Master Wright passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the age of 67. USA Fencing posted an obituary here. He will be greatly missed.
The Life and Legacy of Ed Wright
Master Fencer Ed Wright has taught the art and sport of Fencing in the Cincinnati area for more 15 years. He is well known in the fencing community for his achievements, for his devotion to the sport, and for his skills as an instructor.He has fenced competitively for decades — even representing America in the 1976 Olympics — and has earned a wide array of awards and championships:
- U.S. National Veteran Champion, 1996
- Olympic Festival Team Champion, four times
- Empire State Fencing Champion, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984
- U.S. National Championship Fencing Finalist, 1975, 1985, 1986
- U.S. Olympic Fencing Team, 1976 (Wiki entry)
- North Atlantic Sectional Champion, 1975
He was introduced and trained in the sport by Cottrell Jones and later studied under the “Father of American Fencing” Maestro Giorgio Santelli.However, what really sets Master Wright apart is what fencing did for him as a young man, and he wants to share that with others. As a shy, awkward, introverted teenager, he found confidence and a sense of self-worth in the sport. It’s Ed’s passion that others can come to experience the same benefits from the sport he loves that motivates him as a teacher and as a promoter of fencing in the Cincinnati area.
Teaching students of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, and sharing his love for a sport that literally changed his life, Ed Wright is an asset to the Cincinnati area and to his students. Certified in the national VIRTUS® program concerned with protecting children and preventing child abuse and experienced in teaching special needs children, as well, Ed has committed himself to helping individuals from all walks of life achieve their goals and grow in the areas fencing is known for encouraging: self-confidence, self-discipline, and commitment to excellence.
Fencing is a sport for all — from children to seniors, boy or girl, the curious explorer or the committed competitor, the individual or the entire family. Master Ed Wright’s students run the gamut.