Connie is excited to share her vast experience of 15+ years at the national and international level in the world of fencing with FSA students and parents. Her unique insights as a fencing parent, fencer, and manager enable her to maintain a professional, family-friendly environment where Épée, Foil, and Sabre fencers at any level can bond and grow together, unfolding the world of fencing through personalized training.
She was fundamentally involved in attracting a team of high caliber coaches at Fencing Sports Academy and supporting their efforts to develop the successful program that has enabled the Academy to become named among the top level fencing centers in the United States.
Working in the garden during spring, summer, and fall keeps her balanced. Watching the daffodils peek out with their friendly, yellow bells brings her joy. During the colder seasons, she prefers preparing her favorite comfort foods, keeping them simmering in a crock pot. And of course: COOKIES. Specifically baking secret family recipes and seeing everyone eagerly waiting to get their share. And above all else, stabbing a target certainly takes the edge off.
Machado has extensive experience in sports management and consistently develops a cohesive fencing program at FSA at all levels for all weapons. Considering each individual fencer’s skill level, allows him to help them achieve their full potential based on the class contents as well as personal attention.
Machado has found success in coaching both individuals as well as teams including successes at the Olympic level. He has managed national programs, accomplishing repeated podium appearances at the highest levels for Cuba, Venezuela, and Mexico. He has successfully developed students in the United States for the last 6 years. He studied fencing training and specialized in coaching all 3 weapons at the University of Cuba.
Machado was instrumental in pulling the coaches together as a team to jointly develop and continue the development of the programs at the Fencing Sports Academy and enabling the coaches and fencers to maintain the highest level of performance and fencing education.
In Machado’s free time, he likes to watch movies, explore new places, and read, keeping himself well-read personally and professionally. He also enjoys spending time with family, going out to eat, and sightseeing hotspots like museums, aquariums, parks, and the beach.
Patricio is an accomplished athlete and fencing coach with 15+ years of coaching experience. Before moving to the US in 2016, he was a member of the Chilean National Team for 13 consecutive years. He climbed high in FIE rankings with his best ranking being 26th in the world on the international point standings from 2006-2007. He also earned 3rd place in the Havana World Cup in 2006 and was South American and Pan-American Champion.
His coaching talent is reflected in his students’ success. They have earned medals in national and international competitions: South American and Pan American Championships, Regional Youth Circuit (RYC), Super Youth Circuit (SYC), Regional Junior Cadet Circuit (RJCC) and more. Patricio has a degree in physical education and received his master’s in fencing coaching, MAÎTRE D’ARMES, from the Royal Spanish Fencing Federation (RFEE). His creativity contributes new insights and pushes cutting edge fencing program developments.
Patricio really enjoys being one with the water, especially through swimming and scuba diving. He also likes to relax, watch TV, spend time with family and explore new places. Although he claims he doesn’t sing well, it doesn’t stop him from belting out on the karaoke! Also, fencing is his superpower and chocolate is his archnemesis.
As a high-level fencer himself and national and international coach in multiple countries, Yasmany is no stranger to the competitive fencing circuit. As a fencer, he won the Silver Medal in Épée at the April North American Cup (NAC) in 2018 and the Silver Medal in Foil in the 2019 National Championship. In December 2019, he confirmed his success with the Gold Medal in the December NAC in Foil and a Bronze Medal in Épée in the same tournament. These successes placed him in the number one position in his category in the United States.
Just to name a few of his fencers’ achievements, they have won Top 8 in the 2018 National Championship and Top 8 in the November 2019 NAC. Currently several of his fencers are ranking among the Top 10 in the United States. Solid proof that his efforts and contributions to the programs developed at the Fencing Sports Academy are leading to success. He proudly continues to coach his students, helping them achieve their own successes. Yasmany earned his degree in physical education and personalized sports training.
Yasmany is a fan of all sports, especially fencing. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, watching movies, reading books and playing soccer with his friends. Sharing his knowledge with his fencing students allows him to help educate young people for their athletic development and personal growth.
