Celebrating Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month

In celebration of Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month, we take great pride in acknowledging the significant contributions made by numerous top Asian & Pacific American fencers who began their journey at Fencers Club.

These individuals not only excel at the national and international levels but also serve as inspirational figures, mentors and leaders, guiding and inspiring the next generation of aspiring athletes every step of the way.

Join us in commemorating the remarkable achievements of these three outstanding individuals and valued members of the Fencers Club community.


Maia started commuting from Philadelphia to Fencers Club to work with coaches Simon and Irene Gershon when she was in middle school. She says of the time, "I have had to sacrifice a lot, especially my social life. But fencing has also given me things I would not have had otherwise. It has given me a community of my own and has allowed me to travel the country and the world. It has also taught me time management, which I'm grateful for and which will serve me well even after I'm done fencing."

Maia is currently ranked 11th in the senior world ranking, 4th in the United States, and is currently qualified as an alternate for the Olympic Team.

Recent results include a gold medal at the Hong Kong World Cup on May 17th, as well as a team silver medal in the 2023 Zonal Championships.

She is the 2023 National Champion and the 2022 NCAA Champion. She also won the October NAC this season.


Ann Cho is a Korean-American who fences Sabre with her husband and children at Fencers Club.

She has been with JPMorgan Chase & Co. since 2000. She was formerly an Assistant General Counsel in the Legal & Compliance Dept., and is currently Chief Compliance Officer of JPMorgan Asset Management (Canada) Inc., where she advises the global asset management business on US and Canadian regulations. Ann has also coached and mentored teams of the Forest Hills Robotics League.

Ann graduated from Stuyvesant High School and has a B.A. from Smith College with a double major in Economics and French language and literature, and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

She currently serves on the board of Fencers Club and has served on both our Fundraising and Scholarship Committees.


David is an Australian-American figure in rugby, excelling in both league and union. Recognized for his pivotal role in establishing rugby league in the United States, he founded the American National Rugby League (AMNRL), the nation's inaugural domestic league, and was its governing body. Additionally, he led AFL Global, an entity dedicated to promoting arena football.

Transitioning from the St. George Rugby Union Club to rugby league in 1990, Niu played two seasons with the St. George Dragons in Australia's New South Wales Rugby League. His career spanned various roles including player, coach, and administrator. He contributed significantly to American rugby, co-founding the national rugby league team and representing the USA Eagles in the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Moreover, he spearheaded the evolution of the AMNRL, serving as its president until 2013.

David assumed the role of Executive Director at Fencers Club in 2021, effectively guiding the organization through its post-pandemic resurgence and growing its member base to what it is today.

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