Rockville Fencing Academy (RFA) is a premier fencing school in the D.C. Metropolitan Area. We have a fine facility – over 5,000 square feet of space centrally located in Rockville City – and offer a wide selection of programs ranging from beginning fencing classes to individual competitive instruction.
Fencers of all levels are welcome at Rockville Fencing Academy. Our many levels of instruction progress from classes for novice fencers who are looking for a fun, recreational workout, to training at the local and national levels for fencers interested in becoming serious competitors. In addition RFA provides a friendly atmosphere that encourages every fencer to develop good sportsmanship and a positive attitude.
A lifelong sport, fencing offers many benefits, such as an aerobic workout, improved athleticism, and fast-paced mental challenge. Fencers from the recreational to Olympic levels also enjoy the opportunity to excel at an individual sport with the camaraderie of a club setting.
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Rockville Fencing Academy is designed for students from 7 to 70+ who want to find out about fencing and then would like to have fencing be a part of their lives. Our goal is to create students who enjoy dedicating their time and energy to the sport.
Parents will find that fencing offers their child all of the advantages of a martial art, such as discipline and focus. The fun and unique individuals of all ages at Rockville Fencing make excellent friends and role models. In addition, competitive kids can participate in youth tournaments at regional and national levels in separate events for ages 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, and under 16.
Adult fencers have the opportunity to develop a new skill while enjoying a complete aerobic workout. At the end of hard day of work, nothing is more energizing than a good fencing bout. For competitive adults fencing is an excellent sport, since it offers the opportunity to compete in open and age restricted competitions at local, regional and national levels.
In Coach Stuart's over 25 years of coaching, he has coached fencers from 6 to over 70 years old. Some just have enjoyed fencing at a club while others have been medal winners at local, regional, national, and international competitions.
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Coach Stu's style of instruction draws on his experience teaching chemistry as well as 30 years of coaching fencing
As a result, RFA’s recreational classes not only teach students to enjoy a life long physical activity, but where they learn skills that extend beyond fencing: learning from mistakes, the value of drills, the ability to follow sequential directions, and improved focus.
When a fencer is eager and motivated to make the leap to competitive fencing, no coach has a better track record of developing successful competitive fencers. Coach Stu's students have applied the teachings of RFA to excel in diverse ways. His pupils have put their fencing skills to to use by: 1) Medaling at Local, National, & International levels of competition. 2) Performing Professional Shakespearean plays 3) Excelling in Collegiate fencing, both recreation club fencing and competitive Division I programs 4) Becoming Fencing Coaches and 5) Enjoying a lifetime of a challenging, rewarding, activity!
Coach Stu teaches Foil private lessons and group classes Tuesdays through Saturdays
Coach Liz has been one of coach Stu's students since 2002. She is a rated fencer who trains and competes at the national level.
She has been with RFA since the very beginning and has been essential in the development of our youth beginning, intermediate, & competitive programs.
Coach Liz's competitive students have earned numerous medals at local competitions and have qualified and successfully competed at National Events. She gives Foil private lessons on Mondays, Thursdays, & Saturdays.
Was a nationally competitive high school fencer in England, where she was captain of her school team and earned her coaching certification.
Whilst in England, she studied fencing under Professor Neil Brown at the Southwest Center of Excellence. She currently trains with Coach Stu and is a rated fencer who competes on the national level. She currently helps with our weekday beginning program.
Coach Badger is a B-rated fencer, ranked 5th* in the country in women's vet 50 foil, having medaled nationally over 14 times.
She developed her fencing chops on Yale’s team under legendary Coach Henry Harutunian, and was New England Women's Intercollegiate Fencing Association varsity champion in 1980. After a 25-year hiatus, she resumed fencing under RFA tutelage in 2005.
Badger authors the fencing poetry website Badgerosity, and co-authors the Fencing Fashionista blog with RFA fencer Allison Thurman
*as of Sept 13
Coach Aaron Kandlik
Coach Aaron has extensive experience in coaching both at private clubs (PDXfencing & Oregon Fencing Alliance) and coaching at the collegiate level ( Vassar College and Johns Hopkins University).
Aaron's unique coaching style emphasizes finding a strategy that maximizes each students potential and then teaching the technique to support the strategy.
Aaron runs Beginning and Intermediate Foil classes on Sundays. He is available for Private lessons in Saber & Epee on Tuesdays.
Coach Deb has over 15 years of experience in the fencing community, as a competitive fencer, as a nationally ranked referee, as a coach, and as a manager and consultant to fencing clubs.
Coach Deb trained in Foil and Saber, with her specialty being Saber. She was a nationally rated and ranked Saber fencer who has competed in National, and International World Cup Competitions. She was a member of the 2009 Veterans World Champion Women's Saber Team
Coach Deb helps with our Saturday foil classes and is available for Saber and Foil private lessons on Saturdays.