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  • Fencers Club Schools Partnership

    FC Schools Partnership is a comprehensive fencing curriculum that partners with schools to implement on-site coaching/mentoring sessions to facilitate students physical, intellectual and emotional growth, especially during highly formative years.


    The US Army Fort Hamilton Youth Services

    The Childrens Storefront School

    Gra Grace Church School Lower Manhattan Community School

  • Fencing in the Schools Coaches Bratton, Benjamin

    Benjamin Bratton is currently one of the most successful epee fencers from the United States. Originally from Queens, New York, Ben graduated from the Dwight School in New York City and from St. Johns University. Ben, a three-time NCAA All-American and three-time national champion, is one of the nations top epee prospects for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He coached

    at the Caedmon School, and coaches for the Peter Westbrook Foundation and Riverdale Country Day School. Ben is training full time, coaching and mentoring.

    Cross, Emily Emily Cross is one of the most successful womens foil fencers from the United States. Emily competed at her first national tournament at the age of 11, and at the age of 13 won a team bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships. She went on to win three world championships and a team silver medal in womens foil at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Emily fenced at Harvard University, where she

    became the first Harvard female to win the NCAA championship and was awarded The Harvard Crimson Female Rookie of the Year. She was The Scholar-Athlete of her graduating class. Currently Emily is teaching, fencing, volunteering and applying to medical schools. Clement, Luther

    Luther Clement started to fence when he was five years old. Luther is one of the best mens sabre fencers in the United States. Luther has been on the US National Team several

    times. Luther won a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships, earned All-American honors, and was

    named East Coast Athletic Scholar of the Year. He began his coaching career as assistant coach to the head fencing coach of the University of Pennsylvania. Currently he is training to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games and coaching.

    Goto, Jean Jean Goto, a native New Yorker, began fencing at the Peter Westbrook Foundation when she was ten years old. Since then she has trained with some of the best coaches in the world. Jean has been a successful competitive fencer for many years. As a member of the NYU fencing team, Jean was the winner of the Temple Open and was selected to represent NYU at the NCAA fencing championships and was named All-American. She has coached with fencing programs at Gate Hill Day Camp, the Dwight School, Greenwich Academy, Leadership High School and throughout Greenwich, CT and the Cayman Islands. Jean is devoted to working with children to develop their talent and passion for fencing.

    Hassan, Aziza Aziza started fencing when she was eleven years old in New York City. She was a member of the 2000 Temple University Womens Fencing team. Aziza graduated in 2004 with All-American honors. She was the assistant coach at Stevens Institute of Technology and helped bring the team to a second-place finish at the Eastern Womens Fencing Conference Dual Meet Championship. Aziza has extensive coaching experience working with college fencers and middle school students.

    McTigue, Michael Michael McTigue is a decorated Veteran fencing champion whose career highlights include a gold and silver medal at the 2010 NJ Senior Olympics, and a gold medal at the 2010 NJ Cup Championship in Veteran Mens Epee. He was an assistant fencing coach at Michigan State. Michael also managed the fencing program for the Montclair State Gifted and Talented Fencing Camp. He is a holder of Moniteur dArms in all fencing disciplines from the United States Fencing Coaches Association and he is currently the head coach of Montclair High School. Michael was named by Star Ledger as 2011 Coach of the Year.

  • Muhammad, Ibtihaj

    Hailing from Maplewood, N.J., Ibthihaj is a member of the U.S. World Championship Team and 2012 Olympic hopeful. Muhammad is currently ranked 2nd in the United States and 11th in the world. Her fencing career highlights include 2 US National Championships, team gold medal from the 2010 Pan American Championship, and a top 8 finish at the 2010 New York

    World Cup. In addition to training for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Muhammad is a private tutor and head fencing coach for Columbia High School, reigning New Jersey State Champions. Ibthihaj is a graduate of Duke University. Rodney, Adam

    Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Adam is a graduate of St. Johns University. Adam fenced all four years during his tenure and was named All American in 2006. Adam placed third at the 2010 National Championships and won a team gold medal at the 2009 National Championships. In addition, Adam has had a number of international successes, including his silver medal team finish at the 2010 World Cup in Tallin, Estonia. He has been a coach and a mentor at a variety of fencing programs in New York City area.

