The art of fencing has a long history. Over hundreds of years, numerous enthusiasts developed this sport and maintained it as a great sports tradition. We have a lot of famous fencers who dedicated their lives to this amazing activity, and due to their dedication, their names are still remembered and their skills are still admired. Many outstanding fencers founded their schools, passing the legacy of this noble art up to the modern generations. Here are the most prominent figures related to fencing:
- Luigi Barbasetti
- Julio Martinez Castello
- Alfred Hutton
- Jean-Louis Michel
- Aldo Nadi
- Masaniello Parise
Luigi Barbasetti who lived in Italy in 1859 – 1948 is a well-known figure in European fencing history. He was known to establish his own school in Vienna. He was a coach of many Olympic champions such as Lucien Gaudin and Roger Ducret. His outstanding experience is kept in the books he wrote that were translated into many languages including English and French.
Julio Martinez Castello born in 1882 in Spain was one of the famous fencing masters that lived in the United States. In 1924, he was the one to coach American Fencing Team. Castello had been occupying the post of fencing master at the New York University for 13 years. Among his professional legacy there are “Theory of Fencing” and “The Theory and Practice of Fencing.” Both of Castello’s sons also became fencing masters.
Alfred Hutton was a great Victorian fencer. Born in England in 1841, Hutton became a captain of the King’s Dragoon Guards and an expert in weapons. “The Sword and the Centuries” bears the history of sword-play and evolution of weapon.
Jean-Louis Michel from France had been teaching fencing in schools of his own and developed a teaching method that was later used in teaching the French army. Many fencing schools and tournaments in France were named after this person.
An Olympic fencing champion, Aldo Nadi is one of the most renown fencers of all times. He was a winner of the European fencing tournament for 12 years in a row. Like many other famous fencers, he published a book On Fencing that saw the world in 1943.
Masaniello Parise from Turin, Italy leaned fencing from his father. He had been teaching at Royal Naval School, the National Academy of fencing, and the Fencing Society of Naples. In 1844 he published a book “Tratto Teorico-Pratico Della Scherma Di Spada E Sciabola” that included all the novelties and improved fencing practices. His teaching method revolved around the assumption of the three fencing elements: velocity, time, and measure.
Fencing as sports have been developing and getting popularity predominantly in Europe. Due to the above-mentioned fencers this sports gained recognition in many countries all over the world.