OUR COACHES

Absolute Fencing hosts a team of dedicated and professional coaches with international coaching credentials as well as a number of other coaching-related certificates. Always committed to their work, our coaches provide quality training in a safe and systematic manner, thereby guiding and nurturing our fencers into champions.

Wu Jie (Honorary Coach)

Formerly a first class professional fencer from China,  Wu Jie has had an outstanding career as a national fencer for Singapore, at some point even standing among the Top 4 in two different weapons! Yet, impressive as Wu Jie’s résumé as a fencer is, he is undoubtedly more talented a coach than he is a fencer.

Blessed with keen eyes and a keener intellect, Wu Jie sees a technique, and quickly realises its advantages, disadvantages and the many ways it can be employed. Wu Jie is then able to not only teach his students these new techniques, but also adapt them to suit their abilities, working together with his students to create their own unique fencing style.

For many years, three of the Top Four Men’s Foilists in Singapore were under his tutelage, the fourth member being himself! At some point, excluding himself, five out of the seven Men’s Foilists in the Senior Team were his students. Additionally, he was also the coach of four out of the eight Women’s Epeeists in the Senior Team. All of these elite athletes, he developed out of fencers who had previously not been fencing at a high level.  Some of the momentous feats of his students include a Bronze medal at the Nanjing Asian Youth Games 2013, and making Singaporean history in 2012 as the first ever Singaporean to qualify for the quarterfinals at a Cadet World Championship.

Technique, any coach can teach. Advice, any coach can give. Where Wu Jie excels is in the cultivation of his fencer’s own style of fencing, allowing them to play to their strengths by employing techniques and tactics adapted to suit them.

  • Approved coach under the Singapore Sports Council-managed Sports Education Programme (SEP)
  • Attended the Olympic Solidarity Technical Course
  • Attended a seminar on fencing for coaches by the National Federation in Asia & Oceania
  • Holds the NCAP 2 theory certification from Singapore Sports Council
  • MOE Registered Coach
  • First-Aid Certified
  • Set up many fencing teams in various institutions that achieved impressive competitive results (Hwa Chong Institution, Raffles Institution, Singapore Institute of Management)
  • Assistant National Men’s Foil Coach (2006-2007)
  • Head Coach of Singapore fencing contingent in 26th, 27th and 28th Summer Universiade
  • Trained many students across all 3 different weapon groups and of various age categories to achieve impressive results (multiple gold medal winners in annual Novices competition, National Championships, as well as international tournaments)
  • Nurtured many current Singapore top senior fencers since the beginning of their career:
    • top 4 local men’s foil senior team members
    • 4 women’s epee senior team members
    • 1 men’s sabre senior team member
    • Bronze medallist at Nanjing AYG 2013
    • First ever quarterfinalist at a Cadet World Championship in Singapore history
  • Number 1 senior ranked fencer in Singapore from 2006 to 2014
  • Bronze medallist in Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014
  • Team 5th position in Incheon Asian Games 2014
  • 5 years consecutive Gold medallist in FS Challenge (2004-2008)
  • 4 years consecutive Gold medallist in National Individual Championships (2009-2012)
  • 2 times medal winner of South East Asian Games (2007, 2011)
  • 4 times gold medal winner in South East Asian Fencing Championships
  • Winner of multiple medals in various regional and international competitions

Wang Wenying (Head Coach)

Wenying was a former first class national athlete from China, whose fencing excellence as an athlete is still witnessed by many in the region. During training sessions, her keen eyes picks out and she actively corrects the mistakes made by her students before they form bad habits. As a senior coach, she also plays an instrumental role in helping groom many young fencers into the Singapore national team. With great patience, empathy and her ability to communicate well, Wenying ensures that fencers under her wing develop technical finesse and mature into disciplined, independent athletes on the fencing piste.

