Kai Zhao was a member of both the China Junior and Senior National Men’s Foil Teams. In this capacity he competed in extensive individual and team foil competitions as well as numerous Fencing World Cup Events.
Kai also trained extensively with China’s 2008 Olympic Foil Team. This experience in his career was opportunity to work and collaborate with other top fencers in China. As a professional fencer he was able to utilize his 26 years of fencing and coaching experience.
In 2010 Coach Kai moved to the U.S. bringing his unique insight and training techniques. His holistic coaching system trains fencers not only in blade techniques, but also in footwork, physical fitness, and mental strength. Kai Zhao’s success in coaching and training fencers has resulted in the achievement of National Medals by his students each and every year since his arrival in Boston.
Standing out among the many nationally ranked athletes trained by Head Coach Kai Zhao is 2019 Junior Olympic Champion, 2019 Senior North America Cup Champion, and 2019 November North America Cup Junior Champion Daniel Zhang. Zhang’s 1st place rank on the USA National Cadet Points list earned him a qualifying spot as one of only 3 fencers in the country to represent Team USA in the Cadet and Junior World Championship!
Shuang Meng was awarded the prestigious title of China National Master Sportsman at the early age of 18. This coveted award, an honor bestowed upon only two top achieving athletes in China each year, was testament to her inspirational talent and athletic excellence.
Shuang competed on both the China Junior and Senior National Fencing Teams. From 2006 to 2010, she won over 50 titles and earned her spot as a finalist in both National and International Championships. Her achievements include Gold Medals at China’s National Fencing Championship for individual and team women’s foil competitions (2010), a Bronze Medal in the World Junior Fencing Championship team competitions in 2007 and 2008, (Turkey and Italy) and numerous other Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards.
Since moving to the U.S. in 2010, Coach Shuang Meng has used her vast knowledge and experience to create a premier and formidable training program developing highly skilled athletes. She has a proven record of success with an ever-growing list of top regionally and nationally recognized fencers.
Paul Gaudet began fencing lessons at age seven, though it was not until meeting Coaches Kai Zhao and Shuang Meng at nine years old that his passion for the sport was truly ignited! He began studying under coaches Kai and Shuang within months of their meeting as the excellence of their training program and dedication to their students was undeniable.
Paul Gaudet has now been training with Master Coach Shuang and Head Coach Kai for more than 10 years. He has successfully competed in countless regional and national tournaments and is proud of the many medals, friendships, and opportunities he has gained in this sport.