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
    Foil Coach

    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.”

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    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

  • Coach Sergii
    Sergii Shkalikov
    Saber Coach

     

    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.

  • Coach Odeh
    Odeh Elfauri
    Foil Coach

     

    Odeh Elfauri is a foil fencing coach registered with the United States Fencing Association (USFA). Since 2014, Odeh has been licensed with the Federation International d'Escrime (FIE) as a referee.

    Previously, Odeh served as a Foil National Head Coach in Jordan for eight years, training different age groups from cadet to senior. His team achieved many results nationally and internationally, ranking in the top four in both cadet circuit, as well as Mediterranean tournaments. Odeh's hard work and dedication with the National Team further elevated his athletes to compete at professional levels. Before Odeh became the Head Coach, he fenced for the National team and received awards individually and in team tournaments both nationally and internationally.

    Odeh moved to the USA in 2021 with the same passion for fencing and worked as a coach in Le Club Touché. He achieved excellent results with his students at the Summer National Championship, regional, and local tournaments. He is experienced in USFA tournaments regulations. At Maximum Fencing Club, he hopes to reach his goals as a coach and bring to his students their best results through hard work and dedication.

    In addition to bringing a wealth of experience as a fencer and a coach, Coach Odeh holds a master’s degree in Physical Education from University of Jordan, as well as several fencing training diplomas.

  • Coach Yurii
    Yurii Dzhus
    Foil Coach

     

    Yurii Dzhus is a foil fencing coach registered with the United States Fencing Association (USFA). Prior to starting at Maximum Fencing, Yurii coached competitive foils fencer at Prime Fencing Academy. Yurii students are successful in local, regional and national tournaments. 

    Before Yurii moved to the US, He was part of the Ukrainian National Foil Fencing Team from 2014 and to 2022. As a fencer Yurii won Ukrainians National Cups and Championships, and he represented Ukraine in World Cups, European Championships and World Championships. 

    Yurii graduated from Lviv National University of Physical Culture with bachelor and masters degree in the field of PE and coaching. He always motivates students with positivity and optimism. Yurii aspires to grow his professional skills and develop himself in the field of coaching and fencing instruction.

  • Coach Nastya
    Nastya Moskovskaya
    Foil Coach

     

    Nastya Moskovskaya is a foil fencing coach registered with United States Fencing Association (USFA). She is an experienced athlete as well as an experienced coach. Since 2019, she has been teaching youth and adults. Most recently Nastya was one of the foil coaches at the Academy of Fencing Masters and then focused on epee program.

    Prior to moving to the U.S., Nastya represented the Ukrainian National Foil Fencing Team for 11 years. She is a multiple Champion of Ukraine, the winner of the World Cup Leshno, Poland (2010), two times individual bronze medalist of the European Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands (2007), Lobnya, Russia (2010), and the team silver medalist in Lobnya, Russia (2010). 

    Nastya was invited to represent the Polish fencing club “Budowlani Torun” from 2017-2018, and she earned the title of silver medalist in Polish National Championship in 2017. 

    Nastya graduated from Ukrainian University of

    Shipbuilding Admiral Makarov with several diplomas, including a bachelor’s and master's degree in Physical Education Science.

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    Yuriy Mazur
    Epee coach

     

    Yuriy Mazur is an Epee coach registered with the United States Fencing Association (USFA). Coaching experience since 1990 (Epee). In 2023, he worked as a coach at the Fencing club POFC. Before moving to the USA he has been working as a head coach of Ukrainian National Team (cadet women epee) from 2017-2020. His team won four Gold, six Silver, and three Bronze medals at Cadet Woman Epee World Cups. Ukrainian National Team, led by coach Yuriy took the first position in the world ranking among Cadet Women Epee in season 2018-2019. Yuriy prepared many winners and prize-winners of the Ukrainian National and International Championships and World Cups among juniors and cadets in Hungary, Poland, Italy, Slovenia, USA. Yuriy’s 10 students got into the Ukrainian National Team and competed at the World and European Championships. Yuriy was a founder and a Head Coach of Khmelnitsky Fencing Club, Ukraine in 2012- 2019. Also, he coached Turkish National Team in 2015. One of Yuriy’s successful students is Misha Mokretsov, the founder and a head coach of the New York Fencing Academy NYFA, who has been training under his guidance all the time. Yuriy has been working with all ages of athletes, from 5 years old to adult athletes. Yuriy graduated from the Lviv State Academy of Physical Culture, with Qualification: coach, physical education teacher in Olympic and professional sports. Twice participated in FIE coaching courses in 2010 and 2016 in Zagreb and Budapest. FIE internationally certified fencing referee in epee since 2011.

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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  • 252 State Street
    Los Altos, California 94022