Royal Arts Mourns the Loss of Anatolii Verulskii

Royal Arts Epee Coach Anatolii VerulskiiFEBRUARY 9, 2011, Columbus, Ohio.

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Coach Anatolii passed away last night at home. He returned home only recently to retire from fencing, to fish and enjoy his family. He will be greatly missed.

Anatolii was the Kyrgyz National Fencing Coach from 1977 – 2001, Kyrgyz Pentathlon Team Coach in 2004, Kuwait National Coach from 2005 – 2007, and the Royal Arts epee coach from 2008 – 2010. He had a masters degree in physical education from Kyrgyz University of Physical Education and had been coaching since 1971. Some of his achievements included:

— Girne University Award for outstanding coaching, 2005 – (copy included)

— Pentathlon team earned silver medal for team relay, Olympic Games, Athens. 2004

— Medal sweep (Gold, Silver, & Bronze) at the Muslim Women Games, Tehran, Iran 2001.

— Earned “Best Fencing Coach of the Year,” Award 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, and 1999

— Gold Medals in team and individual competitions as well as a bronze medal at the West-Asian Games in Tehran, 1997.

— Earned “Master of Sports” in fencing, USSR , 1971

— USSR Junior Fencing Champion, 1971

— Member of the USSR Fencing combined team, 1971

— Prepared athlete Alexandr Smerdin – USSR Junior Fencing Champion, 1991, – Member of the USSR Fencing combined team, 1991, US NAC Silver medalist, 2001

Before leaving for home Anatolii portrayed Juila’s first coach in our film American Fencer set to debut in a couple of weeks at the Arnold Sports Film Festival.

Beyond his many accomplishments, he was an inspiration to many of our fencers and a true friend and fellow coach for Juila and I.

We have decided to do a memorial tournament in his honor on his birthday, Sunday, June 12, 2011. This will be youth and open. It is already on askfred as the Anatolii Verulskii Memorial Open.

I will be posting pictures of Anatolii through the night on facebook and Royal Arts. If you have any to share, please send them to me.

The Memorial Open:

Anatolii Anatolivich Verulskii
June 12, 1952 – February 8, 2011

Photos from Anatolii’s time at Royal Arts are on Facebook.

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