What’s all this about fencing, anyway??


“I dislike exercising on stationary equipment and treadmills.  It is boring and lonely even in a gym.  So when I saw the ad for a fencing class for people 8 to 80, I thought “Why not try?”  I was 75 at the time.  Coaches Lara and Jake were so encouraging, always cautioning me to do what I could and not try to completely emulate those who are 20 to 30 years younger.  I needed extra breaks and rests to get through the class.   But this sport makes you think as well as perform physically.  After 6 months I could keep up!  For 18 months now I have been able to do a 90 minute class 3 times a week and compete in tournaments.  I don’t expect to win, but I do get close sometimes.  Maybe next week….”

-Carol L, Epee Fencer

“Fencing is an awesome activity at any age! I appreciate the outstanding instruction and camaraderie at FAP. It’s also a great workout for your body and your brain!”

-Deb B., Veteran foilist, began fencing at FAP in the Friday night adult class 2015


“A phenomenal place to get both a physical and mental workout. I have been a member since I was 10-years-old. My experiences at Fencing Academy of Philadelphia taught me the habits and mindset necessary to successfully take on any challenge in life.”

-Graham W.

“Great, full body and mind workouts for an interesting sport. Caters to multiple different levels of dedication.”-Porter D.

“Great place to learn the sport of fencing. Excellent coaches and facility”

Ryanne L.