Coaches

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.
  • More about Ruth at www.ruthkirstein.com

 

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