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.