Coach Julia Richey started fencing at 14 in the Soviet Union. Within a year she was competing at very high levels. She spent the remainder of her teenage years competing internationally as a 13-year member of the Russian National Team and living and training in the Olympic center.
She earned her Master of Sport in 1989 and began training youth athletes at the Sport School of Olympic Reserve in 1989.
Coach Richey has her degree in physical education and physical therapy, is a certified personal trianer and pilates instructor and is the Chair of the Arnold Fencing Classic held in partnership with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Arnold Sports Festival, the largest multi-sport festival in the nation.
Coach Richey came to te United States in 1999 and began teaching in Norfolk, VA before relocating to Columbus, OH and forming Royal Arts.
In addition to being owner and head coach of Royal Arts, Julia is a pilates instructor and trainer at the New Albany Country Club. She is available for fencers and other for personal training and pilates. In addition to fencing, she specializes in pilates for golfers and elite athletes.
For the 2011 Arnold Sports Film Festival hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Julia and Tim entered a short film about Julia’s life from the Soviet Union to the US. The film was in the top five of a field of 150 films from 30 countries. You can watch the film on YouTube.