Maître Michel Sebastiani has a long association with the sport of fencing as a scholar, a competitor and a coach.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Education from the National Institute of Sports in Paris, France and is a graduate of the Ecole Superieure d’Escrime of the National Institute of Sports where he also earned his Maîtrise d'Escrime M.A. Fencing Master degree. He was a member of the 1959 French Modern Pentathlon National Team and was selected to the 1960 French Olympic Team.
Formerly a coach of both the Ukrainian Men’s and Women’s Foil Squad and the Soviet Union Women’s Foil Team (Gold Medalists at the 1986 World Championships), Simon Gershon continues to develop students who achieve international results, including 2012 Olympians Miles Chamley-Watson and Nicole Ross. Gershon earned his Masters degree in fencing from the Kiev Institute of Physical Education. He was also a coach at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and has served as the US National Men’s Foil Coach.
Marty Schneider (All-American Saber fencer from NYU in the ‘50’s) has devoted the past 58 years to coaching fencing at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx. Upon graduation from NYU, he became the assistant fencing coach at Columbia University before starting at Riverdale 2 years later. He has had a profound effect on the sport by personally introducing thousands of children to the sport, teaching them the skills and coaching them to victory. An astounding number of them have distinguished records from USFA and NCAA events. They have become college varsity captains, All-Ivy, All- American, NCAA champions, members of the USFA World Championship Team, and the US Olympic Team. While coaching at Riverdale, Marty also lead the William Taft HS team to 5 PSAL titles and he also coached at Theodore Roosevelt HS for 15 years!
Rebecca Ward, 16, of Cedar Mill, became the new Senior World Champion in Women’s Saber fencing Oct. 2 in Torino, Italy at the 2006 Senior World Championships.
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