  • Graduated with a Diploma in Sports Training
  • Participated and passed the 1st Asian-Oceania All Women Coaching Course in Foil
  • Holds the NCAP 2 theory certification from Singapore Sports Council
  • Approved coach under the Singapore Sports Council-managed Sports Education Programme (SEP)
  • Appointed coach by Fencing Singapore (NSA), for the Junior Sports Academy (JSA), from 2009 to 2010
  • Assistant foil coach in Singapore Sports School, from 2013 to 2014
  • MOE Registered Coach
  • First-Aid Certified
  • Set up many fencing teams in various institutions that achieved impressive competitive results (Hwa Chong Institution, Raffles Institution, Nanyang Girls’ High School, Singapore School of Science and Technology and Anglo-Chinese Junior College)
  • Coach for fencing team in Hwa Chong Institute (College Section) 2013-2014
  • Coach for fencing team in Nanyang Girls’ High School (2013-2014)
  • Coach for fencing team in Singapore School of Science and Technology
  • Double Gold medallist in SEA Games 2015
  • Double Gold medallist in Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014
  • Individual 6th position in Asian Games 2010
  • 3 times team 5th position in Asian Games (2006, 2010, 2014)
  • 2 times team Bronze medal winner in Asian Fencing Championships (2007, 2010)
  • 5 times individual top 64 in World Fencing Championships (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Top 64 in La Havana Grand Prix 2016
  • Individual 9th place in Asian Fencing Championships 2016
  • Top 64 in Tauberbischofsheim World Cup 2015
  • Individual 5th place in Cancun World Cup Satellite 2015
  • Individual 5th place in Copenhagen World Cup Satellite (2012, 2015)
  • Individual 5th place in Kocaeli World Cup Satellite 2015
  • Individual Silver medal winner in South East Asian Fencing Championships (2014)
  • Team Gold medal winner in South East Asian Fencing Championships (2014)
  • Team Silver medal winner in SEA Games (2011)
  • Team Silver medal winner in Commonwealth Fencing Championships (2010)
  • Individual Gold medal winner in South East Asian Fencing Championships (2010)
  • Team Gold medal winner in SEA Games (2007)
  • 5 time Gold medallist in FS Challenge (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016)
  • 9 times Gold medallist in National Individual Championships (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012,2013,2014,2015)
  • 8 times Fencing Singapore International medallist (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012,2014)
  • Bronze medal in China National Championships (2002)
  • Winner of numerous medals in regional and other international competitions

Zhao Zhizhong (Elite Epee Coach)

Coach Zhao has devoted his life to fencing and is truly a maestro in the sport. Beginning as a professional fencer in 1964, he has represented the People’s Republic of China in the national fencing squad before retiring from competitive fencing to become a coach. Years of extensive coaching experience resulted in unparalleled knowledge and understanding of the game, as Coach Zhao has witnessed how it evolved since the early days. Most notably, he has coached the China national women’s epee team from 1985 – 1992, during which the team won both individual and team gold in the 1990 Beijing Asian Games. From 1995 onwards, Coach Zhao took up the role of Singapore national epee coach, and has since nurtured many fencers who won numerous SEA Game medals for the Republic. Retiring in 2011, he then joined Absolute Fencing to continue passing on his valuable experience to aspiring young fencers. Drawing on his vast experience, Coach Zhao emphasizes on technical perfection which has often guided his students towards an accurate understanding of the sport.

  • Graduated with a Diploma in Sports Training
  • Awarded Diploma In Professional Coaches Course Tianjin Physical Education College
  • Awarded China Senior Coach Rank
  • Former China National Epee Team Coach (both Men and Women’s Epee)
  • Former Tianjin Municipal Fencing Team, Overall Chief Coach (all events)
  • Former Singapore National Epee Team Coach (both Men and Women’s Epee)
  • Coach for fencing team in Hwa Chong Institution
  • Coach for fencing team in Singapore School of Science and Technology
  • Former China National Team Fencer
  • Winner of numerous medals in China National competitions

Tan Yuan Zi (Senior Coach)

Yuan Zi has a very strong and accurate analysis of his students’ fencing, technically and tactically. He often provides his students with excellent insight, forged from his own experiences, for making better choices on the piste. Yuan Zi also gives valuable guidance to refine the core skills of developing fencers to potentiate their improvement. Yuan Zi would also instill a sense of sportsmanship and competitive spirit in all his students, and would always push them to their limits to achieve breakthroughs. Despite having high and strict standards for his students, he always connects with his fencers and has a fun-loving character which also makes him very popular in our kids classes.

