Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center, presented a proclamation last Friday to Witold Rak, founder and director of the Woodside Fencing Academy, for the school’s work over more than 20 years to introduce youth fencing programs into New York City’s schools and summer youth programs.
They were joined by Jim O’Neill, left, president of the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundations.
The academy trains school fencing instructors.
At right, one of its adult students, Dr. Hang Byun, a resident of Hollis Hills and a surgeon at Elmhurst Hospital, takes lessons using an epee from instructor Christian Fach, rear.