OUR Coaches

​​COACH BYRON BURCHARD began fencing at the age of 6. Coached by his father, two-time national foil champion Peter Burchard, Byron competed through age 18; his exemplary results including a gold medal at the Pacific Coast Championships. He moved to Los Angeles from the Bay Area last year, and has been assistant coaching at the Beverly Hills Fencers Club as well as at Brentwood School and Vistamar High School. His passion for the sport comes out in his work outs, drills and strip side coaching. Byron believes that fencing builds physical stamina and strength as well as focus, strategy and the ability to make split second adjustments to a plan as conditions change. Passing on his experience with the sport brings much joy and satisfaction.

HEAD COACH LEE BRIDGES, AAI, USFCA, was born to teach, and sees her students as unique individuals of immense potential. Internationally certified in all three modern fencing weapons, she has taught more than 5,000 people. She trained with Olympic athletes and coaches; captained the team at U.C. Berkeley; and later head coached both the men’s and women’s teams. She is famous for getting remarkable results in a short time, and for her expertise in personal development and the mental game.

Coach Lee graduated from U.C. Berkeley summa cum laude, with a thesis on neuroscience, narrative, and public policy. She spent over a decade as an international human rights crisis manager, speaks several languages, and has been known to switch to Mandarin when her students lose focus. She came to Los Angeles to found her production company, Green Tiger.

Future champions, Shakespeare actors, children, elderly, and everyone in between have studied with Coach Lee. Come experience why.​

“A truly extraordinary teacher.” - California Shakespeare Theater

“Brilliant.” - Independent Shakespeare Company

“Beyond gifted.” - Fencing parents

“Outstanding.” - Halberstadt Fencing Club, San Francisco

“If you want to learn fencing, look no further.” - Olympic Maestro

“Best fencing coach since Syrio Forel.” - Adult student

Located in the historic Hollywood Dance Center, we combine the best of the old and the new. Led by coaches with passion, technique, and decades of experience, we offer instruction in all three modern weapons, high level competitive training, and Hollywood's only specialized class in Fencing For Professional Actors.