Our West Chester academy opens March 2022

Classes will be taught by World Champion Benjamin Bratton!

Ben Bratton, originally from Queens, NY, but currently living in West Chester, PA, will be joining our family at F.A.P.!
Coach Ben is one of the most decorated Men’s Épée fencers in U.S. history, winning multiple national championships in Seniors, Juniors, and Cadets. He competed on 8 Senior World Championship teams, winning a silver medal in the team event in 2010, a gold medal in 2012, and ranking as high as 30th in the world in Men’s Épée. For the past year, Coach Ben has served as an assistant coach for NYU, coaching our very own Ian Adler.
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Fencing Class Coach Benjamin Bratton





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