Last week, Heartland Fencing Academy had the pleasure of participating in the BVPAGE Summer Opportunity Fair 2024. We were thrilled to introduce the exciting Olympic sport of fencing to students from K-12 in the Blue Valley community.
If you missed out on the opportunity to learn about fencing at the fair, don't worry! You're invited to come and try the sport at Heartland Fencing Academy. Discover the thrill of fencing in a safe and fun environment.
Here's what we offer:
- Introductory Classes: Perfect for beginners of all ages to learn the basics of fencing.
- Summer Camps: Dive into the world of fencing with our engaging and dynamic summer camps.
- Ongoing Classes: Continue your fencing journey with our ongoing classes, tailored for all skill levels.
Fencing is not just a sport; it's an experience that builds confidence, agility, and sportsmanship. Join us at Heartland Fencing Academy to explore this unique and captivating sport.
HFA Fencing Camp at Pembroke Hill School this month was a great success!
High school students had a fantastic experience learning about the Olympic sport of fencing under the guidance of Heartland Fencing Academy’s coaches. Four days filled with fencing drills, bouts, and loads of fun made the camp truly memorable.
Dear HFA Family,
Wishing you joyous Holidays and a Happy New Year! Heartland Fencing Academy will remain open during the Holiday weeks with regular classes and a Winter camp scheduled from December 26-29.
We will be closed on Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1st.
May your Holidays be filled with happiness, and may 2024 bring you amazing moments! Keep on fencing!
We experienced a truly fantastic evening, celebrating both the joyous Holiday season and the outstanding achievements of our HFA athletes at the Annual Sport Awards.
A heartfelt thank you to all the fencers and parents who graced the party, making the evening truly special.
Congratulations to the winners in each category:
Best Beginners Youth Fencer: Kyle Chen
Best Epee Fencer: Jay Johnson
Best Youth Competitive Fencer: Hailey Cashman
Best Fencers of the Year: Phillip Nunnink
We are thrilled to witness our fencers not only working hard but also thriving and having a blast.
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a joyful New Year
What a wonderful evening, fiends get together, kids playing and laughing, life music and a lot of food.
We wish Good luck in College to our Senior Grads this year:
Jaren is going to Purdue University
Jonathan - Carnegie-Mellon University
James - University of Missouri, Columbia
Lauren - JCCC
Arthi - Purdue
Today we’d like to introduce you to Emilia Ivanova.
Hi Emilia, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I am the Head coach at Heartland Fencing Academy in Overland Park, KS. I started the academy in 2007, and since then we have been teaching the Olympic sport of fencing to students of all ages and skill levels.
We are proud of our success and ability to introduce fencing to many students in the Greater Kansas City metro area.
I graduated from the National Sports Academy “Vasil Levski” in Sofia, Bulgaria, with two majors in Physical Therapy (Kinesitherapy) and Physical Education.
After competing and fencing nationally and internationally for 17 years, I decided to put my time and skills into my passion for teaching fencing. As a fencer, I was seven times National Foil champion and Silver medalist at the European Championship. Initially, I was working with the Juniors program in my club, but after four years I was selected to work with the Bulgarian National Foil Team.
Some of our biggest successes were Top 8 at the World Championship in Netherlands 1994, and two of my female foil fencers qualified for the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996. This was the first time in the long history of Bulgarian fencing when two female Foil fencers qualified for the Olympic games.
In the Summer of 2000, I moved to the USA, and since then, I have been coaching here. I have also refereed for many years at the National and NCAA Fencing Championships.
I am proud to say that Heartland Fencing Academy is well known nationally and our students are holders of many Regional, North American Cup, Junior Olympics, the USFA Summer National Championship, and competed at World Cup in Europe. Many of our fencers have earned scholarships to prestigious schools such as Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Ohio State, UPenn, Wayne State, Cleveland State, where they continue to fence.
HFA fencers are NCAA and Ivy League Fencing Champions.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It is neither easy nor smooth to move to a new country with a new language and culture. In the beginning, the challenge was to adjust to the new place that I was going to work and live. Later on, when I open the Heartland Fencing Academy came to the challenge to deal with the business side of it. Nowadays, we are learning how to survive and thrive in the difficult time we all are leaving. Despite all the challenges, I consider myself lucky to have so much support from my family, friends, and the USA fencing community.
We’ve been impressed with Heartland Fencing Academy, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
During my long fencing career as a competitor and a coach, I have learned many valuable lessons that I carry through life with me. The most important is that when you work hard, be motivated, and passionate about what you do, you can achieve a lot. Fencing is a highly competitive and complex sport that you must be able to make a quick decision under pressure during the competition. Learning to deal with success and failure taught me humility and appreciation of all I have experience.