About Our Fencing Coaches

Mark L Masters Head Fencing Coach

Maitre d’ Armes Mark L. Masters

Head Coach

Head Fencing Master and founder of Fencing Academy of Philadelphia, Mark Masters is a certified fitness instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to his certifications from the US Fencing Coaches Association and the International Academy of Arms as a fencing master, Maestro Masters holds a degree as Master of Arts & Education in Recreation Programming and Management. Maestro graduated Cum Laude from Wayne State University with a Master of Arts degree in Education. As a competitor, Maestro lived and trained abroad with some of the best European fencing masters. Leading the first full-time professional fencing business in the country, Maestro has inspired many other clubs and coaches.

Maestro Masters has had numerous personal and coaching achievements in the sport of fencing. He takes pride in these significant results, such as training world champions Graham Wicas in epee and Delia Turner in saber, as well as Junior World team fencers in all weapons. Some of Maestro’s accomplishments throughout the years also include:

  • 2021, coaching Tokyo Olympics Fencing Alternate
  • 2018, coaching Junior Olympic Cadet Women’s Foil Champion
  • 2017, recipient of Fencing Coaches Association Merit Award for Contributions to the Profession
  • 2016 and 2017, Epee Lecturer at the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association National Coaches Academy
  • 2012, coaching 5th Place Samorin International Cadet Men’s Foil Fencer and winner of the International Sportsmanship Award
  • 2006, coaching Cadet World Champion Men’s Epee Fencer
  • 2006, coach for Veteran 50+ World Champion Women’s Saber Fencer
  • 2007, coach for Junior World Championship Silver Medal Junior Men’s Epee Fencer
Lara Masters Head Fencing Coach

Lara Masters

Head Coach

Lara Masters, Head Coach and Director of Programming at FAP-North, holds thirty years of teaching experience, complemented by a B.S. in Psychology from Wayne State University. She is also a Master-Candidate in the US Fencing Coaches Association, having received coaching certification in 1988. Coach Masters has national certification as a referee in both foil and epee. Lara holds national coaching certifications in all three weapons, and has produced many regional and national finalists and champions throughout her career.

As an athlete, Coach Masters is a former NCAA Women’s Foil Team Champion for Wayne State University in Detroit. She has competed as an individual at every level, from local to international level events, making several national finals in both foil and epee.

David Micahnik Fencing Coach

Maitre d’ Armes David Micahnik

Retired after 34 years as Head Fencing Coach at the University of Pennsylvania, David Micahnik led the Quakers to 12 Ivy League titles, and both team and individual NCAA championships. David has coached U.S. teams at Senior and Junior World Championships, World University Games, World Maccabiah Games and Junior Pan-Am Games. In his own fencing career, Micahnik was an Olympic fencer, National Champion, and many times a National Finalist in epee. He is also a member of the USFA Hall of Fame. David is an accredited Fencing Master from the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association and the International Academy of Arms.

James R Basler Assistant Fencing Coach

James R. Basler

Assistant Coach

James “Jim” Basler hails from “the greatest state in the Union,” Texas. Coach Basler helped start some of Texas’ first competitive high school fencing programs and coached his athletes at Summer Nationals and Junior Olympics every year as the head coach of his home club. In college, Coach Basler fenced at Texas State University and competed at both club collegiate tournaments and USA Fencing events. When he is not coaching, Jim can often be found serving as our armorer and in-house handyman.

Reilly Beauchamp Assistant Fencing Coach

Reilly Beauchamp

Assistant Coach

Reilly Beauchamp has been an assistant coach with the Academy since 2017 and holds certification from the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association as a foil instructor. He is currently working towards coaching certifications in other weapons, as well. A member of the FAP program since the age of eight, Reilly is a national level fencer with more than a decade of fencing experience.

Apprentice Fencing Coaches Maddie Fordham and Afwe Griffin

Apprentice Coaches Maddie Fordham and Afwe Griffin

Kaffe The Fencing Dog


Kaffe is the unofficial official mascot of FAP. When she is not napping, her main duties at FAP are looking adorable, asking for tummy rubs, occasionally eating things off the floor, and giving sloppy doggie kisses. We know you’ll love her!