Founded in 2005, Fioretto Fencing Academy is home to many who have discovered and nurtured a lifelong love of fencing. The club has trained top competitors in the sport, but believes also in ensuring that young fencers apply lessons learned on the fencing strip to life: self-discipline; good sportsmanship; and honing the skills of analyzing complex situations and making good decisions quickly. Join us, and find out why fencing is one of only five sports contested at every Olympic Games since 1896 – practiced by both the young and young-at-heart!
Coach Alan Chernomashentsev has over thirty years of fencing and coaching experience. He began fencing at the age of nine in Lvov, Ukraine, earned the title Master of Sport of Fencing in the Soviet Union by the age of seventeen, and graduated from the Institute of Physical Education in Leningrad, U.S.S.R. Ranked 2nd in Veteran Men’s Foil in 2018 by USA Fencing, the sport’s national governing body, he had the honor of representing Team USA at the 2018 Veteran World Championships in Livorno, Italy, achieving a 4th place finish internationally. Previous honors include: Silver Medal, North American Cup (April 2017); Bronze Medal, North American Cup (April 2016); Gold Medal, USA Fencing National Championships (July 2010); Gold Medal, North American Cup (April 2010); Bronze Medal, USA Fencing National Championships (July 2009). His deep commitment not only to his students’ performance on the fencing strip, but to their development of good character, has won him high regard and a following of students who travel from across Florida to train at the club.
Coach Alisa Chernomashentsev has coached young fencers at Fioretto Fencing Academy since 2014. Trained by her father, she has earned top honors in the sport, including 1st place in Division III Women’s Foil at the North American Cup, and the Gold Medal at the Florida Sunshine State Games in three consecutive years. Her placement in the Top 8 in Cadet Women’s Foil at the National American Cup and strong performances at other USA Fencing tournaments resulted in her being recruited as a NCAA athlete for the United States Air Force Academy’s collegiate fencing team. She has also been a sought after USA Fencing referee since 2010, and has directed bouts at national and international competitions. She is currently in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Lipscomb University, and hopes to soon contribute to the health of the community-at-large, as well as the personal growth of her fencing students.