Daniel started fencing at the age of ten and during his teenage years he met famous Romanian coach Ladislau Rohonyi, who helped him become a national champion and member of the Romanian National Saber Team. Daniel Costin earned his coaching degree at the National Institute of Physical Education and Sports in Bucharest, Romania. After retiring from competitive fencing Daniel became the head coach of the Romanian Olympic Center for Juniors. Between 1989 and 1992 Daniel coached the Romanian Saber Olympic Team. Some of his notable Romanian students at the time are Vilmos Szabo, Dan Gaureanu and Daniel Grigore (members of Romanian Olympic team in Barcelona, 1992 and Atlanta, 1996). Many of his Romanian students continued their careers in fencing becoming coaches themselves. They are teaching in several European countries, Australia and North America.
In the United States Daniel continued developing his coaching skills and in 2001 he became a coach on the US Junior Saber Team, gold medalist winners of the World Championships in Gdansk, Poland. His most remarkable US students are Olympic silver medalist Jason Rogers, Beijing 2008, and national champions Teddy Levitt, Harry Mahaffey, Eric Arzoian, Michael Costin and Alex Rey Palabrica. Daniel also coached the men’s saber team who won the 2006 US National Junior Championships and the 2007 & 2013 US National Senior Championships. For about 8 years Daniel helped the US Men’s Saber Team in the Olympic qualifying process by traveling with the team to many competitions around the world. Daniel has dedicated more than 30 years to his career so far.
Teddy began fencing at the age of 10 while attending an all boys’ summer sports camp in Maine. He liked it so much that upon his return to Los Angeles he immediately joined a fencing club. He fenced foil for two years before switching over to sabre which he found more engaging and began taking lessons with Daniel Costin.
Teddy’s passion for this sport began early on and continues to this day. He enjoys teaching as much as competition and inspires his students to discover the greatness of fencing.
Throughout his 12 years of competitive fencing, Teddy’s accomplishments include:
Four times national champion:
Always an immense fan of swashbuckling movies, Josephine began her love affair with fencing at the age of twelve. Shortly after her career began she became a student under Daniel Costin and never looked back. While attending University of California in San Diego she joined the NCAA team and lettered 2 years in Foil and a third in Epee. She consistently finished near the top of the league and even qualified her senior year for the NCAA championships. During her Junior year Jo studied abroad at Lancaster University in England and helped take the women’s team to third place in the British collegiate circuit. After having competed so long and diligently in the point weapons, Josephine took up the challenge of learning Saber. Josephine encourages anyone to enjoy the sport regardless if their intention is to compete or train for fun.
Christina, a native of Greece, discovered fencing at the age of 10 when an instructor came to her school to recruit students. She joined the program and absolutely loved the sport from the very beginning. Early on Christina started showing great talent in tournaments and as a result she earned a scholarship to a private school in Athens. Some outstanding titles are: 2005 Youth Hellenic Champion, multiple Hellenic Cadet Champion, multiple Hellenic Junior Champion, and 2007 Balkan Cup Champion. In her competitive fencing career Christina won numeric individual as well as team titles. As a teenager she became a member of the Greek national team and competed in France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Romania. Just like the Greek goddess of war, Athena, Christy is a valuable asset and great inspiration for the youth program at Avant-Garde Fencers Club.