Rockland County YMCA

Alert - High

JOINER FEE WAIVED Hurry! - More Details >>

Alert - Low

Welcome back our fitness center opens soon. Reactivate your membership and a facility appointment reservation is required - More Details >>

Mika'il Sankofa, Head Coach

Thrust Fencing Academy is led by Mika'il Sankofa, a three-time Olympian ('84, '88, '92), a Pan American Games Silver Medalist, a Four-Time NCAA Champion (First Ever), a Twelve-Time National Champion, and a United States Fencing Hall Of Fame Inductee (2005). Mika'il brings 20+ years of experience coaching and motivating youth, conducting free demonstrations for schools as well as organizing camps and hosting large regional tournaments. He was the NBC Olympic Fencing Analyst in 2008, and holds an Honors Fencing Maestro's Degree from Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from New York University.

Fencing in a Nutshell


The Olympic sport of fencing is rich in history. Its origins can be traced back to the hieroglyphics found in Ancient Egypt. Since that time, fencing has grown tremendously and has left its mark on every era in the areas of performance art, warfare to modern cinema and of course as a unique and classical sport. Demanding at the highest level, fencing is one of the easiest sports to learn conceptually - Hit without being hit. Think of fencing as physical chess with an electronic component attached and you'll come to realize its physical and mental benefits.

A YMCA membership is required for participation. Click here for membership information.


CLICK HERE FOR A FLYER Or Click here to visit Thrust Fencing Academy Home Page