Tsanko Hantov has been the head coach at Windy City Fencing since 2004, and has extensive experience training fencers at all levels. He competed in the 2000 Olympic Games and won a Bronze Medal at the 2001 World Championships in the Modern Pentathlon. In 2003 Tsanko finished 5th at the European Championship in the Czech Republic . In 2004 he was 7th at the European Championship in Albena, Bulgaria. In 2007 he won the South America Open Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . He has competed in 11 World Pentathlon Junior and Senior Championships and has won several medals from World Cups and International events.
Tsanko was National Senior Champion in 1998 and National Junior Champion in 1995 and 1996 in Men’s Epee in Bulgaria, and continues to be an “A” rated fencer. He is a graduate of the National Sports Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria.
After his 2004 Olympic trial, he moved to USA with his family. In 2012 Tsanko became a US citizen.
In the last decade ,coach Hantov’s students were winning medals in a regular bases at all National and International level events,including NACs / North American Cups/,SYCs /Super Youth/,and Cadets International events .
Lots of Windy City Fencing and Coach Tanko’s students were recruited from NCAA collages and coaches. Many of them received athletic scholarships .
Tsanko Hantov is the owner of Windy City Fencing – Chicago, Inc.
In his sports career Sergiy was a 1997-2005 Ukrainian National Team member in Modern Pentathlon. In 1998 he become three-time World Junior Champion,/ Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic/ in individual competition, team and team-relay competitions.
As a fencing coach ,Sergey Kravchenko have over 10 years of coaching experience working with every ages and levels.
He started working at Windy City Fencing in Jan 2018
Rose Semmel trained at the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia for 8 years, and was nationally ranked in her age category throughout middle and high school. She was recruited to fence at Northwestern University, where she fenced for one year. Her top results include an 8th place finish at Midwest Conference Championships, and second and third place finishes in the team event at the Junior Olympic Championships in 2011 and 2012, respectively. After a five year hiatus from fencing, she returned in 2018 to take 5th in the Division II event at Summer Nationals.
Rose is a great addition to the club,and does work with our Little and Big Musketeers ,as well as our youth fencers.
When she isn’t fencing, Rose teaches high school social studies for Chicago Public Schools