Christine is a native of Sacramento, California, where she fenced for 12 years before heading off to college at Temple University to fence with well-known head coach Nikki Frank. While at Temple, Christine qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2008, was the National Intercollegiate Women’s Saber Champion in 2008, Saber MVP in 2008, and ended her collegiate career with 152 victories (2007-2010). Christine’s academic career was just as successful as her athletic career. She majored in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise and sports science with coursework in the areas of physiology of physical activity, exercise and nutrient metabolism, and principles of health and fitness just to name a few. She left her personal training career at Vertex Fitness Personal Training Studio in Bryn Mawr, PA to join the Rochester Fencing Club as one of our saber coaches. Christine has been coaching at the RFC since 2011.
Susan has been a member of cadet, junior, Pan-American and World University Games national teams as well as 4-time First Team All-Ivy and All-American while at Columbia University. After graduating from Columbia and working as a trader on Wall Street, Susan moved to Las Vegas, where in addition to her career in finance, she started the competitive youth program at the Fencing Academy of Nevada. There she coached youth students to national and regional titles. Susan returned to Rochester in July 2011 and has been coaching at the RFC ever since.
Semion began as a student of Makhachkala Fencing School in Russia, USSR and was awarded Candidate for Master of Sports of the USSR in 1979. Following 20 busy years of his medical career in Russia, Kiriakidi resumed his involvement with the sport of fencing as an athlete and a coach in 2003 when he moved to the USA. He was a volunteer sabre coach at the University of Rochester Fencing Club until 2008 and coached at Fencing Exchange in Scranton, PA the following year. Between 2009 and 2011 Semion was the head coach, in all three weapons, at Wilkes Fencing Club in Wilkes-Barre, PA. In addition he taught a fencing course in the department of Phys. Ed. of Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, PA. Semion has been coaching at the RFC since 2011.
Oleg began fencing in the USSR at Makhachkala Youth Fencing School in 1967. From 1972-1974 he was the Champion of Dagestan Republic in épée fencing and from 1973-1976 coached épée at the same school where he got his start. Between 1974–1978 he studied physical education at Dagestan Pedagogical Institute, beginning his research on plyometric training, which culminated in a PhD in Physical Education and Sports from Moscow Teaching University in 1988. Between 1988 – 1994 he was an assistant professor of Theory and Methods of Physical Education. Oleg immigrated to the United States in 1995 and earned an associate degree in physical therapy in 1997. In 2003, he joined the University of Rochester Fencing Club where he was a three-weapon coach. He has been coaching épée at the RFC since 2013.