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History

Olympian Fencing Club was founded in 2010 by Velizar Iliev, a former Olympian (Sydney 2000) and World Champion in Modern Pentathlon. As an accomplished fencer, Velizar assembled a program to teach epee fencing to students of all levels. Velizar retired in November 2022 and the club is now run by Head Coach Tommi Hurme, a former Princeton Varsity Fencing Team Captain, Junior National Champion, and NCAA All-American.

Facility

Olympian Fencing Club currently operates out of the Henrich Center for Fencing and International Sports, a Bexar County Community Venue located on the St. Anthony High School campus and managed by the University of Incarnate Word. The Henrich Center is a world class fencing facility with 8 electric strips, vaulted ceilings, and windows to allow plenty of natural lighting.

Awards & Accolades

February 2014: Robin Cheong wins 5th place in Cadet Men’s Epee at Junior Olympics in Portland, Oregon

2014 – 2015: Best Fencing Clubs from the National Fencing Club Rankings

April 2015: Farrah Lee-Elabd gets 10th place in Cadet Women’s Epee event at the Junior World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

January 2016: Farrah Lee Elabd wins the bronze medal at the Junior Women’s Epee World Cup in Burgos, Spain

February 2016: Farrah Lee-Elabd wins 7th place at Junior Olympics

November 2016: Isaac Oden wins first place in Y10 Men’s Epee at November NAC

2016: Olympian Fencers Robin Cheong and Farrah Lee-Elabd announce plans to attend Stanford University and Princeton University, respectively, to compete on their varsity fencing teams.

Membership

Annual Individual Memberships $150 // Annual Family Membership $250
Discounted annual rates apply for members joining after March. Membership benefits include access to monthly class subscriptions, discounted private lesson packages, training camp tuition fees, local competition entry fees, armory service fees, and strip coaching fees at competitions.