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Welcome to Midwest Fencing Academy!

Whether you've known fencing only from the movies or you've been practicing for years, you are invited to join us! Midwest Fencing Academy is a professional fencing club serving the community in Chicago and the suburbs. We have several fencing programs, designed to meet the needs of our many different fencers. We are also working with schools and park districts to promote fencing among kids and adults in Chicagoland.

Fencing is an excellent sport as much for the body as for the mind. It provides a great cardio workout, increases speed and reflexes, improves balance and agility. Fencing also teaches strategic thinking and tactical planning, because to win a bout you need not only your physical strength, but your wits as well. During the Renaissance the discipline took on the aura of high art. Today fencing is a modern Olympic sport that has evolved out of European schools of swordsmanship.
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First, second, third.

The trio of our youngest fencers did it again! Patrycja, Gabriel and Eryk won gold, silver and two bronze medals at Irving Park YMCA tournament in Chicago. Results and gallery.


Windy City RYC.

Four bronze medals this weekend! Eryk, Patrycja and Gabriel competed in Regional Youth Circuit in Chicago. For Patrycja it was her first tournament. We are proud of you all! Results and gallery.


Illinois Junior Olympic Qualifier.

Sunday was a busy day at Northwestern University which hosted a qualifier for Junior Olympics. Our fencers were simply spectacular! Jackie and Henry won gold, Antos and Adrian - silver, Gabi and Brian won bronze medals in Cadet and Junior categories. They all qualified to compete at Junior Olympics in February in Portland, OR. Congratulations! Excellent results!



Gracie did it again! This time she stood on podium in Sosnowiec, Poland at Junior World Cup. Gracie won silver medal loosing with only one touch to Sage Palmedo in the bout for gold. Congratulations Gracie! There is an article about this international competition on USAFencing website.


Thanksgiving schedule.

Thanksgiving is coming soon! Our club will be closed on Thursday, Nov 28th and Friday, Nov 29th. Have a happy Holiday, enjoy the turkey and catch a great deal on Black Friday :-)


Veterans Day.

Our club is closed today in observance of the Veterans Day.


October North American Cup

October NAC took place in Milwaukee this year. Hundreds of fencers competed in Cadet, Youth 14, Division II and Wheelchair categories. Jackie earned a B rating winning bronze in Division II while Maks and Antos took top eight medals in Youth 14. Great fencing everyone! More results here.


Gold and silver at Remenyik Open

Last weekend David showed some excellent fencing skills winning a gold medal at Remenyik Open tournament. He bested almost 80 senior fencers! Also Marcel and Maks took top eight medals in the same category. Drew competed in veterans and won a silver medal. At the same tome in Rochester, NY, Antos competed in Super Youth Circuit and took eleventh place among 60 competitors in youth 14 category. Congrats to all! Results.


Club closed this Friday.

This Friday coach Hristo is traveling to Milwaukee to attend October NAC. Therefore our club will be closed. Good luck to all of our fencers competing in Milwaukee!


Super Youth Circuit in St. Louis.

The new fencing season has just begun but we can already proudly announce first medals! The Fencers Academy hosted the National Qualifier for Youth 10, 12, and 14 events in St. Louis. Our fencers won silver, bronze and 4 more top eight medals. Great start of the season!


Labor Day.

Time to say goodbye to the summer. We'll be closed on Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend!


Summer Nationals.

The results are finally posted here. Four medals this year! Congratulations everyone!


April NAC results.

Last weekend a horde of fencers invaded Richmond, VA. The April's North American Cup held Division I, Wheelchair and Youth events. Filip did outstanding job winning silver medal among Youth 12 and Eliza took gold in Division I. Our boys team: Antos, Maks and Filip ended second in Youth 14. Great job everyone!


Happy Easter!

Easter schedule & NCAA.

The club will be closed on Good Friday, March 29th. Happy Easter everyone!
Our senior fencers Eliza, Gracie and Robert Stone with their team mates won the first joint men's/women's NCAA fencing championship for Princeton University. It's been over 40 years since Princeton last claimed this title! You may read more about their achievement on Princeton's website. Alison Miller who now is fencing for Ohio State University placed fifth in Women's Sabre and you could read more about her on Ohio's page.


Pulaski Day and Arnold Classic

Today the club will be closed in observance of Pulaski Day. Hope to see you all tomorrow!
Our fencers showed some serious skills at 2013 Arnold Fencing Classic tournament. They brought home seven medals including Antos' gold and silver and Eryk's bronze. The Arnold is the largest multi-sport festival in the world. The winners of the tournament have a chance to win a college scholarship. The detailed results are posted here.


Medal from World Cup in Belgium

Our Eliza Stone participated in the second World Cup of this season and won 7th place in the competition that gathered over 150 top international fencers. Team USA took third place while individual gold went to Mariel Zagunis.


Hristo in FIE Hall of Fame

FIE Hall of Fame

Our main coach, Hristo Etropolski and his twin brother Vasil were honored by the FIE (International Fencing Federation) and included in the international fencing Hall of Fame. Check it out! And if you want to see some more pictures of Hristo's fencing life, go to the gallery.



Gracie winning World Cup 2013

We are extremely proud of Gracie Stone who has won today the Junior Women's Sabre World Cup in Udine, Italy. The competition was very strong with many countries participating. Gracie was best of the best! Congratulations!

Midwest Fencing Academy in Chicago - Schedule

Current Schedule

Kids' Class:

Tue, Thu   6pm - 7pm

Adults' Class:

Mon   6:15pm - 7pm

Advanced fencers:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu   7pm - 9pm
Fri   6:30pm - 8:30pm

Open fencing:

Fri   6:30pm - 8:30pm

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