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Nestled conveniently near Irvine, California, with easy access from Tustin, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Lake ​Forest, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and Garden Grove through the 57 from Diamond Bar, Rowland ​Heights, Fullerton, and La Habra, West Coast Fencing Academy stands as a beacon for those eager to ​delve into the world of saber fencing. Our doors are wide open to enthusiasts from all corners, offering ​beginner fencing classes that serve as a foundation to the intricate, exhilarating world of fencing. As you ​step into our academy, you're not just taking up a new hobby; you're embarking on a journey guided by ​coaches who've graced the world stages, eager to share their century-spanning collective expertise and ​their infectious passion for fencing. It's here, within the embrace of our fencing community, that the ​legacy of legends like Christian Bauer continues, inspiring every thrust and parry towards not only ​competition success but a lifelong reverence for the art of fencing.

Our mission at West Coast Fencing Academy is to cultivate a center ​of fencing excellence that nurtures talent, dedication, and a deep ​appreciation for the art and sport of saber fencing. Guided by the ​world-renowned expertise of Head Coach Nikolay Kovalev and his ​world-class coaching team, we are committed to providing ​unparalleled training experiences that empower fencers of all ages ​and levels to achieve their highest potential. We strive to foster a ​supportive community that values hard work, perseverance, respect, ​and sportsmanship, both on and off the piste. By blending traditional ​techniques with innovative coaching methods, we aim to inspire our ​students to pursue excellence, embrace challenges, and carry the ​legacy of fencing into the future.

a person with glasses standing in front of a white wall.  Coach Gherman Stone posing at West Coast Fencing Academy


  • 40 years of Fencing & Coach​ing Experie​nce
  • Personalized coaching style for ​all fencers so they feel inspired to succe​ed.
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a person with their arms crossed standing in front of a white wall. Coach Nikolay Kovalev posing at West Coast Fencing Academy for Saber fencing


  • 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist
  • 5 Time World Champion
  • 5 Time European Champion
  • 3 Time Olympian
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a person with their arms crossed standing in front of a white wall. Coach Artem Zanin posing at West Coast Fencing Academy for Saber Fencing


  • Senior Team World Champion
  • Junior Team World Champion
  • Medalist at Senior World Cups & ​Russian National Championships
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Coach Mike Kishchenkov posing at West Coast Fencing Academy for Saber Fencing


  • Russian National Team Member
  • Medalist at All-Russian Collegiate ​Cup, Cadet and Junior World ​Championships
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  • Premier Saber Club in W. San Gabriel ​Valley
  • Conveniently located near 210, 10, 110​ & 605 Freeways.
  • Min​utes from Pasadena, San Marino, La ​Canada, and Los Angeles.

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Group Classes &​ Schedules

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Sharpen Your Edge: Private Lessons at West Coast Academy offer personalized guidance to set your ​foundation, refine your skills, accelerate your progress, and elevate your fencing to new heights.

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Where Fun Meets the ​Blade. Discover the thrill of ​fencing at our summer ​camps and turn your ​break into an adventure!"

Christmas & Summer Camps

For fencers from the beginners to competitive level, ages 8 and up. Our accredited coaches are dedicated to providing a supportive, inspiring, and fun atmosphere to foster a love of the sport.

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