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Our Coaches

Train with the Best

Zoltan Dudas

Epee Coach

Coach Zoltan is a professional fencing coach and current Head Coach of Princeton University's Fencing Team with over 30 years of experience.

 

As Head Coach, Coach Zoltan has led Princeton Fencing to rise in the NCAA ranks, earning the program's first NCAA Championship win in 2013. Under Dudas, Princeton took the maximum 12 NCAA Championship qualifications every year from 2010-14, returned to all-12 status in 2016 and did so again in 2020. On the women's side, they have won 7 Ivy League titles with Coach Zoltan leading the program.

 

Outside of colligate fencing, Coach Zoltan also has students rise to the Olympic level, with Kat Holmes, who competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games, and Susannah Scanlan, who competed in the 2012 Olympic Games. 

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Jacob Zhang

Epee Coach

Coach Jacob is fencer from Shanghai, China with over 10 years of experience competing and coaching.

 

His fencing achievements include being selected into the Shanghai and China National Men's Epee Team. He has previously coached various fencers in China, finding success in 2017.

Coach Jacob has coach both American and Chinese fencers to victory. He currently coaches at our Livingston location and enjoys coaching our students. He resides in New York with his wife and daughter.

Xiangling (Christina) Wang

Epee Coach

Coach Xiangling was a previous international fencer who represented China and participated in many international competitions. Having a career that goes back to 1998, Coach XIangling has many years under her belt. She has participated in North American competitions as recently as 2015, where she won Silver at a North American Cup and Bronze in the US Open for Women's Epee.

 

 Coach Xiangling has coached throughout the world, having students in Beijing, China to Vancouver, Canada. She has even been included in the 2015 Vancouver Chinese Influential People Ceremony, where she was the only athlete represented. She has now arrived in the USA to join us at Wanglei International Fencing Club!

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Lei Wang

Head Coach

Coach Wang is an Olympic Fencer from Shanghai, China with over 20 years of fencing 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's Men's Épée Team and 2 years as head coach of China's National Men's Épée Team.

 

 Coach Wang 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.

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Slava Danilov

Epee/Foil Coach

Coach Slava is a professional fencing coach and master from Ukraine with over 40 years of experience.

 

He participated in the 1995 and 1996 European Cup on the Men’s Épée Team.  The team took the Gold in 1995 and took the Bronze in 1996.  In 1996, he won a gold medal in the International World Championships in Brussels.

 

He has served as the head coach of Morris Fencing Club in Randolph, New Jersey and also head coach at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ. In the more distant past, he has coached at the Fencing Academy of South Jersey, Medeo Fencing Club, and the Kharkov Fencing Club in Ukraine.

 

Presently, Coach Slava is an Assistant Coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

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