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Welcome to The Fencing academy of philadelphia!

Fencing Classes Near Me

Founded in 1989 by Mark and Lara Masters, is dedicated to teaching the art of fencing to students between the ages of 8-80. Since its founding, the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia has produced 3 world champions, numerous national champions, senior, junior and cadet world team members, countless NCAA All-Americans, hobbyists, and more.

At the Academy, athletes develop a unique combination of fine and gross motor skills along with strategic and critical thinking. Our focus is on the personal development of each individual, and we strive to teach our athletes discipline and determination. Fencers are trained to think critically and creatively, to overcome adversity, to set goals, and to accomplish those goals. We look forward to seeing you on the fencing strip!

Why Fencing?

More than the physical attributes of speed, power, strength, balance, agility and endurance, fencing training enhances mental skills: concentration, determination, tactical thinking, pattern analysis, decision making and the courage to act; all of these are developed during training and under competitive pressure. A fencer is not just a physical athlete; speed and strength mean little if you don’t choose the correct moment to act.

A less physically gifted fencer can defeat a bigger, stronger opponent with superior tactical thinking. FAP’s training program is designed to systematically develop all the necessary qualities for a beginner to become a champion: in life and fencing.

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What Makes Our Fencing School Special?

All of our coaches are certified in teaching the sport of fencing, not by just the national governing body, but also the national coaching association  of fencing.

We have classes for adults & children ages 8-80

You can also take private lessons, participate in open bouting and summer camps –we even do special events — have your  birthday party here!

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Read the latest from our Academy's fencing blog!

Fencing Academy of Philadelphia - Fencing classes for adults

Does Fencing Hurt?

When you think of fencing, you might think it’s a dangerous sport – after all, swinging swords at each other must be dangerous, right?! Well, our experience (and studies!) have shown it’s one of the safest sports you can take...

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Practice Fencing at Home

Everyone, We’re working on video to help home practice for you, but here are a few things to make sure you have: Enough open space to make at least a double advance lunge Foil: targets for point thrusts:  wall target, ...

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Practice Fencing with Video

Hello All, Below is a link to some fencing training videos, suitable for all levels.  For those who are more advanced, the preparatory footwork review is work!   When you are a new beginner you don’t realize how much strength...

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Practice Makes Better

Hello All, Although this is a foil lesson (, it is a good example of a solid working lesson for an experienced young fencer. I chose this particular lesson because the fencer demonstrates what we are trying to achieve in...

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Hitting Vs. Fencing

post by guest blogger Dr. Matthew Mitchell Some observations from my fall competition and refereeing experience will follow over the next little while, if you’d like to share them with other members. Hitting vs. fencing One night in practice, answering...

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Who’s Hungary?

Hello All, In the interest of giving interested parties as much lead time as possible, we have decided to start earlier this season to find out who is interested in going on the 2020 trip. Estimated trip cost at this...

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It’s Just a Fleche Wound

Whenever I tell someone that I am a competitive fencer, they usually ask one of the following questions: “Doesn’t it hurt to get stabbed with a sword?” “You must get injured a lot in a sport like that.” Now these...

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Fencing at Competitions

College Club Fencing

Here is a great article from guest blogger, Dr. Matthew Mitchell,  Dr. Matt is a fencing parent, as well as a competitive epee and saber fencer. In his spare time, Dr. Matt likes to relax by playing ice hockey. Are...

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Coaching Fencing

When Will We Learn?

For those who don’t play video games, the concept of ‘joysticking’ as a coach refers to coaches who are micro-managing the performance of their athletes in every bout, telling them what to do and when to do it every step...

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