About Us

 Olympia Fencing Center is New England’s largest and most successful fencing center.
Our students hold multiple National, world and Junior Olympic titles, many currently in college, NCAA players.

Located across the beautiful Fresh Pond in Cambridge, our club features over 6500 SF, boasting with light, sixteen electrical fencing strips, and a custom-made for shock absorption fencing floor, to assure the safety and well being of our fencers.

Olympia Fencing Center offers épée and foil classes, seven days a week, along with summer camps, clinics, and community outreach programs.

Founded and directed by former Romanian National and European Champion, Daniel Hondor, our stellar team includes World Championship finalists and multiple Chinese National Champions, Shuang Meng and Kai Zhao, former members of China’s Junior and Senior National Foil Teams.
Julian Rueda Espinosa, former Head Coach of the Colombian Épée Team, has joined Olympia in 2018, followed by fellow National Coach of the Youth Epee Team, Katherine Roa Rodriguez, in 2019.

All our foreign coaches are receivers of the O1 visa, for people who demonstrate extraordinary ability in their field.


Olympia Fencing Center welcomes fencers of all ages and skill levels.
Our bi-weekly open bouting program gathers the best fencers around the country and the world.
NCAA student-athletes, Olympia’s Alumni, in-town visitors, and our best students, fill the fencing floor every Wednesday and Sunday.

If you are like the thousands who fell in love with this sport, our fencing club will become your second home. At Olympia, we take that responsibility seriously. Our fencers are competitors – and best friends. There are no age barriers, skill barriers, or shyness.


                                            FREE Fencing Class for Kids!

Olympia Fencing Center is continuously recruiting new talents.

We want our members to love fencing, we believe that you can only excel in what you’re doing best and this is why we offer everyone a chance to try this wonderful sport.

Appointments are required: email or call us today, to learn more and reserve your spot.
info@olympiafencingcenter.com Phone: (617) 945 9448


Some of our best results

In July 2017, our young club (founded in 2012) has received from the US Fencing Association the “Excellence Award in Membership“, as the fastest growing club in the country!


Over the years, Olympia Fencing Center has produced some of the best fencers in the country. Our students are active participants in world, national and regional events, continuously earning numerous titles and medals.


Here are a few stories

Emily Vermeule

  1.   Silver medalist, Verona World Championships 2018, Cadet Women’s Épée, she ranks #2 in the world.
  2. Cadet Women’s Épée National Champion, 2018.
  3. Silver Medalist, Junior Women’s Epee, 2018 Summer Nationals
  4. Junior Olympics Women’s Épée Bronze medalist, 2018.
  5. Silver, Junior Women’s Épée, at the 2017 Summer Nationals and July Challenge, Salt Lake City, UT.
  6. National Champion 2016, Y14 Women’s Épée.
  7. Pomme De Terre Champion, 2016, Senior Women’s Épée.
  8. 12th at the 2017 Cadet circuit, Bratislava (SVK)
  9. 35th out of 261 fencers, 2016 Cadet circuit, Bratislava (SVK)
  10. 20th at the 2016 Cadets World Circuit, Klagenfurt (AUT).
  11. 45th at the 2015 Cadet Circuit in Copenhagen (DNK)
  12. 49th at the Cadet Circuit in Klagenfurt, Austria, November 2015 (at only 13 years old).

Emily is training with coach Daniel Hondor since 2012.
She was the only US woman épéeist to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October 2018, where she took fifth place in the individual events, and Bronze with the US Team.


Robert Hondor

  1.  Senior Men’s Épée Champion 2019, NEUSFA Pomme De Terre
  2. Junior Olympic Champion, Cadets Men’s Épée, 2017
  3. Silver medal with US Team, and 14th, individual, Cadet Circuit, Bratislava (SVK), 2016
  4. 15th, Cadet Circuit, Klagenfurt (AUT), 2016
  5. 46th, 2016 Cadet Circuit, Grenoble (FRA).

Robert was ranked 43rd in the world and 9th in the US in Cadet Men’s Épée.
He’s currently ranked 35th in the US, in Juniors Men’s Épée rolling points.


