Our Club

The Great Lakes Fencing Academy is a fencing club serving elementary, middle and high school age fencers. We offer beginning, intermediate and advanced fencing programs in epee, foil and saber.

Our programs are designed for recreational fencers as well as fencers who want to compete at the highest levels.

Our recreational fencers learn a sport that they can enjoy for a lifetime, our competitive fencers get prepared to compete in local, regional and national tournaments, and have qualified to compete in the Summer Nationals and Junior Olympics.

The Great Lakes Fencing Academy is also the official home of the Championship Libertyville and Vernon Hills High School fencing team, during the off season.

The Great Lakes Fencing Academy is run by the LHS-VHHS Fencing Foundation, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization created to promote the Olympic sport of fencing in Illinois. All proceeds from the club are used to support the fencing program at Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools.

Take a Tour

All classes and practices are held at the The Libertyville Tennis Club

Address: 1030 S 4th Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048

Phone: (847) 362-5553

A place to learn, a place to grow, a place to fence!


Fencing Coaches

Mikhail (Misha) Tsipis Saber Coach
Aleksandr (Alex) Nudelman Foil Coach


  • Beginning Fencing Classes are for students from ages 8-18 who want to learn the basics of fencing.
  • Intermediate Fencing Classes are for students who have completed the beginning class and want to continue to improve their skills.
  • Advanced Fencing Classes are for fencers who want to fence in high school or compete in local, regional or national fencing tournaments.
  • Open Fencing is for fencers of all ability levels to get together to fence each otehr and practice what they've learned in class.