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All of our coaches have a University Master Degree in Physical Education with a focus in fencing.  All of them are full time fencing professionals with many years of teaching and athletic experience, which allows them to fully explore every student’s potential regardless of his or her level in a safe, proven, and learning oriented environment.
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GEORGE
V. POGOSOV

Head team sabre coach

Mr.Pogosov is the Co-Head Coach of the Stanford University Men’s and Women’s Fencing Teams. He is the Head Coach of the Cardinal Fencing Center.

His athletic accomplishments are too numerous to mention and include 1992 Olympic Team Champion, 7 times Team World Champion, Individual Junior World Champion, Individual World Championship Silver Medalist, 1988 Olympic Team Silver Medalist, and many times World Cup Champion. He has more than 22 years of experience as a fencer and 25 years of experience as a coach.

George has a Master’s Degree in Physical Education with a focus in Fencing from Ukrainian National University of Physical Education and Sports in Kiev.

Mr. Pogosov studied the art of fencing under David A. Tyshler (The Father of Soviet Sabre), Mihail L. Shimshovich (his first Coach), Vladimir A. Nazlymov (recognized as the Greatest Sabre Fencer of the XX Century), and Lev Kuznetsov.

George is an expert coach in all three weapons, and easily adapts from beginners to the World Class athletes.

George has served as an International and National Referee at the most prestigious events.

Before his arrival to USA Mr. Pogosov was the Head Coach of the Ukrainian National Men’s Sabre Team (one of the strongest in the World).

Quite a few of his students have won various International, National, and NCAA medals; currently he is especially proud of two 2013 National Champions he is working with Monir Fahri and Samuel Kwong.

GRIGORY
A. KIRIENKO

Head team sabre coach

Mr.Kirienko is the Sabre Coach of the Cardinal Fencing Center.

His athletic accomplishments include 1992 and 1996 Olympic Team Champion, 7 times World Champion, 2 times World Championship Silver Medalist, and many times World Cup Champion.

He has more than 25 years of experience as a fencer and 10 years of experience as a coach.

Grigory has a Master’s Degree in Physical Education with a focus in Fencing from State Academy of Physical Training in Omsk, Russia.

Mr.Kirienko studied the art of fencing under Pavel Kondratenko (his first coach), Vladimir A. Nazlymov (recognized as the Greatest Sabre Fencer of the XX Century), Husein Ismailov and Lev Kuznetsov.

Before his arrival to USA Mr.Kirienko was the coach in Russia (Novosibirsk, Moscow) and Iran. His students have won numerous National and International tournaments. His student Pavel Bykov is World Team Campion.

In 2012 in London, Iran team first time fence at the Olympics. Iran fencers also have won Asian Championship 2012 in individual and team tournaments.

In 2015 Grigory’s student Olga Nikitina won European and World Cadet and Junior Championships.

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ANDREY
MOROZOV

Epee coach

Mr. Morozov is an epee coach in Cardinal Fencing Club.

He has graduated Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism (SCOLIPE) (http://www.rgufk.ru/en) – the largest in Russia and abroad institution of higher education in the field of physical culture and sports with several diplomas – Bachelor degree of a Fencing Coach and PE Teacher, Master’s degree of a Sport Manager, and PhD. degree in Physical Education and Sport..

Before his arrival to USA Mr. Morozov was teaching professional fencers in Russian professional fencing clubs: Central Sport Army Club http://cska.ru/sports/29 , Victoria-73 http://s73.mossport.ru/.

Mr. Morozov is a member of USFA starting from 2018. 2018-Hangtown Saber Club, Placerville,CA https://www.hangtownsaberclub.com/ ; 2019-AFM, Campbell,CA https://academyoffencingmasters.com/ .

Mr. Morozov athletic accomplishments include 2010 Bronze at Veteran European Championship in Enen-Bomon, France. Mr. Morozov was a several times medalist of Junior World Cups, National Championships.

In Cardinal Fencing Club Mr. Morozov teaches students of all ages from 6 y.o to Juniors. A lot of his students are medalists of local, regional and National competitions.

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ASSISTANT COACHDavid Bording

David joined Cardinal in 2015 . He has long been involved in fencing at the top level with really high experience.

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