Road to the Olympics
Gateway to Top Universities
- Nadiya Fortunatova - Athens 2004
- Hugo Brousse - French National Team
- Mina Zargham - Princeton
- Alex Khoshnevissan - Stanford
- Christopher Khoshnevissan - Stanford
- Joseph Lam - Duke
Nadiya Fortunatova – Women’s Head Coach & Athens 2014 OlympianSan 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.
Hugo Brousse – French National Team MemberHugo 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 – PrincetonMina 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.
Alex Khosh – StanfordAlex 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.
Chris Khosh – StanfordChristopher 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.
Joseph Lam – DukeJoseph 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!
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, Yale, Cornell, Vassar, Barnard, UC Berkeley, NYU 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
SFFC welcomes guest fencers Rostyslav Hertsyk (2013 Budapest World Championship bronze medalist) and Anastasia Melenteva (2-time Junior World champion by team and Russian national team member) who will be here to fence our students during the December Holiday advanced competitive camp.
Dec. 13-14 RYC in Treasure Island, CA
Y10 Women’s Foil:
Juliana Hung – Gold Medal
Y12 Women’s Foil:
Sabrina Cho – Bronze Medal
Y14 Men’s Foil:
Ethan Gassner – Bronze Medal
Clayton Reid – Bronze Medal
Y14 Women’s Foil:
Ever Marinelli – Gold Medal
Audrey Hirschman – Bronze Medal
Nov. 30 Bay Cup in San Carlos, CA
Junior Men’s Foil:
Zack Hammer - Gold Medal
Sebastian Medloff -Bronze Medal
SFFC was proud to host the Junior & Senior Japanese national teams in October 2014
Danielle Ferdon is ranked #6 in the nation in Cadet Women’s Foil.
Leo Zaroff is ranked #1 in the nation in Y14 Men’s Foil.