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Carrollton, Texas 75006

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Salle d' armes

Fencing Institute of Texas is a salle d’ armes for Olympic sport fencing. We employ only the most qualified teachers as our fencing instructors. Each of our Fencing Masters has the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in physical education. Their curricula and degree certifications have been validated by the American education system. Each of them also possesses a license or pedagogy from their respective country. In addition, our Fencing Masters must have a minimum of two years experience coaching at the international level. Fencing Instructors are credentialed by the US Fencing Association Coaches College or US Fencing Coaches Association as mid-level instructors.

Our Coaches & Armorer

Volodymyr Yefimov

Hossam Mahmoud

Rhonda Trietsch

Jonathan Carr

Ovy Waddoups

VOLODYMYR YEFIMOV

Head Coach and Executive Director — Ukraine

 

  Maestro Volodymyr Yefimov has been at the Fencing Institute of Texas since his arrival in the United States from the Ukraine in 2000. Since that time, he has developed many students who have become very accomplished fencers. The following fencers not only compete internationally, but have competed on the United States Fencing Team (generally, a fencer must be in the top four of the national points to make the team) and represented the US at World Championships.

 

• Bachelor of Science in Physical Culture, Lvov University of Physical Culture, Ukraine • Master of Fence, Soviet Union and pedagogy • Certificate in Sports Medicine

World Cup

2012 Budapest Men’s Foil Cadet Raymond Chen 1st

2011 Budapest Men’s Foil Cadet Raymond Chen 1st

2011 Halle, Germany Men’s Foil Cadet Raymond Chen 6th

2011 Tournoi Women’s Foil Junior Mona Shaito 5th

2010 London Men’s Foil Junior Zain Shaito 7th

2010 Luxembourg Women’s Foil Junior  Mona Shaito 2nd

2010 France Women’s Foil Cadet  Mona Shaito 2nd

2010 Germany Women’s Foil Cadet  Mona Shaito 2nd

2010 France Women’s Foil Junior  Mona Shaito 3rd

2010 Budapest Men’s Foil Cadet Raymond Chen Top 16

2009 Burgsteinfurt Men’s Foil Zain Shaito 5th

2009 London Men’s Foil Zain Shaito 6th

2008 Iran Men’s Foil Junior Zain Shaito 2nd

2008 London Men’s Foil Junior Zain Shaito 3rd

2008 Budapest Men’s Foil Junior Zain Shaito 6th

2007 Koblenz Men’s Foil Cadet Enzo Castellani 1st

2005 Salzburg Men’s Foil Cadet Enzo Castellani 3rd

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Olympic Games

2012 London Women’s Foil Mona Shaito

2012 London Men’s Foil Zain Shaito

 

Youth Olympic Games

2010 Singapore Women’s Foil Mona Shaito 5th

 

World Championships

2014 Hungary Women's Vet Foil Uschi Szpak 8th

2013 Bulgaria Women's Vet Foil Uschi Szpak 8th

2012 Austria Women's Vet Foil Uschi Szpak 5th

2011 Jordan Women’s Foil Cadet Mona Shaito 9th

2010 Azerbaijan Men’s Foil Junior Zain Shaito 1st

2010 Azerbaijan Women’s Foil Junior Mona Shaito 7th

2009 Ireland Men’s Foil Team Zain Shaito 2nd

2008 Italy Men’s Foil Junior Team Zain Shaito 1st

2007 Turkey Men’s Foil Cadet Enzo Castellani 3rd

Zonals

2014 Pan-Am Championships Vet Women's Foil Uschi Szpak 2nd

2014 Can-Am Cup Vet Women's Open Foil Uschi Szpak 3rd

2013 Can-Am Cup Vet Women's Foil Uschi Szpak 3rd

2013 Pan-Am Championships Vet Women's Foil Uschi Szpak 3rd

2012 Wakayama, Jap. Women’s Foil Mona Shaito 1st

2012 Wakayama, Jap. Men’s Foil Zain Shaito 1st

2011 Pan-Arab Women’s Foil Mona Shaito 1st

2011 Asian Champ. Women’s Foil Junior Mona Shaito 3rd

2011 Asian Champ. Women’s Foil Cadet Mona Shaito 1st

2011 Arab Champ. Women’s Foil Junior Mona Shaito 1st

2011 Arab Champ. Women’s Foil Cadet Mona Shaito 1st

2006 Pan-American Men’s Foil Cadet Enzo Castellani 3rd

2006 Pan-American Women’s Foil Cadet Darcie Malylnn 3rd

 

