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 is a Capital coach, a scholar-athelete and a 2013 graduate Haverford College with a degree in chemistry.  A longtime student of Dariusz Gilman, he has competed nationally for 10 years, and was a starter on Haverford’s sabre team every year of his college career.  He was twice Mid-Atlantic Conference Team Champion and the at-large bid for NCAA Nationals.


Michael Josephs is a Capital coach, a 2015 graduate of Columbia University, and a nationally and internationally distinguished competitive sabre fencer, with more than 14 years of experience in the sport. A student of Coach Dariusz’s since the age of eight, Michael was the cadet silver medalist at the 2010 Junior Olympics and a member of gold-winning junior team at the USFA’s National Championships in 2011. At Columbia, Michael excelled as the Division I bronze medalist in 2012 and was a two-time All-American and Ivy League Team Champion. Under his 2015 leadership as team captain, Columbia won its first NCAA Team National Championship in more than 20 years.


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.