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Closed Memorial Day

Monday 5/30

Sportsmanship

Teamwork

Integrity

Win

A premier fencing club like no other!

 
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About Our Fencing School

Success never comes to those who quit and our goal is to help you reach yours. Engarde, Allez!

The Bay Area Fencing Club is committed to the growth and development of young people through the sport of Fencing.


We recognize the importance of fostering excellence in our athletes on and off the strip, supporting the whole athlete; academically, socially, and athletically. Through teaching the values of integrity, sportsmanship, and resilience we strive for excellence both individually and as a team.


We will abide by the rules and policies of the governing body of our sport, and the values of our members.

 

Programs

Fencing at School

Beginning Fencing

Growing Together

The beginning program meets once a week. In this program, your new fencer will have the opportunity to perfect their footwork, blade work, and most importantly, their bouting skills. They will fence with their teammates and learn to develop a winning strategy. We impress upon our athletes the value of sportsmanship, hard work, and resiliency.


Electric fencing will be introduced. Most fencers will continue in the beginning class for 6-12 months. We will initially provide all the equipment necessary, please speak to your coach regarding the purchasing of your own fencing gear.

We recommend scheduling at least 1 private lesson per week (except the Lil' Pirates).

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Competitive 1

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Competitive 1 training group will be fencing electrically and each athlete will be required to provide their own weapon, cord, and electric jacket.


Training in the Competitive program includes intense footwork, blade work, and bouting. We introduce supplemental conditioning. We recommend taking at least 2 private lessons a week. This program meets 3 days per week. One day a week includes training with our elite competitive team. This will help push your fencer to the next level and prepare for competing at state, national, and international levels.


You will have the opportunity to represent the club at local competitions and compete against other clubs in the area. You will need to have a competitive USA Fencing Membership if you wish to compete.

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Competitive 2

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Competitive 2 program is our highest-level training at Bay Area Fencing Club. Athletes will be expected to do extensive footwork, handwork, conditioning, and competition.


It is recommended that each fencer takes 3-4 private lessons in addition to this training per week. In the competitive program, you are expected to compete against other clubs on a state, national, and international level. There is more travel and practice. Coaches work together to make sure athletes maintain excellence in their academic, personal, and athletic obligations.


The program meets 4 days per week. If there are any questions or conflicts please talk to our executive coach, Lisa, or your individual coach.

Fencing Bout

Open Bouting

Wednesday & Friday 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Our club is open to come and bout from 8:00-10:00 in the evening. We are currently open on Wednesday and Friday for open bouting but anticipate opening more evenings soon. During this time there is no instruction, of course, private lessons can be scheduled. The cost to join open bouting is 80.00 per month.


Floor fee
If you want to just drop by and fence during open bouting hours the cost is $25.00.

 

Our Team

In Pursuit of Great Fencing

 
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LISA POSTHUMUS

Executive Coach / Club Manager

Coach Lisa is in her 23rd season as Stanford Varsity head coach of the men’s and women’s fencing teams. She has led Stanford to 21 Western Conference titles, 17 top-10 NCAA finishes, and seven NCAA individual championships.

Among those coached by Coach Lisa was Vivian Kong, the 2014 NCAA champion in women's epee, who was No. 1 in the world in her weapon in 2019, winning two World Cup events and winning seven medals altogether in the season. Kong is a 2016, 2020 Olympian for Hong Kong.

Felicia Zimmermann, another NCAA champion coached by Lisa, was inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. Felicia and her sister Iris were women's foil Olympians representing the USA in 1996.

Coach Lisa coached Felix Reichling to back-to-back NCAA men's foil titles in 1999 and 2000. Her 1999 team, which featured NCAA champions Monique DeBruin (women's foil) and Felicia Zimmermann (women's epee), finished third at the NCAA Championships.

Coach Lisa also demands academic excellence. With a 100% graduation rate overall, her men's foil captain Lucas Orts, received the Elite 90 award as the NCAA competitor with the highest GPA.

Coach Lisa was a Stanford assistant coach from 1996-98, a stretch in which Stanford finished among the top seven at the NCAA Championships each year, including third-places in 1997 and 1998.

