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We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful ALEXANDER SINIAK. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with ALEXANDER below.

Alright, ALEXANDER thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. We’d love to hear the backstory behind a risk you’ve taken – whether big or small, walk us through what it was like and how it ultimately turned out.


I was born and raised in Belarus, and I have been fencing since I was a 13 years old. I was a professional fencer, and Icompeted in national and international competitions. After his career as a fencer ended, I decided to pursue my goal of becoming a fencing coach. I knew that he would need to move to a country with a strong fencing tradition if I wanted to make that goal a reality.


In 2011, I decided to move to Sweden to pursue my dream. I didn’t speak the language, I didn’t know anyone. But I was determined to make it work. I was promoted to the position of head coach at Ängby Fencing Club, and in 2018 I was also selected to lead the Swedish national team. I led the team to several international competitions, and they achieved some great results.


In 2019, I decided to move to the United States to further my fencing career. I moved to Seattle, Washington, and I started working as a coach at a local fencing club Salle Auriol Seattle.


After four years, I decided to take the risk and open my own fencing club. I called it Amity Fencing Club, and it was a huge success. I was able to share his love of fencing with others, and I helped to create a community of fencers in the Seattle area.


Moving to Sweden and opening my own fencing club were two of the biggest risks I had ever taken. But they were also two of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I learned that I am capable of more than I thought, and I gained the confidence to take on new challenges.


I am so glad that I took those risks. They have led me to a life that I love, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Taking risks can be scary, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. If you’re looking for a change in your life, don’t be afraid to take a chance. You might just surprise yourself.


I hope this story inspires you to take some risks in your own life. Remember, you never know what you might achieve if you’re willing to step outside of your comfort zone.


Amity Fencing Club:


Amity Fencing Club is a club located in Woodinville, Washington. The club was founded in 2023 by Alexander Siniak and his wife Alena Rudneva. The club offers classes for all ages and skill levels, and it is a great place to learn the sport of fencing.


Amity Fencing Club is committed to providing a positive and supportive environment for its members. The club’s coaches are experienced and knowledgeable, and they are dedicated to helping their students learn and improve.


If you are interested in learning more about Amity Fencing Club, please visit their website or contact them through their social media channels.

How did you put together the initial capital you needed to start?


I knew that starting a new business would be challenging, but I was determined to make it work. I had a lot of experience in the sports industry, and I was passionate about fencing. I also had a strong network of contacts in the fencing community.


I started by doing some research on the fencing market. I wanted to understand the demand for fencing lessons and the competition in the market. I also wanted to understand the costs involved in starting and running a fencing club.


Once I had a good understanding of the market, I started putting together a business plan. I included information on the club’s goals, target market, marketing strategy, and financial projections.


I then started looking for investors. I talked to friends, family, and former colleagues. I also went to a few venture capital firms.


However, I was unable to raise enough money from investors. I was turned down by several banks, as they didn’t want to give a loan to a new business owner with no business background in the US.


I didn’t give up. I continued looking for funding, and eventually I found a lending company with headquarters in Oregon that was willing to give me a loan.


The loan was for a relatively small amount, but it was enough to get the fencing club started. I rented a space, bought equipment, and I will plan to hire a few coaches.

Learning and unlearning are both critical parts of growth – can you share a story of a time when you had to unlearn a lesson?


I had to unlearn the lesson that my previous experience in business was always right. I had a successful soccer club in Belarus, but when I moved to the US and started a fencing club, I found that I couldn’t just apply the same principles to the new business.


I started my soccer club in Belarus when I was 32 years old. I had always loved soccer, and I was passionate about teaching the sport to others. I started the club with a few friends, and we quickly grew to be one of the most successful clubs in the country.


When I moved to the US, I wanted to start a new business. I thought that my experience in the soccer business would be a valuable asset, but I quickly realized that I couldn’t just apply the same principles to the new business.


The US fencing market was very different from the Belarusian soccer market. The competition was much more intense, and the demand for fencing lessons was much lower. I also had to deal with a different culture and a different language.


As a result, I made some mistakes in the early days of my fencing club. I almost chose a location that was too expensive, and I didn’t do enough marketing to attract students. I was also too focused on what had worked in the past, and I wasn’t open to new ideas.


As a result, my fencing club struggled in the early days. I was losing money, and I was starting to doubt myself. However, I didn’t give up. I started to do more research and analysis, and I started to be more open-minded to new ideas.


Eventually, my hard work paid off. My fencing club started to grow, and I was able to turn a profit. I’m still learning, but I’m no longer making the same mistakes that I made in the past.