This facility is used to teach the ancient art of fencing, or how to attack and defend with a sword. Several national ... More
Fencing Academy of Philadelphia
This facility is used to teach the ancient art of fencing, or how to attack and defend with a sword. Several national champions practice here. The Academy features instruction for all ages, as well as cardiovascular and human performance training equipment, eight regulation fencing strips, a specially cushioned floor to minimize leg stress, and various other training devices. An emphasis is placed on long-term training, with regular progression from one level of instruction to the next. Students develop physical skills and conditioning, as well as the mental skills and discipline necessary to successfully perform fencing actions.
I love this place. I can gladly say I have trained here for many years and the staff isn't perfect but they are dedicated and try their hardest to improve their athletes. The previous review that says that anyone should stay away is really only showing one bad side of one person's opinion. The staff demand that the children be on time, respectful, attentive and willing to engage in the activity and open to having fun in a situation that also requires them to have some control. None of the coaches have ever been rude or disrespectful in any way to anyone in all the time I've been there and others will testify to this as well that again, they are not perfect, but they've certainly never behaved in any way similar to that review. FAP is a great place to learn a new skill or just to meet some wonderful new people (all ages, all walks of life, all interested and devoted to the same thing and many others). FAP is also working to improve its interactions with parents and the public to make the experience of billing, buying equipment, etc. a more expedient process. No disrespect, the few parents that do not like the staff are very protective of their children and cannot take constructive criticism or having demands on their children from outside parties. Your kids may get yelled at if they do not listen, it's the same as school. But please be open to this experience, it is a life changing one for those who put their hearts into it if they love it. FAP has produced many successful college and world level fencers many who go on to Ivy League institutions and their equivalents (North Western, UPenn, Princeton, Penn State, MIT, Air Force Academy, etc).
The coach we dealt with was a really horrible young man, rude, disrespectful, he apparently (I found out after our horrible experience) thinks it's good to be this way, but our child found him humiliating and inappropriate. Do not let your children attend any of other their classes, either at their four satellite places or in West Philly. Trust me the worst experience in an organized sport class!
I took an intro class with about 6 other beginners and one coach; Learned a great respect for the sport of Fencing; It's not all about just grabbing a sword and clamoring around! They really taught sound fundamentals, in a fun atmosphere; Staff is tops, National champions, etc. Facility clean in main areas, locker/rest rooms were kinda grungy; A little tricky to locate at first; Staff very welcoming to show you around and give you some intro instruction; Tournaments held here regularly; Great excercise, and can be done by just about anyone at any physical level; It really is fun!