He has developed and coached legendary fencers both in the United States and in the Soviet Union. Maestro Burdan has spent his life creating champions. He is recognized nationally and internationally for the passion and commitment he brings to each of his students.
As the head coach of Nellya Fencers, Maestro’s students have claimed every national and international title. Nellya athletes have populated U.S. fencing national teams for 23 years. His most recognized student, three-time Olympic medalist, Sada Jacobson, was ranked number one in the world for 3 consecutive years.
Maestro Burdan is a two-time Olympic Coach and was recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as Coach of the Year for fencing in 2002. Having traveled the world to hundreds of competitions, Maestro Burdan’s broad worldview attracts a diverse community of fencers from near and far.