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 specific classes are listed below but we encourage all our fencers to come for footwork and practice drills all other times.
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
Discounts for parent personal training as well.