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Nadiya Fortunatova – Women’s Head Coach & Athens 2004 Olympian

San Francisco Fencers’ Club welcomes and is honored to host 2004 Olympian Nadiya Kazimirtchuk-Fortunatova, a world-renowned coach and a highly accomplished fencer.
Nadiya has won numerous international medals in foil and epee, including 8 World Cup golds, and was awarded many outstanding rewards including the Honored Masters of Sports, the most prestigious sports award in Ukraine and Russia.
She comes to us with exceptional coaching background and expertise, the highest degree from the very reputable National University of Physical College and Sports of Ukraine, and three years of experience as Head Coach of the Ukrainian National Junior Women’s Team.
Nadiya is the Head Coach of the Women’s program at SFFC and has already produced nationally ranked champions in various age categories.

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Hugo Brousse – French National Team Member

Hugo Brousse was a French National Team Member and a multiple World Cup medalist. He won the Gold Medal in 2006 at the Junior World Cup in Steinfurt, Germany, and the Gold Medal in Cadet in the French Team championship in 2003.  He won the Silver in Cabries in the 2004 Cadet World Cup, and Bronze in the Junior World Cups in Aix-en-Provence in 2005 and Budapest in 2007.
He comes to us as a Maître d’armes (Master of Arms) of the First Degree from the French Fencing Federation, allowing him to prepare and coach our fencers at the national and international levels.

 

Mina Zargham – Princeton

Mina has shown great devotion to the sport of fencing and her academic goals. She finished in the top 16 in both Cadet and Junior Women’s Foil at the 2005 Summer Nationals. She was nationally ranked in Seniors the following year and represented the United States in many World Cups. During her university years at Princeton studying Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mina fenced on the Women’s Varsity Foil Team and was awarded the Most Valuable Freshman Award in 2008.

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Alex Khosh – Stanford

Alex was a committed fencer since he first picked up a foil. He stepped into the national spotlight by obtaining the gold medal in Cadet Men’s Foil in 2005. His other notable accomplishments include top 16 in a Senior National competition in April 2007 and a 9th place finish in Juniors in November 2007. He has continuously represented the United States in numerous World Cups, such as London and Madrid. Alex received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford and fenced on the Stanford Varsity Foil Team during his years at the university.

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Chris Khosh – Stanford

Christopher has been a nationally ranked fencer and competitor since 2002. He is a 2008 Junior Olympics Cadet bronze medalist, a 2007 national Cadet bronze medalist, a 2006 Summer National Championship bronze medalist, and a March 2008 Pacific Coast Champion silver medalist. Internationally, he finished 6th at the November 2009 Cadet World Cup in Warsaw, and finished top 16 in January 2008 in the Cadet World Cup in Koblenz, Germany. He has placed in the top 32 in Junior World Cups in Budapest, London and Madrid. He is currently studying at Stanford University and joined the Stanford Varsity Team as a member of the Men’s Foil Team upon starting university.

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Joseph Lam – Duke

Joseph started fencing as a Y14 fencer. In just a few years, he became two time US National Bronze Medalist, Pacific Coast Gold medalist, and was accepted to Duke University. He currently fences as a starter on Duke’s Varsity Fencing Team. Congratulations Joseph!

Danielle

Danielle was an early founding member of the new fencing club when it opened its doors in the Richmond District of San Francisco in 2007. As she moves on to College to compete in the Ivy League at the University of Pennsylvania, Danielle has the distinction of having trained eight years under Alex and Nadiya Fortunotov, Her results show the accomplishments of hard work by all!

National Ranking:  Foil A15 (3/16)
5th  Cadet  (Alternate for World Championship in Tashkent 2015)

9th   Junior
15th Senior

National Results
Silver Cadet WF, 11/14

Bronze Junior WF, 7/14
Bronze Cadet WF, 7/14
5th Place Cadet JOs, 2/15
7th Place DVI NAC, 10/15

International Results
Top 16 Junior World Cup, 11/15

Bronze Cadet Pan Am Games, 2/14
5th Junior Pan Am Games, 2/15
5th Cadet Pan Am Games, 2/15

Welcome to San Francisco Fencers’ Club!

