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1925 NW 2nd Street, Gainesville, Florida (352) 262-0184
We have classes six days a week. We have classes for beginners and provide training for students who go on to compete in tournaments. Private lessons are also available.
Fencing is for all ages. It requires physical conditioning and helps the student develop focus, strategy and situational awareness.
meet the coach
Brian Harper is the Coach and owner of the Academy.
He fenced in college at Penn State where he earned his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. He has won two national Saber titles and 28 national medals. He was a member of the Veteran World Fencing Team representing the United States. He is a nationally certified referee and served as a referee at the 2019 Junior Olympics in Denver, Colorado.
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the fencer's edge
Coach Tyler Kvols-Riedler has been fencing for nearly 30 years and has been teaching at the Florida Fencing Academy for nearly 20 years. He is an accomplished fencer in all three blades: Epee, Foil and Saber. He has coached students who have acquired "A" ratings and won medals at international, national, state and local tournaments. Coach Tyler has a site which gives some pointers and suggestions to improve your fencing skills.
become a member
The Academy offers month-to-month memberships for your convenience. Whether you want to attend a couple of times per month or six days per week, we have a plan for you.
You will also receive news and updates from Academy.
We look forward to seeing you meet your personal goals, learn a sport to challenge you mentally and physically and work your way up to participating in tournaments!
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EPEE, FOIL AND SABER
There are three different forms of fencing. Each one has a unique sword, different rules for scoring and unique gear to be worn.
Epee (prounounced EP'-ay) is a popular form. Points are scored by touching your opponent on any part of the body or mask. In Foil, points are scored by touching your opponent on the torso or mask. And in Saber, points are scored by touching your opponent on the body above the waist, to include the arms and mask.