Coaching

Led by international Olympic coaches Yuanjing Wang and Hongyun Sun, our coaching staff leads active and encouraging classes to train endurance and strategy for all skill levels.

Each coach is certified by the U.S. Center for Safe Sport and holds a Coach Membership with the USA Fencing.

Yuanjing Wang

Coach Yuanjing Wang holds an advanced degree in fencing and has coached fencing for over 25 years. He served as a Chinese National Fencing Team Coach and Head Coach for the Tianjin Fencing Club before coming to Birmingham in 1998. As a competitor in foil, he earned a long list of national medals, including Chinese National Foil Champion.

Coach Wang is also an internationally rated referee and refereed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.

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    Over 25 years of experience
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    Coached 2,000+ students
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    Chinese National Foil Champion
  • SafeSport Certified

Rebecca Sun

As a competitor in foil and epee, Coach Hongyun Sun has earned a long list of national and international medals including a 7th individual and a 5th team place in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

Hongyun holds a degree in fencing and has coached fencing for over 20 years.  In addition, Coach Sun is a highly ranked national referee and USA Veteran Champion.

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    Over 20 years of experience
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    Olympic Medalist (individual and team)
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    Bachelors Degree in Fencing
  • SafeSport Certified

Will Curtis

Coach Will Curtis began fencing at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in the Fall of 2008 after discovering the sport during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. While at UTK, he began coaching the foil program in 2012 and continued on to become the Team’s Head Coach while continuing to live and work in Knoxville. He became a certified referee for USA Fencing in 2013 and is a regular face officiating at Regional and National events in all 3 weapons.

He leads our Beginner Program as well as assists Coach Wang and Coach Sun with the Advanced classes and coaching at tournaments.

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    Over 12 years of experience
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    Over 200 Students Coached
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    National Referee in all 3 Weapons
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    SafeSport Certified

Troy Arias

Troy reignited the epee program at BFC in 2013 just a year before graduating high school. Starting with just 4 students, he has grown the program to a robust class roster and fencers competing on the national level, including himself.

Top Result: #7 at the North American Circuit for Div2 Mens Epee

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    Over 12 years of experience
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    Coached 200+ students
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    Nationally Ranked Fencer and Referee
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    SafeSport Certified

Luona Wang

Being coached by her parents for many years, Luona grew up to be a phenomenal fencer competing on the international stage. She went on to fence at the University of Pennsylvania with an athletic scholarship.

Top Result: Junior World Fencing Championships Bronze Medalist

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    Over 15 years of experience
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    Collegiate Fencing Team
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    Internationally Ranked Fencer and Referee
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    SafeSport Certified

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