Head Coach and Founder

Ilya Lobanenkov

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 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.  

Youth and Beginner Coach

Michaela Joyce

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.

Coach

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.

Club Administration

Valentina Lobanenkova

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.

Speed and Conditioning

Greg Petrosyan

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.

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.   

Sparring Coach

Iñaki de Guzman

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. 

Community Outreach

Rose Hulsey-Vincent

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.

Sports Psychology

Bart Weathington

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