Maître David Couper has been fencing since he was at school where he was taught by Prof. John Fethers, the then Scottish National Coach. He continued fencing at St Andrew's University, where he gained a fencing Blue.
Having completed a 'stage' at the Institut National du Sport in Paris (now INSEP), David started teaching fencing over forty years ago under the plastron of Prof. PJ Duffy ADFD, AAI, AAF.
In 1991 he became a Level 5 Maître d'Armes in all three weapons and is a member of the Irish Academy of Arms of which he is currently President. David is a member of the International Academy of Arms, the umbrella body for Academies worldwide. He is also a member of the US Fencing Coaches Association.
He has successfully completed the British Disabled Fencing Association's Coaches Course and is the only wheelchair fencing coach in Ireland.
in 2014, David successfully completed the F.I.E Diploma for Maître d’Armes en Sabre in Budapest.
He has also completed the 2019 ZFW International Coaching Course with Ziemek Wojciechowski.
David was Maître Assistant at Salle d'Armes Duffy, Sandymount where he specialised in Épée master classes and, for many years, was Master at Arms to the University of Dublin, Trinity College. He is currently fencing master to St Conleth's College.
He was the founding Vice President of the Modern Pentathlon Association of Ireland and was the original MPAI fencing coach.
Maître Fionbarr Farrell, OLY, was also a student of Prof. Duffy and has had an illustrious career in RTE and an enviable record of achievement in fencing.
Between 1965 and 1978, he fenced for Ireland at the World Championships and in 1968 represented Ireland at the Olympic Games in Mexico City. He reigned as National Foil Champion in 1992/3.
Fionbarr has a strong interest in stage fencing and fencing choreography and has been a judge at the International Stage Fencing Championships.
Fionbarr is the only Irish Fencing Coach Tutor accredited by Coaching Ireland.
in 1991 he became a Level 5 Maître d'Armes in all three weapons and is former Treasurer of the Irish Academy of Arms. He has been Vice President of the International Academy of Arms.
Fionbarr was fencing master to Salle d'Armes Duffy, Sandymount in 1999, St. Killian's German School, Wesley College, St Conleth's College and Belvedere College.
For many years, he was Master at Arms to the University of Dublin, Trinity College.