Lev's advice to beginner fencers.
"...It may be difficult to believe but with these five simple rules, I manage to get out of bed early on weekends for competitions.
1. Have a vision
2. Think big
3. Ignore the naysayers
4. Work your ass off
5. Give something back
Becoming a good athlete is similar to becoming a good musician or an actor. Years of daily practice in hopes of reaching technical perfection to be able to perform your skills and outmatch your opponent.
However, fencing also includes a very strong tactical factor which depends on how quickly you are able to think at a particular second and which solution is best to surpass your opponent’s barriers.
A fencing bout can be compared to a melody or a movie. It has its beginning or a debut, its climax and an outcome, satisfying for you or not depending on the result of the climax.
Your story depends on how well you were preparing it during training and also on the experience at numerous competitions.
Elite Fencer: Lev Panfilov
Lev started fencing at our Academy when he was 15 – a relatively late age for an athlete.
Thanks to his first coach, Alexey Karpov, Lev progressed very fast and by the end of his first year of training, he became the strongest cadet Epee fencer in Singapore, year after year proving to be the strongest fencer, first in Cadet category (U17), followed by Junior category (U21).
Now Lev is doing his National Service in Singapore. Upon return, Lev is planning to resume his training as well as start his University study.
His philosophy and sports spirit separate him from most athletes. Not only did he manage to outrun his older and more experienced sports opponents, but he also proved to be the strongest fencing athlete in Singapore Junior category after just one year of training.
From the age of 16-year Lev has been ranked No. 1 in Singapore in Junior Category (U21).
2012 (bronze) - 15 yrs.old
2013 (gold) - 16 yrs.old
2014 (gold) - 17 yrs.old
2015 (gold) - 18 yrs.old
2016 (gold) - 19 yrs.old
National Junior Championships (Singapore)
Cadet World Cup (Singapore)
2014 (bronze) - 17 yrs.old
2016 (bronze) - 19 yrs.old
2017 (bronze) - 20 yrs.old
2017 (gold) - 21 yrs.old
National (Senior) Championships (Singapore)
2015 (silver) - 18 yrs.old
Taipei (Seniors) Open