Leon Auriol

Maitre d'armes (1927-2015)

Maître Leon Auriol, our club’s namesake, was a fencing master for almost 50 years. Leon was born and raised in Toulouse, France, and moved to the US in the early 1960s. Leon coached all three weapons, and his students won many national and international medals, both individual and team. At various times, Leon was a US National coach, US Pentathlon coach, Pan American Team coach, and Canadian Olympic coach. Leon passed away in 2015, but he is remembered fondly, and many of his students continue to have success in fencing.

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Marshall Hibnes

President, Head Coach

Marshall is the President of Salle Auriol Seattle, serves as the Chair of Coaching Programs for the club and is a protege of Maitre Leon Auriol. Under the guidance of Maitre Auriol, Marshall has coached various Salle Auriol Seattle fencers to many World Championships. Marshall's students have earned more than 150 national and international medals, including several National Championships. Marshall teaches foil and epee to youth, junior, and adult fencers.

Russel Redding


Russ has over 35 years of fencing experience and is a member of the Salle Auriol Seattle Board of Directors. Russ coaches all three weapons but his primary focus is epee.  Russ is certified as a level four coach by the USFA Fencing Coaches College. He has worked as an assistant NCAA coach and has taught a number of collegiate and community fencing classes. Russ works with both recreational and competitive fencers of all ages, from youth to adult. 

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Nikita Sakhanenko

Saber Coach

Nikita began fencing at the age of eight and was a member of the cadet sabre team of the Novosibirsk region of the Russian Federation. After attending university, Nikita continued to practice and compete locally, and he was assistant youth coach at his club in 1997. While attending graduate school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nikita coached several sabre fencers, although there was no fencing club. In 2005 Nikita joined the newly established Duke City Fencing Club.  In 2008, Nikita moved to Seattle and began coaching at Salle Auriol Seattle.  He teaches youth, junior and adult fencers and has many national medalists.

Alexander Siniak

Foil Coach

Alexander has coached for over 12 years, most recently as head coach at Ängby Fencing Club, Stockholm and also as the National Fencing Coach of the Swedish Foil Team.  Prior to that he was head coach at Dinamo Fencing Club and Work Union's Fencing Club in Minsk, Belarus.

He studied physical education and fencing in all weapons at Belarusian State University, has a Master's degree, Master of Sport, Magistracy of the Belarusian State University of physical education and completed the FIE “High level” foil coach training and certification.

Aleaxnder joined Salle Auriol Seattle in 2019, he teaches competitive students in youth, junior and adult classes as well as individual lessons.


Alaina Floyd

Epee Coach

Alaina started fencing epee in 2005 on the Clemson University fencing team. In 2009, she joined Salle Auriol Seattle, and she continues to compete at the national level. Alaina started as an assistant instructor for the Saturday epee class in 2009, and she became head instructor in 2012. 

Lucas Robison

Adult Beginning Fencing Instructor

Lucas is the lead instructor for the evening adult beginning fencing classes. Lucas started fencing at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, in 1994 and has coached at Salle Auriol Seattle since 2007.