About Brooklyn Bridge Fencing

The best foil fencing in Brooklyn!

Awarded “Fencing Club of the Year” and “Best Fencing Club” by National Fencing Club Rankings, Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club, founded in 2010 by Olympian Dan Kellner, 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.

Dan and his staff teach all levels of students — young and old, beginner and experienced. The 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.

Fencing is a unique and interesting sport best experienced in person. If you’ve never seen the sport before (or you have and want to see it again), we welcome you to stop in for a visit. Come take a look around and see what it’s all about.

Dan Kellner

Head Coach

Dan has been coaching in Brooklyn since 2008, and prior to opening BBFC in 2010, he was also an assistant coach to Simon Gershon, then the U.S. Men’s Foil National Coach. Dan’s students have won many national and international medals, including a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympic Games, a Silver Medal at the 2019 World Championships, a Junior World Championship Gold Medal, a Cadet World Championship Gold Medal, as well as other Junior World Cup, Senior World Cup and Grand Prix medals.

In 2016, Dan was awarded The Order of Ikkos by the United States Olympic Committee, for excellence in coaching and recognizing his contribution to the US Men’s Foil Team winning the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

In 2018, Dan was also inducted into the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame.

In 2020, Dan was awarded 2020 Performance Coach of the Year by British Fencing

Competitive Career

Dan finished his competitive career 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.

Henry Kennard

Senior Coach

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.

José Samora

Coach

 member of the Dominican Republic’s National Team since 2012, José Samora has over ten years of experience as a collegiate, national, and international fencer, including a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Central American Games.

Before joining the BBFC coaching staff, José has coached at various clubs and schools around the New York Metropolitan area, including head coaching experience at Greenwich Academy and Brunswick School and New Amsterdam Fencing Academy­North.

Ekaterina Belkina

Management Consultant

Ekaterina Belkina is a Canadian citizen who earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a PhD in Economics from the University of Economics and Management from Novosibirsk University of Economics and Management, Russia.

Ms. Belkina has worked in the fencing industry for over thirty (30) years and has developed a unique business model that attracts fencing talent for professional development and entry into international competitions, including the Olympics. In 2009, she applied this business model to her company, My Fencing Club, which has expanded to one of Canada’s pre-eminent fencing clubs with over one-hundred (100) members in four differently locations.