Prior to joining the Cardinal coaching staff, Lisa was the head coach at UC San Diego for three seasons. A 1993 graduate of Penn State, Lisa captained the Nittany Lions and led them to the NCAA championship in 1990, finishing third in foil, at the same time her mother, Sherry Posthumus was the Stanford women's head coach.


Lisa was a three-time letterwinner at Penn State and earned a degree in exercise sport science.

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BOGDAN GURINENKO

Founding Coach

Coach Bogdan Gurinenko is a renowned elite athlete in the international fencing circles. Coach Bogdan started his fencing career at an early age in Ukraine. He won the prestigious national junior foil champions 6 times in a role and won Junior World Cups, and he was in the finals of World Championships, European Championships, and the World University Games. Coach Bogdan was a member of the elite Ukraine National Fencing team.


Coach Bogdan is also a certified FIE referee and has called matches at the highest level of international tournaments such as Grand Prix, Cadet and Junior World Championship, Pan-American Championship, and World University Games.


Coach Bogdan’s coaching career spans from the prestigious east coast clubs like Manhattan Fencing Center and Fencing Center of Westchester to the legendary West Coast Academy of Fencing Masters. His students have won numerous regional and national titles. Coach Bogdan became one of the founding coaches of Bay Area Fencing Club in 2021.

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Dan Milgram

Saber Coach

Coach Dan has been fencing since his freshman year in high school. He is a former USA Junior World Team member as well as a gold-medalist at the fifteenth Maccabiah Games in Israel.


Coach Dan has been active in California fencing for the past 35 years and, in addition to starting programs at local grade and middle schools, has been an assistant coach at UCSD and is currently a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford University.


As the President of the Western Fencing Coalition, Coach Dan is working to build and fund new collegiate fencing programs in the NCAA Western Region. 

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Nathan Milgram

Youth Program Coach

Nathan Milgram is a native of the Bay Area and has been a competitive fencer since the age of ten. Initially, he trained at The Cardinal Fencing Club under Olympic Coach George Pogosov, Sasha Lepeshinski, and Grigory Kirienko. Milgram won gold and silver medals as an athlete at both the European Maccabiah Games in Berlin and the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel.

During his four years at Drew University, he earned four varsity letters and served as team captain for three of those years.


He began his coaching career at Stanford's elite international training camp, where he coached Asia-Top Pacific's athletes. In addition, he has coached novice fencers for the past seven years.


In addition, as the grandson of the legendary American fencer Sherry Posthumus, he takes great pride in carrying on her legacy by introducing fencing to a new generation of American athletes.

News & Updates

We’re very proud of our media room, where we’ve curated the latest articles, industry updates and important Bay Area Fencing Club information. Take a look at our section and get in touch if you have any questions or remarks.

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We welcome onboard our Executive Coach Lisa Posthumus

December 12, 2021

Bay Area Fencing Club is excited to introduce our Executive Coach LISA POSTHUMUS. Coach Lisa has a long distinguished career as an elite collegiate fencing coach, and she is instrumental in leading Stanford fencing team to international fame. Her experience, expertise, and passion for fencing will bring Bay Area Fencing Club to a new level. We are honored to have Coach Lisa on our team.

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Our First Open House

December 6, 2021

What a wonderful night with all our friends and family! The enthusiasm of our kids and the overwhelming support from the parents are just beyond belief, and it makes all the efforts worthwhile.


It has been a blessing to have all of you around us. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts. Ultimately the club is for all of our kids and families, welcome home everyone!


It has been quite a journey to get here, and there are so many people we owe our gratitude to, especially coaches MAKSYM PETROV and OLGA PETROVA of Maximum Fencing Club in Los Altos. They showed our kids what true friendship is and what teammates would do to help a teammate in need. That’s the spirit of fencing we want to instill in our kids.

The road ahead of us will be bumpy, but that’s what makes it fun, challenging and exciting. Stay tuned for for exciting news from us as we lunge forward. Allez!

 

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15445 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA, 95032

(408) 384-8408

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