About Us


Youth Program

Our youth program is designed to bring out the very best in each young fencer that comes through our doors. We have a balanced approach that will build focus, coordination, self-esteem and teamwork skills while teaching the basics of foil fencing. The youth program consists of a combination of classes and private lessons.  As fencers advance in skill level, they will increase the frequency of their group and private classes.   Ideal starting age: 6 - 10

Elite Program

Our Elite program is highly competitive and consistently produces some of the strongest fencers in the country. As of September 2014, Elite program classes are closed to non-members of the club. Please contact Sean or Alex by e-mailing info@empireunitedfencing.com if you are interested in joining the Elite program. Space is limited and we cannot guarantee enrollment. Non-members may attend Friday night open bouting for a $50 fee. 

Adult Program

We provide private lessons for adults interested in learning fencing.  Let us know if you're interested!


Sean McClain 

Sean’s 20 years of competitive fencing experience garnered him recognition as an elite international athlete. As a member of the United States National Team he earned a scholarship to Stanford University where he produced an individual NCAA title. He went on to become a two-time national champion and won a silver medal for the US at the Pan American Championships. Transitioning from competition to coaching in 2003, Sean’s students are consistently placing in the medal rounds of national competitions. His students have won Cadet, Junior and Senior National Championships as well Junior World Cups and a bronze Medal at the Junior World Championships.  His students have also been recruited by some of the premier universities in the country.  Currently on the fencing teams at Stanford, Columbia, and Harvard, Sean’s students continue to compete at an elite collegiate and international level.

Alex Martin

Alex comes to Empire United from Ottawa, Canada.  Alex has a genuine passion for helping others learn and grow through the sport of fencing. In addition to winning medals in both national and international competition, his students have attended the Cadet/Junior World Championships, Senior World Championships, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, and World University Games. One of his women's foil fencers has been ranked as high as 24th in the world. His philosophy is that success is built on work ethic and a continuous effort towards self-improvement.