Our Philosophy

An innovative approach to competitive fencing through progressive ideas and evolutionary training methods.

Our Mission

To provide the highest level of instruction in a positive learning environment for students of all skill levels and to encourage their growth as a fencer and as a person. Teaching first hand the benefits of hard work, self-motivation, perseverance and the value of sportsmanship through the sport of fencing.

AFFA COACHES

ALEKSANDER OCHOCKI

Coach Aleksander Ochocki served as a member of the United States Senior National Team and Member of the Olympic Developmental Program, as well as currently an Assistant Coach at The Steven’s Institute of technology. Aleks is the 2013 U.S National Champion, Pan American Team Champion and 2014 Summer Nationals Champion. He brings first hand international, national, and collegiate experience at an elite level. He has been a member of the United States National Team since 2005 at all levels; making cadet, junior, and senior teams. Aleks has won a National title in every age group starting from Youth 12 all the way through seniors. Ochocki received a full athletic scholarship to Penn State University, where he was coached under the watchful eye of Coach Wes Glon (92 & 96 US Olympic Coach). Aleks won the NCAA Individual Sabre Championship at Penn State in 2009 and 2012 and was an 1st Team All-American in all four years of his college career. In each of his seasons in Happy Valley, Ochocki advanced to the Final Four of the individual sabre competition. The Nittany Lions also captured two team NCAA titles in Ochocki’s time there, and he served as Penn State’s captain in his final two seasons on campus.

Aleks started his fencing career with Coach Janusz Mlynek, after having almost immediate success Aleks transitioned to 4x Olympic Coach Yury Gelman (’00, ’04, ’08, ’12) at the age of 13. The transition lead Ochocki to qualify for his first National Team. He started receiving numerous national and international accolades including a Bronze medal with Team USA at the 2010 Junior World Championships and Gold at the 2013 Senior Pan American Championships. Aleks had numerous years of coaching experience at many levels. He is in his second season as the head sabre coach at Steven’s Institute of Technology and has assisted in preparing countless national youth medalists and champions.

Aleks holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Sports management with a Business Minor from The Pennsylvania State University. Aleks is also fluent in Polish.

JéRôME GUTH

Jerome is a French national sabre champion and international referee. He was an assistant coach at Penn State University, the most awarded NCAA fencing program in the US from 2010 to 2014. He helped Penn State win its 13th NCAA Division 1 National Championship in March 2014. In addition to serving as coach and referee, Jerome competed on France’s Cadet and Junior teams. When he received his international refereeing license in 2010, he was the youngest practicing FIE referee in sabre. He has directed Junior and Senior World Cups, Olympic Qualifiers, Pan-American Games, as well as European and World Championships.

Jerome holds a double Master degree in Chemistry and Biology from the Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg, France. He graduated with his final internship at The Pennsylvania State University in 2011. Fluent in four languages (French, English, German, Italian), Jerome has coached fencers in both France and the USA.

JANUSZ MLYNEK

Coach Mlynek is one of the premier youth fencing coaches in America today. In 2012, one of his protégés earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. In each year of the past four years, at least two of his fencers have been selected by the US Fencing Association to represent the United States at either the Senior, Junior or Cadet World Championships.

Under Coach Mlynek tutelage, his fencers have won over 150 medals at such national tournaments as the Junior Olympics, Summer National Championships, and the North American Cup. Often, they dominate at regional and local competitions. His elite fencers have won gold, silver and bronze medals for the U.S. at the World Championships.

Janusz has over 30 years of fencing experience, and earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Education in Krakow, Poland. He was a two-time silver medalist in saber at Poland’s National Championships and three-time gold medalist at the New Jersey Garden State Games.

In 2001 he was appointed Head Coach of the NCAA fencing team at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he revived their fencing program. In 2007, he became the Technical Coach for the saber squads at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Coach Mlynek’s students have attended such prestigious universities as Notre Dame, Harvard, Duke, Penn State, Rutgers, St. John’s, and the University of Pennsylvania. Many of these students received college scholarships because of their fencing successes.

SCOTT GUNTER

As a pioneer in the industry of fencing performance, Scott has trained numerous elite level fencers in the areas of fencing-specific speed, agility, coordination, and sensory perception. Scott currently works with US Olympians, National Team Members and nationally ranked fencers at the SportsCare Performance Institute in Whippany, NJ.
His certification as an Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist led him to develop the “FSP Warm-up” for injury prevention and performance improvement in fencers. As an FMS certified exercise professional, he dissects the mechanics of movement involved in fencing to address muscle imbalances and reduce the likelihood of musculoskeletal fencing injuries.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine from Quinnipiac University where he worked with Division I teams at Yale University and University of Virginia. Additional experience includes work at Velocity Sports Performance and RehabWorks at NASA Kennedy Space Center.

ALIAKSEI LIKHACHEUSKI

Coach Aleksei joins us from Minsk, Belarus where he was a member of their Olympic Team. He holds a Senior World Championship Silver Medal with Team Belarus as well as an U-23 European Championship Silver Medal. He is a multiple team individual World Cup top 8 finisher and 4 time Belarusian National Champion.
Aleksei holds a degree in Physical Education from the Belarusian National University of Physical Education and Sports.