About Our Coaches

Coach Brian Harper

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Has a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Penn State. He began fencing when he was 19 when he joined the fencing team at Penn State. He holds two National Saber Championships and has also been on the Veteran's World Team representing the United States in Portland Oregon, Budapest Hungary and Martinique France.  He has acquired over 28 National metals throughout his fencing career.  

Coach Harper has created champions in Saber, Foil and Epee and is a Nationally Certified referee in all three weapons.

He has developed a  level system that allows individuals to progress at their own rate.

Coach Tyler Kvols-Riedler

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Has been one of the top saber fencers in the state of Florida for the past 15 years. He has over 23 years of experience in all 3 fencing disciplines (Saber,Foil,Epee) and uses innovative coaching techniques to bring out the best in our academy fencers.

His fun, high energy coaching style is combined with patience and knowledge of the sport. This combination has helped his students earn A ratings, win metals at International, national, state and local competitions as well as earn spots on national teams.

He is also a certified referee in all 3 weapons and a USFA Professional Member.

Coach Dylan Smith


Focuses on epee with foil and saber cross training for over seven years and has worked with Olympic pentathlete Omar Elgizery. Dylan teaches to use simple actions at perfect distance to achieve the best result with maximum efficiency. 

He's earned national points in div1 and finished top 64 in div one epee, and won open epee sunshine state games. Now he's is training for the Olympics in epee and to qualify for national championships.

Coach Lucas Alexander Cherry

Coach Lucas

Has been fencing foil for nearly a decade under former National Champion Alan Chernomashentsev of Ivov, Russia.  Lucas has a profound appreciation for technique, and firmly believes that progress is a result of perfecting the basics.  He also possesses a unique style of training that he acquired from years of foreign instruction.

His accurate style, backed by in-depth understanding of foil fencing, leads his students to not only desire to achieve, but also enjoy the process of becoming a top-tier fencer.  Furthermore, he offers a relatable and proven approach to coaching that students of all ages react positively to.

He is a nationally certified foil referee, and has experience with students of all ages.  Lucas not only founded his own fencing program at a local high school, but also coached summer camps and intramural programs for the last 3 years.

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Consulting International Coaches

Omar Elgeziry-  12 years experience competing on the Egyptian World Pentathlon Team.  Omar has volunteered his coaching services over the past fencing season.

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Irena Wiekowska-  3 time Olympian Saber Fencer  form Poland

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