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Pelech Wins Gold and Bronze Medals in International Tournament

Lia Pelech, a Junior at Vernon Hills High School, and a member of the Great Lakes Fencing Academy, won gold and bronze medals in international competition this summer.  Pelech captured a gold medal as one of three members of Team USA's saber squad in early July at the 2017 Maccabiah World Games in Akko, Israel. Lia also ... More

Remembering Coach Gordon Gandy

It is with profound sadness that I relay the news that Coach Gordon Gandy died on July 5th. Gordy, as he was known to his friends, had stopped to help a women who had crashed her car, and in the process, was struck and killed by a passing motorist. In many ways, Gordy died the way he lived his life.  From early on ... More

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Why Learn to Fence?

If you’re looking for something new and exciting, something that gets you moving and engaged, then check out fencing. Did you know what Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, Tom Cruise, soccer legend David Beckham, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg all have in common: They all fence! Fencing is a great sport for kids of ... More

2017 Summer Fencing Camp

Come join us for our fifth annual summer fencing camp.  This four-day camp is a great way to try fencing for the first time or to develop your skills. It's perfect for beginning, intermediate and advanced fencers.  New fencers will have an opportunity to try epee, foil and saber to see which weapon they like best. ... More

Fencing Team Wins Second Conference Championship

Many members of the Great Lakes Fencing Academy fence on the LHS-VHHS varsity fencing team. I am proud to announce that the team ended its season earning two Championship titles in the Men's Saber and Men's Epee events at the Great Lakes High School Fencing Conference Dual Meets. The Dual Meets were held at host schools ... More

Pelech Wins Illinois State Fencing Championship

Great Lakes Fencing Academy members won four medals at the Illinois State High School Fencing Championship at Glenbook South High School. Special shout out to our medal winners: Lia Pelech (VHHS), won the Gold Medal and was named the Illinois State Champion in Women's Saber.  As an added bonus, the United States ... More

Fencers Wins Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals at JV Fencing Championship

Members of the LHS-VHHS Fencing team and Great Lakes Fencing Academy had a great showing at the JV Fencing Championship at Marion Central Catholic High School last weekend bringing home four medals. Over 290 fencers from 14 high schools in IL, IN and WI competed. Maggie Koberstein, from LHS won the Gold medal in the ... More

Great Lakes Fencing Academy Takes Over for Crimson Blades

The Great Lakes Fencing Academy reached an agreement with the Libertyville Tennis Club to take over the fencing program that has been started by Coach Gordon Gandy and the Crimson Blades Fencing Academy. According to Rich Jackim, "Coach Gordon Gandy has been a long-time friend so we were very sad to learn of his ... More

Nudelman Joins GLFA as Foil Coach

The Great Lakes Fencing Academy is proud to welcome Alex Nudelman to our team.  Alex will be in charge of our beginning fencing program.  He started fencing in 3rd grade when he lived in Belarus.  He went on to fence in college and as part of the Russian national team for several years.  At GLFA, Coach Nudelman teaches ... More