We opened our doors in April 2006 with a vision of creating a sports club where fencers could maximize their success at competitions at the local, national, World Cup and Olympic levels.

SFFC fencers have finished in the top 8 at World Cups, brought home US Junior Olympic and National medals, and are currently ranked in the top three in many foil age categories locally and nationally. Our fencers have gained admissions to Stanford, Princeton, Cornell, Vassar, Barnard, UC Berkeley, NYU, USC, UPenn and Duke.

San Francisco Fencers’ Club strives to embody the best of the Olympic ideals: physical activity, competition and sportsmanship. We are proud of the championship medals on our walls, and take equal pride in our healthy and positive club atmosphere that can be satisfying and enjoyable.

If you are looking for a club that can develop Olympic level champions while honoring the uniqueness of every individual, a club that endeavors to balance seriousness with fun, while fostering a sense of achievement in an atmosphere of mutual respect, explore our site and give us a call.

~ Miriam, Club Owner & Fencing Parent


News

Sept. 2016: RYC, San Francisco, CA.

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Juliana Hung earns a Gold Medal,
Roxanne Zaroff 5th place,
Hikaru Takagi 7th Place
in the Y14 Women’s Foil

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Sept. 2016: Junior Bay Cup, San Francisco, CA.

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the Junior (U20) Women’s Foil
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June/July 2016: Summer National, Dallas, TX

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Y12 Women’s Foil
Juliana Hung 7th Place
Roxanne Zaroff Top 16
Y14 Women’s Foil
Juliana Hung 22nd Place

Ethan Gassner - 2016 Summer NAC
Div II Men’s Foil
Ethan Gassner Bronze Medal
Y-14 Men’s Foil
Ethan Gassner Top 12

SFFC Women's Team - 2016 Summer NAC

Senior Team Women’s Foil
Sabrina Cho, Danielle Ferdon, Paige Luong, Ever Marinelli
Bronze Medal

SFFC Men's Team - 2016 Summer NAC
Senior Team Men’s Foil
Aidan Chu, Ben Hadler, Zack Hammer, Sebastian Medloff
Silver Medal

Paige Luong - 2016 Summer NAC

Junior Women’s Foil
Paige Luong Bronze Medal
Danielle Ferdon Top Ten

Div II Women’s Foil
Delphine Tan Top Ten

Cadet Men’s Foil
Leo Zaroff Top 16

Div III Women’s Foil
Gayatri Bhanot Top 16
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April 2016: TFC SpringFest RJCC, San Jose, CA

Ben Hadler RJCC 2016

Cadet (U17) Men’s Foil
Ben Hadler – Gold Medal

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April 22 – 25, 2016 Rain City Super Youth Circuit (SYC)

Clayton - Seattle

Y14 Men’s Foil
Clayton Reid – Gold Medal
Ethan Gassner – Top Ten

Juliana, Roxanne & Shannon - Seattle

Y14 Women’s Foil
Juliana Hung – Gold Medal
Roxanne Zaroff – 5th Place

 

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Y10 Women’s Foil
Roxanne Zaroff – 8th Place

Chin-Yi Kong - Seattle

Y10 Women’s Foil
Chin-Yi Kong – 7th Place

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Y12 Men’s Foil
James Chen – 8th Place

 

April 2016: NAC in Richmond, VA

David Hadler NAC - 2016

DIV I Men’s Foil
David Hadler – Bronze Medal

Danielle NAC 2016 Richmond

DIV I Women’s Foil
Danielle Ferdon – 8th Place
Ever Marinelli – 14 Place

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DIV III Men’s Foil
Ethan Yu – Bronze Medal
Lucas Wang – 5th Place

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April 2016:  Bay Cup El Cerrito, CA

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Junior (U20) Women’s Foil
Sabrina Cho – Gold Medal

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Coastside RYC # 4 in San Jose
Y10 Women’s Foil
Hikaru Takagi – Silver Medal
Olivia Kong – Bronze Medal
Chin-Yi Kong 7th Place
Y14 Women’s Foil
Audrey Hirschman – Silver Medal