    Ross, Nicole Nicole Ross started to fence at the age of nine and has been competing for the last thirteen years. Under the guidance of Fencers Club coaches Simon and Irene Gershon, Nicole was a member of the 2009 Junior World Championship gold medal team, placed second at the 2010 national championships and won the 2010 NCAA championship. She was the two-time captain of the Columbia University fencing team and has been a member of

    four national teams including the 2010 US National Fencing Team. Nicole has worked with young fencers, often assisting her coaches with their beginner classes as well as after school programs. She is currently training for the 2012 Olympic Games.

    Smith, Dwight

    Dwight Smith has been fencing since he was 9 years old and is considered one the nations top mens epee fencers. He graduated from Columbia University. While at Columbia, he was a three-time fencing All-American and thee-time All-Ivy League honoree. He was also a member of the Peter Westbrook Foundation team that won the gold medal at the 2010 National Fencing Championships. Dwight has extensive coaching and mentoring experience. He has taught at The Dwight School, The Village Community School, Lower Manhattan School, The Peter Westbrook Foundation and The Childrens Storefront School. In addition to coaching and training, Dwight works as a high school placement coordinator and mentor at the Childrens Storefront.

    Holtz, Donovan Donovan Holtz began his fencing career with the Peter Westbrook Foundation at the age of 10. He very quickly developed into an internationally competitive fencer. At age 18, he began volunteering his time to the Westbrook Foundation by running the epee class with his peers in the program. Donovan studied engineering at Rutgers University, then later at New Jersey Institute of Technology where he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. While still a student, Donovan was hired to coach the NJIT fencing team for four seasons. Currently Donovan works at the Fencers Club as the Programs Manager, coordinating all Fencers Club programs including the Fencing in the Schools program.

    Fencing in the Schools Leadership Liz Cross: Executive Director, Fencers Club; Director of High School Placement, The Childrens Storefront School

    Michael Nissan: Member of Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Fencers Club; Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

    Erinn Smart: 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Silver Medalist; Member of Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Fencers Club; BA, Barnard College; MBA Class of 2013, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

    Julia Whitehead: Member of Board of Directors, Fencers Club; President, Whitehead Miller Advisors, Inc.

    Fencing in the Schools Advisors Keeth Smart, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Silver Medalist, Mens Team Epee; MBA, Columbia University Business School, Columbia University

    Ivan Lee: 2004 Olympian, Mens Sabre; BA, St. John's University; member of the NYPD and Fencing Commissioner for the New York City Public School Athletic League

  • Fencers Club Schools Partnership

    The FC Schools Partnership program

    embodies all aspects of the Fencers Clubs

    mission and goals. It is a comprehensive

    program that teaches fencing to students in

    their own schools while imparting

    the character building values, discipline and

    strategic thinking that are integral to the

    sport. By working closely with students in a

    sport that is physically, intellectually and

    emotionally challenging, our highly trained

    and motivated scholar-athlete coaches will

    encourage the students to work through

    difficulties to achieve their goals and develop

    perseverance that can enhance the students

    ability to perform in non-fencing pursuits.

    Every child deserves a high-quality, broad-based

    education, which should encompass a thorough

    grounding in academic subjects, an introduction

    to the arts, the fostering of personal growth and

    rigorous and interesting physical education.

    Through FC Schools Partnership program, we

    seek to partner with schools to facilitate

    students physical, intellectual and emotional

    growth, especially during highly formative years.


    Our vision is to offer fencing, with all its easily transferable skills for learning and discipline, to a wide range of

    students across ra