Maximum Coaches

Maximum Fencing provides world-class training across all fencing weapons: foil, épée, and saber. Our students have achieved success at all levels of competition, including national and international tournaments.

  • Coach Maksym
    Maksym Petrov
    Head Coach, Foil

    Maksym Petrov is a foil fencing coach registered with the United States Fencing Association (USFA). Prior to starting Maximum Fencing, Maksym coached competitive foilists at Silicon Valley Fencing Center and Division 1 athletes on the Stanford Varsity Fencing Team. Maksym’s students are successful in local, regional, national, and international tournaments. 

    Before moving to the U.S., Maksym was the head coach of the Indonesian National Foil Fencing Team for two years and participated in the Indonesian development program preparing fencers for the Sea Games in 2011. 

    As a top fencer for the Ukrainian National Team, Maksym competed in World Cups, as well as Junior and Senior World and European Championships. He won the Ukrainian National Championships six times and, in total, holds 25 national titles.​

    Maksym graduated from the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine with several diplomas, including a bachelor’s degree in Coaching Fencing and Teaching PE, followed by a  master’s degree in Sports Management.

  • Coach Olga
    Olga Petrova
    Épée Coach

    Olga Petrova is an épée fencing coach registered with the United States Fencing Association (USFA). Most recently she taught épée lessons at Cardinal Fencing and coached Division 1 athletes on the Stanford Varsity Fencing Team.

    She has also provided fencing lessons at local schools, including International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) in Palo Alto, Woodland School in Portola Valley, and Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park.

    Prior to moving to the U.S., Olga taught at the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine. She has been a medalist at National Championships and at Cadet and Junior World Cup tournaments.

    Olga is a graduate of the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine and earned a Ph.D. in Physical Education and Sport. Her dissertation and eight published articles were dedicated to the study of “Sport Coaches’ Training and Skill Improvement.”

  • Coacho Oeksandr
    Oleksandr Dymar
    Épée Coach

     Oleksandr Dymar is an épée fencing coach registered with the United States Fencing Association (USFA). 

    Before moving to the U.S., Oleks was a head coach for the Fujian province épée team in China for 2.5 years. Under his leadership, his team won national tournaments in juniors and seniors, men’s and women’s épée. 

    Additionally, Oleks coached at fencing clubs in Hong Kong and Ukraine, and he served as head coach of University team in Ukraine. 

    As a Ukrainian National Team fencer, Oleksandr competed in the World Cups and other international competitions across different levels. He won the Ukrainian National Championships 3 times and earned silver at the Europe Cup twice: in 2009 and 2012. 

    Oleks is a graduate of the Kharkiv National Pedagogical University named by G.S. Skovoroda with several diplomas including master’s degree with honour in physical education and master’s degree in ecomomics

  • Sergei shkalikov
    Sergii Shkalikov
    Head Coach, Saber & Assistant Coach, Foil & Épée

     

    Sergii Shkalikov is a saber fencing coach registered with the United States Fencing Association (USFA). 

    Before moving to the U.S., Sergii spent six years as the Head coach of the Ukrainian National Fencing Team among seniors, as well as for three years among cadets and juniors.

    As a top fencer for the Ukrainian National Team, Sergii was a multiple winner of the Senior World Cups, as well as World and European Championships among cadets and juniors. He has been a referee of the international category (FIE) for six years.

    Sergii graduated from the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine with a bachelor’s degree of fencing coaching and physical education teaching.

Our Approach to Fencing

Fencing is an Olympic sport that brings together both mental and physical skills — including agility, focus, strategy, and technique

We provide individualized coaching to help each athlete develop their most effective individual style.

Our “stage-not-age” philosophy is based on readiness and commitment, so that fencers have unlimited opportunities to train and progress.

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