Meet the Team
Huang has been a professional foil fencer at a high level in China for more than 14 years before he moves to US. At the height of his athletic career, he was ranked first in the men’s foil National ranking for five years. He was member of the China Foil National Team of Fencing, representing team of China for the World Cup 2017. Aside from the individual gold medal at the 2017 China National Games, he is a team gold medalist at the 2015 China National Championships and a team silver medalist at the same event in 2016, and the overall national Cup winner for consecutive seasons 2015-2017. He has won multiple titles in individual and team events and was four times China Champion. In recognition of his athletic success, he was in 2015 awarded the Best National Athlete of the People’s Republic of China - the highest award for a sportsperson in China.
Andrew majored in Kinesiology at Penn State University and was a two-time varsity member of their NCAA Division I fencing team. His many achievements include ranking among the top 8 at the US 2018 Division IA Men’s Foil National Championships, 2014 Virginia State Foil Fencing Champion and 2014 Foil Silver Medalist in the North American Cup, Division 2. Coach Grass is a certified USFA Fencing Referee with a 5 foil rating and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. He coached and supervised aged 12 to 17 fencers at the Penn State Fencing Summer Camp (2017-2019) and also coached at the Nittany Fencing Academy (2019-2020).
Robert has extensive national and international competitive experience. While a student of the Polish Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, he was a Polish National Junior Champion. He competed at the World Championships, Military World Championships and multiple World Cup competitions as a member of the Polish National Team. He has trained with Zbigniew Czajkowski and the best Polish and Russian fencing masters.
David Ling is certified as a 3-weapons Fencing Coach by the US Fencing Coaches Association. His particular interest is in the epee and sabre. David was a varsity fencer at Duke University; and was also a ranked fencer on the North American Fencing Circuit, competing in both national and international tournaments. As an Assistant Coach on the staff of Penn State University NCAA Fencing Program for 7 years, he coached student-athletes that went on to participate in NCAA Regional and National Championships. His private students have placed on US National and World Championship Teams; and one won the Veterans World Championship. David has taught fencing at all levels, from beginners to advanced competitive fencers, from pre-teens to adults, and his students have achieved outstanding competitive results.
Our Assistant Director Jeffrey Gu is a highly rated foil fencer. Not only was he able to advance himself one rating up every year, he is also providing guidance and has been a leader in the AIC Fencing Club, as well as in the Virginia Fencing community. Jeffrey is known for his sportsmanship and is well-respected in our club. He is always helping other younger fencers and encouraging his teammates. He took the initiative to create a new school fencing team for Basis Independent McLean. As fundraising coordinator, Jeffrey is organizing a fundraiser campaign for SOME (So Others Might Eat) – the organization for homelessness in the DC area, and the “Campaign for Community event” to support the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation.
Jonathan Yu is a USA rated fencing referee, and "B" rated foil fencer. Fencing from an early age, he competed in various tournaments and is a rising freshman at Cleveland state University a Division 1 NCAA fencing school. He was named " First Team High School All American Foil" in year 2020. Getting back into the season to fence he’s decided to join the AIC team, to help young fencers to improve their skills by providing fun and engaging classes and camps.