Iris Zimmermann – Co-Owner/Foil Coach

Iris is best known for setting records in the sport of fencing. Not only was she was the first US fencer to win a world championship medal, she was also the youngest ever to win that medal and the youngest to win a national championships. In 2000, Iris made the Olympic team with her sister Felicia Zimmermann and together they were two points shy of winning the bronze medal for the United States. After two more runs at the Olympics and graduating from Stanford University, Iris is now a co-owner (since 2009) and fencing coach at the Rochester Fencing Club.


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Felicia Zimmermann – Co-Owner/Foil and Epee Coach

Felicia is a two-time Olympian and the first U.S. fencer to achieve the World Cup overall championship in the under-20 category. She was the first and only woman to win NCAA championships in both foil and epee. A graduate of School of the Arts and Stanford University, Felicia Zimmermann moved back to Rochester in August 2010 to be closer to home and the fencing club and to work for Xerox Corporation. Felicia and Iris have owned the RFC together since 2009.



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David Taylor – Foil Coach

David Taylor joined us from Britain in 2010. There he earned a degree in Sports Science whilst studying under Polish fencing master Tomek Walicki. He went on to coach numerous national champions and have his fencers qualify for junior and senior world championship teams.



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 Christine Griffith – Sabre Coach

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 of Temple University 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 physiology of physical activity, exercise and nutrient metabolism, and principles of health and fitness to just 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.

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Susan Jennings Kantari, Foil and Epee Coach

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 St she moved to Las Vegas, where in addition to her career finance, started the competitive youth program at the Fencing Academy of Nevada where she coached youth students to national and regional titles. Susan returned to Rochester in July 2011. Susan has been coaching at the RFC since 2011.


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Semion Kiriakidi, Foil and Sabre Coach

Semion Kiriakidi 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 UR fencing club until 2008, then coached at Fencing Exchange in Scranton, PA until 2009. Since then Kiriakidi has been the head coach, in all three weapons, at Wilkes Fencing Club in Wilkes-Barre, PA. In addition he has been teaching a fencing course at the department of Phys Ed of Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, PA. Semion has been coaching at the RFC since 2011.

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Dr. Douglas Raynor, Sports Psychologist

Picture of DougDr. Douglas Raynor is a licensed psychologist, psychology professor, certified consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry.  He has consulted with a variety of amateur and elite athletes, coaches, and teams.  His consultations typically focus on performance enhancement, motivation, stress management, communication, team building, and creating balance between mind and body. Dr. Raynor has been working with the RFC since 2012.


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