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The coaching staff at Halberstadt is dedicated to providing the highest quality instruction in fencing available in the United States.

We have a variety of coaches for you to work with, whether you aspire to the Olympics or wish to fence recreationally. If you’re looking for a coach, we welcome you to come in and observe the coaches, talk with them, and then we will assist you in getting lessons that fulfill your individual lesson needs.

Name Title E-mail Profile
Peter Burchard Maître d’Armes peter.burchard@halberstadtfc.com Peter was the US Foil Team Champion in 1978 and 1984. He was in the top 20 in US for 14 straight years (75-88) as well as US World Championship Teams in 78 and 83. He was Coach of the US National Championship Women’s Epee Team for HFC in 87 and Coach of the US National Championship Men’s Epee Team for HFC in 88. His students make numerous finals in the NAC.Peter has a fencing master’s degrees from the Military Masters’ Program of San Jose State and also from the United States Fencing Coaches’ Association.
Rob Handelman Maître d’Armes rob.handelman@halberstadtfc.com In 1974, Maitre Rob Handelman joined Halberstadt Fencers’ Club in San Francisco, and was the head coach until 1982. He was in private practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic specializing in sports injuries since 1983, and semi-retired in 2005.Rob began fencing in 1968 in New York and competed in sabre. After university, Rob spent nearly three years in Paris at the Institut National des Sports (INS), earning his Fencing Master credential in all three weapons (sabre, foil, and épée). He is one of only three Americans to ever graduate from the INS.He has been an A-rated competitor and fenced in many European “A” World Cup competitions. His students have been national finalists, national team members, and national champions in all three weapons. He was head coach for the varsity team at UC Berkeley, has taught coaches’ clinics for the US Fencing Association at the Olympic training center at Squaw Valley, and training camps for our top junior fencers. He has coached US teams at the Olympic Sports Festivals, World Cup Events and Junior World Championships. He recently published and co-wrote the textbook Fencing: A Practical Guide for Training Young Athletes. The text is required reading for all levels of candidates for US Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) certification. Maitre Handelman is currently the chair of the board that certifies fencing instructors for the USFCA.
Connie Louie Moniteur de Fleuret, Maître de Sabre connie.louie@halberstadtfc.com Dr. Connie Louie is a licensed clinical psychologist and sports psychologist practicing in San Francisco, California. In the last decade, Dr. Louie has worked with a variety of mental disorders ranging from the seriously and persistently mentally ill to high functioning people wanting to change their life for the better. For the past few years, certified as a master practitioner, Dr. Louie has been using hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming with elite athletes so that they can perform their best under pressure.Before entering the field of psychology, Dr. Louie was a competitive fencer in foil for 16 years. After high school and collegiate fencing, she trained nearly one year with the French national team at the Institut National des Sports in Paris, France. She competed internationally as a women’s foil team member of the VGA fencer’s club based in St. Maur, near Paris. Dr. Louie was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Training Squad for three years, and fenced for the U.S. Women’s Foil Team in Europe in 1978. She placed 4th individually in the 1981 U.S. Nationals and captain of the 2nd place team in the 1981 Nationals.Dr. Louie received her Moniteur in foil in 2006, her Prevot de Sabre certificate in June 2009 and her Maitre de Sabre in January 2013, from the U.S Fencing Coaches Association. She co-wrote and published the popular textbook Fencing: A Practical Guide for Training Young Athletes.
Sandor Mandoki Moniteur d’Armes, Prevot de Sabre sandor84@yahoo.com Sandor learned to fence at the City College of San Francisco under the tutelage of Joe Manzano. He is still a competitive fencer, training with Rob Handelman, and is rated in all three weapons. However he prefers to fence Epee, in which he has an A rating.Sandor started his coaching career as the head coach of the Galileo High School Fencing team in 2007, where he continues to coach currently. He got his Moniteur d’Armes certification from the USFCA (United States Fencing Coaches’ Association), and is also an ASEP (American Sport Education Program) certified coach.He coaches in the junior foil program, assists in the youth sabre program, and he is available for individual lessons by appointment.

Sandor is also a rated referee, and is usually seen refereeing most weekends in the Bay Area. He also frequently travels to ref nationally.

Kathy Krusen Secretary, Moniteur d’Armes, Prevot de Fleuret kathy.krusen@halberstadtfc.com Kathy Krusen has been a member of HFC since 1985, and a instructor/coach since 1988. She has taught fencing at numerous schools in San Francisco, including: Hamblin School, San Francisco Day School, Adda Clevenger and the Urban School. She has also been the Varsity Fencing Coach at Lowell High School, the Urban School and an instructor with the SummerGate program since 1995. Kathy coaches students of all ages, but finds that her greatest enjoyment comes from introducing young people (ages 8 – 15) to what she considers to be the best sport in the world. She was a competitive fencer until 1993, fencing all three weapons in local, national and international competition.

Kathy is also an ASEP (American Sport Education Program) certified coach, and certified in CPR and First Aid.

Scott Cunningham President, Prevot de Fleuret scott.cunn@gmail.com Moniteur Scott Cunningham started fencing at Lowell High School under Kathy Krusen. After graduation, he took a break to focus on college, but eventually returned to Lowell to be the assistant fencing coach. In 2005, he was promoted to head coach. Since then, Lowell High School has been league champion four times. Scott is still fencing on the competitive circuit and through his experiences at national competitions, he has added many innovative and modern concepts into his coaching. He seeks to instill in his students sportsmanship, a competitive spirit, and knowledge of the rules and armory. Scott also helps Maestro Peter Burchard run the junior foil program.
Peter Ignatov peter.ignatov@halberstadtfc.com Peter’s credentials include:• Ukranian Foil Champion, 1966-68, ’70, ’74 (individual event)
• Soviet Union Foil Champion (team event), 1967-68, ’70, ’72
• European Cup holder (team event), 1969, 1971
• World University Games Gold Medal (team event), 1970
His students at HFC have won multiple Pacific Coast Championship titles, 1997 Summer National Championship, Pacific Coast Circuit, 2005-06.He has thirty years coaching experience and is available for individual lessons in foil by appointment.

Peter Ignatov is an ASEP (American Sport Education Program) certified coach.

Sonya Li Moniteur de Fleuret