Guillermo served as coach for the national team for Foil and Épée in Puerto Rico. He was team captain of the National Cuban Fencing Team. Since joining FSA, Guillermo has coached several fencers to a multitude of medals including Gold Medals at North American Cups and international events including team events. On the international level he has traveled with his fencer to the Cadet and Junior World Championship in 2021 and coached the national team in the team event. In addition, he continues contributing to the development of the program he helped create at Fencing Sports Academy.
Coach Guillermo’s coaching style focuses on basic skills, discipline, and attention to the details while tending to each individual fencer’s needs. Guillermo received a degree in fencing and studied all 3 weapons at the University in Physical Education in Cuba.
Guillermo enjoys running every morning, spending time with family, and exploring new places, from parks to museums and even restaurants. He has a lot of fun riding his bike and swimming. His favorite pastime is watching fencing videos of all three weapons. He also thrives in the kitchen and has a major love for cooking and grilling. Fencing is his life and keeps his motivation high, so he can do his best every single day.
Coach Russ Wilson has produced many local, regional, and national champions during his forty years involvement in American Fencing. He has coached both foil and Sabre fencers to Division 1 top eight and helped many fencers secure berths on both USA and British national teams. He has produced All-Americans and All-Ivy League fencers. He has also coached fencers to the World Maccabiah championships. This event takes place once every four years and is the third largest sporting event in the world.
Russ has helped his students get recruited to such schools as Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and Johns Hopkins.
As a referee, Russ is a AAA FIE rated referee, certifying him to referee the Olympic Finals in each weapon. He is the last living person to have refereed both Foil and Sabre at the Olympic Games, having been selected to three Olympiads.
As an athlete, Russ was junior national champion, twice All-American, and four-time First Team All-Ivy League selections for Columbia University. Russ won a bronze individual and a gold team medal at the 1985 Maccabiah event. He was also a three-time selection for Team USA to the Junior World Championships. He coaches foil and Sabre students at all levels. He has an AB from Columbia, a MA from Georgetown, and a JD from the Washington College of Law.
When Russ worked for the government, he met with Fidel Castro, Kim Il Sung and most world leaders. He loves opera and art and taught Law school for nine years.
Coach Wood has been involved in the sport of fencing for over nearly 30 years, including as a competitor, coach, and leader within the United States Fencing Association. Coach Wood has been a fencing coach in Northern Virginia area for the past 12 years, providing group instruction, private foil lessons, and strip coaching students at national and international tournaments. His students have gone on to attend and compete at NCAA schools, including Stanford, John’s Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, and Penn State.
As a competitor, he trained at the Rochester Fencing Centre (RFC) from 1987-1996 under Nat Goodhartz (primary coach) and Buckie Leach. Thereafter, he competed at Stanford University under Zoran Tulum, Lisa Milgram, Alex Kuznetsov, and George Pogosov where he was three-time NCAA All-American and Captain of the Stanford Fencing Team. His main accomplishments include being a multiple U.S. Junior Olympic Champion in Foil, finalist in numerous U.S. national tournaments, and a 5-time U.S. team member at the World Championships. During this time, he attended numerous World Cups representing the United States. In addition to competing, he was an athlete representative on the US Fencing Board of Directors, Chair of the Athlete Council, Chair of the National Team Oversight Committee, Chair of the Membership Growth Task Force, and participated in many other US Fencing committees. He stopped competing in 2005 to attend law school at the University of Oregon.
As a competitor Coach Wood strived to compete with integrity, sportsmanship, and fair competition. He stands by those values to this day and has continued to impress upon his students with those same values when they compete. He would like to continue to advocate for all athletes in the fencing community to compete in an environment that fosters those ideals. He strives to teach in a positive work environment, encourage when needed, while promoting hard work so athletes are able to reach their highest potential.
While not coaching, he spends his time either at his full-time job as a privacy attorney with the U.S. Federal Government, or chasing after his three boys shuttling them from activity to activity. He also enjoys traveling, reading, and playing soccer, including rooting for his favorite team, Liverpool. Go Reds!
Fencing Sports Academy is always looking for Épée, Foil, and Sabre fencing coaches and fitness and administrative staff who are compassionate, professional, and talented. From recreational to competitive fencing, FSA seeks individuals that can contribute to the continued creation of effective training programs, developing fencers of all skill levels into national and international champions.