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Tim Weske

Tim Weske opened Swordplay Fencing Studio in 1992. He has been an instructor in foil since 1984. He started developing his method of theatrical combat years before becoming an instructor. Through the years Mr. Weske has trained thousands of students (both in theatrical and competitive fencing) and choreographed hundreds of fights. (FOIL, ALL THEATRICAL COMBAT WEAPONS)

Mary Spohn

Mary Spohn began her fencing career at Swordplay in 1998. At the age of 5, she took her first, foil lesson with Tim Weske. It was during those early lessons where Mary found her passion for fencing. Fast forward, over the next four years Mary proceeded to accelerate in the competitive program. By the age of 9, Mary was competing in both regional and national competitions. At age 10, Mary was ranked number 5 nationally in her age group and awarded several national medals. Over the course of the next 8 years Mary was consistently ranked as one of the top women foil fencers in the country. Her years of hard work and notable accomplishments earned her a scholarship at Northwestern University. Known throughout the Midwest Conference as one of the top Division 1 fencing programs in the country Mary embraced Northwestern Collegiate Athletics and in her first year celebrated a Midwest Conference Chapmpionship with her team. Junior year she was Captain of the Foil squad and then Senior year, voted overall Team Captain. Mary now returns to her roots at Swordplay to inspire fencing enthusiasts looking to excel in the sport of fencing.

Ben Campbell

Ben Campbell has eight years of experience competing in Olympic Saber. A graduate from New York University, he consistently competed at Nationals and Junior Olympics, most notably ranking 17th in Div. 1A Nationals ’08 and PCSF Junior Champion ‘05. To him, Fencing is a fun mental and physical game that he is thrilled to teach to his students

Ryan Cook

Ryan Cook is California born and raised. He began fencing in 2008, has worked with several different instructors, and has fenced competitively. He began teaching fencing right out of high school, and returned to Swordplay LA after a brief break during college. Ryan teaches foil, particularly enjoys working with teenagers and kids, and strives to help his students reach the next level. He is available for private lessons and teaches kids/teen and teen competition classes.

Sam Signorelli

Sam Signorelli began fencing at San Diego State in 1981. He has competed and directed at local and national level events in all three weapons. He teaches beginning foil as well as sabre. In addition, he is Swordplay's club armorer and in-house fencing equipment vendor. (SABRE, FOIL)

Adam Conn

Adam Conn comes from Ohio, and has been teaching fencing at swordplay since 2008 and loves teaching fencing to people of all ages and skills. He is currently in training to become a black belt in tae kwon do and training in kickboxing. He comes from a strong musical theatre background.

TJ Cencula

TJ Cencula began his fighting career in martial arts before coming to Swordplay Studios to train with Tim Weske. In addition to his extensive combat background, TJ earned a BA in Film from Columbia College Chicago and uses his independent production experience to specifically shape stunt fighting for the screen. He currently serves as a Stage Combat instructor with a specialized focus on film.

Victor Cervantes

Victor Cervantes started his fencing career at Swordplay in 2000, and teaches with an emphasis in Foil, with two years of Epee training. He has competed in Junior Nationals, Junior and Senior Pacific Coast Championships in Southern California and has recently fenced abroad in Spain. Victor teaches our Kids Competition Training class in Burbank and our Mixed Foil class in Granada Hills. Victor is also available for Private Lessons.

Contact Us

416 S. Victory Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

For information about fencing in our Burbank studio or any of our other programs, call or email us.

Phone: (818) 566-1777 | Fax: (818) 450-0741

Email: office@swordplayla.com