The Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club is looking for a dynamic Fencing Coach who is able to teach all three weapons from beginners to high level competitors. Preferably a certified Master who is fluent in English and Spanish. 

The Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club coaches are not only currently coaching some of the top fencers nationally and internationally; but they are also committed to working with children, youths and those interested in fencing as non-competitive exercise and recreation and the local film and theatre community.

We have group classes for youths and adults as well as one on one coaching. For more information on cost, please go to our Programs page.

Margo Miller, founder

board member
Education/Trained, Institute National du Sport, Paris France


Institute National duSport, Paris, France

Current Programs 2012-18

  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Asst. Coach, Men’s & Women’s Fencing

  • Beverly Hills Fencers Club Elite Epee Programs

  • Le Lycee Français de Los Angeles Head Coach, Men’s & Women’s Fencing

Career Highlights

  • 2 time Pan American Gold Medalist

  • Pan American Silver Medalist

  • 17 US World Teams

  • 10 US Olympic Festival Teams

  • 10 World Cup Teams

  • 3 Pan American Teams

  • 2 Seven Nation Teams

  • World Cup Finalist

  • World Championship Team, Top 8

  • Grand Prix World Cup Top 8

  • Numerous National Teams

  • Senior National Champion & Epee

  • Junior National Champion in Foil

  • US Alternate Olympic Team 1996

  • One of the first US Junior Olympians

  • Former Coach University of Southern California, Men’s & Women’s Fencing.


  • United States Fencing Association Certified Coach

  • Federation International d’Escrime (FIE)

  • United States Fencing Association (USFA)

  • United States Coaching Association (USCA)

  • National Colleges Academic Association, (NCAA)

  • Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC)

Carla Corbit, club manager

  • Prevost d’ Armes Degree, Federation Français d’Escrime, Paris, France.

  • NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy Graduate

  • C.I.F. California Interscholastic Federation Certified Coach

  • Positive Coaching Alliance

  • Current Programs 2012-18

  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech) NCAA Head Coach, Pasadena CA

  • Beverly Hills Fencers Club, Elite Junior/Cadet/Youth Competitive Programs

  • Brentwood School Head Varsity Coach, Los Angeles, CA

  • Vistamar School Head Varsity Coach, El Segundo, CA

  • Crossroads School Youth Coach, Santa Monica, CA

  • Le Lycee Français de Los Angeles, Elementary, MS & HS Coach, Los Angeles, CA

  • Marlborough School Summer Coaching Program, Los Angeles, CA

  • Summer Arts Camp Youth Program Burbank, CA

  • Brentwood Summer School Sports Camp

  • Coaching/Personal Highlights

  • NCAA Championships committee member 2012-2016  

  • National Champions, World Cup Medalists, Junior Olympians,

  • NCAA Regional Championships, US National Youth medalists

  • Youth Pan American Bronze Medalist Men’s Y-14 Epee 2011 & 12

  • Pan American Gold & Bronze Medalist Men & Women’s Y-14 Epee 2010

  • US National Women’s Team Epee Medalists

  • 2004 US National Champion Women’s Veterans Point holder

  • 2004 Gold Medalist & Silver Medalist NAC Women’s Veterans

  • 2016 NCAA Coach of the Year
  • United States Fencing Association, Federation International d’Escrime, United States Coaches Association, Alliance of Women Coaches, NCAA Coaches, Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California, Positive Coaching Alliance, Southern California Scholastic League

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Karl Christe

  • Member of German National Teams

  • Finalist in numerous World Cups

  • US World Team member

  • Fluent in English and German

Karl Christe was born and raised in Germany. He started fencing at the age of 14 in a small club in Bad Mergentheim, from which the world-renown Fencing Center of Tauberbischofsheim originated. His fencing career continued in Stuttgart (1955 – 1961), where he was coached by the eminent German Épée coach Franz Kuehner, and in Vienna (1957 – 1958), where he was coached by the Hungarian Coach Mohamed Resulovich. During these years, he competed in all three weapons at the world class level. Some of his more notable international results during this time period included:

1957: International Championship of Austria, foil 5th, Épée 9th
International Foil Tournament, Graz, 2nd
1958: Tarczaly Pokal, Vienna, saber 1st
Wiener Pokal, saber 1st, Épée 1st, foil 3rd
1959: Golden Épée of Zuerich, 8th
Europe Cup in Épée, Heidenheim, 2nd
International Championship of Austria: Épée, 3rd, foil 6th
1960: International Épée Tournament, Epinal, France, 6th
International Épée Tournament, Saeckingen, 3rd

In the summer of 1960, he ruptured his hamstring shortly before the Olympic Games in Rome, destroying his chance to participate.

