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
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 nine 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.
Russ has over 35 years of fencing experience and is a member of Salle Auriol Seattle's Board of Directors. He has been the Washington State champion in foil, epee, and sabre many times. In addition to competing, he teaches and coaches all three weapons. Russ is certified as a level four coach by the USFA Fencing Coaches College. Russ has worked as an assistant NCAA coach and has taught a number of collegiate and community fencing classes. He works with both recreational and competitive fencers of all ages, from youth to adult.
Nikita began fencing at the age of eight in Novosibirsk. From 1986 to 1998 he studied sabre under the tutelage of Alexander Mashin and Andrey Butakov. From 1994 to 1995 he was a member of the cadet saber fencing team of the Novosibirsk region of the Russian Federation, during which period he participated in a number of national and international competitions. After attending university he continued to practice and compete locally. In 1997 he acted as assistant youth coach at his club, "Victoria". In Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Nikita later attended school, he became personal coach for several sabre fencers, although there was no fencing club at the time. In 2005 he joined the newly established Duke City Fencing Club as a sabre coach. Nikita taught sabre fencing classes for adults and youth, giving private lessons, and teaching fencing footwork classes. In 2008, Nikita moved to Seattle and began coaching at, and competing for Salle Auriol.
Alaina started fencing epee in 2005 on the Clemson University fencing team. In national fencing, Alaina earned a top 8 finish and a silver medal in her first Div III and Div II North American Cup. In the fall of 2009, she joined Salle Auriol Seattle, continuing to fence at the
national level. Alaina has been assistant instructor for the Saturday class since 2009 and became head instructor in the spring of 2012.
Michael began fencing as a freshmen at Clemson University. He graduated from the FIE Coaching Academy in Budapest, Hungary in 2017.
He is also certified as a prévôt in both foil and epee by the US Fencing Coaches Associations and has level one certifications in all three weapons from USA Fencing's Coaches College program.
Adult Beginning Fencing Instructor
Lucas is the lead instructor for the evening adult beginning fencing classes. He started fencing at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas in 1994 and has coached at the club since 2007. He is also an accomplished competitive fencer.