Tim Morehouse (Olympic Medalist, Founder and Elite Saber Coach)
Tim is one of the most decorated US athletes coaching saber in the USA today with an Olympic Silver Medal ('08) won in the men's saber team event and a quarter final individual finish at the London Olympics ('12). Tim is a three-time US Olympic Team Member ('04 '08 '12), 9-time senior world team member and two-time individual US National Champion ('10 '11).
Tim spent fifteen years as a student of 4-time Olympic and USA Fencing Hall of Fame Coach Yury Gelman.
Tim also has extensive experience in education having served both as a teacher and teacher trainer in the prestigious Teach For America program. Tim holds a Masters Degree in Education and he was honored by the White House as a "Champion For Change" in 2012 because of his efforts in education through his non-profit Fencing In The Schools and his work with Teach For America.
His students have won national medals at every level and his students were recruited and attended elite schools including Yale, Johns Hopkins, Cornell and Princeton amongst others.
Achiko Lortkipanidze (Olympian and Elite Saber Coach)
Coach Achiko represented The Republic of Georgia in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He also won the Soviet Union Championships and earned a spot as a World Cup finalist.
Achiko has since coached in both his home country and in the United States. His students have achieved significant results at both the national and international level, including a silver medal at the 2012 Cadet World Cup and multiple medals at 2012 North American Cups (NACs) and Junior Olympics.
Throughout his career, Coach Achiko has put several students on US National teams, elite colleges and produced numerous nationally ranked fencers.
Alex Zurabishvili (Head Epee Coach)
Alex has over 30 years of experience as a fencing coach that spans a very impressive resume. Specializing in epee, he trains students from beginner to elite levels.
As a member of the Georgian National Fencing Team he was a three-time national epee champion, and participated in numerous international competitions.
In 1997 he graduated from the Georgia University of Physical Education and Sport, Tbilisi/Georgia, with a bachelor degree in Physical Education, and Coaching in the Sport of Fencing.
From 1997-1999 he coached at the National Fencing Academy, Tbilisi/Georgia. His experience in the U.S.includes the Brooklyn Fencing Center, Riverdale Country School, Fencing Academy of Westchester and the New York Athletic Club NYC.
Alex's students succeed on and off the strip. They are repeatedly recruited by top universities in the NCAA and have gone on to fence for Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Yale, Air Force Academy, Johns Hopkins, MIT, NJIT, North Western, Notre Dame, NYU, Ohio State, Penn State, Stevens Institute of Technology to name just a few.
Coach Slava Grigoriev (Head Foil Coach and Olympian)
Slava Grigoriev is a two time Olympian and recognized as one of the top coaches in the United States today. His passion and dedication to the sport of fencing has helped to create numerous national and international level athletes.
Slava is dedicated to helping his students gain self-confidence, coordination, focus and precision as well as to develop a winning attitude through good sportsmanship in order to realize their full potential as athletes.
His students have also had incredible NCAA success with former and current students being recruit for and fencing at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities including Brandeis University, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Penn, Cornell, Brown, Duke, Stamford, NYU, Notre Dame, Vassar and Rice.
Coach Diana Hoyos Ruiz (Coach/Colombia National Team)
Coach Diana joined Tim Morehouse Fencing Club in December, 2018 and has already made a huge impact on the TMFC Community.
Diana is one of the best up and coming young coaches in the country with her students earning numerous regional and national medals.
She was a multiple-time Pan American Championship medalist and multiple time world team and Pan American team member for Colombia.
Bartek Florczak (Lead Coach)
Bartek Florczak is a Polish certified coach with 14 years of coaching experience in fencing. He loves putting people through tough workouts that build physical and mental strength, which he believes is key for great sabre athlete. Proper technique and execution of exercises are a key focus, as he believes that proper exercise progression must be built from a strong foundation.
With many years of experience, Bartek has a proven track record of student’s satisfaction, retention and results.
Luka Oboladze (Coach)
Luka Oboladze fenced for Georgian national team from 2010-2015. In 2012, he helped his country's U-23 team win a gold medal in the European Cup and helped his team to a bronze medal at the European Championships.
In 2012, he took on the role of assistant coach for the Fencing Federation of Georgia before taking on head coach positions with the Passport Development Centre of Tbilisi and the Kutaisi Fencing School.
Lancelot Dyke (Coach)
Lancelot is a certified saber coach from Southern California where he studied under Olympic Coach Daniel Costin, Mike D'Asaro Jr., and Ted Katzoff. He is a British University Championship Silver Medalist for Oxford University (2009), and multi USFA Cadet National Champion. He has 15 years of competitive fencing experience and over 4 years coaching experience. He earned his BA in Humanities from Shimer College, Chicago, Il (senior year at Oxford University). Lancelot incorporates strength and conditioning with the mental discipline it takes to become a good fencer.
Melvin Rodriguez (Coach)
Melvin believes that developing a relationship based on mutual trust and respect is the key to success. He works closely with his students and their parents to achieve their goals.
Melvin has been active in the fencing community for 14 years. A native of the Bronx, NY, he started fencing under the tutelage of US Fencing Hall of Famer Martin Schneider and later continued
with legendary coach Aladar Kogler.
Melvin was captain of the Columbia University NCAA fencing program, where he won an Ivy League Championship title and team MVP award. He also fenced internationally for Puerto Rico, earning a top 50 world ranking in the FIE.
Kendall Harmeyer (Coach)
Kendall Harmeyer began competitive fencing during his freshman year of high school. He competed on the USFA North American Cup circuit and fenced for his high school and college varsity fencing teams. Kendall was a decorated high school varsity fencer for Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey taking multiple District Individual Championship titles, and making multiple All-District and All-State teams. He then continued his fencing career at Boston College where he was a varsity starter and NCAA Northeast Conference Champion.
After graduating from Boston College, Kendall began his coaching career as an assistant coach for Riverdale Country School's varsity fencing team. His first season, Kendall lead Riverdale to a strong 4th place finish at the state team tournament and a 3rd place finish at the state individual tournament. After coaching at Riverdale, Kendall joined Tim Morehouse Fencing Club on his quest for further success. In addition to having over a decade of competitive fencing experience, Kendall is also a certified personal trainer, and believes in a strong athletic approach to fencing training."
Carlos Fernandez Ugalde (Elite Saber Coach)
Coach Carlos brings a wealth of international experience to the Tim Morehouse Fencing Club saber coaching team.
From 2005 to 2008 he served as the National Coach of Argentina and from 2014 to 2016 he was the National Coach of Spain and he has coached several Olympians including Jaime Marti who finished in the quarter-finals of the Beijing Olympics and won several international world cup tournaments.
Hailing from Spain, he spent much of his career coaching at the Fencing Club Sala De Armas De Madrid. He has worked with students of all ages and his students have produced national and international results
Carlos will be splitting time between our Manhattan and Port Chester locations.
Rafael "Fito" Western (Assistant Coach)
Fito fenced for the Dominican National Team and is a current member of the Puerto Rican National Team. Fito has competed in more than 20 FIE international events since 2006.
He has also completed the FIE Coaches' Academy course and taught fencing programs at two private schools in New York City.
In addition to his school programs, he has been an accomplished strip coach for Tim Morehouse Fencing Club. His energy and enthusiasm helps lift our fencers and our spirits.