Our Coaches

Galya Pundyk – Owner & Head Coach

Weapon: Sabre

Professional saberist and coach, Galya Pundyk is an Olympian fencer who won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Previously, Pundyk was a member of the Ukrainian National Team. In 2007, they won a silver medal at the World Championships in St. Petersburg.

The following year, Ukraine won team gold at the Beijing Olympics. Afterwards, Pundyk continued to fence until 2016, winning two gold medals and three silver medals at the World Championship. Previously, Pundyk has been an assistant coach on the Yale University Fencing team.

About, Galya Pundyk with teammates
  • Gold Medal – Olympic Games (Beijing, China 2008)
  • 2x World Champion
  • 4x World Vice-Champion
  • 2x Europe Champion
  • 4x Silver and 3x Bronze Europe Medalist

Yury Molchan – Assistant Coach

Weapon: Foil

Olympic foilist, Yury Molchan, is a 2008 Copenhagen World Cup Champion and 2004 European Fencing Champion. In 2004, Molchan was a Team Foil Bronze Medalist at the Athens Olympics.

In addition, Molchan was a professional coach at Ohio State University. Previously, he helped train Olympians, Zain and Mona Shaito. Currently, he is the head fencing coach at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

About, Yuri Molchan with teammates
  • 5x Russian National Champion
  • 2x U-19 and U-16 National Champion
  • Previous Member of Russian Senior National team

Marton Wiszkidenszky – Assistant Coach

Weapon: Sabre

As a professional sabreist, Wiszkidenszky was a coach on the Hungarian National Team for Women’s Sabre. He has taught various world fencers, including András Szatmári and Anna Márton. Szatmári went on to be the 2017 Individual World Champion and Márton the 2017 World Cup Champion. Alongside Gábor Gárdos, Marton coached junior saber fencers at MTK Budapest.

Previously, Marton taught at Way of the Sword in Ridgefield, CT.

About, Marton
  • 8x Team Gold Medalist, Hungary Championship
  • 2x Individual Gold Medalist, Hungary Championship
  • 1988 European Champion in Individual Saber Fencing
  • 1988 World Champion Bronze Medal Individual Saber
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“Galya is a wonderful coach, both in practice and at competitions. All of the observations she makes and notes gives are specific and focused. She shifts her approach to coach depending on what is most beneficial to each of her students. Without Galya, I wouldn’t have made it to NCAA Championships for the first time my final year in college. Even in high-stress situations, she maintains a sense of calm and puts her fencers at ease — something that is both rare and needed at a competitive level.”

Lillie Owens Lianoff, Yale Fencing Team

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