Coach Richard Martinez started fencing at Jamaica High School, Queens N.Y in 1974. In 1977 he was recruited the San Jose State Fencing Team by Maestro Michael D’asaro Sr. During college he medaled at local, state, national competitions. He was nationally ranked and is a two time NCAA ALL AMERICAN.
Seeing the obvious need for fencing the San Ramon Valley area he developed a Fencing Program with the City of San Ramon Parks and Recreation Department. This grass roots effort to establish a fencing program in the area has meet with great success.
Coach Natalie Samuels started fencing at 9 years old in 2010 at Cardinal Fencing (Palo Alto, Ca). She has competed up through the national level multiple years in a row. She has been fencing at Halberstadt Fencer’s Club (S.F, Ca.) since 2012. Coach Natalie has been instructing young children and youth in 2013. Coach Natalie has been involved in the D.V.F.C since it’s beginning. She attends California High School, San Ramon Ca.
Coach Carlos Uribe started fencing at Jamaica High School, Queens N.Y in he 1970’s. In 1975 Carlos placed 4th over all in the NYC High School individual championships. Coach Richard was his teammate though out these years. Both were mentored by Morris Goodman a beloved and dedicated teacher whose influence is felt to this day. Partially by plan and coincidence Carlos was recruited by Maestro Micheal D’asaro to fence at San Jose State in 1977. As Spartan’s Coaches Richard and Carlos, were part of the teams stellar record of west coast/NCAA championships. As old teammates and friends the circle has made full circuit and we both enjoy sharing a sport we love dearly with youth of today.