Garik Balayan has been recognized by the USFCA/AAI as a Maitre d’Armes (2001). Maestro Balayan was trained as a fencing master in the former Soviet Union, and had a distinguished career as a foil coach in the USSR.
From 1978-1988 Mr. Balayan was a member of the USSR Olympic coaching staff. In 1988 Garik was awarded the USSR Medal of Merit for his performance as a coach at the Olympic Games in Seoul. In 1990, he was named a Coach of the USSR, the highest Soviet coaching rank. In 1989 Garik worked with the National Team of China. From 1990-1996 he trained the Belarus national team. From 1996-1999, Garik taught in Graz, Austria. He moved to Seattle with his family in April of 1999, and has worked with us since then.
Greg Jones is the head coach at Rain City Fencing Center. He is a USFCA/AAI certified Prévôt d’Armes in foil and épée, and a Moniteur in sabre. He started fencing in 1995. He has won national medals in épée and sabre and has competitive experience in all three weapons. Greg took the bronze medal in Men’s Épée at the satellite World Cup in Edinburgh in March, 2004. His students have medaled at all levels of national competition, and include the 2012 Division I-A men’s foil National Champion. He was trained by Allen Evans, Jim Denton, Steve Colton, and Garik Balayan.
Spencer Felt started fencing at RCFC in 2005. He was trained by Greg Jones and Steve Colton. From 2007 through 2012, Spencer was a part of our nationally competitive men’s foil team. He began teaching beginning and continuing classes in 2015. Spencer earned his Prévôt certification in foil in 2018.
Matt Cameron earned his USFCA/AAI certified Prévôt d’Armes in foil in 2019 at Duke University under the direction of Christophe Duclos and Alex Beguinet. Originally hailing from Chicagoland, Matt began fencing at Illinois Fencers Club at the age of 11 and in 1995, he transitioned to Fencing 2000 to work with Bakhyt Abdikulov. Matt is a 12x national medalist and was a member of the 1996 USA Fencing Junior PanAm Team where he competed in foil and sabre. Matt served as Head Fencing Coach at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana from 2014-2019. Matt’s students have gone on to fence at Notre Dame, UPenn, NYU, United States Naval Academy, Cleveland State, Indiana University, William & Mary, among others. Matt coaches all three weapons and has had students medal at national competitions in foil and sabre. Matt is a national-level referee in all 3 weapons and has reffed extensively in USA Fencing, NCAA, and USACFC events. Matt also served as Vice-Chair of the Indiana Division. Matt and his family moved to Bellevue in February of 2020.
Stephen Colton is the head coach emeritus at Rain City Fencing Center. He is a USFCA/AAI certified Prévôt d’Armes (1996). Coach Steve trained with Kim Man-Sik, former head coach of the South Korean Olympic fencing program, and with Ed Richards, a member of the USFA’s National Coaching Staff. Steve taught fencing at Wallingford Rod & Foil from 1980-2000, at Shoreline Community College in Seattle from 1988-2000, and at the University of Washington from 1990-2000. Steve served two terms as the West Region Vice President of the US Fencing Coaches Association.
His students have competed and medaled at all levels of US National competition.
Coach Steve retired from teaching in 2016.
Coach Emeritus, Barbara Todd Heiner
Barbara is one of the three founding members of Rain City Fencing Center. Coach Barbara retired from Rain City Fencing Center in July 2012.