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Meet the Coaches

Led by Olympian and fencing legend, Steve Kaplan, Cobra Fencing Club's team of expert coaches is committed to providing the best training and experience to our members. Our team has years of experience in the sport and is passionate about sharing their knowledge and skills with fencers of all levels. Join our team today and start your journey to becoming a top fencer.

Steve Kaplan

Founder & Head Coach

Steve Kaplan, has been involved in fencing for over four decades. He coached the fencing team at NYU (from 1980-86) and was elected to the NYU Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Stephen Kaplan

Wilfred Loyola  

Epee Coach

Wilfred Loyola, was a mainstay on the vaunted Cuban National Epee team during the 1980's. He has won several Cuban National championships as well as competed in World Cups & championships. He has earned the Fencing master Diploma from the Italian fencing Federation and founded the Scherma Loyola in Ceserta, in Italy in 2002

Wilfred Loyoa, epee coach
Willy Loyola
Fencing coach
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Ras Davidson

Sabre Coach

Ras Davidson, was coached by Mika'il Sankifa and Yury Gelman. His skill level is impressive and overall knowledge of sabre fencing makes him a great coach.

  • Bronze Medalist Cadet World Championships

Ras Davidson

Dalton Walker

Sabre Coach

Dalton Walker, started fencing at the Cobra Club in 2010. He attended St. Peter's Prep, and was the NJSIAA State High School Sabre individual champion.

Sabre coach, Dalton Walker
Dalton Walker
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Sabre fencing coach, Francesca Russo

Francesca Russo

Sabre Coach

Francesca Russo, represented Team USA at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, competing as part of the women's sabre team.

Francesca Russo

Mitro Valsamis

Foil Coach

Additionally to his fencing skill as a fencer and a coach, Mitros Valsamis, plays the guitar and performed with a number of punk bands during the 1990's in New York City.

  • 1980 NCCA Foil Champion

Mitro Valsamis, Foil coach
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Training coach, Andrew Prescott

Andrew Prescott

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Our club is committed to creating an inclusive community where fencers of all levels are encouraged and challenged to reach their full potential. We offer a range of programs to meet the needs of every fencer, from beginner to advanced. Our experienced coaches will work with you to improve your technique, increase your agility and flexibility, and hone your mental focus. Join us today to experience the thrill of fencing.

Read the reviews.

"Cobra Fencers are well trained in fencing, but more critical Cobra Fencers are exhibit great sportsmanship. This is the sign of a great coaching staff and club."

"This is a prefect blend of friendly and competitive environment and we are so grateful to be a part of this.  A bright, clean and a well maintained facility."

 "Cobra coaching staff is made up of Olympians, national team members, and dedicated fencing masters. This is a great place to bring your children!"

"The coaches are incredibly accomplished, humble and caring, and our kids look up to them. Their dedication and passion inspires our kids."

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