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  • May 02, 2021 11:04 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    USA Fencing resumed its sanctioning for fencing clubs, so clubs now have the insurance coverage and can resume classes as long as they are following USA Fencing restrictions regarding masks and social distancing.

    At the time of the pandemic outbreak, the Academy was housed in a large facility.  Like many small businesses, the Academy had to downsize.  We now have access to a dance studio for some classes and Coach Harper conducts other classes outside of his home.  

    We are slowly seeing some clubs holding tournaments in Florida as well as Georgia.  Upcoming tournaments are announced on the website  National events are found on 

    As the world slowly approaches more normal times, make an appointment with Coach Harper to discuss when you can learn or sharpen your fencing skills.

  • November 29, 2020 10:02 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Coach Harper has resumed fencing lessons with students.  We understand that some may not be comfortable yet engaging in a sport, but we will be around when you are.  

    The Academy was unable to continue operating in the facility that we've been in for a while.  It was nice but with the shutdown and no income, it is difficult to pay the lease.  So classes may be in a few different locations until a solid deal is made on a new location.  The search is on!!

    If you are interested in talking to the Coach about lessons, he can be reached at (352) 262-0184.  He is looking forward to talking with you and getting back to what he has been doing for decades:  coaching winners!

  • August 02, 2020 11:46 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    The Florida Fencing Academy is still exercising great caution due to the COVID-19 virus, so we have not resumed our on-site training.  However, Coach Harper is continuing to do classes via Zoom several days a week.  If you want to be added to the contact list for these classes, contact the coach.  His info is on our Contact Us page.

    Also, we have moved out of the very large facility that we have been using for many years.  We are excited to announce that we will be moving into a smaller facility.  A couple of locations are being evaluated.  As soon as the decision is made on the new training location, it will be posted on the website.  

    Taking queues from the fencing association, fencers might want to consider looking for a comfortable facemask to wear inside your fencing mask.  We might find them required for competitions when they resume.

    Everyone stay safe!

  • January 25, 2020 7:27 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    FFA fencers Nickolay Mavrodiev and William Bowden represented the Academy at the USF Papa Ryan's Birthday Bash 2020 in Tampa on Saturday, January 25th. 

    While both fenced in the Epee Mixed Open event, it was in the C and Under Epee event that #3 seed Nickolay moved through the bouts to the final match to earn the Silver Medal.

    Congrats to Nickolay and to Coach Harper for the great performance!  We are looking forward to the upcoming tournament next week at the University of Florida.

  • January 07, 2020 10:45 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Florida Fencing Academy tournament fencers will be hitting the road in a few weeks for more competition.

    The USF Papa Ryan Birthday Bash 2020 will be held on Saturday, January 25th at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  It is always a large competition with many events.

    The 54th Annual Green Gator will be held on February 1st and 2nd at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  Saber and Foil events will be on Saturday and Epee events will be on Sunday.  This is another venue with a large attendance, which means good competition and the opportunity to advance.

    Good luck, fencers!! 

  • December 29, 2019 8:14 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    The Florida Fencing Academy is hosting an Open House for days during the New Year week.

    Monday, the Academy will be open from 3pm to 6pm with Aegis Duensing staffing while the 6pm to 8pm session will be staffed by Coach Tyler Kvols-Riedler.

    Coach Brian Harper will lead the remaining sessions which will be on Thursday and Friday, 3pm to 6pm as well as 6pm to 8pm.

    On Saturday Coach Harper will have two sessions, 9am to noon and 1pm to 5pm.

    Tournament Fencers from the Academy may be on hand to assist.  Come out to meet the coaches and see the facility.  And get to see what the sport of fencing is about.  

    We are looking forward to seeing you.

  • December 08, 2019 10:23 AM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Coach Harper is in Salt Lake City, Utah to referee in the competitions for the North American circuit.  He is sharing duties as referee for the Veterans category for their competition for the World Championship team.  

    This event is also Olympic trials for other fencers who will move on to competitions in other countries.  Some of these fencers will be competing in Japan at the 2020 Olympics. 

    If you want someone coaching you or your child in the art of fencing, how cool is it that we have Coach Brian Harper here in Gainesville running this Academy?  Don't let the opportunity pass you by.  Come check us out!

