Coach Larbi Soufiane.
Coach Larbi is a three time Moroccan National fencing champion; two championships in foil, one in epee, as well as a 2nd place finish in saber. Larbi represented Morocco at international competitions, including the Mediterranean Games. He trained in Casablanca under the French fencing system. In 1986 Larbi moved to Connecticut, where he coached at Fat Dog Fencing Club and the Wallingford recreation department, before instructing adult and youth fencers at the Baltimore Fencing Center until 2018.
Coach Larbi coaches our high-level competitive fencers.
Coach J. Christoph Amberger
A Baltimore City prosecutor by day, a fencing coach at night, Coach Chris started fencing in 1984 at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He’s competed in Germany, Britain, and the United States in all three weapons, but has been focusing on epee for the past 15 years.
As a student at the Freie Universität Berlin and Georg-August-Universität, he fought seven “Mensuren” with the Schläger — a uniquely German cutting sword. Chris also has dabbled in escrima (Filipino stick fighting), aiki-bokken (Japanese wooden sword) and aiki-jo (Japanese short staff), as well as in various European and Japanese martial arts. He is an avid collector of fencing weapons and books and has written the one or other piece on historical fencing. If you want to have a look at his collection, visit his FencingClassics.
Coach Chris teaches our Epee program for both youth and adult fencers.