  • Approved coach under the Singapore Sports Council-managed Sports Education Programme (SEP)
  • Attended the Olympic Solidarity Technical Course
  • Holds the NCAP 1 theory certification from Singapore Sports Council
  • First-Aid Certified
  • Assistant Coach for fencing team in Hwa Chong Institution
  • Assistant Coach for many fencing clinics for various schools
  • Top 4 senior ranked fencer in Singapore from 2008 to 2014
  • Gold medallist in SEA Games 2015
  • Bronze medallist in SEA Games 2011
  • 3 times gold medal winner in South East Asian Fencing Championships(2008, 2010, 2012)
  • Gold medallist in FS Challenge
  • Gold medallist in National Individual Championships
  • Gold medallist in National Trials
  • Gold medallist in Thailand Open Championships
  • Silver medallist in Hong Kong Open
  • Winner of multiple medals in various regional and international competitions
  • Member of Singapore fencing contingent in 26th and 27th Summer Universiade

Zhang Zhenggang (Senior Coach)

Zhenggang possesses great amount of passion towards fencing both as an athlete and a coach, and the same vigor that he uses to motivate himself during training he carries forth into his classes. Zhengang ceaselessly demands more of himself, and coupled with his precision and delicate game play, brought himself into the small pool of top senior fencers in Singapore. He imparts these values to his students through his strong rapports with his students, built from his patience and understanding. His friendly and cheerful nature leaves no doubt on why our young fencers find him an admirable yet approachable role model.

  • Approved coach under the Singapore Sports Council-managed Sports Education Programme (SEP)
  • Holds the NCAP 1 theory certification from Singapore Sports Council
  • MOE Registered Coach
  • First-Aid Certified
  • Assistant Coach for fencing team in Singapore School of Science and Technology
  • Assistant Coach for fencing team in Hwa Chong Institute (High School)
  • Assistant Coach for many fencing clinics for various schools
  • Top 4 senior ranked fencer in Singapore from 2009 to 2014
  • Double Silver medal in Southeast Asian Fencing Federation championships 2016
  • Silver medalist in Asean University Games 2016
  • Team Gold medal in Asean University Games 2016
  • Team 6th position in Asian Games 2014
  • Silver medallist in Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014
  • Bronze medallist in SEA Games 2011
  • 3 times gold medal winner in South East Asian Fencing Championships(2008, 2010, 2012)
  • Gold medallist in Fencing Singapore International
  • Gold medallist in Malaysia Open Fencing Championships
  • Winner of multiple medals in various regional and international competitions
  • Member of Singapore fencing contingent in 26th and 27th Summer Universiade

Victoria Ann Lim Xiu Yan (Senior Coach)

Victoria is and always has been a very hardworking and driven individual, with high expectations of herself. From the get-go, Victoria set her sights on the top spot. With her drive, devotion and determination, she grew from a rookie fencer into one deserving of her current standing as Singapore’s top Women’s Epeeist. This admirable attitude is one that she lives out even today, never staying stagnant or becoming complacent, which is what makes her the exemplar to her students that she is. As a coach, Victoria encourages and inculcates these very values in her students, encouraging them to aim high, while also guiding them step by step in their journey to reach the goals they set for themselves. Kind and bubbly, Coach Vicky (as she is fondly known to her students) effortlessly relates to her students, coaching from a place of technical knowledge, experience and understanding, and she has earned both the respect and love of her students.