After completion of his Ph. D. in chemistry in 1961, he immigrated to the US. He continued to fence and competed for 13 more years in Épée, winning 5 individual West Coast Championships, 2 National Team Championships, and competed in 1969 for the US Team in the World Championships.

In 1983, he started his coaching career, by first teaching his son Mark and his friends, and later also other students. He has produced with Margo Miller a National Épée Champion and with Elisabeth Spilman a runner up. He has been a member of the US coaching staff in Épée at three World Championships (1994, 2001 and 2003).

Karl Christe is also a well known scientist. He works as a Research Professor at the Loker Research Institute of the University of Southern California and as a Senior Staff Advisor at the Air Force Research Laboratory of the Edwards Air Force Base. His specialties are energetic materials and rocket propellants, and his work has been recognized by numerous international awards.
Phone: (213) 740-3552( o), (818) 560-2653 (c), e-mail: 

Ted Katzoff

Instructor/Coach, Beverly Hills Fencing Club, 2004 – present.

Director of Fencing, Harvard-Westlake School, 1980 – present.

Founder/Treasurer Southern California Scholastic Fencing League, 1987 – present.

Founder/Director, Westside Fencing Center, 1984 – 2004.

Coach, U.S. National Wheelchair Fencing Team, 1998 – 2000.

Coach, UCLA Fencing Team, 1983 – 1990.

Theatrical swordfight choreographer/coach for stage, film, and events.

M.A., Theatrical Directing, Univ. of Connecticut

Master-at-Arms, San Jose State University

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Karen Lieu, Head foil coach, BHFC


Biochemistry- California State University Fullerton


Head Foil Coach at Caltech Pasadena

 Karen Lieu began fencing at Pasadena City College after watching fencing on TV during the Summer Olympics in 1984.  From that time on she has developed a love for the sport.  With hard work and determination, she competed in the Junior Olympics after her first year of fencing.  She competed on the Women’s Foil Team at California State University – Fullerton and was awarded Most Outstanding Women’s Foilist two years in a row.  Karen studied fencing under Raymond Coldiron, Misha Itkin and Heizaburo Okawa, 3 time Olympian for Japan.  Karen has competed both locally and nationally.  Her philosophy for fencing is to work hard and have fun.  Karen has taught fencing at the elementary school, high school and college levels.  She enjoys teaching fencing to students of all ages.  Karen holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University – Fullerton in Biochemistry and is a certified fencing coach with the United States Fencing Association.  She has also studied Athletic Training/Sports psychology and worked with various sports groups, most notably with the Avengers, a professional indoor arena football team in Los Angeles, California.  Contact e-mail


Erika Retamal Velarde

Coach Erika Retamal Velarde was born in Lima, Peru. She is an attorney and a fencing coach. She came to Los Angeles in 2007. She got her Citizenship in 2012.

Coach Erika has been involved in Fencing for more than thirty years.

She started fencing when she was in school. She became a fencing coach at the age of eighteen years old. She started teaching fencing in exclusive private clubs in Lima, Peru. She has nineteen years of experience like a fencing coach.

Coach Erika represented Peru in International Competitions (South American Fencing Championships) and is the Peruvian National Champion. She is also a member of the United States Fencing Association, member of the Peruvian Fencing Federation, and member of the Peruvian Bar Association. Erika is very proud of all the medals, trophies, diplomas, and certificates that she gotten throughtout her career.

She is experienced in all 3 weapons (Foil, Sabre, and Epee). For the past eleven years, Erika has taught fencing at private schools, recreation centers, and summer camps.

All her students got a lot of trophies and medals in the fencing tournaments.

Coach Erika works hard to prepare every student to be the best that they can.

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