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Welcome to the American Fencing Academy!

The Academy was founded in 2008 by Erik Schlagel, a veteran fencer and instructor in the Farmington, NM and Durango, CO areas. He has taught Foil, Saber, Epee, Classical, and the Schlagel Method. He teaches private lessons, Demos (including costumed performance incorporating the local fencing community), For San Juan College, and for charity on occasion. Erik Schlagel is also a founding member and instructor in training for Four Corners Systema.  

The AFA is proud to promote the Durango, CO fencing club and direct people to it. The Durango Fencing club contact person is Trish Grogan at the Fort Lewis College. 

 Explore this website to get a feel for the different types of fencing and to discover new opportunities for personal growth and development. We have information on getting started in fencing, how to get your own club going, chousing your discipline, Drills to develop skill, and much more. Enjoy your stay at the Academy.

Stay tuned for our groundbreaking DVD series on fencing!

Topics will include: Basic principles, Foil, Saber, Epee, Bayonet, Sport, Dagger, Buckler, Cloak, and More...


Great News! Erik's other project, Four Corners Systema is now a go. Please visit for details.

Public sessions are at Kiwanis Park in Farmington, NM and are currently free. Times are Thursdays @ 6:15pm and Saturday @ 3:00pm. Invitation only sessions are held in Hesperus, CO.