Our world class team of coaches are highly regarded in the world of fencing and come with a fountain of knowledge. They view coaching as an art and a skill. They care and pay full attention to the individual needs of our fencers so that they can develop to their full potential, whether it be on the high school strip or more competitive platform. By analyzing individual performances, instructing in relevant skills and encouraging continuously they provide support and nurture a love for the sport.

Wang Lei

Coach Wang is an Olympic Fencer from Shanghai, China with over 20 years of experience.

He participated in the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008. Coach Wang became the first male Olympic medalist in fencing for China when he won the 2004 Silver Medal in Men’s Épée. In 2006, he won the Men’s Épée Individual Champion at the World Fencing Championships.

Coach Wang has been coaching for 10 years: 8 years as the head coach of Shanghai Men’s Épée Team and 2 years as head coach of China’s National Men’s Épée Team.

As part of a growing trend of Olympic Athletes immigrating to America, Coach Wang has recently immigrated to the United States and settled down in the Princeton area of New Jersey with his wife, July, and 6-year-old daughter, Aimee.

Slava Danilov

A professional fencing coach and master, Coach Danilov brings 41 years of fencing experience from all different levels, ranging from high school coaching to fencing with the Kharkov Regional Ukrainian and Soviet Union National Teams. He most recently served as the head coach at Ridge High School and Morris Fencing Club in New Jersey. His other coaching experiences include the Fencing Academy of South Jersey, Medeo Fencing Club & School, as well as coaching at Kharkov fencing club “Echo” in Ukraine. In addition, Danilov was also an assistant professor in physical education at Kharkov State Pedagogical University.

During his coaching career, Danilov has led the Ridge High School fencing team to the 2009 New Jersey High School Championship title and a Vice-Championship in 2014. Over the year, his students have seen a breadth of success including a World Junior Championship silver medal & World Championship silver medal, a title as Champion of Ukraine, a gold medal at the Division IA Summer National Championship, a NAC Champion, and third place at the Youth Summer National Championship.

In his own right, Danilov has been widely successful. As a full-time fencer, he was apart of the 1985 Champion of the World University Games epee team, placed seventh with his team at the World Championships in ’94 and was then crowned the ’95 European Cup Champion with his team. In ’96, Danilov was a World Cup bronze medalist and a gold medalist in the International World Championships Competition in Brussels.
Danilov holds a BA in Physical Education along with a Master’s in Sport Psychology. He is also a Master of Sports International Class in Fencing, which is the highest classification in sports in the former USSR.

Presently Coach Slava Is the assistant coach for Upenn.

Vitalii Druzhynin

COACHING HISTORY
  • 1995-2005 EPEE Coach for the Ukrainian fencing team
  • 2005-2006 EPEE Coach at the Elite Musketeers, FC, San Francisco
  • 2006-2008 EPEE and FOIL Coach at Medeo Fencing Club, NJ
  • 2008-2013 EPEE and FOIL Coach at GFA
STUDENTS RECENT RESULTS

LANA SUZCHKO 7TH PLACE SUMMER NATIONALS 2012
SIMON CHANGHUK 1ST PLACE SYC MISSON FENCING CLUB
NICOLAS PANARIN CHAMPION NJ AND SYC

Coach Vitalii is a native of Ukraine. He is a dedicated and talented coach with 41 years of experience under his belt. Coach Vitalii’s coaching style is very versatile and he cares deeply about each fencer’s individual needs. Whether his students are experienced fencers or newbies,whether they fence for a team or they fence on an individual level at high level competitions, he is determined to help achieve the highest level for each of his fencers. He wants the best for ALL his fencers.

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Vitalii started fencing in 1975. His weapon of choice, the FOIL. In 1975 he came FIRST in the Kiev .In 1982 he started fencing EPEE
Vitalii became the champion of Ukraine in EPEE in 1985 and took 2ND place in the USSR Army Championship. HE went on to become the Kiev City Champion in 1989 and took 4TH place in Ukraine Championship in 1992.

Jacob Zhang

QUALIFICATION

2006 Was recruited into Shanghai Youth Athlete School, Fencing Team(Foil)
2008 Was selected into Shanghai Fencing Team, Epee
2013 Was selected into China National Fencing Team

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

2009 Champion(men/group), National Youth fencing Championship
2012 Champion(men/individual), National Youth Fencing Camp Championship
2015 Champion(men/group), National Fencing Club League(6th)

COACHING ACHIEVEMENTS

2017 Annual Ranking No. 1 (women/group), National Fencing Club League
2017 Annual Ranking No. 3 (men/group), National Fencing Club League
2017 Champion(men/individual), Shanghai City Amateur Fencing League (0rilental Sports Centre)
2017 Champion(U10/group), Shanghai City Amateur Fencing League (Vango Sports) 2017 Silver(men/individual), National Fencing Club League (Nanjing)
2017 Bronze(women/individual), National Fencing Club League (Nanjing)

Jason Choy

Jason graduated from Ridge in 2009, he was part of the 2009 state championship team.
Attended the University of Notre Dame, when they won the 2011 NCAA Championship.
Jason has competed in numerous national and international tournaments on the cadet, junior and senior level.
Has earned multiple national medals and has been ranked as high as 13th on the senior points list.
A Rated in Saber

Presently Jason is the Head coach for the Ridge High School Fencing team.

Kevin Cho

Kevin Cho, a fencer for 19 years, has won seven national medals from the ages of 12 to 19, and has maintained an “A” rating in foil since 2003. Most recently, Cho qualified for two NCAA Regional Championships fencing for Rutgers University.

On the coaching side, Cho served as the head foil coach at the Fencing Academy of South Jersey from 2009-14. Cho is an Assistant Fencing Coach at Drew University, and he was a head coach at Mendham High School. He also held the head job at Moorestown Friends School in 2010-11.

Cho has produced several local, national and international medalists as a coach. He has guided two state champions in women’s foil as well as several top-eight finishers in the New Jersey individual high school state tournament.

Also as a coach, Cho represented the United States at the 2013 Cadet/Junior World Championships in Porec, Croatia.