Daniel Zhang

  1. Junior Olympic Champion 2019, Junior Men’s Foil (the youngest competitor in the top 16 of the 300+ fencer event)
  2. Div I Men’s Foil National Champion 2019 (at only fifteen years old, the youngest fencer to win a Div l title in any weapon, ever)
  3. Bronze medalist Senior Men’s Foil, Pomme De Terre 2019
  4. Silver Medalist, Y14 Men’s Foil, 2018 Summer Nationals
  5. Gold in Cadet Men’s Foil at the Pan Am Youth and Vet Championships, St. Thomas 2017

Daniel is training with Coaches Kai Zhao and Shang Meng since 2015.
In the 2019-2020 USA Fencing National Rolling Point Standings, he’s currently ranked:
#5 in CADET Men’s Foil
#10 in JUNIOR Men’s Foil
#23 in Senior Men’s Foil


Spencer Vermeule

  1. Y12 Men’s Épée Champion, March NAC 2012
  2. Capitol Clash Gold medalist, Y12 Men’s Épée 2017
  3. 16th at the Cadet Circuit, 2018 Klagenfurt (AUT)

Spencer is training with Coach Daniel Hondor and is currently ranked #2 in USFA National rolling points, in Cadet Men’s Épée.

The younger brother of Emily Vermeule, the two often have to travel at the same time, but in different parts of the world, for international fencing events.


Joshua Wolkoff

  1. 7th pl, 2015 Helsinki (FI) Cadet World Cup, ranked 71st in the world.
  2. Silver at the 2015 Pomme De Terre, individual and teams.

Maria Alejandra Trumble       alejandra

  1. 12th, 2011 Gothenburg (SE) Cadet WE, ranked 60st in the world.
  2. 17th, 2013 Gothenburg Junior World Cup.
  3. 27th, 2011 European Cadet Circuit, Grenoble (FR), Cadet WE.

After graduating high school, Alejandra went to lead the U Penn’s Women’s team, and she is the only fencer to score the most wins in the university’s history, ever.
Both Ale’s sister, Isabela, and mom Angelica are epee fencers.
Angelica is the coach of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School Fencing Team, the Falcons, proudly supported by our club. She is a part of our coaches’ team, teaching the youth programs.


Cristina Gordet

  1.  2013 Bronze Medalist, World Fencing Championship, Vet.50 WE, Bulgaria.
  2. Veteran World Championship Teams: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
  3. 2013/2014 National Champion, Vet.50 Women’s Épée.
  4. 2011 Silver Medalist, North American Cup E (Veteran Open).
    5. 2010 Bronze Medalist, North American Cup E (Veteran Open).

Cristina started fencing following her daughter’s steps. She was training with coach Daniel Hondor since 2009. She’s still an active fencer today.


USFA Points standings, as of January, 2019

—)————– Épée ————–(—

Juniors Women’s Épée: Emily Vermeule, 1st place, best national ranking in the New England Division.

Senior Women’s Épée: Emily Vermeule, 10th place.

Junior Men’s Épée
Jonas Hansen,  17th place
Robert Hondor, 25th

Senior Men’s Épée: Robert Hondor, 46th 

Cadet Men’s Épée
Spencer Vermeule, 13th in individual points and 10th in team points, best national ranking in the New England Division.

Vet 40 Men’s Épée: Kevin Foley, 8th – top ranking for the NE Division

Vet 60 Men’s Épée: George Scott, 24th – top ranking for the NE Division

Y14 Men’s Épée
Spencer Vermeule, 4th place
Tony Whelan, 26th

Y12 Men’s Épée: Luka Loncar – 19th – best ranking in the NE Division

Y10 Men’s Épée: Blaise Krivak, 18rh – best ranking in the NE Division

Y14 Women’s Épée: Ava Wade, 24th

Y10 Women’s Épée
Phoebe Chisholm, 4th
Natalya Cafasso, 14th
Sierra Springer, 27 – all –  best rankings of the NE Division

Vet 40 Women’s Épée: Eva Heinrich, 12th – top ranking for the NE Division

Vet 50 Women’s Épée: Angelica Brisk, 7th

—)————– FOIL ————–(—

 

Cadet Men’s Foil
Daniel Zhang, 25th
Niles Liu, 36th
Adam Yang, 44th

Y14 Men’s Foil
Daniel Zhang, 3rd
Niles Liu, 7th

Y12 Men’s Foil
Castor Kao, 12th
Charles Bing, 24th

Y10 Men’s Foil
Derek Liu, 20th
Ethan Cheng, 26th

Y14 Women’s Foil: Sophia Shen, 38th

Y12 Women’s Foil
Lydia Shen, 10th
Bridgette Ouyang, 18th
Rachel Li, 25th
Angel Fu, 43rd

Y10 Women’s Foil: Angel Liu, 10th


Other important achievements obtained by our club’s fencers:

Pomme De Terre, 2016: 14 year old Emily Vermeule won the Senior Women’s Épée, making her the youngest fencer to win the competition in 28 years.

