Coaches

Whether you want to fence for fun and exercise or to compete at the national level, our coaches are committed to helping you reach your fencing goals.

Mikhail Kolker – Owner and Head Coach

Mikhail started fencing in 1975 in the Kazakhstan Junior National Team and competed all over the USSR, earning the highest USSR recognition for sport. He has a Masters of Fencing from the University of Sport in the former USSR. In college, he stopped fencing and began his training in Medicine. He emigrated to the US in 1996 and shortly thereafter began coaching and fencing once again. He earned the highest USFA rating of “A” and has been the New England Division Veterans champion for many years. His students include many regional and national medalists that have excelled both in fencing and in life.

Contact Information:
Email: mikhail@oceanstatefencing.com
Phone: (401) 952-0275

 

Sergey Kolker – Coach

Sergey Kolker is a national medalist and began his fencing career in 2001 with Mikhail Kolker as his coach. Sergey’s competitive fencing record includes numerous first place finishes in the New England Division, where he has successfully defended U-19 Divisions Championships and the U-19 Junior Olympic Qualifier titles. Sergey has also competed in National Competitions, earning several top place finishes.

Contact Information:
Email: sergey@oceanstatefencing.com
Phone: (401) 787-3427

 

Tim Burns – Coach

Tim discovered fencing while volunteering for the 1994 USFA National Finals in Salt Lake City, Utah. After fencing competitively for several years in the New England Division, he decided that it was time to open a club to teach the sport to the next generation of fencers. He is a certified Moniteur d’Epee by the United States Fencing Coaches Association.

Contact Information:
Email: tim@oceanstatefencing.com
Phone: (401) 954-1620