Thrust Fencing Academy - Head Coach Mika'il Sankofa, Three Time US Olympian

Thrust Fencing Academy - Head Coach Mika'il Sankofa, Three Time US Olympian

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9 years in business

About this pro

My name is Mika'il Sankofa and I'm a three-time US Olympian in the sport of fencing and the head coach and owner of Thrust Fencing Academy. I'm also the head fencing coach at West Point Military Academy.

I received my Maestro's Degree with honors from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary

I speacialize in teaching students sabre ages 5-18 through private lessons and group classes. The classes are designed to engage students physically, socially, tactically with an emphasis on having fun while learning the sport of fencing!

I also run local and regional competitions, clinics, summer camps and birthday parties. I've been involved in the sport over 30 years.

I've produced some outstanding results with my students:

Bronze Medalist - Junior World Cadet Men's Sabre

Six members of the US Junior World Team

Nine National Champions

Four NCAA All-Americans

Two Junior Olympic Champions

Numerous regional SYC, ROC, RYC Champions

Go to or call 917-371-5603 to find out more details. Follow us on Instagram at Thrust Fencing

Why I love what I do? I enjoy providing a safe, fun haven for kids and teens alike to learn the sport of fencing. Overall it improves one's fitness, strategic thinking and social skills!

Making a difference in kids lives through the sport of fencing - teach athletes, discipline, focus, creativity, performance under pressure and improve social skills.

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Nyack, NY 10960
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  • Marie Carmel Grube

    Coach Mika'il is very dedicated to the progress of his students. He built great relationship with his students. My son Sterling learned and matured into a handsome young man under his guidance. I am very appreciative of Mika'il support in all aspects of Sterling's life. He make time for his student for me what I mostly appreciated was the fact he took time to attend Sterling's concerts. He became a great part of my family. I can't say enough about all of what he has done. I am positive your child too will have a great fencing experience with Coach Mika'il. He is the best.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

All first-time students who come to the club recieve the first private lesson and group class free of charge. 

A beginner package is available thereafter at a cost of $140 which consists of two private lessons and two group classes.

Privates are 20-40 minutes and group classes are 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on skill level.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Over 20 years of experience teaching kids to adults

Member of Three US Olympic Teams

Member of Two Pan American Teams

Member of Six Senior World Teams

Four-Time NCAA Champ

Thirteen-Time National Champion

Honors Maestro's Degree

Selmewweis Universtiy, Budapest, Hungary

BA Economics

New York Universtiy

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Private lessons are $55 per 20 minutes

Lessons packages are and must be used within 3months of purchase:

5 - $230

10 - $425

20- $730

Group classes are $225 monthly with lessons and $245 without lessons.

Private lessons outside of the club are $150 per hour.

How did you get started teaching?

I've been a life-long fencer since age nine and actually started teaching kids as a teenager with my first coach who was also an Olympian.

Previously I've taught at the Fencers Club in Manhattan, the Peter Westbrook Foundation, Steven's Institute of Technology and the United Nations School.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with all types of students ranging from novice to world class athletes ages 5 to adult.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

An annual event that I'm proud of is my abilty to organize and hold regional events. Two that I hold annually are: 

Thrust Super Youth Circuit and Thrust Junior-Cadet Circuit which bring together 2000 athletes annually to compete in events ranging from Youth 10-14 as well as events for teenagers under the age of 17 (Cadets) and those under the age of 20 (Juniors).

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure they are accomplished as either athletes or coaches with strong reputations for working with kids and adults alike.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why do I want to fence?

What are class times available?

When can I take my first private lesson?

Do you provide equipment for beginners

How often should I train?

Lessons offered