Master of Arms/Maître
(Foil, Epée, Sabre)
Dr. Zachary Kotlyar
- Master of Arms - Foil,
Dr. Zachary Kotlyar
is a winner of numerous international fencing tournaments and a
former Soviet National Champion.
Master Kotlyar held the positions of the State
Fencing of Sport Committee for the City of Kiev, Vice-Principal Spartak Olympic Reserve Fencing School in Kiev, coach of Dynamo
Kiev Fencing Club, Bercalieri Fencing Club (Rome), and the York
University Fencing Club. Under his supervision these clubs made
significant contribution to the World and Olympic Fencing: Olympic
Champion Vladimir Smirnov, World Champions Serguei Kravchuck, and
has a PhD in pedagogical sciences and sports psychology specializing
in the Olympic sport of fencing from Kiev State University and the
Institute of Physical Education and Sports. Master Kotlyar has the
very rare and distinct honour of holding the title of Maitre D'Armes in
all three weapon categories: Foil,
Epée, and Sabre,
offers over 50 years of fencing experience, coaching,
knowledge and wisdom.
Master Kotlyar is also a teacher of senior mathematics
and Canadian Math League instructor at
Vaughan Secondary School.
Stanley Yee -
Foil, Epée, Sabre
is a protégé of Master Kotlyar, studying under him since 1990. Stanley
has become an accomplished foil fencer in the 1990s winning several
regional and provincial individual and team medals. He
has NCCP certification and a former head coach for the York University
varsity team and club. His students have achieved success at
Secondary, University, Provincial, National, and International level
tournaments. He brings over 25 years of coaching,
martial arts, and fencing experience. Stanley has an
degree in political science and a post diploma certificate in
marketing management. Stanley is a former educational
publishing executive at Nelson Education
Pearson Canada. Stanley is the president, principal, and founder of the Dragon Fencing
Academy. Stanley is the varsity fencing head coach at Canada's
largest all boys boarding school,
College in Aurora.
Doug Tong - Kenjutsu
started his training in kenjutsu in 1990 in Japan. He studied in
some of the most illustrious schools of classical Japanese
swordsmanship. Mr. Tong studied Katori Shinto Ryu directly under
the late Master Yoshio Sugino in Kawasaki-shi. He was one of the
last direct pupils of Yoshio Sugino sensei. Mr. Tong also
studied Yagyu Shinkage Ryu directly under the tutelage of the
late Master Masao Mutoh in Zushi-shi. He currently continues his
studies in Yagyu Shinkage Ryu directly under the tutelage of
Mutoh sensei’s successor, Master Yasushi Kajitsuka in Japan.
Mr. Tong is the leader of the only official study group in North
America of Yagyu Shinkage Ryu (Ohtsubo Branch). Mr. Tong has
over 25 years of sword arts and teaching experience and brings a
unique perspective and knowledge of Japanese sword fighting. He
is the founder of Tokumeikan, an organization dedicated to the
study of classical Japanese swordsmanship. Mr. Tong has a
Masters degree in education and is an elementary school teacher.
Nick Priore - Foil,
Nick started fencing
in 2006. He is a founding member of the Dragon Fencing
Academy. He teaches both fencing and kenjutsu classes. Nick has his community coaching certificate for foil in 2010.
Nick is also experienced camp counsellor. Nick also studies
Kenjutsu under Sensei Tong. Nick has an Honours degree in environment
& science and a Bachelors degree in education. He is a
science teacher at St. Thomas of Villanova College in King City..
Trent Wylie - Foil
Trent started fencing
foil in 2007 at the academy. Trent coaches the youth and teens
and has his community
coaching certificate for foil in 2011 and many hours as a volunteer
camp counsellor. Trent has an honours degree in Science and
Management at the University of Ontario Institute of
Technology. He is a Chemical Technologist at the Ministry of
the Environment and Climate Change.
Valerie Ossipova -
Master Ramil Aupov and Master Galina Ivanova at the Dynamo and
Thunderbird fencing clubs in the Republic of Bashkiria, Russia. Valerie
became the women's foil champion of Bashkiria in 1992, 1993 and won the
Cup of Bashkiria in 1992. In 1994 she became a Champion of Russia in
the team event. Valerie is the 2003 Ontario Provincial Women's Foil
Champion in the individual and team event. Valerie is a
Russian Master of Sport in foil and has over 25 years of fencing
experience. Valerie has a Masters degree in education.
David Donovan - Foil
David Donovan started his fencing career at the University of New
Brunswick and continued under Master Kotlyar in the 1990s at York,
where Dave completed his PhD in physics. Dave is an atmospheric
research scientist at
The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute in the
Netherlands, Dave has over 25 years of fencing and coaching
experience, NCCP designation. He continues to fence and represent
Canada in the Netherlands.
Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo - Foil, Epée
Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo began fencing in the1980s in his native
Cuba and in the 1990s at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen,
Germany. In 2001, Julio came to Toronto for his
post doctoral studies at York University. Dr. Martinez-Trujillo is a MD and PhD and has over
of fencing and teaching experience. Dr. Martinez-Trujillo is an
Associate Professor in the department of Physiology and Pharmacology
at Western University.
Sévigny - Sabre
Dr. Alexandre Sevigny started fencing in 1990 with Master Kotlyar and expanded his studies
Jennay (Racing Club de France - Paris), Master Vladimir Solomon, and
Master Ken Wood. Dr. Sevigny is a former York University varsity head coach and has NCCP designation.
He brings over 25 years of fencing and coaching experience from several different schools of
fencing. Dr. Sevigny has a PhD in computational linguistics and is an
communications and multimedia at McMaster University and Director of
Professional Communication Programs .
Dr. Katya Belkina -
Dr. Katya Belkina
started studying fencing at the age of 8, under her mother, Master
Kostyakova at the Spartak Olympic reserve fencing club in
Novosibirsk, Russia. Katya became the Women's Foil Champion of
Russia a number of times during 1990s. After moving to Canada, Katya
won gold in 2006 at Ontario provincial women's foil championships.
In 2007, she became the women's foil Canadian national champion.
Katya is a Russian Master of Sport in foil, a certified fencing
instructor, certified provincial level referee and has over 16 years
of fencing and coaching experience. Katya has a PhD in economics.
She has her own fencing club, the My Fencing Club in
Filip Kotlyar - Foil
Filip started fencing
when he was 6 years old under the tutelage of his father Dr. Kotlyar.
Filip has won several medals when he was a cadet and a junior. He
has returned to fencing after a brief respite to pursue the family
tradition and brings over 20 years of fencing experience. Filip
has a Bachelors degree in business from York University and a Real
Sévigny - Sabre
started fencing when he was15 with Master Kotlyar and continued with Master Vladimir Solomon, Fred Granek and
his brother, Dr.Alexandre Sévigny. Chris is the Ontario Junior
Provincial Men's Sabre Champion in 2000. Chris has a Masters
Golubyev - Epée
started fencing at age 13 with the "Galleon" Fencing Club in Lviv, Ukraine under Master Mas'ko and Master
Orlikovsky. In 1998, Slava continued his studies in Canada under the tutelage
of Master Kotlyar, Alexandre Sévigny and Stanley Yee. In 2000, Slava
became the Ontario Junior
Epée Champion. Slava has Honours degree in economics from York