Pan American Fencing Academy

Better Fencing Through Better Coaching

Our History

The Pan American Fencing Academy was founded by Maitre d'Armes Vincent Bradford, four times United States Women's Epee Champion and a member of United States international teams.  PAFA's initial vision was to contribute to the growth of fencing through the training of better coaches who could develop more and better fencers. The initial curriculum was designed to produce Fencing Masters who met both United States Fencing Coaches Association and Academie d'Armes Internationale standards for certification, including both the skills and knowledge required.

The Academy offered its first courses in San Antonio, Texas in the 2000-2001 fencing season, and continued to teach one and two day hands-on workshops through the 2005-2006 season.  It's first Fencing Master candidate successfully completed the United States Fencing Coaches examination process in 2005.

In a 2006 survey of professional fencing coaches conducted by the United States Fencing Coaches Association, PAFA ranked as the third most common source of professional training, behind only mentorship by another fencing professional and the United States Fencing Association's Coaches College.

In 2007 changes in Maitre Bradford's workload as a college professor of kinesiology made continuation of PAFA as an in-person training program in San Antonio impractical.  In a change of leadership, PAFA transferred in July 2007 to the stewardship of Maitre d'Armes Walter Green.