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Founded in 2003, LAIFC is one of the largest and most successful fencing clubs in the U.S..
Producing highly successful competitive fencers is an LAIFC tradition.
Our fencers go on to attend some of the best colleges in the U.S.
The epee (pronounced “EPP-pay”) is descended from the dueling rapier of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. It is similar in length to the foil, but is heavier, weighing approximately 27 ounces, with a larger guard and a much stiffer blade. The valid target area in epee is the entire body. Points are scored when an opponent hits anywhere on the body with the point of the weapon.MORE INFO
The foil was developed from the small-sword of the eighteenth century. It is a light weapon weighing less than one pound with a flexible rectangular blade, approximately 35 inches in length. The valid target area in foil is the torso. This area measures from the shoulders to the groin, includes the front and back but not the arms, neck, head and legs.MORE INFO
The sabre is descended from the eighteenth & nineteenth century cavalry sword. The valid target area in sabre is from the bend of the hips (both front and back), to the top of the head, simulating the cavalry rider on a horse. The sabre is unique, since it’s a cutting weapon as well as a thrusting weapon.MORE INFO
Igor Zapozdaev started fencing in 1997 under the leadership of Boris Desjateriko. In 2006, he moved to Moscow and continued fencing at the Sport Club Army. That same year, Igor won 1st place in the Russian Junior Championships. He went on to win numerous medals and is currently a member of the Russian National Team […]MORE INFO
Daniel Grigore is a two time Olympian (Barcelona, 1992 & Atlanta, 1996), a finalist in the 1993 World Championship in Essen, Germany, placed third in individual events at several World Cups (Sofia 1993 , Athens 1994, Padova 1996), and won a bronze medal with the Romanian team at the World Championships in Athens, Greece 1994. […]MORE INFO
Coached by his father, Armenian National Coach, Edouard Demirchian, Gago started fencing in childhood. With the benefit of having his father as a coach, and a natural talent, Gago started winning many athletic titles at quite a young age. Gago became three times Armenian National Épée Champion, scored fourth in the USSR National Championship, and […]MORE INFO
Edouard Demirchian was highly interested in sports from a very young age. He got involved in basketball, boxing, soccer, volleyball and fencing, and because of his given athletic talent he achieved quite remarkable results in all these sports. In fencing he was Armenian National Champion (Armenia was a USSR republic at the time), finalist of […]MORE INFO
Eric J Hansen has been involved in fencing for over 26 years. He is a seven-time member of US World Championship Men’s Epee team – Cadet, Junior, and Senior. He also represented the US at Pan Am Games, Pan Am Championships, World University Games, and many World Cups, making 10 World Cup finals. Eric is […]MORE INFO
Like her brother Gago, Nana was raised in a fencing family and was coached by their legendary father Edouard Demirchian in Yeerevan, Armenia. Nana started her fencing career at the age of ten and became a fencing master at seventeen. As a teenager Nana placed first in the Armenian Junior National Foil Championship, and later […]MORE INFO
A native of Lvov, Ukraine, Misha started competing at a very early age winning numerous fencing competitions. With an outstanding talent for teaching, Misha started coaching early in his career earning various distinctions. His skill for guiding gifted athletes continued when he came to the USA. He trained Junior Olympic champions, North American Cup champions […]MORE INFO
Karen Lieu began fencing at Pasadena City College after watching fencing on tv during the Summer Olympics in 1984. From that time on she has developed a love for the sport. With hard work and determination, she competed in the Junior Olympics after her 1st year of fencing. She competed on the Women’s Foil Team […]MORE INFO
Two of our very own , Charlie Horowitz and Justin Yoo, will be representing LAIFC and the USA at the Cadet and Junior Fencing World Championships in Uzbekistan. Our young epeeists will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at an international level. We are so very proud of these young men and their achievements. […]MORE INFO
LAIFC would like to acknowledge all of our fencers who participated in the 2015 Junior Olympic Championships. A special congratulations for those who placed. Junior Men’s Epee: Adi Thein-Sandler- 3rd Charles Horowitz- 26th Junior Team Men’s Epee: Charles Horowitz, Adi-Thein Sandler, Zach Kravitz and Luke Sirand 5th place Cadet Men’s Foil: Nick Itkin -3rd Cadet […]MORE INFO