Dariusz Gilman is the head coach and owner of Capital Fencing Academy, a fencing facility he opened in August 2013.

Trained as a coach at AZS AWF Katowice in Poland and certified as a fencing master with the US Fencing Coaches Association, Dariusz was the saber coach at the DC Fencers’ Club for more than a decade. He also worked with Ed Korfanty, coach of the Olympic Gold Medal Sabre team, and with Penn State University’s elite sabre fencing program.  He has a master’s degree in physical therapy and a fencing master certification from the Polish Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland.

Dariusz began fencing when he was 10 years old in his native Poland. He started competing internationally in his early teens and continued for more than a decade, earning results that include:

  • 1991 Cadet European Champion

  • 1991 Cadet World Champion

  • 1992 Junior European Champion

  • 1998 World Championships, Bronze Medal, Polish Sabre Team

  • Polish National Champion

Dariusz’s students have achieved national and international results of distinction, including being champions and medalists at World Cups, Junior Olympics, NCAA and USFA competitions.  His students have fenced for some of the nation’s most prestigious universities and leading collegiate fencing programs, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Haverford, and Penn State University.


Aaron Ruby has been a coach at Capital Fencing Academy for over five years. Aaron has been fencing for more than 20 years, and was a long-time student of head coach Dariusz Gilman. As a fencer, Aaron fenced  in the national circuit, and was a four-year starter on the varsity fencing team at Haverford college. He helped the team win two MACFA team championships and two at-large bids to the NCAA Fencing Championships.

As a coach, Aaron’s students have won medals at the national and international levels, and attended Colleges and Universities with acclaimed academic reputations and celebrated fencing programs.


Elliott Clinton started fencing at nine years old in Rochester, New York, under Olympic Coach Buckie Leach. After a very successful Cadet career, Elliott moved to Portland, Oregon, to train under Maestro Ed Korfanty. Training under Maestro Korfanty, Elliott went on to become a three-time National Champion and represented the U.S. in three World Championships. Elliott's hard work eventually led him to be an alternate to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

In 2006, Elliott started coaching in Rochester, where he developed a Sabre program that experienced successes in the youth, cadet and junior circuits. His students went on to fence for Cornell, Brandeis, US Air Force Academy, Vassar, and more. In 2012, Elliott moved his family to Denver, Colorado, to eventually become the head coach of Fencing Academy of Denver’s Parker location. While there, Elliott coached two National and Junior Olympic champions. Elliott is also a nationally rated referee, officiating Division 1 Sabre final matches and NCAA competitions.


Becca Ward is a two-time Olympic bronze medalist who competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Becca was a member of the U.S. national fencing team from 2004-2008, where she captured over half-a-dozen individual and team world championship titles, including winning the cadet, junior, and senior world championship in 2006. Becca fenced for Duke University, where she earned three Individual NCAA championships, was a four-time ACC Academic All American, and finished her college career with a 272-7 record. She graduated from Duke in 2012, with a major in Public Policy and a certificate in Energy Technology and Environmental Impact.

Currently, Becca is a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), covering energy, transportation, and climate policy, and is also the DC Director of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI), a D.C. based non-profit. Becca is now sharing her great fencing experiences at Capital and also coaches part-time for Arlington Fencers.


Lillie Lainoff is a Capital coach, writer and 2018 graduate of Yale University. A longtime student of Coach Dariusz, she’s fenced competitively since age eleven. As a starter at Yale, Lillie qualified for NCAA Championships as a senior and helped her team to its first top-ten end-of-season finish in over a decade. She is a recipient of Yale’s Corey Friedlander Award for her work as the fencing team's general manager and the Spirit of Sport Award from the US Fencing Association.


Tim Hoffman is a 2017 graduate of George Mason University (GMU), who began fencing during his freshman year of college and fell in love with the sport. Since then, he has worked with members of both the American and British national fencing teams. In addition to being a Capital coach, he also coaches the GMU Fencing Club and strives to spread his passion for fencing to as many as possible.