  • Approved coach under the Singapore Sports Council-managed Sports Education Programme (SEP)
  • Holds the NCAP 1 theory certification from Singapore Sports Council
  • MOE Registered Coach
  • First-Aid Certified
  • Coach for fencing course in Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ Secondary School
  • Set up fencing team in Anglo-Chinese Junior College
  • Set up fencing team in Singapore Institute of Management
  • Coach of Hwa Chong Institute Fencing Team (College Section)
  • Coach for many fencing clinics for various schools
  • Top 4 senior ranked fencer in Singapore since 2008
  • Bronze medalist in Senior National Championships 2016
  • Bronze medalist in SEA Games 2015
  • Team 6th position in Asian Games 2014
  • Gold medalist in Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014
  • Bronze medalist in Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2010
  • 3 times silver medal winner in South East Asian Fencing Championships(2008, 2010, 2012)
  • Gold medalist in FS Challenge
  • Gold medalist in Thailand Open Championships
  • Gold medalist in Taipei Open Championships 2014
  • Silver medalist in Taipei Open Championships (2013, 2015)
  • Gold medalist in Malaysia Open Fencing Championships (2012, 2015)
  • Winner of multiple medals in various regional and international competitions
  • Member of Singapore fencing contingent in 26th, 27th and 28th Summer Universiade
  • Flagbearer of Singapore Contingent in 26th Summer Universiade Shenzhen 2011

Goh Wan Qi (Senior Coach)

Wan Qi has a quiet sense of tenacity about her, one of the rare qualities that we can always find in her students. She is firm in her coaching, instilling to her students the values of discipline and perseverance. Being one of the top four senior fencers of the women’s epee in Singapore, Wan Qi imparts to her fencers both technical skills and tactical understanding so that her students can improve in both mind and body while fencing. Moreover, with her charming and patient personality, students often find that time flies in her class!

  • Approved coach under the Singapore Sports Council-managed Sports Education Programme (SEP)
  • Holds the NCAP 1 theory certification from Singapore Sports Council
  • MOE Registered Coach
  • First-Aid Certified
  • Assistant Coach for fencing team in School of Science and Technology
  • Assistant Coach for many fencing clinics for various schools
  • Top 4 senior ranked fencer in Singapore
  • Team 6th position in Asian Games 2014
  • Gold medallist in Commonwealth Fencing Championships
  • Silver medallist in South East Asian Fencing Championships
  • Gold medallist in Asian Varsity Fencing Championships
  • Silver medallist in Fencing Singapore International
  • Silver medallist in Malaysia Open Fencing Championships
  • Silver medallist in Thailand Open Championships
  • Winner of multiple medals in various regional and international competitions
  • Member of Singapore fencing contingent in 26th and 27th Summer Universiade

Ip Yuan Chang (Senior Coach)

Yuan Chang is always enthusiastic about coaching his classes and pays attention to details, ensuring that his students are always clear of their mistakes. His diligence during training is one of the many values he wishes to impart to his students. Yuan Chang would always try to understand the fencers beyond the piste, enabling his students to easily talk to him and enjoy their time at Absolute Fencing.

  • SG-Coach Theory Level 1
  • Participated and passed Basic Sports Science
  • Participated in the VSP workshop
  • MOE Registered Coach
  • First-Aid Certified
  • Assistant Coach for many fencing clinics for various schools
  • Bronze medalist in Senior National Championships 2016
  • Individual 4th place in Asean University Games 2016
  • Team Bronze Medalist in Asean University Games 2016
  • Team Gold medalist in Pesta Suken Fencing Championships 2016
  • Gold medalist in Asian Varsity Fencing Championships 2016
  • Team Silver in Malaysia Open 2015
  • Bronze medalist in Asian Varsity Fencing Championships 2015
  • Team Silver in Asian Varsity Fencing Championships 2015
  • Gold medalist in ‘A’ Div Inter-schools 2012
  • Bronze medalist in Cadet Trials 2011
  • Bronze medalist in Cadet Championships 2011
  • Team Gold in Cadet Championships 2011

Goh Zhen Ping (Senior Coach)

Zhenping is a very dilligent and dedicated coach. He expects nothing but the best from his students at all times. At the same time, he shows care and concern and thinks of ways to motivate his students. Always ready to answer any questions his students may have, this patience and understanding has won the hearts of many of his students.

