Our Fencing Instructors

Iuliana Cocora

Iuliana Cocora

Iuliana Cocora holds the British Fencing coaching qualification at level 4 in foil, épée and sabre, and coaches adults at Wimbledon in all three weapons.

From 1997 to 2011 Iuliana was a member of the Romanian national fencing team, winning three team European Championship titles and finishing with Top 8 rankings at numerous World and European Championships. Her career highlight is an individual bronze medal at the 2005 Senior European Championships.

She holds a Master's degree in Performance and Competitive Sport, and has served as a sergeant major in CSA Steaua București, the Romanian Army's sports society and Romania's most successful club.

In addition to her role at Wimbledon, Iuliana coaches fencing and modern pentathlon at Whitgift School and a GB Coach with the GBR Athlete Development Programme.

Brian Riseley

Brian Riseley

Brian Riseley has coached at Wimbledon Fencing Club since 2000, teaching children and adults at beginner and advanced levels.

As a coach of all three weapons, for over 27 years, Brian has created a portfolio of over 25 schools and clubs. He also runs X-Swords Fencing (xswords.com) for schools, clubs and businesses.

During his coaching career he has coached and trained over 5000 individuals (children and adults), many attaining their fencing grade awards. Some of his young fencers are now competing locally, nationally and internationally. From the under 9's to the under 18's they have achieved great results over the years, with gold medals and cups by the dozens.

David Riseley

David Riseley

David started fencing at the age of six, coached by his father and at Salle Coton. He joined Wimbledon Fencing Club when he was eleven.

He started competitive fencing when he was twelve, his first major success being the national U14 junior foil champion. He subsequently won every age group championship.

After school he took a degree in Business Studies at NESCOT, and continued his fencing training at Sussex House School. He also coached there after college.

From the age of 16, David was part of the GB Squad and fenced in every World Championships for five years. His best result was fifth in 2002. In the same year he achieved bronze medal positions in the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games. In 2008 he won the British National Foil Championship.

David coaches the junior members of Wimbledon Fencing Club.

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