Meet Our Coaches

All Tidewater Fencing Club coaches are certified and background checked through the USA Fencing SafeSport program in order to promote a safe and positive environment for athletes’ physical, emotional, and social development.

Tim Vincent: Co-Chair, Épée & Foil Coach

TIM VINCENT • Co-Chair, Épée & Foil Coach

Tim oversees all club operations, teaches beginner & intermediate foil and épée classes, participates in open fencing, and offers one-on-one lessons. He began fencing in 1998 as a member of Virginia Tech Fencing Club, where he quickly began competing in Virginia Division and collegiate fencing tournaments. His primary weapon is épée but he has tournament experience with all three weapons. He has fenced with several clubs as a guest, including one in Germany, and joined Tidewater Fencing Club in 2001. He began teaching beginners at TFC within about two years of joining the club, and eventually restructured the beginner classes into the system that is still in use today. He has been a co-chair of the club since the beginning of 2011 and since then has refreshed the club's image with a new logo and club colors, a new website, and club clothing.  In 2015 he helped secure a new, permanent facility for TFC.

Seong Kim: 
Foil & Épée Coach

SEONG KIM • Foil & Épée Coach

Mr. Kim is our most experienced coach, offering one-on-one lessons in all three weapons as well as on-strip coaching and occasional group lessons. He began fencing in 1957-1958 in South Korea. He is a two-time member of the South Korean Olympic fencing team, once as a fencer in 1964 and once as a coach in 1984. After the Olympics in 1984 he ran an INSEP Coaches Clinic in France. In 1985 he began coaching in the United States at DC Fencers Club, until 1989. In 1990 he was a coach at Richmond Fencing Club, and then in 1991 he moved to the Hampton Roads area. In 1993 he began coaching for TFC and has been with the club ever since.

James Newsome: Armorer, Foil & Épée Coach

JAMES NEWSOME • Armorer, Foil & Épée Coach

James offers one-on-one lessons in foil and épée, and participates in open fencing for both weapons. He began fencing in 1970 with the Norfolk Fencing Club and co-founded Tidewater Fencing Club in 1972. He was the club's first President and head coach until 1985, while also coaching at ODU and the YMCA. During this time he competed in all three weapons, winning state championships multiple times for all three. He was an assistant coach at Rutgers University from 1987 to 1991, after which he went on hiatus until 2013 when he began working as a personal coach at Hub City Fencing in Edison, New Jersey. He returned to TFC in 2014 and now serves as armorer as well as a coach and is competitive in épée at local and national levels.

Meredith Powers: 
Publicity Officer, Youth Foil Coach

MEREDITH POWERS • Publicity Officer, Youth Foil Coach

Meredith offers one-on-one lessons in foil, assists with beginner classes, participates in open fencing, and is in charge of the club's publicity materials. She began fencing at Tallwood High School in 2005. After graduating in 2006, she returned to be the coach of the Tallwood Fencing Club until 2008. She started fencing with Tidewater Fencing Club in 2006, and began to teach beginner classes for TFC in 2010. She is competitive in foil at the local, regional, and national levels, and is the 2015-2016 Virginia Division Champion for Women's Foil.

Ji Qi: Sabre Coach

JI QI • Sabre Coach

Ji Qi, also known as Miracle, offers one-on-one lessons in sabre, teaches intermediate sabre classes, and participates in open sabre fencing. She began fencing in China at the age of 14, starting with épée and then switched to sabre, and started competing soon after with the Chinese national team. In 2001 she won a bronze medal at the Chinese National Junior Championships, and in 2002 she earned a silver medal as well as the Individual Sportsmanship award. In 2005 she won a silver medal at the Chinese National Championships, and in 2006 & 2007 she was a member of the winning team at the Chinese National Team Championships. She now coaches sabre for multiple clubs, including William & Mary, whom she guided to first place finishes for men's and women's individual and team sabre, helping them win the 2015 Virginia Cup. She began coaching for TFC in 2015. She also competes at the local and national levels.

Chuck Swan: Co-Chair, Foil Instructor


Chuck assists in overseeing Club operations. He started fencing with TFC in 1992, competing in foil and épée, and started teaching beginners in 1996.

John Page: Foil Instructor

JOHN PAGE • Foil Instructor

John teaches the Wednesday beginner classes and participates in open fencing for foil and épée. He started fencing in 2015 here at Tidewater Fencing club and competes at the local level.