Coach Samson is the founder and Head Coach of SG Academy of Fencing. He decided to start his own club in
2016 as he wanted to create an all-rounded training environment for his students. Many in the fraternity can attest to
Coach Samson's passion and dedication for Fencing, and his perseverance in his pursuit of excellence. He is a role
model and a mentor to the students. Tapping on his vast personal experience as Singapore's Top Men's Épéeist over the years
from competing and training at the international level, Coach Samson understands that mundane physical and technical grinding no longer works, his training plan for his students also covers psychological, tactical analyzation and drills, dynamic physical circuits and more.
Coach Samson is the first Singaporean Men's Épéeist to win all the bouts in pools in the World Fencing Championships (in 2015), earning the right to a direct qualification into the 2nd day of qualification. He is also the first Singaporean Men's Épéeist to clinch the Thailand Open Title (in 2019) and Hong Kong Open Title (in 2016). Coach Samson also had a crucial part to play in the Men's Épée Qualification for the Asian Games in 2014, it was his breakthrough Asian Fencing Championships Top 8 Individual Finish in the same year that helped greenlight their appeal to partake in the Asian Games. He was also part of the team that won a historic Gold in the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in 2014.
Coach Samson believes in constantly upgrading himself as a Coach, keeping updated with the current fencing trends and development by personally traveling overseas to watch, observe and discuss with fencers from other countries, following which incorporating them into his training sessions to benefit his students. Coach Samson is also currently the first and only Singaporean to be in the Fencing Confederation of Asia Athletes' Commission.
Thailand Open Fencing Championships 2019 (Individual - Gold)
Past and Present Students who made the Singapore National Team (Ex and Existing)
⁍ Alasdair Low (Cadet National Team)
⁍ Austin Lu (Junior & Cadet National Team)
⁍ Brandon Goh (Senior, Junior & Cadet National Team)
⁍ Cymbeline Tan (Junior & Cadet National Team)
⁍ Daryl Ng (Junior & Cadet National Team)
⁍ Esther Lai (Senior, Junior & Cadet National Team - The first Singaporean Women's Épée to win the Asian Junior Champion Title)
⁍ Grace Mun (Junior & Cadet National Team)
⁍ Jacob Lim (Cadet National Team)
⁍ Jaren Ng (Junior National Team)
⁍ Neville Lim Woon Juin (Senior, Junior & Cadet National Team - The first Singaporean Men's Épée to win the Asian Cadet Champion Title)
⁍ Ryan Tan (Junior & Cadet National Team)
⁍ Samuel Lee (Senior, Junior & Cadet National Team - Represented Singapore at the 2013 Asian Youth Games)
Coach Cheryl is currently the Ranked 1 Women's Épéeist in Singapore with countless Cadet, Junior & Senior Medals
under her belt. She has maintained her top position in the National Senior Team for the past few years. She picked up
fencing when she was in Secondary 1 as a CCA and in the span of 1 year, she achieved a Top 8 finish in the Fencing Singapore
International Competition (Senior) and qualified for the National Cadet Team. She was the youngest representative from Singapore in the 2008 Asian Fencing Championships (Senior) at the age of 15. Throughout the years Coach Cheryl has maintained her position in the National Cadet, Junior and Senior team as one of the main fencers.
Coach Cheryl was the first Singaporean Women's Épéeist to have qualified into the round of 16 in the Asian Fencing Championships in 2015, and again in the 2017 Asian Fencing Championships. She currently still holds the best performance for Singapore Women's Épée in the Asian Games, with her Individual 6th finish in the 2014 Edition. She was part of the team that achieved 5th in the 2018 Asian Games and the historic Gold Medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Fencing Championships.
Coach Cheryl has competed in many Major Games like Asian Games, SEA Games, and the Olympic Zone Qualifiers, but despite her successes, she remains rooted and down to earth. She emphasizes on technical foundation, discipline, and positive training attitude in her training sessions. Strongly believing in imparting more than just fencing to her students, she grooms her students with positive values that will benefit them in life outside of sports. Coach Cheryl is detailed and strict in her coaching, coupled with her vivacious personality her students always look forward to her classes. She taps on her experiences to guide her students when they are facing obstacles in their fencing journey, whether it is regarding time management, competition mindset, tactical issues and more. She uses her opportunities to compete at the international level such as the Asian & World Championships, Grand Prix and World Cups to keep herself updated with the current developments in fencing, which she will bring back to incorporate into her training sessions.
Senior Épée Coach
Thailand Open Fencing Championships 2019 (Team - Gold)
Hong Kong President Cup 2014 (Individual - Bronze)
South East Asian Fencing Federation Championships 2014 (Individual - Silver)
Fencing Singapore International 2014 (Individual - Gold)
National Individual Championships 2014 (Individual - Gold)
Coach Cymbeline had first picked up fencing in her secondary school days. In under 2 years, she made the National
Cadet Team with the Novices Champion title under her belt. Ever since her secondary school days she has displayed
leadership, commitment and maturity beyond her age.In her Junior College fencing team, she has proven herself to be a
natural team leader and excellent sportswoman. She was in charge of planning and executing the physical training sessions that helped to prepare her team for competitions. Her dedication to Fencing, tenacity, pro-activeness and the perseverance to constantly challenge limits makes her a great coach. Coach Cymbeline shares with the students her training beliefs, guiding them to be more commited and discplined in trainings.