Our Staff



Men’s Head Coach Oleksiy Fortunatov

Oleksiy Fortunatov is an internationally renowned fencer and coach who has trained national champions and has won numerous gold medals himself at prestigious fencing competitions throughout the world. He has been a member of the Ukrainian Cadet, Junior and Senior National teams, and has twenty first place titles at National Ukrainian fencing competitions, as well as many gold, silver and bronze medals. He has earned the formal recognition of the president of Ukraine for his success in fencing.

Oleksiy Fortunatov is a high caliber coach with a track record of producing champions. He coached the top national cadet fencers in Ukraine, coaching them to win 4th place in the Junior World Cup in Portugal in 2004 and 7th place in the Cadet World Cup in Bulgaria. He has also coached Nadiya Kazirmirtchuk, who is the Ukrainian female champion, Olympian and multiple medalist in World Cups throughout Ukraine, Europe, and the world.

Oleksiy Fortunatov comes to us with the highest credentials available in the sport of fencing. He completed his Masters degree at The National University of Physical College and Sports of Ukraine. This is a highly prestigious institution in Ukraine, which has produced Olympic and World Cup champions. His degree from this institution is recognized internationally and enables him to coach national and international Cadet, Junior and Div I teams anywhere in the world. This specialty degree is only granted to 2-3 fencing coaches in Ukraine every year.


Women’s Head Coach Nadiya Fortunatova

San Francisco Fencers’ Club welcomes 2004 Olympian Nadiya Kazimirtchuk-Fortunatova, a highly accomplished and world-renowned fencer. In addition to her Olympic bid in Athens, Nadiya has won numerous medals and awards. Her achievements were so extraordinary that she received personal commendations from both the President and Prime Minister of Ukraine, the Mayor of Kiev and the Mayor of Almeria.

Nadiya comes to us with the highest credentials available in fencing. She has attained the Honored Masters of Sports, the International Master of Sports and Master of Sports. The Honored (Merited) Masters of Sports is the most prestigious sports award in Ukraine and Russia, and is only awarded to international champions who have made valuable contributions to the sport.

Nadiya’s coaching credentials are exceptional. She was Head coach for the Ukraine National Junior Women’s Team from 2005-2008. She was also accepted as a high level fencing coach in the National University of Physical College and Sports of Ukraine. This is a prestigious institution in Ukraine, and has produced Olympic champions, and world and European champions. Nadiya was one of only three accepted into the program, from a very large pool of applicants. Her degree from this institution is recognized internationally and enables her to coach national and international fencing teams anywhere and at any capacity in the world. This specialty degree is only granted to 2-3 fencing coaches throughout Ukraine every year.

Nadiya is an 8-time Junior World Cup gold medalist, 3-time European Championships bronze medalist, 2-time Senior World Cup Grand-Prix gold medalist, 2003 Belgium Senior World Cup gold medalist, 2003 Spain Senior World Cup gold medalist, 4-time Senior World Cup bronze medalist, 2003 Havana Senior World Championships finalist, and 2002 Lisbon Senior World Championships 6th place medalist.


Bronze Medal in the 2006 European Championship in Izmir, Turkey

Bronze Medal in the 2006 European Championship in Izmir, Turkey

Gold Medal in the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey

Gold Medal in the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey

Ryan CheungRyan began his fencing pursuit in college and competed for ten years until 1998.  Since then Ryan continues to train and play sports. From 2005 Ryan has been an avid squash player and competes regionally.  He brings his multi-sport training and competing experience to teaching youth and adult fencers.  “Top athletes today across many amateur and professional sports look to develop the athlete first and player second.  ‘You must get fit to play, not play to get fit’ is the motto for the competitive athlete.  At the top level of fencing, athletes work a majority of their training off the strip.  I’m committed to teaching fencers of all levels the rigor of athletic competing built around physical and mental training accompanied by the techniques and skills of fencing movements.

