Ali Shafaie

Assistant Foil/Epee Coach

Personal Information

I’ve been brought into fencing through such an accomplished family. At the age of six, I was taken to a fencing camp, and immediately fell in love with the sport right there. I saw the accomplishments of my father, my aunt, and my uncles in fencing. This motivated me to continue with the sport and try to strive for the best. I won a Super Youth Circuit at the age of 10 in foil, and from there it made me practice harder and get even better. Now, I have achieved the “A” rating in foil fencing, won a national championship in Division3 Epee, defeated the World Champion in Foil, and I have been on the Junior and Senior National Points list! I was also the captain of the Rutgers Men’s Foil team for the 2019/20- 2021/22 seasons! I love teaching the sport and passing along my love to children and allowing them to realize their potential!

I’ve also been a certified USA Fencing referee since the age of 9. I am among the top referees in the USA with a 5 rating and referee at several national championship events every year, along with lots of top level collegiate meets, top level youth championships, and cadet championships. My goal is to also earn an international refereeing license in the future to referee tournaments all over the world!

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  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, 2021. Rutgers University – New Brunswick, NJ

Top Coaching Highlights

  • National Points List for students in Y10 Foil, Y10 Epee, Y12 Foil, Y12 Epee, Y14 Foil, Y14 Epee
  • Senior Men’s Foil World Cup with Team USA in Plovdiv, Bulgaria – April 2022
  • Division1 Men’s Foil – Top 16 in St. Louis, MO (October 2021)
  • Team USA Cadet Team – Silver Medal in the Bratislava World Cup (January 2019)
  • European Cadet Circuit in Rome, Italy – February 2019
  • European Cadet Circuit in Bratislava, Slovakia – January 2019
  • European Cadet Circuit in Vienna, Austria – November 2018
  • Been a strip coach for Y10, Y12, Y14, Cadet, and Juniors at National Championships

Major Fencing Accomplishments

  • Captain of 3rd place Men’s Foil Team (Rutgers University) at the National Collegiate Club Championships – Providence, RI – April 2022
  • 7th Place – MACFA Individual Championships @ Drew University – March 2022
  • Captain of Freehold Fencing Foil Team – 7th Place in the Nation – Columbus, OH
  • Earned “A” rating – 2019 – Freehold, NJ
  • Top 64 in Division1 January NAC – Charlotte, NC – 2019
  • Top 64 in Junior November NAC – Kansas City, MO – 2018
  • Senior (Division1) Points List – 2018-2020
  • Junior National Points List – 2017-2020
  • Leon Paul Senior Satellite Cup – London, UK – 2017
  • New Jersey Cup Foil Champion – 2017
  • Summer National Championships Champion – Division 3 Epee – Salt Lake City, UT
  • April NAC 5th Place – Division 3 Epee – Baltimore, MD – 2017
  • Lilov ROC DIV1A 7th Place – Cedar Grove, NJ – 2017
  • 6th Place in NJFA RJCC – Maplewood, NJ – 2017
  • Qualified for Junior Olympic Championships – 2015-2020
  • Earned “B” rating in Foil – Freehold, NJ – 2015
  • Earned “C” rating in Foil – Willow Grove, PA – 2015
  • Qualified for National Championships every year since 2009
  • Capitol Clash SYC Y14 Bronze Medalist – National Harbor, MD – 2015
  • 22nd Place in Y12 National Championships – Columbus, OH – 2013
  • Mission SYC Y12 5th Place – Rocky Point, NY – 2013
  • Capitol Clash SYC Y12 5th Place – National Harbor, MD – 2013
  • 19th Place in March Y10 NAC – Portland, OR – 2011
  • Ben Gutenberg Y10 SYC Champion – Rochester, NY – 2010
  • New Jersey Youth Circuit Y8 Champion – Maplewood, NJ – 2008