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Gainesville, Florida       (352) 262-0184

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CLASSES ON HOLD - TO RESUME WHEN SAFE

We at the Florida Fencing Academy join the Gainesville community in taking this coronavirus seriously.  The Academy is closed for the safety of our students and coaches.  We very much look forward to returning to our camps and training programs as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe.  When this is over, we would love to have your student (or you) join us to work out in the elite sport of fencing!

THE NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA SCHOLASTIC FENCING LEAGUE

NOW FORMING!! Students from elementary, middle and high schools can train and compete at the Florida Fencing Academy.  Training will be provided two days per week and Fridays would be open for competitive bouts.  All equipment provided!  Contact us now for more info.

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.

BENEFITS OF FENCING

Fencing is great for both youth and adults.  Fencing is also quite safe, due to equipment and rules.  Fencers train to develop great footwork, blade accuracy, enhanced focus and quick reflexes.  As training progresses, the fencer continues to become more flexible and develops an increased range of motion and balance. Fencers learn to evaluate their opponent's movements, identify strengths and weaknesses, and learn a variety of strategies to avoid being touched and defeat their opponents.  A fencer who trains routinely will improve their cardiovascularity and their overall physical condition.

classes

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.

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meet the coach

Brian Harper is the Coach and owner of the Academy.

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 final match referee at the 2019 Junior Olympics in Denver, Colorado. He fenced in college at Penn State where he earned his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology.  

FFA Updates

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. 
Visit his site here.

2019 Green Gator - UF

At the Green Gator (UF) Feb 2019 - Thomas DuPree, Coach Harper, Ethan Krehl, Tyler Kvols-Riedler, Ethan White, William Bowden, Uma McIntosh, Matthew Miller and Evin Samy.

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!

For more info, go to our MEMBERSHIP page.

OCT 20, 2019 -Women's Div I Epee Final - North American Cup
Kansas City, MO       Referee:  Coach Brian Harper

Coach Harper


did you know?

FENCING REQUIRES A GOOD BIT OF PHYSICAL TRAINING.  WHETHER YOUR GOAL IS TO LOSE WEIGHT, Improve YOUR CARDIO, OR JUST GET IN BETTER SHAPE, FENCING IS A SPORT THAT WON'T LET YOU DOWN!

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. - Ernest Hemingway

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