Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Manhattan Fencing Center was started in 2007 by U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame Maestro Yury Gelman. We believe that fencing success has everything to do with the club and coaches. We pride ourselves on our exceptional facility, our world-class coaches and our dynamic programs.
We are home to the Olympic Silver Medal Saber Team (Beijing), three top 8 finishers in the London Olympics, many members of the U.S. National Men’s and Women’s Saber Team in addition to World, National and NCAA Champions. We have qualified more fencers for U.S. National teams and the Olympics than any other club in the country in the last quadrennial. Our fencers have received athletic scholarships at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities.
Our Upper West Side Fencing Program
at 160 West 82nd Street
MFC with Inventor’s Gate have a unique Fencing Program for your children, taught by Foil Coaches, Brando Messinese, and Michele Caporizzi. The equipment is adapted for young children.
For Beginners Only
10 Month CLASS PROGRAM Starting 09/08/16 Ending 06/28/17
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Two groups available:
Group1 - Ages (4-8 y/o) Time 3:30 - 4:30
Group2 – Ages (9-14y/o) Time 4:40 - 5:40
Monday - Brando Messinese
Tue & Thu - Michele Caporizzi
• Free Fencing equipment is included in price.
• Student can use MFC facility using discounted Member prices.
For payment options contact us at [email protected]
MEET OUR COACHES
Brando Messinese (Foil)
Coach Brando Messinese began fencing at age 10 and has been involved in fencing for over 19 years. He grew up at the Fides Livorno Club, the home club of Olympic Champions Baldini and Montano. He received his Fencing Master Degree in 2009 from the Accademia Nazionale di Scherma in Napoli.
He started coaching at Circolo Scherma Fides Livorno at age 16 as an assistant coach and later took over the head coach position. Under his team’s coaching, the students achieved outstanding results in their home country and international tournament such as World Cups and World Championships.
Brando moved to the United States in March 2013 and worked at Nyack Fencing academy. He has been coaching at the Manhattan Fencing Center as a full time coach since September 2015.
Tommaso Lari-2nd Place at the Cadet World Championships 2007, Belek Turkey; 2nd Place at Junior World Championship in Acireale Italy 2008; 1st place at Junior World Championships in Belfast
Edoardo Luperi- 2nd in Belfast in the Cadet World Championships 2009
Faith Ashton -3rd and 8th at RYCs and 10th at an SYC
Ryane Small-Gold Medal RYC (y-10), one 2nd and two 3rd places at RYCs
Malcolm Jackson- 27th at Junior Olympics 2015, earned B rating in 2015
Michele Caporizzi (Foil)
2013-14: Placed fifth in the men's foil at the NCAA Fencing Championship to earn second-team All-American honors. Posted a 17-6 record to place fourth at the NCAA Northeast Regional... Placed third to claim the bronze medal in men's foil at the January North American Cup.
2012-13: Placed ninth at the NCAA Fencing Championships in San Antonio, Texas and was named an All-American Honorable Mention ... Placed fourth at the NCAA Northeast Regional. Placed 20th at the November North American Cup at Virginia Beach, Va.
Before St. John's: Member of the Italian Junior National Team. Competed for the Mangiarotti Milano fencing club. Previously attended Bocconi University in Milan.
Personal: Came to St. John's for its fencing team and to study in NY.