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 and US national champions, Junior World Cup champions. In 2001, he became a US national coach for the Junior Foil Team. Under his leadership, the US Junior Team won the Junior World Championship Title in Italy in 2008. Besides his coaching experience, Misha earned a doctorate in physical education with emphasis in fencing from the Lvov State Institute of Physical Education and Sports. At LAIFC, Misha is the head coach of the Foil Program. Under his coordination the program offers competitive instructions for athletes willing to prepare at a more challenging level.