Jeff Safko – Head Coach
Head Coach Jeff Safko has been teaching fencing for over 16 years, and is a certified moniteur d'epee with the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA). He brings a unique, high-energy approach to fencing coaching and instruction that is both fun and extremely effective. His coaching resume before Modern Duelists Fencing Academy includes University of Maryland, Maryland Fencing Club, Cecil College, and Layton Preparatory School.
With extensive personal fencing experience, including college and national-level competitive experience, Coach Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge to the fencers here at Modern Duelists Fencing Academy. Throughout his career as a professional coach, Coach Jeff's students have performed very well in competition, including "A" classifications, Regional and National Medals, and Youth and Veteran National Points.
Rob Conway – Coach
Coach Rob began fencing over 10 years ago, and in that time has become a true student of the game with extensive competitive experience. Drawing from his personal fencing experience, along with experience in multiple other sports and martial arts, Coach Rob uses an extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable approach to teach fencers. He has coaching experience from Maryland Fencing Club and Cecil College before coaching at Modern Duelists Fencing Academy. He is also a certified assistant moniteur with the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA).
Justin Tirrell – Instructor
Justin joined Modern Duelists in 2015 after fencing with the University of Delaware and has since gone on to become one of the club's strongest fencers. He is truly passionate about the sport and enjoys sharing his competitive know-how with other fencers. He is also a certified referee with USA Fencing.
Justin also currently helps coach the University of Delaware fencing club.
Ryleigh Johnson – Instructor
Ryleigh is one of Modern Duelists' original members (from 2012) and currently helps as an instructor and assistant-lesson planner. She plays a very prominent role in our youth program, both as a lesson-giver and group drill instructor. Ryleigh is also one of our certified referees with USA Fencing and is actively pursuing a role as a national-level referee.