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Socal Fencing Academy (SoCALFA) is a premier fencing club located in Orange County. We believe we can improve student-athletes’ lives through the Olympic sport of saber fencing. We believe everyone can be a champion through passion, relentless dedication, discipline, responsibility and exemplary sportsmanship. We will help you become world-class fencing champions who are also sought after by top universities. Please contact us at for further details.

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Everyone Can Be A Champion

Through Discipline, Relentless Dedication, Leadership, Sportsmanship

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Kevin Sohn
Age 17; A22
2019 National Champion

I cannot thank SOCALFA and Coach Hamid enough. Every practice and lesson have shaped me to become a better fencer and a more confident person. Coach Hamid knows your strengths and weaknesses really well, and always gives much needed guidance.​




CORE is our foundation program ideal for entry level individuals who want to learn the fundamental core skills of saber fencing, from which all advanced tactics and techniques are branched off; along with improvement in focus, coordination, decision-making, agility and strength.

We are looking for 6-12 yrs old who aspire to be an Olympic, World, National or NCAA fencing champion one day; or who simply dream of becoming a musketeer, pirate or buccaneer one day!

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We’re Here to Help You Win

​Reach your highest potential physically and mentally in your sport. Our world-class and diverse professionals have many years of National and International teaching and fencing experience, which allows them to fully explore every student's potential regardless of his or her level in a safe, proven and learning-oriented environment. We have integrated innovative pedagogical techniques and a holistic mind-body approach to the sport of fencing. Get started with one of our experts today and we will customize a program just for you!


Hamid Taherkhani

Head Sabre Coach

Coach Hamid is the Head Sabre Coach and owner. He started fencing at the age of 8 in Iran and he has over two decades of competitive and coaching experience. He has an illustrious career as former Iranian National Team member, winning multiple World Cup, Grand Prix, Asian as well as National Championship medals. Many of his students are highly ranked U.S. National fencers and some have been recruited to top U.S universities and colleges such as Harvard, M.I.T., Columbia University, U Penn, John Hopkins University and Northwestern.


Peyman Fakhri

Sabre Coach

Coach Peyman is one of the most renowned and sought-after sabre fencing coaches and referees in the world. He was Head Coach of the National Iran Fencing Team from 2009-2021 where he qualified and led his athletes to 3 Olympic Games in a row- London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020- and demonstrated outstanding results. In the last five years, he has developed 3 Top 40 fencers in FIE ranking who won 9 different medals (Gold, Silver & Bronze) in World Championships, Grand Prix and World Cups. 


Since he became an international FIE referee for sabre and foil in 1999, Coach Peyman has been designated by FIE as referee to 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2013-15 World Senior Championships, 2011-13 Junior and Cadet Championships, as well as 25 World Cup and Grand Prix events across the world. He was also elected as Member of Asian referee commission from 2014 till now.


Coach Peyman competed as Team Member of Iran National Team for 12 years- from 1995-2006- and achieved 9 different medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) in Asian Championship, including Gold medal in 1999 Asia and Oceania Individual Championships in China. 


Coach Peyman will bring his Olympic level fencing expertise, knowledge and experience to help SoCALFA shape more champions.


Alain Tandron Lam

Saber Coach

Coach Tandron is the Mexico National Women’s Saber Head Coach and Team Coach for State of Baja California. He is Cuban-born Mexican citizen who was invited by the State of Baja California through an exchange program 11 years ago. Under his direction, Coach Tandron has put together a world class fencing program that made Tijuana the fencing powerhouse of Mexico, attracting talents from all over the country. During this time, he has developed Olympians as well as champions at World Cup, Pan American, Zonal and Mexican National tournaments. He is well recognized as the only coach to have ever produced a Junior World Champion in Mexican history. Since winning gold at Junior and bronze at Cadet World Championship in 2017 along with multiple World Cup top 3 medals since, his protégée Natalia Botello has become No.1 in Junior Women Saber in the world. It is no surprise that he has been awarded Coach of the Year by his state multiple times. As one of only six referees in the world who is highly versed in all three fencing weapons, Coach Tandron is a familiar face at major tournaments all over the world. His deep knowledge of the sport and the extensive network he has built over the years in the fencing world make him an indispensable asset for SoCALFA.


Jay Lee

Saber  Coach

Coach Jay has been trained to be a professional fencer and a coach for nearly 20 years. During his competitive fencing days, Coach Jay was the Gold and Silver medalist in Asia Junior Championship (Kuwait, 2006), Junior National Champion in Korea (2005) and 1st place in the selection match for Korean Cadet National Team and participated in World Cadet Fencing Championship (Trapani-Italy, 2003). After his education and competitive college fencing career, he started his 10+ years of coaching career spanning Asia, Europe and U.S.- including positions as the National Team Coach in Indonesia, coach at US Metro Fencing Club in Paris, France. He holds coaching licenses BPJEPS in France, coaching license in Korea, and Asia referee license.

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Mon,Tue,Thur: 7:00pm- 9:00pm

The Olympic class is our highest level and most intensive program that will fulfill the potential of competitive Elite fencers with collegiate and international aspirations. 4 x 2 hrs weekly.


Invitation to the Olympic program is based on tournament performance and coaches' evaluations.


Minimum 4 private lessons are highly recommended with our coaches.

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Get in touch with us today to book an appointment, start your membership, or ask any questions you may have by emailing us below or submitting the form to the right.

23452 Ridge Route Dr,
Laguna Hills, Ca 92653

+1(949) 889-0049

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