Agota Balot

Agota 201bOur head coach and manager, Agota Balot, is a former Hungarian Junior Team Champion with more than 40 years of fencing and personal training experience. Born in Budapest, Hungary, she is multilingual, trained in management, and is a certified personal trainer and former marathon runner. She has met fencers from all over the world and has been fortunate to have opportunities to bout with champions and fencing legends. The daughter of Magda Nyari, five time World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, she has spent her entire life with fencing. She started the Academy in 1999 and trained hundreds of fencers in all three weapons. Her fencers reached numerous national finals and reached the top of the podium in foil and epee. Her students, Alexx Sowuleski finished 8th at the 2003 National Championship Youth-14 epee event; Nicole Vaiani was Youth-12 National Foil Champion in 2010; Sally Higgins finished 2nd in Veteran-70 epee in 2014. Agota lives in Tinton Falls with her husband, Robert.  Email:

James B. Carpenter
Jim Carpenter webJim competed in the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta Georgia, narrowly missing winning a medal with a sudden death overtime loss to Italy in the team epee even t. He won a Silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games as well as a Bronze medal in the 1991 Pan American Games. He fenced in three World Championships for the United States and was ranked in the top 10 of the US Fencing Association point standing for over 10 years. During that time he won 5 Team National Championships and took the Silver Medal twice in the Individual National Championships. As a coach he has trained numerous fencers who have attained high rankings in the USFA point standings including at one point having three Women’s Epee fencers in the top 10 of the standings. From from 1990 until 1996, he was Chairman of the New York Athletic Club fencing program. He worked successfully in the position of the Director of High Performance of the US Fencing Association from March of 2007 through August of 2008. Jim became the head coach of the Stevens Institute of Technology Men’s Fencing Team in 2012.  Email:

Istvan Marton
Istvan Marton webIstvan Marton is a former member of the Hungarian National Foil Team. He was National Champion ten times and reached the finals six times at World Championships and fourth place at Summer Olympic Games. He has trained in the famous Hungarian Coaches College. He is an expert in all three weapons. His epee student, fencer Zoltan Szekely, won gold at the 1981 World Championship. For many years he worked with the Hungarian Junior National Team. Mr. Marton was invited to many countries where he developed world class fencers. He was Head Coach of the Egyptian, Tunisian and Indian National Fencing Teams. His students reached the finals at World Cups and World Championship events. Four years ago, Mr. Marton brought his expertise to the United States. He developed fencers who ranked nationally and reached the finals at the Summer Nationals. Mr. Marton’s dedication to fencing and passion to teach are great assets for our members.  Email:

Fraser Ward
Fraser Ward 2016-01A former member of the British National Sabre Team and talented young coach, he has represented Great Britain and his home country of Guernsey at Junior and Senior Commonwealth Games. He was 2012 British Sabre Champion with Truro Fencing Club, and European Team Championships bronze medalist. Fraser earned an International Coaching Diploma from Semmelweiss University in Budapest in 2009. He has a coached beginners to national medalists in Britain with Truro and Guernsey, and was invited to coach the Bangladesh National Team to prepare for 2015 Asian Games. Fraser moved to Atlantic Fencing Academy in September 2015.  Email:


Mary Mottola-Golding
Mary Mottola-Golding web Our coach, Mary, has played and competed in many sports. The majority of her coaching and competitive experience is in tennis, where she has been ranked #1 in the US in    Women’s Doubles and has twice been selected to represent the USA as a member of the Young Cup Team in international competition. The intrigue of the sport of fencing has drawn her to compete and coach fencing at the Atlantic Fencing Club. She has worked with all levels of ability and ages including youths, juniors and adults who have gone on to compete as well as those who are primarily interested in sport for recreation and fitness. Mary played pivotal role in starting the fencing program at Christian Brothers Academy, where she is the head coach of the varsity fencing team now. Mary’s 25 years of coaching experience, her understanding of exceptional details and her ability to communicate the fine points of fencing makes her a very popular coach.  Email:


 Michael Bindas
Michael's PhotoMichael has been a fencing instructor for 15 years. He had been interested in martial arts and duelist sports, and had studied sword making in Texas for several years, but discovered his passion for fencing after a move to France. He studied all three weapons there with Maitre d’Armes, Eric Desperier, and taught the art of fencing at le Club d’Escrime d’Annemasse. He joined the Atlantic Fencing Academy in 2010. As a coach who also loves to bout with our fencers, Michael is a great addition to the club. He is also the club’s weapons specialist, staying on top of new technology and serving as a resource to help our members fine tune their equipment.  Email:


Dr. Samuel Doc D’Ambola
Samuel Doc D'AmbolaDr. D’Ambola is a legend in US fencing. He was an outstanding left handed fencer. He was a member of the undefeated Seton Hall University team. He was several times state champion in individual and in team events. He coached the Essex Catholic High School for 14 years. During his time, his fencers won nine team state championships, eight Cetrullo Tournament Championships and two greater New York Championships. Many of his fencers became interscholastic, state and national champions, leading them the legend Peter Westbrook, 1984 Olympic bronze medalist and 13 times national saber champion. Mr. D’Ambola is inducted member of the National Fencing Hall of Fame, Seton Hall University Hall of Fame, Newark Athletic Hall of Fame and Essex Catholic High School Hall of Fame. Doc brought his lifelong experience and endless enthusiasm to our club and motivated and improved our young and older fencers. Mr. D’Ambola is Coach Emeritus at the Atlantic Fencing Academy.

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