Never fenced before? No worries. We have everything to get you started in this fun activity. Whether you fence for recreation or competition, we have a program for you!

You can start your adventure in fencing one of two ways:

1.) Introductory Camp / Introductory Classes

We teach several introductory classes throughout the year all over the Charlotte metro area. These classes are focused on children from the ages of 10-18. This is a great way for your son or daughter to begin in a positive environment doing activities with children their own age and experience level. It's also a great chance to play with new friends! Keep an eye on our homepage, Facebook, and Twitter feeds for more information.

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2.) Introductory Lessons

This is the best option for adult fencers and fencers under 10 years old!

When coaches are available, we offer a introductory lesson program for $85 that will teach you the basics of fencing on a one on one basis. This package includes 6 lessons that last from 15-30 minutes. These work best for those young students (and parents) whose busy schedule doesn't match up with any of our introductory classes. It's also a great way for adults who want to give fencing a try!

For more info about all our classes, activities, and offerings in the Charlotte area:
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Please be advised, we only accept students that are 7 years old or above.

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The holidays are just around the corner. Whether they celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, they'll love this original and unique gift.

Certificates are good for a set of 6 introductory lessons with one of our highly qualified instructors. After they have received their certificate, they just need to e-mail or call in and schedule a time with us.

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Please be advised, we only accept students that are 7 years old or above.

Brian Toomey


Foil/Epee Coach


After many years of martial arts training and study, Brian took an elective at UNC-Charlotte. It was fencing 101. He was enthralled with the sport from the first day. That was over 15 years ago.
Brian has extensive experience in competing on the local, regional, and national level, and his students have also succeeded on both the national and the NCAA collegiate level. Of his students, 6 have reached a USFA "A" rating, the highest attainable in epee, and 1 in sabre. Multiple have attained their "B" and "C" ratings in all three disciplines and have been nationally ranked at the cadet(Under 17) and junior(Under 20) levels.

Colleen Gallant

Foil Coach


In 1987, looking to meet new people and just have some fun, Colleen took a fencing class at Central Piedmont Community College. She was instantly hooked, so much so that she continued fencing there for over a year.

To further her training and progress in foil and epee, she took it upon herself to travel weekly to Columbia, SC to train with noted coach Michael Tarascio in late 1988 through 1991. Her efforts were rewarded by success in local and regional tournaments and qualification in foil for the '90 and '91 Nationals. As her love of the sport increased, so did the time constraints of her career and in due course she had to curtail her training. 

In the fall of 2003, at the Charlotte Fencing Academy, Colleen was able to revive her passion and commitment to the sport, and we're extremely pleased to have her as part of our staff. Her reemergence in the sport has also resulted in her continued tournament successes.

Some of her competitive highlights:

  • 2005-2011 North Carolina Division Women's Foil Gold Medalist
  • 2006 Reno North American Cup Women's Veteran Foil - 3rd Place
  • 2005 Sacramento Summer Nationals Women's Veteran Foil - 7th place
  • 2004 Richmond North American Cup Women's Veteran Foil - 7th place
  • 2005 Inagural Iron Maiden Open, Wilmington NC - Gold Medalist
  • 2004 North Carolina Fall Circuit Event Women's Foil - Gold Medalist
Her further training and coaching at the Charlotte Fencing Academy will lead her and her fellow students to reach for higher goals and undoubtedly continued success.

Sandy Tapia

Epee Coach


Sandy Tapia is our newest coach at Charlotte Fencing Academy. She's a four time South Carolina Division Champion in epee, and the former president of the Winthrop fencing club; where she graduated with her degree in Exercise Science.

Sandy brings an energetic approach to her lessons, and gets her students excited about the sport of fencing.