Coach Bakhyt is a former World Cup Champion and USSR National Champion (1986). He has won the silver medal at the USSR Championships, is a 2-time bronze medalist of the USSR Cup and a World Cup finalist--earning gold, silver and bronze medals in the team events. He has also been a member of the world-level teams of
the USSR, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, earning world-class status as one of the top fencers of his time.
Bakhyt received his BA degree in Physical Education and Fencing Instruction from the Kazakh Institute of Physical Culture. He has over 20 years of coaching experience and has developed countless youth and adult fencing programs all over the world – from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Mexico, and now the United States.
Bakhyt is fluent in Russian, English, and Spanish and has been a Head Coach in the Chicago area's most well-known fencing academies since 1995. He has been instrumental in training multiple "A" level fencers and helping them attain national and world-class status as some of the strongest fencers in the United States. Many of his students have won gold medals at the U.S. National Championships and have been finalists at North American Cups, Junior Olympics, and World Cup competitions.
Bakhyt's training and devotion to the sport of fencing has helped many of his students gain placement on fencing teams in some of the nation's most prestigious universities: Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania, which both his daughters attended after being recruited for their strong fencing background.
Assistant Coach Siarhei joins FCC from Belarus where he coached, competed, and achieved significant results such as a gold medal in a Senior Foil International Tournament in Hungary (2016). He also holds a bronze medal from a Cadet International Tournament in Russia in 2011.
Siarhei has been coaching for over 6 years and has produced strong results for many of his students. Siarhei holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the Belarusian State University.