Ali Shafaie

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 both foil and epee 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 and 2021/22 seasons! I love teaching the sport and passing along my love to children and allowing them to realize their potential!

In June 2023, I was hired to be the Head Coach for the Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) Varsity Fencing Team! In just my first season, I led the team to an undefeated regular season and a top-5 finish in the state rankings out of 55+ High School Teams.

I’ve also been a certified USA Fencing referee since the age of 9. I am among the top referees in the USA with an N2 rating and referee at several national championship events every year, along with lots of top-level collegiate meets and NJSIAA high school meets. 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, 2022. 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, Cadet Foil, Cadet Epee, Junior Foil, Junior Epee, and Senior Foil!
  • Named Fencing Coach of the Year for 2023-2024 as the Head Coach for CBA Fencing
  • Head Coach for CBA Varsity HS Fencing Team, led team to their best regular season in program history (8-0)!
  • Led CBA team to 3rd Overall at 2024 Cetrulo Championships and placed 3rd in 2024 District 5 Championships!
  • Senior Men’s Foil World Cup with Team USA in Plovdiv, Bulgaria – April 2022
  • Division1 Men’s Foil – Coached in 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

Top Fencing Accomplishments

  • Earned “A” rating in Epee – Freehold, NJ – June 2022
  • 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
  • 46 Foil wins in 2021-22 Collegiate Fencing Season for Rutgers University
  • Captain of Freehold Fencing Foil Team – 7th Place in the Nation – Columbus, OH
  • Earned “A” rating in Foil – 2019 – Freehold, NJ
  • Senior (Division1) Foil Points List – 2018-2020
  • Junior Foil National Points List – 2017-2020
  • Leon Paul Senior Satellite Cup – London, UK – 2017
  • New Jersey Cup Senior Foil Champion – 2017
  • Summer Nationals Champion of Division 3 Epee – Salt Lake City, UT – 2017
  • 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
  • Fenced in Junior Olympic Championships – 2015-2020
  • Fenced in 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
  • Ben Gutenberg Y10 SYC Champion – Rochester, NY – 2010
  • New Jersey Youth Circuit Y8 Champion – Maplewood, NJ – 2008