In the United States Daniel continued developing his coaching skills and in 2001 he became a coach on the US Junior Saber Team, gold medalist winners of the World Championships in Gdansk, Poland. His most remarkable US students are Olympic silver medalist Jason Rogers (Beijing 2008) Paralympian Gerard Moreno, and national champions Teddy Levitt, Harry Mahaffey, Eric Arzoian, Michael Costin, Geoffrey Loss, Jake Zeiss, Alex Rey Palabrica, Ryan Jenkins and Mikaela Avakian. Daniel also coached the men’s saber team who won the 2006 US National Junior Championships and the 2007 & 2013 US National Senior Championships. For about 8 years Daniel helped the US Men’s Saber Team in the Olympic qualifying process by traveling with the team to many competitions around the world. Daniel has dedicated more than 35 years to his career so far.
Michael particularly enjoys teaching the part of fencing that happens in-between touches. That is the tactical thought process, or lack thereof implemented by fencers as well as the psychological elements used to prepare one’s self for the pressure of the next touch.
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Michael earned degrees in both English Literature and Philosophy at Columbia and spends much of his free time reading, as well as enjoying the vibrant cultural landscape of Los Angeles and occasionally going for long drives.
Josephine encourages anyone to enjoy the sport regardless if their intention is to compete or train for fun. She teaches the Adult Beginners’ Recreational Class, several after school programs in the Culver City School District and at a private school in Los Angeles.
Outside of fencing Jaake is a singer/songwriter, stylist and event host.