Steve Kaplan – Coach
Steve is a U.S. Fencing Coaches Association Fencing Master.
1976 U.S. Olympic Team Member – Sabre.
1975 Pan American Games Silver Medalist.
4 time U.S. National Team Champion.
1971 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All American – NYU.
Varsity Head Fencing Coach NYU 1980-1986.
Elected to NYU Athletic Hall of Fame 1996.
Founded Cobra Fencing Club in 2002.
Demetrios “Mitro” Valsamis – Coach
Mitro is under-19 U.S. Foil Champion 1979, 1980.
Cadet Sabre Champion 1976, 1977.
1983 NCAA Foil Champion – NYU.
Foil Coach at Cobra since 2003.
Ruth Priscilla Kirstein, “Petrouchka” – Coach
Conceives and directs training programs in fencing and stick fighting disciplines.
Crosses fencing with dance, film, opera, acrobatics and visual arts.
Her “Miniature espagnole” premiered at Salle Gaveau in Paris, France.
Lecture demonstration “The Relationship Between Fencing And Dance” commissioned by NYU.
Trained a.o. with Claude Carliez, senior fencing master and stunt coordinator in French cinema.
Joined Cobra in 2011.
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