Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club
Founded in 2010 by Olympian Dan Kellner, Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club bridges the gap between elite-level fencing and the bustling community of Brooklyn. No longer would Brooklynites need to cross the bridge (Brooklyn or otherwise) to find Olympic-level fencing. Situated right in their backyard, BBFC is located on the fifth floor of a former tea warehouse at 68 Jay Street along the cobblestone streets of Dumbo. The historically-rich neighborhood proves a fitting backdrop to the dynamic and challenging sport of fencing with a fascinating history that dates back thousands of years.
Address: 68 Jay Street, #508
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Among Our National Rankings
- 1st Junior Men’s Foil Top 8 Medal Points 2014-2015
- 2nd Senior Men’s Foil Podium Medal Points 2014-2015
- 3rd Cadet Men’s Foil Top 8 Medal Points 2014-2015
- 6th Cadet Women’s Foil Top 8 Medal Points for 2014-2015
- 6th Junior Women’s Foil Podium Medal Points 2014-2015
Notable International Results
- Race Imboden – Currently ranked 1st in world and 1st in the country.
- First U.S. Men’s Fencer to ever win the overall FIE World Cup
- 2014 San Francisco World Cup – 6th Place
- 2014 Torino Grand Prix World Cup – 3rd Place
- 2014 Tokyo Prince Takamado World Cup – 1st Place
- 2015 Paris C.IP. World Cup – 1st Place
- 2015 Lowe von Bonn World Cup – 5th Place
- 2015 Havana Grand Prix World Cup – 3rd Place
- 2015 Pan-American Championships – 1st Place
- Sam Moelis – Currently the #1 ranked Junior in the country and finished the 2014-2015 season the #1 ranked Cadet in the world and the country.
- 2015 Cadet World Champion
- 2015 Junior World Championships – 7th Place
- 2015 Montecatini Cadet Designated Event – 1st Place
- 2014 Budapest Junior World Cup – 7th Place
About the Club
Dan Kellner and his staff teach all levels of students — young and old, beginner and experienced. The BBFC philosophy is simple: fencing should be both fun and competitive. BBFC instills self-confidence, sportsmanship, ambition, and analytical thinking through positive motivation. Whether a student has aspirations to compete in the Olympic Games, make a high school varsity squad, or just learn a new sport, he or she will have a great time developing fencing skills that challenge both body and mind while simultaneously preparing them for success at the level they wish to achieve.
While video games usually don’t lead to physical activity of any kind, in Dan’s case, they led him to the Olympics. At the age of thirteen, he played an Olympics-themed game that would change his life. The game featured fencing and the event sparked his interest in the sport. Fortunately, his school had a team and after joining, he was hooked. By fifteen, Dan started to show some talent and his high school coach suggested an increase in training outside of school.
Dan finished his competitive career fifteen years later ranked 1st in the U.S., 1st in the hemisphere, and 10th in the world. He was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team where he placed 16th individually and, as captain of the foil team, led the U.S. squad to a 4th place finish, the highest in fifty-six years. He was also a seven-time U.S. World Championship Team Member, U.S. National Champion, U.S. National Junior Champion, U.S. Junior World Championship Team Member, a two-time U.S. World University Games Team Member, and a two-time U.S. Pan-American Games Team Member. In 2003, he was the first American foil fencer to win the Pan-American Games in twenty-eight years and also led the team to its first gold medal in thirty-two years. He also has numerous podium and medal finishes at National, World Cup, and Grand Prix World Cup fencing tournaments. Finally, while attending Columbia University, Dan was a four-time NCAA All-American and 1998 NCAA Fencer of the Year.
Dan was also an assistant coach to Simon Gershon, then the U.S. Men’s Foil National Coach, for many years. He now brings his coaching and competition experience to BBFC where he intends to pass on the knowledge that made him one of the top ten fencers in the world and looks forward to training future generations of great American foil fencers.
Brendan has over 15 years of fencing and coaching experience. In 2004, he was ranked second in the world in the Junior (under 20) age group, and from 2002 through 2004, he was ranked first in the country in the Youth 14, Cadet (under 17) and Junior age groups. He is a three-time Junior and Cadet World Championship Team member and two-time Junior and Cadet World Championship Bronze Medalist (’02 & ’04). Brendan is also a 4-time Junior Olympic and 3-time Junior National Champion.
Brendan has been coaching for over 5 years at both clubs and New York area schools, and his students have won regional medals and national medals.
Henry grew up in Concord, MA where he began his fencing career. With only 4 years of experience, he finished his senior year with the only undefeated season (69-0) and the best career record (174-25) in state history. Recruited by St. John’s University (Queens, NY), Henry saw quick success on the collegiate and national stage. He was a three time NCAA All-American (2004, 2007, 2008), Junior national champion (2004), and co-captain of the team (2008). In his decade long competition career, Henry was training partners with eight Olympians including Race Imboden, Jon Tiomkin, Jed Dupree, Dan Kellner and Greg Chang, and was coached by distinguished coaches Buckie Leach, Jed Dupree, Simon Gershon and Sean McClain. A perennial contender, Henry was ranked 25 or better in Division 1 Men’s Foil for six consecutive seasons (2004-2010). Henry’s passion for fencing and for teaching allows him to coach at all levels, from beginner to advanced. His students have finished in both national and regional finals, earned national rankings, and college scholarships.
Our beginner fencing day camps are a great week-long introduction to the sport of fencing. They are intended for children who have little to no fencing experience, and are designed to teach fencing through activities, games, and exercises that develop coordination, flexibility, and focus. Attendees will have lots of fun learning a great, new sport!
This cadet/intermediate/advanced camp is intended for older children and teens of all fencing levels. Those who have little to no fencing experience and will be introduced to the modern sport of competitive fencing in a fun and safe way, while Intermediate/Advanced fencers looking to improve their competitive results will learn advanced tactics, techniques, and footwork. Knickers/fencing pants or sweatpants are required for electric fencing. Please arrive wearing your fencing pants or come 15 minutes early to change into them.