Ilya Lobanenkov

Head Coach and Founder

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

  • 2020 World Championship Team member in both Cadet and Junior Women's epee.

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

  • Divison 1 Womens Epee Silver.

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

  • Gold at the 2019 Grenoble Cadet Team European Cup.

  • Silver at the 2019 Junior Olympics,

  • Gold in Vet-40 ME Team and Bronze in Vet-40 National Championships. 

  • Other podium appearances Nationally and Internationally across 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.  

Iñaki de Guzman

Sparring Coach

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. 

Michaela Joyce

Youth and Beginner Coach

In 2020 Michaela made the World Championship team representing USA Fencing in both the Junior (Under 20) and Cadet (Under 17) events.

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.

Rose Hulsey-Vincent

Community Outreach

Rose Hulsey-Vincent has a strong background in NCAA Division III fencing, where led her team as captain for two years and was awarded “Fencer of the Year” in the Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference. She has competed in national events and North American Cups, and continues to fence competitively. Rose brings a strong technical and form-focused approach to her coaching. She currently runs Cardinal’s outreach classes to introduce the local community to this fast-paced and exciting sport.

Bart Weathington

Sports Psychology

Bart Weathington, Ph.D will be joining our support team as seasoned sport psychologist, offering his services in 20 minute sessions that can be scheduled like a fencing lesson. He will also be joining our tournament support team and help sharpen our mental game to manage motivations, improve focus, confidence and the journey through sport overall. He served as Director of the Graduate Program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and UC Foundation Professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Weathington followed a nontraditional route into academe by working as a management consultant delivering organizational performance solutions. His main motivation today is to resume working directly with athletes and parents to maximize the joy of sport and performance potential.


Bart also served multiple years in the fencing community:


  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Fencing Club (Coach & Faculty Advisor, 2002-2015)

  • United States Fencing Association Regional Organizing Committee (Member, 2010-2012)

  • United States Fencing Association Tournament Committee (Member, 2004-2008)

  • Tennessee Division United States Fencing Association (Chair, 2005-2006; Vice-Chair, 2006-2007; Secretary, 2007-2008)

  • Chattanooga Fencing Club (Founding Coach, 2003-2006)

  • United States Fencing Association Coaches’ College Certified Epee Coach

Alex Rachtchinine


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.   

Doug Tableman


Doug Tableman has worked with fencers at all levels, from high school leagues to international world cups. His personalized approach allows him to tailor his coaching for every student, meeting their specific needs. Even in a group setting, Doug can engage each student personally.


As an athlete, Doug competed on the Div 1 National Circuit while finishing his MBA at St. Johns. He understands the variety of demands that his students face, and is committed to helping them reach their goals in sports and academics.

Claire Busch

Beginner Coach

Coach Claire is a strong technical athlete who has been fencing since 2010. She has always been more focused on the mental and physical health benefits of fencing than the competitive side - but she did finish in the top 32 at the 2013 Junior Olympics and has competed all over the country. To her, fencing is a way to decompress and clear the mind. Now she works with beginners focusing on technique and form. Claire has a degree in industrial design from the University of Cincinnati, is an alumna of Phi Mu Fraternity, and is ordained as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA. Please welcome Coach Claire to CFA!


Elite Wellness Performance and Recovery

Athlete Preparation and Fitness 

We partnered up with a modern science based fitness center to provide specialised training for our competitive fencers. About Elite from their website: 


"Elite Wellness uses innovative technology to accelerate performance and recovery. Health and wellness is our number one priority. We offer an interactive environment geared towards athletes and anyone looking to improve their quality of living. Our team has an extensive background in sports, fitness and nutrition.

We are constantly looking for new advancements in the health and fitness industry to biohack human genetics. Biohacking is the process of making changes to your lifestyle in order to override your body’s biology so you can feel your absolute best. With the help of cutting edge technology, we aim to reduce pain, boost metabolism, slow aging, accelerate recovery, lose weight, promote relaxation, optimize performance and more.

With the amount of stress that is put on a person in everyday living, it is imperative to take the appropriate steps to help the mind and body recover. Without performance there is no recovery and without recovery there is no performance."