders for my son! Mika'il is awesome! He took a somewhat shy kid and helped him break out of his shell and gain confidence. Through discipline, learning technique, and building skills, Mika'il always keeps the kids moving and interested. My son loves fencing. He's always excited when he goes to class. And that's thanks to the amazing coaching/teaching from Mika'il.
Coach Mika'il Sankofa is a talented coach and an awesome mentor to my 12 year-old daughter who has been fencing with Thrust Academy for a year and a half. Mika'il does a tremendous job building a team-like atmosphere where both girls and boys belong, and where proficient fencers help novice fencers improve.
Though new to this sport, we think Thrust is a great find...and a great fit for my son. In taking fencing lessons with Thrust my son has found a sport that is disciplined, yet fun, challenging and -- at the end of the day -- satisfying. Coach does an excellent job balancing the team and individual aspects of the sport. The learning is both experiential and observational. You learn by doing, but also by watching others and taking mental note.
Please feel free to contact the Academy with any questions you might have.