Coach Ryleigh Sweet
Coach Ryleigh Sweet

Coach Ryleigh is one of Modern Duelists’ original members and has over a decade of experience under her belt. During that time, she’s been involved in nearly every area of the fencing world: high-level competition, refereeing, armoring, and of course, coaching. She has an incredible passion for the sport, and it’s easy to see her genuine level of excitement for everything she teaches. Unsurprisingly, her classes are known for being high-energy and often high-intensity. Her favorite thing to teach is strategy, and she’s a big believer in making sure her students understand why they’re doing something instead of just how to do it.


Modern Duelists Fencing Academy
Modern Duelists Fencing Academy
505 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD

Modern Duelists is located in the Triumph Industrial Park, just minutes off of I-95. Classes are held in our 3,600 sq.ft. fencing room, equipped with five regulation fencing strips, two practice strips, and over a dozen different wall, standing, and hanging targets. Students also have access to a fully-stocked armory for equipment repairs, a weight room for auxiliary training, and a break room/kitchenette.


Dec 11 2023


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Adult Advanced Class

Age Requirement: 18+ (or younger with coach approval)
Prerequisites: Completion of a beginner program or equivalent experience
Equipment: Full fencing uniform & epee
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour


Mondays @ 6:30PM | Wednesdays @ 6:30PM | Saturdays @ 11:00AM


Our Adult Advanced Class is our “main” fencing class for adult students of all skill levels. We focus on arming students with the practical skills that they need in order to win bouts and progress as a fencer—no fluff, no mindless drilling of technique just for technique’s sake.

Classes start with a 10-minute warm up, followed by yoga-inspired stretching and breathing exercises. Footwork is next, where our focus is on quick changes of direction, explosive attacks, and keeping distance tactically. For our main lesson, we gear up and examine a realistic bouting situation: What techniques do you need? What caused the situation? How and why would you purposefully create—or avoid—the situation?

Classes are one hour long and meet three times a week.

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