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The Sabre Program
The purpose of the Durkan Fencing Program is to provide a unified method fencing instruction to all athletes that will result in general athletic development (i.e. coordination, balance, agility, speed and general fitness) and promote the mastery of fencing specific skills (i.e. lunge, parry or head-cut) with a deep understanding of the techniques and tactics required to score more points and win more fencing bouts.
We offer two training options for fencers: Tier 1 (Beginner/Intermediate) and Tier 2 (competitive). Two tiers allows us to offer the most comprehensive fencing program to our competitive students of all ages and levels and also offer a less time consuming class schedule as an option for other students. The classes offered in tier 1 and tier 2 will contain the same content of warm-up, stretching, sabre footwork, drills and bouting. The main difference between the classes is the amount of days/time offered. Since Tier 2 offers more class time, the coaches will be able to go into more detail with each fencing concept.
Tier 2 Students will also receive quarterly fencing specific evaluations and feedback, and personalized tournament recommendations. Tournament coaching is available for Regional, National and International competitions, for additional fees.
Tier 1 Classes (Beginner/Intermediate)
Tier 1 offers three days or 5.5 hours per week of training classes:
Tier 2 Classes (Competitive)
Tier 2 offers up to six days or over 19 hours per week of training classes:
Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4pm
(Tier 2 students may also attend Monday Tier 1 classes)
For those of you who are new to fencing, we encourage you to visit other fencing clubs and compare facilities before you join. All fencing clubs in New Jersey charge a yearly membership fee to cover the costs of maintaining a safe and functional fencing room. We strive to provide the best fencing facility in the country. Not only does our fencing room have the most regulation size fencing strips it is also fully air-conditioned and professionally cleaned regularly. We also provide amenities to our members such as: two comfortable lounge areas, locker rooms, Wi-Fi, a water fountain with bottle filler and coffee for parents. The required yearly membership fee of $699 allows us to maintain the club for all of our members.
Tier 1 Classes (Beginner/Intermediate) - Members $325 per Month; Non-Members $425 per Month; Private Lessons (Members Only) available from Coach Andres $400 for 10
Tier 2 Classes (Competitive) (10 month commitment required September through June) - Members $575 per Month; Private Lessons (Members only) available from Coaches Patrick and Andres $400 for 10
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SABRE COACHING TEAM
Maestro Patrick Durkan picked up a sabre at the New York Athletic Club when he was only five-years-old and has been fencing ever since! For the past 33 years he has represented the USA in all levels of fencing, including being a part of the Cadet, Junior, and Senior National Teams.
As a student athlete, Coach Durkan competed at Regis High School in New York City where he won the New Jersey State Championship and at Columbia where he was a four time All-American.
Coach Durkan is dedicated to building a truly American system of fencing using his training in the Hungarian fencing system under various international coaches and his background in the Russian, Polish and Italian systems. His students have competed at the regional, National, NCAA and International level and have won Cadet and Junior World Cups as well as earn 3rd place at World Championships.
Coach Andres began fencing at age 16 and has been coaching for the past three. Originally from Mexico City, Andres and his twin brother moved to New York to pursue engineering degrees. While a college student he trained under Coach Patrick Durkan and in 2011 Andres became Senior National champion of Mexico.
He transitioned from athlete to Coach in 2014 when he coached the youth sabre program at the New York Athletic Club as well as the Regis High School team. In 2015 he became the head coach of Don Bosco High School in New Jersey.
Coach Andres has been training with Patrick Durkan for six years and has developed a true understanding of his coaching system.