Bogdan II


Bogdan our latest competitive coach has an extensive background in the sport of fencing.  Among his achievements are the attainment of the title “Master of Sport” from Ukraine’s Physical Culture and Sports Center.  In October 2012 he was selected as athlete of the month by the city of Donetsk.  The next month, December, he received a bonus for his high international ranking and results.  In June 2013, he attained a top 8 ranking in the world.


Armorer Bijan Hooshnam

Our armorer, Bijan, provides reliable equipment repair services that are conveniently available at the club. Rest assured that all of our equipment repairs will be timely, and satisfaction guaranteed.

For armory inquiries, feel free to contact Bijan at bijan@sffencers.com or 408.306.9908.

About Us

The Olympic sport of fencing has a tradition of encouraging excellence, from fitness and self-confidence to competitive success and admission to the nation’s top schools.

San Francisco Fencers’ Club specializes in identifying and nurturing young talent in a fun and active atmosphere. Our international coaching staff develops programs for both recreational and competitive fencers.

Classes are available for all experience levels, with beginning classes starting monthly. Children as young as five years are encouraged to attend!

Our Method

San Francisco Fencers’ Club has created an acclaimed program that balances an inclusive environment with an emphasis on athletic achievement and measurable outcomes.

This balance is made possible by an extremely high coach-to-student ratio. Coaches and staff are mentors and role models who are united in the care and development of our athletes.

Our Facility

San Francisco Fencers’ Club is a purpose-renovated state-of-the-art fencing facility. It features a sprung wood fencing surface and modern Olympic style electronic scoring equipment.

We offer a full service in-house armory for equipment sales and repair.

Other amenities include equipment lockers for rent and a parents lounge area.

What Parents Say...

“SFFC is a wonderful fencing club! The coaches are the best, the owners have created a very supportive environment for our kids, and the other fencing families have become a very special community to us. I highly recommend it to any family who is considering fencing for their child or as an adult!”
– Carol Hee, mother of Sabrina Y12 fencer and RYC gold medalist

“Nadiya is truly amazing and Ever loves her, and so do I. I feel really fortunate that Ever is part of a club with so many talented and caring coaches.”
– Venus D’Amore, mother of Ever Y14 fencer

“San Francisco Fencers Club introduced our family to the beautiful and rigorous sport of foil fencing. My daughters have been fencing at the SFFC for the past five years and they love it. The coaches have diverse styles, but all are outstanding teachers and are wonderful with children. As a group, the coaches are patient and supportive of kids who do not have competitive fencing in their blood and just fence for recreation, but they also have the skill and experience to coach children with the drive and talent to be an elite fencers. The club owner and manager, Miriam, is extremely kind and wants the children to thrive in the club regardless of their ambition or ability. The best part of SFFC is the spirit of camaraderie at the club. My daughters have made many great friends and had many great experiences because of SFFC.”
– Jonathan Terdiman & Madhulika Varma, parents of Mira & Joya Y12 fencers

“Fencing with SFFC has been an incredibly positive experience for our children. The training sessions are rigorous but fun for the kids and the culture of our community (club leadership, parents, kids) is uniformly supportive. The coaches are fantastic and they deliver world class instruction and on-strip strategy with a consistently positive and encouraging attitude. Our family is very grateful to be part of SFFC!”
– Victoria & Jonathan Zaroff, parents of Roxanne, Eliza & Leo

“Our daughter has been part of the San Francisco Fencers Club (SFFC) for over 4 years now.  She could not be happier: learning from some of the finest coaches in the Bay Area while developing strong friendship with her SFFC teammates.  The SFFC provides for both fencers and parents an outstanding, yet nurturing, fencing training environment — unmatched anywhere else.  Furthermore, SFFC fencers have periodic opportunities to train with Olympic and World levels fencing guests. Finally, the SFFC competition girls are both talented and supportive of each others; and so is the entire SFFC parent community.”
Christine Dinh-Tan, mother of Delphine, Y14 fencer and RYC silver medalist