May 2016: Emily earned her A rating, making her the youngest A rated fencer in the New England Division and one of the youngest in the country.

May 2016: 15 year old, Allan Ding, foil student training with Coaches Shuang Meng and Kai Zhao, has earned his A rating, becoming also the youngest A rated male foil fencer in New England.


Winning the Pomme de Terre since 2013!

Olympia Fencing Center is an important staple of this prestigious competition, since it’s birth, in 2013.

2013: Ingrid Ma wins the E & Under Senior Women’s Épée
2014: Xavier Ghazaleh, E & Under Senior Men’s Épée Champion
2015: Kevin Foley, Vet Combined Men’s Épée Champion
2016

  • Emily Vermeule, Senior Women’s Épée Champion
  • Diran Jimenez, E & Under Senior Men’s Foil Champion
    2017
  • Rebecca Barnes, Senior Women’s ÉpéeChampio
  •  Olympia Legends (Greta Candreva, Emily Vermeule, Meghan O’Reilly), Senior Women’s Epee Team Champions.
    2018
  • Emily Vermeule, Senior Women’s Épée Champion
  • Jonas Hansen, Senior Men’s Épée Champion
  • Olympia FC (Robert Hondor, Jonas Hansen, Spencer                Vermeule, Michael Corban): Senior Men’s Epee Team Champions.
  • Olympia FC (Emile Vermeule, Pauline Chretien, Alissa Hofmann, Meg O’Reilly), Senior Women’s Epee Team Champions
    2019
  • Robert Hondor, Senior Men’s Épée Champion
  • Olympia FC (Emily Vermeule, Pauline Chretien, Ava Wade, Elena Robles), Senior Women’s Epee Team Champions
  • William Gonzalez, E & Under Senior Men’s Epee Champion
  • Carmen Correea, E & Under Senior Women’s Epee Champion.

To be continued….
To read more about this competition, please read our note on our Facebook fan page, here.


High School State Champions three years in a row!

2015: Matthew Mansoor earned double Gold, Massachusetts State Champion Men’s Epee and Captain of the State Champions Men’s Épée Falcons Team!
Rebecca Barnes, fencing for the Beaver Country Day School fencing team, has earned Silver in the Women’s competition!

2016: Becca Barnes, State Champion, Women’s Épée
Isabela Trumble, 3rd place
Jonas Hansen, 3rd place, Men’s Épée
Leo Chen wins the Foil Men’s Épée, crowns as the new Foil State Champ.

Becca fenced for Beaver Country Day School, Isabela and Jonas, for the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.

2017: Noah Scott, State Champion, Men’s Épée
Jonas Hansen, 3rd place, Men’s Épée
Lilla Csoknyai, 3rd place, Women’s Épéee

All three fencers were fencing for the Falcons Team, representing the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.

College Bound!

Daniel’s Hondor former student, Alejandra Trumble, has won the women’s épée competition, at the Ivy League College Championships, in Ithaca, New York,  as a U Penn Junior. 
Alejandra also led the women’s team, to place fourth in the teams’ competition.

Alejandra is the only fencer to score the most wins in the university’s history, ever.

 


Matthew Mansoor
, former student and coach at Olympia, between 2012-2016, is studying and fencing at Penn State, and coming home to his fencing club during all vacations.

So is Alisa Hofmann, Daniel’s student since 2007, in her second year at Penn State.

 

Zachary Boynton started training with Coach Daniel in 2008, until his graduation from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and continuing education at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Today, an Assistant Coach at Cornell University, Zach is occasionally returning to his home club, whenever visiting his family, in Cambridge, to fence his former clubmates and friends.

 

Here are a few more of our club’s former students, currently attending college:

  • Connor Ghazaleh, 2015, Duke University
  • Isabela Trumble, 2016, Boston University
  • Isabel Kain, 2017, Northeastern University
  • Noah Scott, 2017, Stevens Institute of Technology

We’re looking forward to raising new generations, and each one will grow fond in our hearts, because, at Olympia, we’re not just a fencing club, we’re a big, happy family!

WE RAISE CHAMPIONS, in fencing and in life!