• AIC Fencing Club
3901 Fair Ridge Dr, #213
Fairfax, VA 22033

Tel: 703-705-9732

  • Cardinal Fencing Academy
44900 Acacia Ln, Ste 108 
Sterling, VA 20166

Ilya V. Lobanenkov
Head Coach and Founder

Tel: 240-424-0749

  • Hope Chinese School Fencing Club

Coach: Jun Liang-Smith

Tel: 703-919-3001


World-class fencer Jun Liang-Smith possesses national and international experiences as a foilist, coach and referee. She is a two-time Olympian,  

competing on the 1992 and 1996 Chinese women's foil teams. Ms. Liang-

Smith is also a five-time Chinese National Champion and has also won two gold medals at the Asian Games and a bronze medal at the World Cup in Marseilles, France. As a coaching assistant at Penn State University (1998 - 2002), Ms. Liang-Smith was a major contributor in guiding the Men's and Women's Fencing teams to four NCAA Championships.  

Fencing is one of the safest sports.  Fencing, the art of swordsmanship, has been practiced for centuries.  Through fencing one can acquire the reflexes of a boxer, the legs of a high jumper and the concentration of a tournament chess player.  The sport develops agility, strength, speed and cunning.  And because of the speed of its action, fencing is considered the fastest martial sport.  But, most importantly, it's fun!

Six benefits of fencing

  • Fencing cultivates children’s spirit for endurance, patience and tenacity.

  • Fencing develops sportsmanship and improves mental stamina.

  • Fencing trains for quick reactions, perceptiveness and adaptability.

  • Fencing is a battle of wits and courage.  It requires the fencer to think actively.  Children who fence tend to enjoy higher academic achievement.

  • A gentlemen’s sport from Europe, fencing emphasizes competition rules and respect for others.

  • An individual combat sport, fencing hones independence.

  • Fencing Sports Academy
10310-A Main Street
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Tel: 888-300-5095


  • Virginia Academy of Fencing, Inc.
5401-B Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22151
Tel: (703) 321-4922
Fax: (703) 321-3585

4800 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20016

Last update: 5/23/2019