Before joining West Coast Fencing Academy in 2023, Coach Mike coached in Russia at the Children’s and Youth Sports School of Olympic Reserve №1 for five years. He has a proven track record of training his students for success, with multiple National Cadet and Youth Champions. Prior to his coaching career, Coach Mike was a member of the Russian National Team for several years. He was a medalist at the All-Russian Collegiate Cup and multiple time Cadet and Junior World individual medalist. Coach Mike’s high energy and enthusiasm, along with his sheer passion for teaching, are contagious. He is most proud of seeing his students succeed and guides kids of all ages to become better every day, while making sure they have fun along the way.