Doug Nichols

Doug Nichols doug@westcoastfencingarchive.com

Andy Shaw

Andy Shaw, Chairman

 Andy with two of his students

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Born in midtown Manhattan in 1950, Shaw lived next door to fencing Olympian Edward Vebell. Vebell asked Csaba Elthes, who had just begun teaching at Giorgio Santelli’s club in Greenwich Village, if he would be willing to take on a young boy. Csaba gave the 8-year-old a few trial lessons – if Andy showed competitive talent, he would keep him – and the rest is history. Shaw trained with Elthes US Olympic Coach 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980,1984) for a few years. Giorgio Santelli invited Andy, to train with him when Elthes decided to move to the NY Fencers’ Club. Santelli had won the Olympic Gold medal for the Italians on their sabre team. After he emigrated to the US he was the US Olympic Coach in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952.

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