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Sabre Program


Directed by DFA's Patrick Durkan - Head Sabre Coach


Maestro Patrick Durkan picked up a sabre at the New York Athletic Club when he was only five-years-old and has been fencing ever since! For the past 33 years he has represented the USA in all levels of fencing, including being a part of the Cadet, Junior, and Senior National Teams.

As a student athlete, Coach Durkan competed at Regis High School in New York City where he won the New Jersey State Championship and at Columbia where he was a four time All-American.

Coach Durkan is dedicated to building a truly American system of fencing using his training in the Hungarian fencing system under various international coaches and his background in the Russian, Polish and Italian systems. His students have competed at the regional, National, NCAA and International level and have won Cadet and Junior World Cups as well as earn 3rd place at World Championships.


DFA is the Home of 2018 Division 1 Men's Sabre National Championship Team 2018 Division 1 Women's Foil Bronze Medal Team 2017 Division 1 Men's Foil National Championship Team

This proprietary sabre program provides a unified method of fencing instruction that results in enhanced athletic performance at all levels. It promotes the mastery of specific skills through a deep understanding of the techniques and tactics required to score points and win bouts. Its successful proven record leverages the best of the Hungarian, Russian, Polish, and Italian fencing systems while focusing on neuromuscular development for increased performance.


Sabre Schedule

Summer Schedule:

Monday, Wednesday 5 - 8

Saturday 12 - 3

Starting September 2018 training is available seven days a week.

Our Fitness Facility / Professional Trainers by Results Fitness

Training in group classes serves to teach and reinforce instruction, improve students' agility, promotes fitness, and teaches students to be autonomous fencers. We instill the love of training in our students by making it enjoyable and rewarding as opposed to punitive. It takes years to develop an athlete and we know our role in teaching students to honor themselves through self-care and self-advocacy. By instilling the value of hard work and self-respect, we not only improve students' performance on the strip but equally their behavior for life.

Monday & Wednesday 5:30

Saturday 12

Discounts for parent personal training as well.

Conditioning by Results Fitness example

Thinking seriously about fencing? Take it slow and steady. Try a free week and couple that with some private lessons before making a decision. We want you to feel comfortable and confident that WAY is the right program for you.  Take a tour, meet with our coaches and by all means, shop around and compare.  No two fencing clubs are the same.  Some differences worth evaluating are culture, service, location(s), quality of programming, and most of all a passion for working with children.

We offer many options and price points to meet our students where they are today while providing ample opportunity to grow from novice to NCAA.

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