Our Coaches


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YING GUO, FOIL FENCING MASTER

With over a 35 year fencing career, Ying Guo helped the Chinese fencing team continue its tradition of excellence in many ways. As an athlete, he won many national medals; as a highly recognized Olympic Gold medal winning coach, he mentored many world class fencers who won numerous Olympic medals and international championships. He has trained national coaches, and acted as a pivotal part in establishing youth recruitment and growth programs; he integrated classical elegance with modern excellence and academic research to promote competitive fencing as a potent, dynamic and virtuosistic masterpiece.

 Coached Students as National Coaches and Olympic medal fencers
  • 2012 Summer Olympic Games at London, Gold medal of men’s foil individual, Sheng Lei
  • 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Athens, Silver medal of men’s foil team
  • Head coach of Chinese national team, men’s foil, Haibin Wang
  • Joint head coach of Chinese national team, women’s foil, Rui Zhou & Hanxiong Wu
  • Head coaches of Shanghai and Jiangsu Province fencing teams

2006 – present: general coach of the fencing team of Jiangsu, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

  • 2009: gold and silver, men’s foil, China National Cadet Championships
  • 2008: silver, men’s foil, China National Cadet Championships
  • 2007: bronze, men’s foil, China National Championships
  • 2006: bronze and 6th place, men’s foil, China National Championships

2001 – 2006: head coach of Chinese national fencing team, men’s foil, Beijing, China

  • 2005: silver and team 4th place, men’s foil, Sr. World Championships in Germany, L.L. Zhang
  • 2004: team silver, men’s foil, the Olympic Games at Athens
  • 2004: gold, men’s foil, World Cup, Group A in Germany, Zhaozhi Dong
  • 2004: gold and team gold, men’s foil, Asian Championships in Philippines, Jun Zhu
  • 2004: gold and team gold, men’s foil, Cadet World Championships in Bulgaria, Jun Zhu
  • 2003: silver, team silver, men’s foil, Sr. World Championships in Cuba, Haibin Wang
  • 2003: gold, men’s foil, World Championships, Group A in Germany, Haibin Wang
  • 2003: gold and team gold, men’s foil, Asian Championships in Thailand, L. L. Zhang
  • 2003: gold and team gold, men’s foil, World University Games in South Korea, L. L. Zhang
  • 2002: bronze, men’s foil, Senior World Championships at Portugal, Hangxiong Wu
  • 2002: gold and team gold, men’s foil, Asian Games in South Korea, Haibin Wang
  • 2001: gold medal, team gold, men’s foil, World University Games in Beijing

1995 –2001: Coach of the China national fencing team, men’s foil, Beijing, China

  • 2000: team silver, men’s foil, the Olympic Games at Sydney
  • 1999: bronze, men’s foil, World University Games at Spain, Haibin Wang
  • 1997: bronze and team bronze, men’s foil, World University Games at Italy, Haibin Wang
  • 1995: team silver, men’s foil, World University Games in Japan

1985 – 1995: Head Coach of the fencing team of Jiangsu, men’s foil, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

  • 1 bronze world, 2 Asian golds, 5 national golds, 7 national cadet golds, 30+ national medals

 

 

Eric ParackaCOACH ERIC PARACKA
Fencing since he was fourteen years old, Coach Paracka has competed nationally at the Cadet, Junior, Division II and III levels. He won bronze at the 2003 Summer Nationals in Men’s Foil. He consistently places in the top 4 and 8 in regional events and is one of the strongest rated fencers in the Southeast for the past seven years. He trained for two years under Coach Oswaldo Ortega, the former Venezuelan national fencing coach. Eric is currently training to re-enter the national fencing circuit with the goal of competing at an international level. He has thirteen years of experience been coaching group classes. Coach Paracka has also had experience in choreographing stage combats, rapier, dagger and Kendo sword fighting skills.

 

 

Coach2NamCOACH NAM,YOOL, a fencing Olympian and a fencing master from the Japanese Fencing Association, has been fencing and coaching for more than 40 years. He was a member in both Japanese and South Korean national teams, and participated in international and national games such as World Cups, Universiade, Asian Games with modals in foil, sabre and epee. In addition, he coached South Korean National team, many prominent college fencing clubs in Japan and South Korea, and clubs in US. His recent coaching in US delivered very impressive results in foil with A, B and C ranked fencers, and in regional #1 epee fencer.

2014 – 2015 IFC: students earned B and C ranks; epee regional #1 fencer;

2007- 2014 Nellya; foil and epee coach; his students earned A foilist; he coached a senior fencer to become US Veteran team member; Coached a Japanese national team to win gold in senior men’s foil team in 2013 US Summer National

1984 to 2004 Yool held a coaching position for the Tokyo Fencing Association and later received his Fencing Master Certification from the Japanese Fencing Association.

1982-1984: teaching college fencing clubs in South Korean and Japan  (National teams and college clubs)

1978-1981: in south Korean national team:  coaching and fencing; 1978 won Asian Games Champion, individual 4th place in foil, and Sabre individual sabre 3rd place; participated in 1978 and 1979 Australia, 1981 French world cup foil and sabre and 1981 International universiade

1978: In the same year he won the Presidents Cup of South Korea in both Foil & Sabre.

1977: he was a member in Japanese national foil team; in 1977 participated in Argentina World Cups foil.

1973 – 1977 a member  in college team in Nihong University in Japan; won team 1st place epee, foil 4th place, and junior foil championship in Japan College Fencing Tournaments