Foil Coaches    


Misha Itkin, Head Foil Coach

A native of Lvov, Ukraine, Misha started competing at a very early age winning numerous fencing competitions.  With a Ph. D. in Physical Education and an outstanding talent for teaching, Misha started coaching early in his career earning various distinctions.  His skill for guiding gifted athletes continued when he came to the US.  He was the US national coach from 2002 to 2009, and has trained US national and world champions, as well as World Cup winners.

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Igor Zapozdaev

A former member of the Russian National Team from 2006 to 2012, Igor was a two-time Russian Champion, a silver and bronze medalist of many Russian championships, as well as a Grand Prix and World Cup finalist.  He also received a bronze medal at Universiade in 2011.  Igor received his Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Lesgaft National State University in St. Petersburg.  Since joining LAIFC in 2013, Igor has trained many students who have won national and international tournaments and championships.  He is also a part of the coaching staff who trained 2017 Junior World Champion Nick Itkin.


Tarek Ayad

Tarek joined LAIFC in 2016 with many accomplishments: a member of the Egyptian National Team since 1998; two-time Olympian in London 2012 and Rio 2016; bronze medalist in Havana World Cup in 2012; Cadet, Junior and Senior National Champion from 2002 to 2016; Cadet and Junior World Cup finalist; African Champion with seventeen medals; bronze medalist of the Mediterranean championship; top 18 of the Senior world rank; and a certified international referee for all three weapons.  Educated as a production engineer, Tarek has brought his passion for fencing to LAIFC, and has successfully prepared many students for national and international competitions.