WELCOME TO SFA
Our vision at Suffolk Fencing Academy is to provide our athletes with an environment they can call their "second home". With our highly structured programs and private lessons, Suffolk Fencing Academy welcomes everyone from beginners to competitive fencers. The Suffolk Fencing Academy slogan represents everyone and anyone who wants to go out there and achieve something special in their life. There's only one way to do it -- Advance for Success and Never Retreat.
"I always dreamed of opening my own club where fencers from all levels can meet, learn from each other, and just fence. A program like this never existed when I started fencing in 9th grade. Everyone should always be offered an opportunity to fence in their lifetime. Sometimes once you get that weapon in your hand, you never want to put it back."
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HISTORY OF SFA
Fencing has been a part of Suffolk Fencing Academy owner Anthony Mattera's life for the past fifteen years. After fencing for Newfield High School and St. John's University, holding the position of Head Coach for Centereach High School, and officiating in local and regional competitions, Coach Mattera decided the sport of fencing was his true calling.
In 2012, Coach Mattera opened the Sachem Fencing Club, bringing the sport to one of the largest school districts in Suffolk County. Coach Mattera realized his program was growing and he owed it to himself, and the Suffolk County fencing community, to expand his program. After one year of planning, design, and construction, Coach Mattera has finally fulfilled his dream with the opening of the Suffolk Fencing Academy, Suffolk County's premier center for fencing instruction.
The Suffolk Fencing Academy slogan represents everyone and anyone who wants to go out there and achieve something special in their life, but there's only way to do it. Advance for success and never retreat.
owner & coach
Suffolk Fencing Academy owner Anthony Mattera has over 15 years of fencing experience. He started fencing in 1998 at Newfield High School in which he received numerous All County athlete and team awards as well as individual awards for placing in county tournaments. He went on to fence at St. Johns University under Olympic coach Yury Gelman. During his time at St. Johns he decided to travel and fence nationally, where he won the 2002 Georgia State Games Championships for the U20 and Open Mens Foil events.
Since 2008, he has been the head boys coach of the Centereach Fencing team and has trained several All County athletes. He has coached multiple athletes that placed within the top 6 of Suffolk County, and 2 individual Suffolk County Champions. Mattera is also responsible for helping to create new fencing programs in Long Island school districts, including Sayville, Lindenhurst and The Knox School. In its first scholastic season, Mattera coached the Sayville High School fencing team in 2015-2016 as well as oversaw the Lindenhurst High School fencing club. Mattera is dedicated full time to the continued growth of this sport.
He graduated and received a Bachelor of Sciences in Education from Dowling College. He is CPR/AED certified and is a New York State certified teacher.
Email Anthony at: email@example.com
Coach Somir started fencing at the age of 10 at Island Fencing Academy in Plainview, NY. His Coach at IFA was Boris Khurgin, the National Men's Sabre Coach at the 2008 Junior and Cadet World Championships in Italy. Somir has trained under numerous National and Olympic coaches. Starting in middle school, Somir fenced varsity for Commack High School, where he was also a team captain for 2 years. In 2012 at the Suffolk County Fencing Championships, Somir took first place and was the County Champion in Sabre. That same year, he was also selected to be a member of the All-Long Island fencing team. He has competed at many tournaments over the years and is a C-rated sabre fencer. He is CPR & AED certified and is also a USFA certified referee for all three weapons.
Coach Rakin started fencing in 2009 at Dawnwood Middle School as a member of the fencing club. In 2010, he took first place at Ward Melville's Underclassmen Tournament in sabre. As a varsity fencer for Centereach High School, under Coach Anthony Mattera, he received numerous all-county athlete awards. In both his junior and senior years, he placed as a finalist in the Suffolk County Championship tournament.
Rakin is currently a student at SUNY Binghamton University, majoring in neuroscience. When he's not studying, he is helping teach the sport at Binghamton's Fencing Club. He believes that "regardless of size or athletic ability, with hard work, anyone can learn to fence and compete". He is excited to continue to share his love of fencing at SFA when he is on breaks from school.
Coach Rob started fencing as a freshman at Centereach High School under SFA Owner, Anthony Mattera. He was a varsity foil fencer for all four years and was team captain in his junior and senior years. Some of his accomplishments include placing 2nd in the annual Ward Melville Underclassmen Challenge, awarded Most Improved in 2013, being chosen for Second Team All-County in 2014 and 2015, and was also selected to fence in the Nassau Vs Suffolk Exceptional Senior Meet in 2015.
Coach Rob truly believes in what we do, and says that he wishes there was an opportunity to fence when he was younger. "I consider myself lucky that I had the opportunity to fence in high school because few schools offer the sport. Fencing is a great sport because anyone can become a great fencer. The sport doesn’t discriminate against age, size, or athleticism. I am excited to see and be a part of how fencing is growing and am eager to teach young fencers what I know and what I have come to love about fencing."