  • November 24, 2019 5:53 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    At the Da Bull Touch tournament held at the University of South Florida on November 16th, FFA tournament fencers were there once again for Epee and Saber.

    In the C and Under Mixed Epee, Nickolay Mavrodiev was seeded 12th out of 29. He defeated the 21st seed, then beat the number 5 seed 15-11. He defeated the number 4 seed (who happened to be our own William Bowden) 15-10 and then lost to the number 1 seed in a respectable 15-11 bout.  His third place finish earned him the Bronze Medal.

    In the Senior Mixed Epee, Mavrodiev was seeded 9th out of 36.  He defeated the number 24 seed and then the number 8 seed before losing to the #1 seed 15-12.  His sixth place finish earned him a C Rating.  Big day for Nickolay.

    Others competing in the Epee events included Thomas DuPree, William Bowden and Robert WagmanWilliam Bowden finished 5th in the C and Under Epee.

    Thomas DuPree and William Bowden participated in Saber events.  In Senior Mixed Saber, Thomas DuPree finished 7th with William Bowden closely behind in 9th.  In the D and Under Mixed Saber, Thomas DuPree finished 9th.  

  • October 17, 2019 1:01 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    The 5th annual Orange and Blue Tournament was held on October 12th and 13th at the University of Florida.  The Florida Fencing Academy started strong on Saturday with Kyle Waite taking the Gold Medal in the Senior Mixed Saber event and earning his C 2019 rating, and William Bowden finishing with a Bronze Medal while earning his D 2019 rating.

    In the Division 2 Saber Kyle Waite earned the Silver Medal with William Bowden not far behind in the top 10.

    On Sunday the Senior Mixed Epee had a strong field of 33.  In that event William Bowden finished in the top 10, finishing ahead of teammates Thomas DuPree, Robert Wagman and Nickolay Mavrodiev

    And in the Division 2 Epee with a field of 32, Kyle Waite and Nickolay Mavrodiev both earned Bronze Medals with Thomas DuPree also finishing in the top 10.

    It was a good day for the Academy.  Congrats to Kyle Waite for a very good day. 

  • October 06, 2019 3:16 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    We are catching up on some of the recent tournaments for our fencers from the Florida Fencing Academy. 

    Stoccato Cup Fall Series #2 held on September 21, 2019 in Longwood, FL.

    Kevin Liu scored the Gold Medal for Y12 Mixed Epee, defeating Carlos Alexander Romero Kuri of the SwordMasters Club in the final round.  Meanwhile, Nick Liu finished 6th in that event.  Nick Liu also earned the Silver Medal in the Y10 Mixed Epee event, losing 5-3 in the final to the number one seed.  Dominick Diaz fenced in the Y12 Mixed Foil, finishing in 7th place, scoring a 5-0 victory in his pool bouts before falling  to the number two seed.

    USF OCTOBERFENCE, September 21, 2019, University of South Florida, Tampa FL

    In a good day for the FFA fencers, Nickolay Mavrodiev had a big day, winning the Gold Medal in C & Under Mixed Epee in a field of 32 fencers and earning his D2019 rating!  Seeded number 3, he was victorious in five tough bouts, winning the last three 15-14, 12-11 and 14-13. 

    Also fairing well, Robert Wagman finished 8th in a field of 40 in the Senior Mixed Epee, earning his C2019.  In Senior Mixed Saber, William Bowden and Thomas DuPree both claimed the Bronze Medals, and Thomas DuPree earned a Bronze Medal in the D&Under Mixed Saber event as well.  Uma McIntosh had a big day finishing 9th in D&Under Mixed Saber in a field of 15, seeding 7th with two victories in the pool bouts.

     Iron Works Open, October 5, 2019 in Melbourne FL

    FFA Fencer Kevin Liu entered the Y14 Mixed Epee in this tournament and finished 7th.  These are learning experiences that each fencer goes through as they continue to practice and get closer to their first rating!  Keep fencing, Kevin!

    On the schedule next: a big tournament in Gainesville - the 5th Annual Orange and Blue Open at the University of Florida on Saturday and Sunday, October 12th and 13th.  FFA fencers already registered include Robert Wagman, Agatha Wagman, Kyle Waite, William Bowden and Thomas DuPree.  Good luck to Coach Harper and the fencers of the Florida Fencing Academy.

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