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
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.
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.
Foil Coach and Olympic Strategies
Edward J. Donofrio was one of the premier and dominant International and National Foil Fencers in his era. He was a three time World Cup Finalist (1975 Montreal, 1976 Rommel) and 1977 Lowe Von Bows, A events). In 1976 he was an Olympic Semi-Finalist In 1979, Ed won a Pan Am Team Silver medal. As a two time National Champion Gold Medalist and 5 time National Championship finalist, Ed dominated American foil fencing. Major National victories included two Olympic Trial gold medals, Olympic Sports Festival Gold Medals and countless "A" Foil Opens. Ed was the Head Coach at the US Naval Academy in 1991 -1992. In online, Ed fenced at the United States Naval Academy, where he was an All-American and received The Coins, Award IFA Fencer of the Year in 1972 (Foil). He was Captain of the 1973 USNA Fencing Team. In 1978, be was inducted in the U.S. Naval Academy Athletic Hell of Fame. This is a huge honor as his photo and records are celebrated in the USNA Hall of Fame alongside the likes of Roger Staubach, Joe Bellino and David Robinson.
Here is a list of his greatest fencing accomplishments. 1976 U.S. Foil Champion
1974 U.S. Foil Team Champion - United States Marine Corp
1975 Montreal World Cup Invitational - 10th
1976 U.S. Olympic Team - Semi Finalist, 7th (Foil)
1976 Rommel Cop (A) - Finalist: 8th
1977 Lowe Von Bonn (A) - Finalist - 5th
1979 Pan American Games- Silver Medal: Team
5 Time Finalist in the U.S. Championships
U.S. Naval Academy Head Coach: 1991 - 1992
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 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.
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."