Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Khariton Zazhitskiy

Khariton Zazhitskiy is a former member of the Estonia and Soviet Union National Fencing Teams from 1982 to 1993. His accomplished fencing career includes Estonia National Fencing Champion, USSR National Champion, and FIE World Cup finalist. As a coach, Khariton Zazhitskiy has achieved National and International success in Estonia and, formerly, the USSR coaching National Team members to represent their countries at the FIE World Championship and Summer Olympic Games. Since 2008, Khariton has been coaching in The Woodlands, Texas and elevated his students to become USA Junior Team members, NCAA Champions, World Team member, and Junior World Olympics medalists.

Georgi Zazitski

Georgi Zazitski (advisory coach) has had an illustrious career as an elite athlete and World-renowned coach. As an elite epee fencer for the USSR, Coach Zazitski was a participant on numerous Olympic and World Championship teams, including attaining the title World Champion in 1969 and receiving an Olympic BRONZE Medal (team event) in the 1972 games. He was also a Grand Prix Charles Martel GOLD medalist (France 1969), the European Cup Champion 1968-1971, the USSR National Champion 1966-1968, and USSR Masters Winner. From 1983 through 1991, Coach Zazitski was the Estonian National Team head coach and the USSR National Team Coach. He was the coach of Olympic Champion and World Champions, multiple National Champions and World Cup winners; he was also responsible for talent evaluation and team selection for the Soviet Union National Epee Team 1983-1991. In 1991, he became the head coach at the Bergen Fencing Club in Norway.

Samuel Freiman

Samuel Freiman has competed at the National and International level in his continuing fencing career. His fencing achievements have included : US Senior Team National Championship Bronze medalist; US Senior World Cup and Grand Prix Team member; US Junior World Championship Team member; US Junior World Cup Team Member; and Junior Olympics Bronze Medalist. Coach Sam brings a great deal of fencing experience, energy, and fun to his classes, along with great coaching skills.

Summer Phillips

Summer Phillips began fencing here in The Woodlands, TX at the age of 8. She began assisting Coach Khariton and developing her coaching skills when she was only 16. As a competitive Fencer, Summer’s achievements include US Division 1A finalist, Regional Junior Circuit Winner, and USA Cadet European circuit representative. Summer is now readying her students for Regional and National Championship tournaments.

About Woodlands International Fencing Club

Woodlands International Fencing Club or "WIFC" is a premier recreational and competitive Fencing club headquartered in the Woodlands, Texas. At WIFC, we uphold the traditions and sportsmanship of the exciting sport of Epee Fencing. The club standards of excellence is our top priority along with creating a fun club environment where your children enjoy learning and studying the sport of Fencing. We encourage our students to work hard so they can achieve and master continuous Fencing skills. If you would like to learn more about Fencing or have any questions for our staff, please send us an email at Thank you for being part of the WIFC family.