Ilya has worked with internationally competitive programs for over 28 years. Some notable results from his students include: 

  • #1 USA 17 and Under  Women's Epee points standing finish in 2019.

  • Divison 1 WE Silver

  • Back to back Gold Medals in Youth 14 Nationals and Capitol Clash SYCs. 

  • Silver at the 2019 Heidenheim 17 and Under World Cup.

  • Silver at the 2019 Junior Olympics,

  • Bronze in Vet-40 National Championships. 

  • Other podium appearances Nationally and Internationally across most USA Fencing Epee events.

Ilya has served as the USA Team coach at multiple World Cups bringing home the winner's Danube Cup from Bratislava CWE2019. Every champion starts as a beginner and Ilya works with each fencer at their pace while always shooting for the stars.  

Head Coach and Founder

Ilya Lobanenkov

Valentina brings her experience as a high-end boutique store manager to run our customer relations and club administration. She will be happy to answer any questions about signing up for classes, individual lesson scheduling, tournament travel or coaching fees.

Club Administration

Valentina Lobanenkova

Michaela started fencing in 2015 with Coach Ilya's brand new program in the Loudoun, Ashburn, Dulles and Reston area. In 2019 she finished the season ranked #1 in the USA in 17 and Under (Cadet) Women's Epee. She has achieved Silver Medals at the Division 1 Nationals, 2019 Junior Olympics in 20 and Under, the Cadet World Cup, multiple podium appearances at the National level in Y14, Cadet and Division 1A events. When Michaela is not training, she is nurturing beginner youth with her joyful and disciplined approach to success.

Youth and Beginner Coach

Michaela Joyce

Greg is a two time Olympian, a world record long jumper (27'/31.5") and an Olympic coach. Greg coached athletes in many different sports to the highest level over 30 years: Soccer, Football, Bobsled, Figure Skating, Tennis and now Fencing. Greg brings passion, innovation and kind words of encouragement to elite athletes and any individuals that want to achieve their physical potential.

Speed and Conditioning

Greg Petrosyan

Alex is a three-time US National 40+ Champion and an A-rated fencer. He started fencing back in Russia and after a break returned to the sport as a coach and Veteran competitor. He brings a solid technical foundation to his group and individual lessons while maintaining a fun classroom environment.   


Alex Rachtchinine

Iñaki is a strong Division 1 and NCAA fencer with more than a few North American and World Cups in his competitive career. Currently a competitor, he is working with fencers in full speed sparring sessions that help connect  actions learned in lessons to real bouts. Iñaki's strengths are fluid, precise actions that accelerate at the right moment and provide clear strategies in tough situations. 

Sparring Coach

Iñaki de Guzman