About Ed Wright

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.

[Ed Wright reuniting with his 1976 Olympic teammates]

Ed Wright with his 1976 Olympic teammates at their 25-year reunion

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.

Ed with his first instructor, Maestro Cotrell Jones

[Ed with Maestro Georgio Santelli]

Young Ed with 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.

[Students ready to go!]

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.

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9 thoughts on “About Ed Wright

  1. Benjamin & Jaime Freeborn


    Our family will be in the Cincinnati area this summer for six weeks or so, and we are looking for a fencing experience for our 9 year old. He has about a year of foil experience in the Washington, DC area. Do you offer anything like a week-long camp-style program at your facility? Perhaps private lessons every other day for a couple of weeks?

    Thank you,
    Benjamin & Jaime Freeborn

  2. Emma T.

    He is the best fencing teacher ever! He has helped me so much along the little time I have been fencing! Thank you Master Wright!

  3. Wallace Smith

    What Ed Wright’s instruction did for my children’s confidence will never be forgotten, and they will carry it with them forever. For my oldest son, it was transformative. It was a privilege to get to travel with Master Wright to tournaments and to see him work with our boys so closely. We greatly appreciate his presence in our lives, and we are so grateful that you are carrying on his legacy!

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