Epee Coaches


Gago Demirchian, Head Epee Coach

Coached by his father, Armenian National Coach Edouard Demirchian, Gago started fencing in childhood. With the benefit of having his father as a coach and being a natural talent, Gago started winning many athletic titles at a young age.  He became a three-time Armenian National Epee Champion and scored fourth in the USSR National Championship.  Gago is a former US national epee coach, and has prepared many Olympian finalists and numerous participants in world championships.


Nana Demirchian

Like her brother Gago, Nana was raised in a fencing family and was coached by their legendary father Edouard Demirchian in Yeerevan, Armenia.  Nana started her fencing career at the age of ten and became a fencing master at seventeen.  As a teenager, Nana placed first in the Armenian Junior National Foil Championship, and later she participated in USSR championships as an Armenian National Team member!  In 1989, Nana moved to the United States with her family and started her successful coaching career.  Her students have represented the US in World Championship and have won numerous US Championships including Junior Olympics.  Her student Kasia Nixon finished second in the World in 2017 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.  Claire Beddingfield is preparing to fence in the Junior World Championship as a cadet in 2018.  As a coach, she always says, “great results are excellent, but the best part of my job is working with children and loving each and every one of my students!”


Eric Hansen

Eric has been involved in fencing for over 30 years.  He is a seven-time member of US World Championship Men's Epee team - Cadet, Junior, and Senior.  He also represented the US at Pan Am Games, Pan Am Championships, World University Games, and many World Cups, making ten World Cup finals.  Eric is a three-time Pacific Coast Champion, and has many National Championship and North American Cup medals, including gold medals at the Junior NAC in 1995, Div IA National Championship in 2000, and Div I NACs in 2001 and 2008.  He has coached at LAIFC since 2006. His students have won many medals, including the 2011 Junior Olympic National Champion Men's Epee team, the 2012 Y12 Men's Epee National Champion, the 2016 Junior Olympic Cadet Men's Epee National Champion, and the bronze medal at the 2016 Cadet Men's Epee World Championships.  Eric is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA.


Kay Kim

Kay has been an epee coach at LAIFC since 2013. He was a member of the Korean National Team from 2006 to 2012.  In addition, he competed in the Olympics in 2008, was a three-time Asian game champion, and a Grand Prix Champion in Paris in 2011.