US National Team Members

2015 Junior Men's Foil Rayomnd Chen

2014 Women’s Foil Veteran Ushci Szpak

2013 Men’s Foil Cadet Raymond Chen

2013 Women’s Foil Veteran Ushci Szpak

2012 Men’s Foil Cadet Raymond Chen

2012 Women’s Foil Veteran Ushci Szpak

2011 Women’s Foil Cadet Mona Shaito

2010 Women’s Foil Cadet Mona Shaito

2010 Men’s Foil Junior Zane Shaito

2009 Men’s Foil Junior Zane Shaito

2008 Men’s Foil Junior Zane Shaito

2007 Men’s Foil Cadet Enzo Castellani

2006 Men’s Foil Cadet Enzo Castellani

 

HOSSAM MAHMOUD

Associate Director and Fencing Master - Egypt

 

• Bachelor of Arts, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

• Egyptian epee team for 9 years

• Taught fencing at the Alexandria Club (Egypt) for 6 years

• Assisted Abdelmonem Salem at Lone Star Fencing Center in Dallas for 10 years before Salem became the Head Fencing Coach at the Air Force Academy

photograph copyrighted Sil Azevedo

photograph copyrighted Sil Azevedo

RHONDA TRIETSCH

Director of Sport Performance and Prevost - United States

 

• Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology, University of North Texas

• Rhonda Trietsch has been the leader of the FIT Sabre Team for many years.

• Southern Methodist University Instructor, Fencing Wellness Program

• Coached UNT Fencing Club team for four years

JONATHAN CARR

Instructor and Coach, USFA Level II - United States

 

• Bachelor of Arts, Language Arts

• USFA Coach's College graduate

• Coach Carr had a fencing club in Mississippi prior to Hurricane Katrina

• Teaches FIT afterschool program at St. Phillips Preparatory School

• Teaches FIT Fitness Fencing Program

• UNT Fencing Club team for four years

OVY WADDOUPS

Head Armorer - United States

 

Fencing Institute of Texas is one of the few schools in the country with a full-time armorer. Mr. Waddoups volunteers his time to help all the fencers at FIT and in the Southwest Section; he has been the North Texas Division Armorer since 1989. Mr. Waddoups is often seen at USFA National tournaments working diligently to keep the tournament running smoothly.

 

Mr. Waddoups is a volunteer at FIT and does not receive any payment for his services.

Office Staff and Other Personnel

All other personnel you see at FIT are unpaid volunteers, and you can be involved, too! Talk with the volunteers at the front desk and let them know you would like to help! Brenda Waddoups is our acting General Manager and will be happy to answer your questions. She may be reached during the day at (817) 782-5926; or at FIT in the evenings and on Saturday.

 

Past Coaching Staff and Instructors

FIT is very proud of our instructor heritage. Our first guiding coach was Abdelmonem Salem, Egyptian Olympian, Fencing Master, and Head Coach at the US Air Force Academy. Vitaliy Boksiner and Hossam Mahmoud were the first instructors at FIT. Vitaliy currently teaches part-time at another club, but still fences at FIT.

 

Other Coaching Staff and Instructors include:

Skip Shurtz - Fencing Master, Olympian and current Coach at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona

Iryna Dolgikh - Fencing Master, currently the NCAA Women’s Fencing Coach at Cornell University

Saleet Jafri - Sabre Coach, currently a professor at George Mason University

Adrian Colcisca and Florin Paunescu - Romanian coaches, currently at Arizona Fencing Club

Elliott Chorn - Assistant Instructor

Bob van der Wege - Instructor

Janos and Katalin Gasparin - Coaches

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