Zhenping is also very friendly and amicable; these qualities make him very approachable. He can sometimes be found playing various games with his students after training, which shows the good rapport he has with his students. With such a friendly coach guiding them, it is no wonder his students always look forward to the next lesson!

  • SG-Coach Theory Level 1
  •  Participated and passed Basic Sports Science
  • Participated in the VSP workshop
  • MOE Registered Coach
  • First-Aid Certified
  • Assistant Coach for many fencing clinics for various schools
  • Epee Coach at School of Science and Technology
  • Team Gold medalist in Pesta Suken Fencing Championships 2016
  • Double Gold medalist in Novices Fencing Championships 2016

Cao Yubo (Senior Coach)

Yubo leads by example and values the spirit of hard work. He sets a standard for his students to strive to achieve. Through himself, he reflects the core values of Absolute Fencing, respect and fighting spirit. Apart from that, he is very innovative and fun-loving. He is able to come up with new exercises in addition to usual routines to ensure that the lessons are not too dull or repetitive. His classes are always enjoyable, despite the high intensity. He is able to keep his students motivated and wanting to improve.

Fun fact: Yubo is a tutor for several JC students. His teaching experience has helped him learn how to pin point and understand the difficulties his students are facing. Students find that him being able to understand or help with their problems is one of his key strengths. With better mutual understanding, tackling and overcoming problems together with his students has become easier.

  • SG-Coach Theory Level 1
  • Participated and passed Basic Sports Science
  • Participated in the VSP workshop
  • MOE Registered Coach
  • First-Aid Certified
  • Assistant Coach for many fencing clinics for various schools
  • Sabre Coach at School of Science and Technology
  • Former National Fencer
  • Bronze medalist in National Fencing Championships

Lim Elizabeth Ann Yu Yan (Coach)

Elizabeth’s teaching style is enjoyable and engaging, but she is firm when she needs to be, pushing her students to always do their best. She makes learning fencing fun and not all that difficult! Her experience as a fencer helps her relate to students, to understand and meet their needs. An interesting fact about her is that she is also a preschool teacher! The knowledge and experience of working with children coupled with her fencing background gives her the ideal skillset to impart fencing knowledge and skills to her students in a way that is not only enriching, but entertaining too.

  • Participated and passed Basic Sports Science
  • Participated in the VSP workshop
  • MOE Registered Coach
  • First-Aid Certified
  • Assistant Coach for many fencing clinics for various schools
  • Bronze medallist in SEA Games 2015
  • Team 6th position in Incheon Asian Games 2014
  • Gold medallist in Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014
  • Silver medallist in National Individual Championships (2014, 2015)
  • Silver medallist in National Trials 2014
  • Bronze medal in Asian Junior & Cadet Fencing Championships 2014 (Junior)
  • Bronze medallist in National Trials III 2013
  • Silver medallist in Singapore Junior Championships 2013
  • Silver medal in Asian Junior & Cadet Fencing Championships 2013 (Junior)
  • Gold medal in Southeast Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships 2013 (Junior)
  • Silver medal winner in Fencing Singapore International 2012
  • Bronze medal winner in Asian Junior & Cadet Fencing Championships 2011 (Cadet)
  • Gold medal winner in Singapore Cadet Fencing World Cup 2011
  • Bronze medal winner in Singapore Junior Fencing Championships 2011
  • Silver medallist in South East Asian Fencing Championships 2010 (Cadet)
  • Gold medallist in National Inter-Schools Fencing Championships 2010 (B Div)
  • Bronze medallist in Singapore Junior Fencing Championships 2010
  • Gold medal winner in Singapore Junior Fencing Championships 2010
  • Bronze medallist in Singapore Cadet Fencing Championships 2009
  • Gold medal winner in Novices Fencing Championships 2009
  • Bronze medallist in Singapore Minime Fencing Championships 2009 (U14)
  • Bronze medallist in National Inter-Schools Fencing Championships 2008 (C Div)