Out of Nowhere Fencing, Proud Member of the United States Fencing Association
Head Coach David Copeland is a registered Professional Member with the United States Fencing
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Coach Copeland has held national ratings in epee, foil and saber. In addition to
being head coach, he also has worked as a referee for the Virginia Division,
USFA and served on their board of directors. His students have won countless
medals in state and regional tournaments.
He started fencing in 1991 at the age of 20, first training in classical fencing
with Shenandoah Swordsmen, under Dr. Peter Ryan. (Coach Ryan was a
student of the famous champion, Georgio Santelli.)
By 1993, David advanced to an assistant coach and took over as head coach in
1994. Although highly competitive in the sport, winning countless medals, he
felt his calling was to be the teacher and expose people of all ages to the sport
he loves so much. From 1996-1998, he was hired as head coach of
Shepherdstown Fencing club. In 1998, he started his own fencing club, Out of
Since 2001, coaching has been his full-time career. His students have won
countless gold medals and many have qualified for USA Fencing Nationals and
Junior Olympics time and again. His proven teaching methods have developed
fencers who understand and love the sport.
As with any sport, it all begins with proper instruction, taught by a qualified
and dedicated teacher/coach. Fencing is no different in this regard. Coach
Copeland provides a personalized fitness program for his students, with proven
results, and is very dedicated to seeing his students succeed.
Below are just a few of the many photographs taken over the years:
Founder and Head Coach, David Copeland, is a
registered coach and lifetime professional member with
USA Fencing and is certified in all Safesport training.
He was recently awarded the "Spirit of Fencing" Award
in December 2017 by USA Fencing for his dedication to
the sport of fencing. He has been teaching exclusively in
the Tri-State area for over 20 years, with an established
reputation for excellence in teaching and coaching his