Forte Coaches

Lisa Campi-Sapery

Sabre / Foil / Epee
With over 30 years of fencing experience, she has the unique distinction of being a national-level fencer, coach, referee, and bout committee member. After retiring from World Cup competition, Coach Lisa earned top officiating classifications in all three weapons. She is an international referee, supervises and mentors young referees in all three weapons. Coach Lisa is a certified Prevôt d’Epée and Moniteur d’Armes from the USFCA. In addition to coaching at the club, Coach Lisa will apply her Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, to assisting fencers in understanding healthy nutrition and hydration in both training and competition, proper training methods, and safe cross-training. She is the Co-Head Coach at Morris Hill High School. The program has achieved successes such as NJ State Team Championship semi-finalists, NJAC Conference Champions, Morris County Girls Team Champions, Morris County Girls Individuals Champions in all 3 disciplines, Morris County Girls Sabre and Epee Squad Champions, Morris County Boys Foil Individual Champion, District Boys and Girls overall Team Champions, District Individual Girls Sabre Champion, and District Girls Sabre and Epee Squad Champions. Coach Lisa is the co-founder of Forte Fencing Foundation.




Jaime Ayala

Epee / Foil / Sabre
Coach Jaime’s career started in 2008, a year after moving from Mexico, under Barb Lynch at Morris Hills. He is constantly learning more from a variety of international coaches in order to become a better athlete and coach. After graduating from Morris Hills, Coach Jaime continued his fencing career training under different coaches, including: Slava Danylov, Lisa Campi-Sapery, and Maestro Marcos Lucchetti. Coach Jaime is a competitive athlete, and is currently training for a spot on the National Team. As the Randolph HS Epee coach, Jaime has helped his students achieve exceptional results, including County Championships and a top 10 in NJ State Championship. Jaime currently coaches the Passaic County Technical Institute fencing team. Coach Jaime received his B.A. in Applied Linguistics with a minor in Asian Studies from Montclair State University. He not only brings his language expertise to Forte Fencing, but an assortment of fencing knowledge.




Michael Malecki

Epee / Foil

Coach Malecki is the founding coach of Morris Catholic's Fencing team. Before coaching at Morris Catholic, Coach Malecki was a fencer with West Virginia University's fencing club, started the Seton Hill University Fencing Program, and was a safety marshal for a historical fencing society and achieved an Award of Arms in that group. He is a standing member of USA Fencing and the US Fencing Coaches Association and is a certified USA Fencing Referee.




Karen Kong

Sabre
Coach Karen began her fencing career, like many, in high school. Karen fenced for Morris Hills under the tutelage of Coach Lisa and went on to fence in the NCAA for Stevens Tech. Karen brings a wealth of knowledge and strategy to sabre fencing. Her coaching methods involve the blending of necessary foundations into the more technical.




Angela Cullen

Foil




Natalia Dashnaw

Sabre
Coach Natalia spent the majority of her training under Oleg Stetsiv and Mihail Etropolski at Bergen Fencing Club. She was a 4-year varsity athlete at Wayne Valley High School and led the sabre squad to county, district, and state titles while also being competitive on the national circuit. After retiring as a competitive athlete, Coach Natalia became a nationally-rated referee. As a coach she has been mentored at multiple sabre clubs including Bergen Fencing Club, Masters Fencing Club, and Kaprica United. Natalia brings in a high level of technical knowledge while maintaining the importance of a positive environment.




Sam Guttman

Epee / Foil
Coach Guttman fenced epee for Randolph High School’s varsity team for three years under Coach Jaime Ayala. Over the course of his career, he was among the top 25 men’s epee fencers in New Jersey in 2017 and was the number 1 fencer on the First Team All-Conference in 2018 with a conference record of 19-1. Although Sam halted his fencing career to continue playing soccer at the collegiate level, he continues volunteering his time to mentor younger fencers at the Randolph Recreational Fencing camp in the summers, as well as the Randolph Varsity Fencing Team over winter break while he pursues a degree in history and secondary education. Coach Sam’s extensive soccer career has afforded him a unique view on movement, endurance, and fitness which contributed to his fencing successes and also influences his coaching philosophy.




Alec Roman

Sabre




Andrew "Lefty" Zlotnick

Epee / Foil / Manager
Coach Lefty’s decades of fencing experience began at Morris Hills High School under the tutelage of the late and always beloved Barb Lynch, Coach Lisa’s sister. After graduating, he started coaching at Morris Hills as a volunteer and later an assistant coach of the team. Coach Lefty has helped his students achieve great honors, including, but not limited to: NJ Team Championships semi-finalists, Morris County Individual Champion, Morris County Epee Squad Champions, District Epee Squad Champions, and two top 5 Women’s Epee NJ Individual Champions. Coach Lefty is a co-founder of Forte Fencing Foundation. He is a nationally-rated referee in epee and sabre, and uses his knowledge to observe and mentor new referees. Outside the club, Coach Lefty is a middle school special education teacher. He combines the methods of teaching young adults and coaching to assist his fencers to learn, understand, and master their art.




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