Maestro Burdan, US Olympic Coach (Athens 2004), is one of the most highly qualified fencing coaches in the world. He has coached celebrated fencers for more than thirty years.
His early distinctions include the USSR Master of Sports and Honored Coach of the Ukrainian Republic. He was principal fencing coach of the Ukrainian Olympic Training Center. His students earned more than 40 gold medals in Soviet National Championships and in international competitions. In 1994, Maestro Burdan moved to Atlanta and founded Nellya Fencers. Since then, he has trained many successful fencers, including
The United States Fencing Association named Maestro Burdan Elite Coach of the Year (2002)
Maestro's college-bound fencers have also been recruited for varsity teams and have competed for Columbia, Ohio State, Penn State, St. John's, Stanford, and Yale.