NAC SALT LAKE CITY, March 2016
Y14 Men Utah 03:2016
Our Y14 Men’s team wins Gold!
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Y14 Women's NAC UTAH 03-2016
Y14 Women’s Team Foil – SFFC
wins both Gold and Silver!
Gayatri Bhanot, Delphine Tan, Juliana Hung,
Joanne Luong, Paige Luong, Ever Marinelli
and Sabrina Cho.
Clayton Reid - NAC UTAH 03-2016
Y-14 Men’s Foil
Clayton Reid – Bronze Medal
Ethan Gassner – 5th Place
Hikaru NAC UTAH 03-2016
Y10 Women’s Foil – Hikaru Takagi Bronze Medal
Joanne Juliana NAC UTAH 03-2016
Women’s Foil
Juliana Hung – 5th Place Y12
Joanne Luong – 8th Place Y14
Y12 NAC UTAH 3:2016
Y12 Women’s Foil
Juliana Hung – 5th Place
Roxanne Zaroff – 8th Place
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Super Youth Circuit, Austin Texas, Feb. 20, 2016
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Ethan Yu wins the Y14 Silver Medal
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Junior Olympics, Cleveland, OH, Feb. 12 – 15, 2016
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Leo Zaroff grabs 7th Place, Cadet Men’s Foil
SFFC Team JO 2:16
Jr. Team Men’s Foil, Bronze Medal
Jr. Team Women’s Foil, Bronze Medal
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World Cup in Paris, France , February 5-6, 2016
Paige Sabrina Paris 2:16
Y14 Women’s Foil
Sabrina Cho(r), 4th Pl. & Paige Luong, 5th Pl.
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Results Gardena, CA. Super Youth Circuit – Jan 2016
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  Y14 Women’s Foil – Delphine Tan – Bronze Medal
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Ethan Clayton SYC LA 2:16
Y14 Men’s Foil
Ethan Gassner – Silver Medal
Clayton Reid – Bronze Medal

Hikaru SYC 1:16

Y10 Women’s Foil
Hikaru Takagi – Bronze Medal


Roxanne - Hugo SYC 1:16
Y12 Women’s Foil
Roxanne Zaroff – Top 8
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Latest College Placement
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Congratulations on Danielle Ferdons’
acceptance into U Penn!
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Results Treasure Chest Challenge – Jan. ’16
RYC Jan 2016
 Y14 Women’s Foil
Sabrina Cho – Gold Medal
Roxanne Zaroff  – 7th Place
Delphine Tan – 10th Place
 Y12 Women’s Foil
Roxanne Zaroff  – Gold Medal
Y14 Men’s Foil
Ethan Gassner – Gold Medal
Ethan Yu – Bronze Medal
Clayton Reid – 10th Place
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Results NAC St. Louis – Jan. ’16
Senior Team Men’s Foil – Silver Medal
Women's Team Foil NAC Jan. '16
 Senior Team Women’s Foil – Silver Medal
 David Hadler NAC Jan. 2016
David Hadler 11th Place Div I Men’s Foil
Danielle Ferdon
Danielle Ferdon, Jr. Women’s Foil 13th Pl.
Results from the Denver, CO SYC/RCC
Denver I
 Denver III
Denver II
Denver IV
The results are in from the NAC in
Kansas City, MO.
Audrey - NAC KC 11-15
Audrey Hirschman wins a Bronze Medal in
the Y14 Women’s Foil event.
Aidan - NAC KC 11-15
…and Aidan Chu wins 6th place in the Cadet
men’s foil.
At the Bernie Stein Memorial Super Youth
Circuit Oct 2015 in Pheonix Arizona,
SFFC fencer Paige Luong brings home
Gold Medal Y14 WF, Sabrina Cho brings
home Silver. Juliana Hung wins Silver Y12
WF, James Chen makes top 8 Y12 MF,
Kenneth Kong makes top 8 Y14 MF, and
Olivia Kong wins 5th place Y10 WF
event-SFFC totals 6 top 8 medals!
Oct RYC
SFFC welcomes the Japanese National Team
to our club!
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SFFC welcomes #1 ranked Spanish fencer
Carlos Llavador World Cup competitor
and German National Team members to SFFC
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SFFC’s Men’s team wins Bronze at the NAC
in Richmond, Virginia October 2015!
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SFFC fencer Danielle Ferdon takes 7th place at
the NAC in Richmond, Virginia October 2015!
Daniel Ferdon NAC 10-15
SFFC fencer Kerry Lu places 6th in Cadet
division at the NAC in Richmond, VA!
Kerry Lu NAC 10-15
SFFC fencers Joanne Luong and Juliana Hung
win Gold and Silver in the Y14 Women’s foil
at the Bay Cup at the Sport Fencing Center:  Richmond, CA on 9/27/15

