New York Fencing Academy is a newly renovated 3,000 square foot state-of-the-art club with 6 fencing strips, overhead scoring machines, targets, locker rooms, new floors, air conditioning and heating. A comfortable spectator area offers a full view of the fencing as well as TV, free wi-fi, seating and tables. We are especially proud of our murals created by artist, Ian King of VersGrafx. NYFA has free parking and is conveniently located next to the Belt and Ocean Parkways and 50 yards from the Stillwell Ave-Coney Island subway station (trains D,F,N,Q). The famous Coney Island boardwalk area with restaurants, rides, beach, and a skating rink is just down the street.
MISHA MOKRETSOV, HEAD COACH
Misha Mokretsov began fencing at the age of 12 in his native city, Khmelnitsky. His coach Yury Mazur, helped him to become a Ukrainian National Championship Silver medalist in 2005, and a member of the Junior National Epee Team and European Championship finalist in team event in 2004. Throughout his national team career, Misha has competed in numerous cadet and junior World Cups and European Championships.
Misha was offered an athletic scholarship to St. John’s University where he trained with Yuri Gelman and earned All-American Athlete honors in 2008, Academic All-Star in 2006-2007, and served as team captain and team manager.
Misha has been coaching in the NY metropolitan area since 2006. Prior to opening New York Fencing Academy, Misha coached at several fencing clubs and high schools in New York City and Long Island. Misha currently coaches at both New York Fencing Academy and Island Fencing Academy.
In 2010, Misha founded New York Fencing Academy, which has quickly become a center for excellence in epee with one of the strongest competitive youth programs in the tri-state area. Misha is proving to be a talented and dedicated coach who has already produced many nationally-ranked fencers, earning numerous US national medals and successfully representing their countries at international competitions such as Cadet European Circuits. As head coach and owner of NYFA, Misha is fully committed to helping all of his students, young or old, reveal their abilities and achieve their goals, whether they aspire to fence internationally, in college, or simply to enjoy the sport.
In just 3 years, NYFA students have earned 15 National Championship/North American Cup medals and 60 Super Youth Circuit medals, including 8 champion titles. Notable students include:
- Romain Cannone: 4th place Cadet French Team Jerusalem European Cadet Championships 2014; Junior North American Cup Champion 2014; Cadet Bratislava European Cup Champion 2014; Cadet North American Cup Champion 2013; Cadet Chalons European Cup Bronze Medalist 2013; French European Cadet Circuit Qualifier Bronze Medalist 2013; Div III North American Cup Silver Medalist 2011; 2014 World Rank #7; 2014 US Rank #3
- Skyler Chin: Div II National Championship Silver Medalist 2011; U19 Junior Olympics Top 16 2013, 2014; Y14 National Championship Bronze Medalist 2011; Y14 North American Cups Finalist 2012, 2011; Y12 Summer Nationals Finalist 2010; Super Youth Circuit Champion; 2011 US Rank #2
- Annie Morelli: Cadet North American Cup Silver Medalist 2011; Y14 National Championship Finalist 2011; Super Youth Circuit Finalist; 2010 US Rank #12
- Anton Chmut: Div III North American Cup Silver Medalist 2014; Y12 North American Cup Bronze Medalist 2013; Super Youth Circuits Champion; 2013 US Rank #3
- Alan Temiryaev: Y12 North American Cup Silver Medalist 2014; Y10 Summer Nationals Silver Medalist 2012; North American Cup Finalist 2012; Super Youth Circuit Champion; 2012 US Rank #4
- Mark Dolgonos: Y10 North American Cup Silver Medalist 2014; Y10 Team North American Cup Silver Medalist 2014; Y10 Pan Am Youth Championship Silver Medalist 2013; North American Cup Finalist; Super Youth Circuit Silver Medalist; 2014 US Rank #7
- Jaclyn Khrol: Y10 North American Cup Champion 2014 ; Super Youth Circuit Champion; 2013 US Rank #2
- Ethan Kushnerik: Y10 Challenge Wratislavia Poland Champion 2014; Y10 Team North American Cup Silver Medalist 2014; Y10 North American Cup Bronze Medalist 2014
SLAVA ZINGERMAN, EPEE COACH
Slava started fencing at age 10 in Ashkelon, Israel and has been a competitive fencer since 1994. He was 11 times Israel National Champion in all age categories-Cadet, Junior and Senior and was a member of Cadet, Junior and Senior Israeli National Team.
He took part in numerous National and International competitions including World Cups, European and World Championships and won many medals in Junior World Cups in addition to finishing third in the FIE World Cup ranking in 2003.
Zingerman was offered a full scholarship to Wayne State University in 2006 and became a three time NCAA Champion in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He graduated with an Electrical engineering degree in 2011.
Slava started his coaching career in fencing club Hapoal Ashkelon in 2004 where he was working until his departure to the United States in 2006. During his last year at WSU, Slava was offered a position as an assistant fencing coach for the WSU school team, from 2011 Slava is coaching at Manhattan FC and now coaches at New York Fencing Academy.
OLGA STATSENKO, EPEE COACH
Olga teaches epee to New York Fencing Academy’s younger students. She draws from her considerable experience as a competitive athlete whose achievements include 1997 Russian Champion, Medalist of Russian Championships and Cups from 1997 to 2005, Silver Medalist of World University Games in 1997, and Finalist in several World Cups. Olga was ranked number five in Russia before the 2000 Olympic Games, missing the Olympics by just one spot. She was a member of the Russian National Team from 1997 to 2004. Olga earned her degree from the Academy of Physical Education and Sports in Kuban, Russia.
ED MUFEL, FOIL COACH
Edward trained in fencing from fourth grade at one of the most prestigious specialized Athletic schools in Kazakhstan. This school has produced famous athletes around the world. Upon immigrating to the United States, Edward went on to compete with Pennsylvania State University’s fencing team. With the team, he won All-American NCAA titles from 1988-1991. In 1988, Edward was ranked number 4 in the United States. Individually, he was the NCAA Champion in 1989, and won second place in 1988. Edward competed in several international championships, showcasing his talent with foil. Edward also taught at Metropolis Fencing School in Manhattan for four years, from 1992 to 1996.