Coaches

Without the work of our coaches where would we be?

“A coach is someone who tells you what don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you always known you could be.”

-Tom Landry


James Askew

 

James attended college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), where he earned both his bachelors and masters degrees. He started fencing as a freshman in the fall of 1990, and entered his first national competition in 1992 – the Junior Olympics in Kansas City. Over the next ten years or so James frequently fenced at the Lincoln Fencing Club, taking lessons from the coaches there and working with the competitive group. He only became truly committed to the sport, however, once he began teaching fencing through the Omaha Fencing Club and the Omaha Parks Department.

In 2006, James enrolled in the USFA Coaches College and completed his certification for Level 1 epee. At Coaches College in 2007 he completed his certification for Level 1 foil. He holds Moniteur level certification from the US Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) in foil, epee, and saber. He has also obtained a referee rating for both foil and epee.

He enjoys teaching immensely. “All of the instructors in the Omaha Fencing Club want to provide quality instruction in a sport we truly enjoy. I hope that I can pass on my love for the sport while helping those who are interested in becoming serious competitors; that by keeping my mind as well as my ears open to new theories and coaching techniques, I will be able to play a part in improving fencing in Omaha.”

James can be reached via email at jaskew@omahafencingclub.org.


Alex Bucevicius

 

Alex also attended college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, earning his bachelor’s degree. He currently works as a software developer in the Omaha area.

Alex started fencing in early 2005 when his martial arts class decided to branch out and compete in the 2005 state games. After six months of training, he went on to place second in the Novice Foil competition. When he entered UNO as a freshman, he helped restart the UNO Fencing Club.

In the summer of 2008, Alex joined the Omaha Fencing Club as a competitor and coach. After his first USFA competition, he was hooked and competed as often as time allowed. Alex also served as the head coach for the UNO Fencing Club from summer of 2008 until his graduation in winter of 2009. He continues as an alumnus to help coach the UNO club. Alex is actively involved with the Omaha Fencing Club and the Lincoln Fencing Club. He currently serves as the Vice President of OFC.

Alex is active primarily in fencing, but has also practiced Kendo, Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing and traditional martial arts.

In December 2009, Alex enrolled in the United States Fencing Coach’s Association (USFCA) moniteur exam and completed the examination for all three weapons (Moniteur d’Armes). Alex holds an ‘A’ rating in epee, ‘C’ in saber and ‘C’ in foil. He competes regularly at regional tournaments as well as North American Cups and Summer Nationals. His weapon of choice is epee for competition, with saber being a close second.

Alex also offers personalized private lessons in all three weapons at $10 per half hour session. E-mail at alex@omahafencingclub.org or speak with him directly for more information.

Dan Gustafson