What’s your superpower?
Camas resident Julia Tikhanova enjoys asking that question to her students, because she credits fencing — a skill she considers to be a superpower — for nearly everything good that’s happened in her life.
Tikhanova currently teaches fencing classes for the city of Camas and the Camas School District. She launched the popular classes about a year ago after moving to Camas with her husband from Charlotte, North Carolina. Tikhanova and her family have travelled an exceptionally long, but exciting road to Camas.
From the U.S.S.R to Israel to U.S.
Big moves are nothing new to Tikhanova.
Tikhanova, who was born in the former Soviet Union, immigrated with her family to Israel when she was a young girl. When she was 9 years old, she followed her father’s advice and learned how to fence.
After years of hard work, Tikhanova earned a spot on Israel’s national fencing team and eventually became a two-time national champion. Her reputation as a top athlete proved to be an advantage when she joined the Israeli military, a mandatory obligation for all citizens.
“I served in the military two years, and since I was an athlete on the national fencing team, I was allowed to go and practice every day and travel to international tournaments,” Tikhanova said.