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SFFC fencers Lucas Wang and Brandon Yu
win Gold and Silver in the Sr. Men’s foil at the
Bay Cup at the North Bay Fencing Academy:
Santa Rosa, CA on 9/27/15

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With a total of 11 Medals at the Treasure Island RYC 9/19-20/15, SFFC starts the season as the #1 club in the Bay Area with the most top 8 Medals, with Olympian and Female Head Coach Nadiya Fortunatova, Y14 Women’s Foil top 8 finalists Gayatri Bhanot and Delphine Tan, Y14 Gold Medalist Sabrina Cho, Y14 Men’s Gold Medalist Clayton Reid, Y14 Silver Medalist Audrey Hirschman and Head Coach Alex Fortunatov

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RYC Y12 Women’s Foil Gold Medalist Juliana Hung and Top 8 Medalists Olivia Kong and Roxanne Zaroff with Olympian and Women’s Head Coach Nadiya Fortunatova at the RYC 9/19/15

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SFFC fencer Andreas Shypertt wins Silver Medal at the Bay Cup 8/23/15 bravo Andreas and Coach Hugo!!!

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SFFC congratulates Yuki Ota 7/15 World Cup Gold Champion! Thanks to Yuki for visiting SFFC in October and fencing our members!

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Juliana Hung finishes the 2014-15 fencing season ranked #1 in Y-10 women’s foil in the USA!

 

Forty-one SFFC fencers compete in the 2015 USA Summer Nationals in San Jose, CA.  Thirty of them make the top 32! This includes three silver medals, four bronze, three top eight finishes, five top sixteen and fourteen top thirty-two. Congratulations to each and everyone!

 

SFFC Results 2015 US Summer Championships San Jose, CA

Juliana Hung Silver Y10 Women’s Foil
Leo Zaroff Bronze Y14 Men’s Foil
Bronze Senior Team Men’s Foil
5th Place Senior Team Women’s Foil
Joanne Luong 5th Div II Women’s Foil
Zach Hammer Top 8 Div I-A Men’s Foil
Paul Wat 11th Junior Men’s Foil
Ben Hadler Bronze Div III Men’s Foil
Audrey Hirschman Silver Div III W. Foil
Ever Marinelli Bronze Div II Women’s Foil
Kerry Lu 10th Place Y-14 Men’s Foil
Kevin Lu 14th Place Y-14 Men’s Foil
Sabrina Cho 10th Place Y-12 W. Foil
Paige Luong 11th Place Y-14 W. Foil
David Hadler Top 16th Div I Men’s Foil
David Hadler 11th Place Junior Men’s Foil

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Leo Zaroff finishes the 2014-15 fencing season ranked third in Y-14 men’s foil in the USA!

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Young SFFC fencers bring home medals from the International Youth Bergstraßenturnier in Weinheim, Germany:

 

Y10 Women’s Foil – Juliana Hung: Gold medal
Y14 Women’s Foil – Team 1: Gold medal
Y14 Women’s Foil – Team 2: Silver medal
Y14 Men’s Foil – Team 1: Gold medal
Y12 Women’s Foil – Juliana Hung: Gold medal
Y14 Women’s Foil – Ever Marinelli: Silver medal
Y14 Men’s Foil – Ethan Gassner: Silver medal
Y12 Women’s Foil – Sabrina Cho: Silver medal
Y14 Women’s Foil – Delphine Tan & Audrey Hirschman: Bronze medal
Y12 and Y14 Men’s Foil – Sebastian Curley, Clayton Reid & Ethan Yu: Top 8

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Danielle Ferdon is ranked #5 in the nation in Cadet Women’s Foil and alternate to US Cadet National Team for the World Championships!