The KSA program is the first of it's kind, to bring students from different geographic areas together to form a dynamic team. Traditionally non-metropolitan clubs suffer from the small school problem of only having a couple top athletes. Students reach the top at their respective clubs and are forced to move into the Metro Areas to compete. This increases the cost and time of their training immensely. Under the KSA Program the program comes to you! By developing an opportunity to cross train with three smaller program you get the benefits of more one on one coaching while when together having the benefit of being part of a larger team. This is truly the best of both worlds. at KSA we believe in building three things in our students: Knowledge, Skills, and Ability.
KSA is also a USA Fencing Sanctioned Club, and its staff are all Professional Members.
Coach Dennis Kolakowski's has been coaching for over 20 years. He started at the Fencing Center of Long Island where he coached his first National Medalists and Champions. Then he went on to Coach High School Fencing on Long Island where he was Three Time Nassau County Coach of the Year and 3 Time Costello Award winner for Outstanding Long Island High School Coach. He has since worked for and with several other clubs producing many National medalists, College Fencers, and International Fencers. Coach Dennis has helped build strong program in areas that traditionally did not have Sabre. He is now looking to expand that reach to provide those smaller areas with his expertise as well as building a larger community.
Coach Dennis has also been recognized as a Spirit of Sport award winner by USA Fencing for his dedication and efforts in growing the sport of fencing, and our club was the 2019 USA Fencing Club of Excellence award winner in Women's Programming and Diversity.
Throughout his time in the sport Coach Dennis has also refereed at the National, NCAA, and International Levels. He has been the President of the Nassau County Fencing Coaches Association, President of the Nassau County Referees Association. A Division Officer in the Long Island Division and was the Chair of the Connecticut Division of USA Fencing. Dennis currently serves as vice chair of the Hudson Berkshire Division of USA Fencing and on the USA Fencing Resource Team for Divisions.