Office 203 403 3849 Text 203 529 1320 info@wayofthesword.org

Meet the Team

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Mike Martin

Owner/Head Coach

My love of fencing began over 30 years ago as a boy growing up in Forest Hills, NY.  I began fencing as a freshman in high school and competed Nationally finishing top 10 but never taking top prizes.  I studied at Salle Santelli. It was there that I received my formal education and was imprinted with the legacy of 500 years of classical fencing knowledge. I also fenced at the NY Fencing Club. During that time I was honored to watch Peter Westbrook train for the 1984 Summer Olympics; he went on to win the bronze. Peter was a role model for "work ethic." I recall the one and only time he spoke to me. He asked me, "How are your grades in school?" I said "fine," but it wasn't true. In reality, I struggled terribly in school. At the time, I didn’t realize that I’d been given a gift and a responsibility to help keep this ancient art alive and thriving.

I've been blessed with the opportunity to give back and I've chosen to do it right by building a state-of-the-art facility, hiring talented coaches, and executing a long-term strategic plan with student succession.

From an early age, fencing provided me the opportunity to hone many skills beyond the blade. These skills continue to serve me daily in my personal and professional life. As was done for me, I'd like to use fencing as a vehicle to draw out the best of what each student has to offer, not only in sport but equally, in character.

Certified CT BOE State Coach

Coach Ridgefield High School Fencing Club

Coach New Cannan Country Day School Fencing Program

Coach Harvey School Camp Fencing Cavaliers

 

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Andress

Coach Sabre 

Specialist in youth development to senior Div. 1.

Facts & Achievements:
• Sabre Coach Durkan Fencing Academy (2014 to 2019)

• Mexican Senior National Champion (2011) retired but still rated "B"

• Coach The New York Athletic Club (NYAC)

• Coach Regis High School

• Head Coach Bosco High School

• USFA national referee rated 4 in sabre and foil

 

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Ibrahima Ndiaye

Coach Epee and Foil 

Coach Ibrahima was the team captain and National Champion in both epee and foil of Senegal. He is a Master of Arms and was rated A in all 3 weapon forms. His years of world championship fencing brought him to the United States where he has been professional coaching since 2010. Coach Ibrahima is currently coaching at West Point Military Academy, and Storm King HS and now Way of the Sword on a part-time basis. Let's all welcome him.

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John Moroney

Coach Epee/foil 

A native of Brooklyn, John attended Baruch College where a foil fencing class for a gym credit started his love of fencing.  He joined the Baruch Men's Varsity Fencing Team in 1984, and he was their team captain for three years.  
A practitioner of Karate since 2001, and an instructor since 2006, John earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt.  
 
After graduating from Baruch College with a BBA in Economics, he continued his studies at Pace University where he earned his MBA in Financial Management.  During his junior year of college, he began his professional career at an international bank where he worked for 22 years.  John decided to enter the financial services industry in 2010, first as a consultant and then as a Financial Advisor.  
 
John is also involved with the Iron Gate Chapter of the Air Force Association, the Westchester-Putnam Council as a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor, and as a Mentor at Baruch College.
national team

Coumba Ndofféne

Guest Elite Coach Foil (We host two clinics at WAY and one clinic in France per year) 

Qualifications
2008: Equivalence certificate from BEES 1 option fencing awarded by
the Ministry of Sports Health and Youth of the Republic
French
2008: Certificate of competence citizen of civil security
Level 1 civic prevention and rescue
2001: Master's degree in weapons at the EIMA (International School of
training of Africa's fencing masters)
2001: Entrepreneurship certificate
2004: First aid certificate
1998: L1 Series Tray
1995: Graduation certificate

March 2019 to the present day: Master of Arms at the Volvic Club
2018 - 2019: Technical Framework for the Polynesian Fencing Federation
2012: Frame of foil at national stage horizon of the best minims
the three gingham weapons in France
2007 - 2018: Masters of Arms at the Stade Clermont-Ferrand fencing in France
2004 - 2007: National coach at foil men and women at
Senegal
2004 - 2007: Professor of foil at the EIMA
masters of arms) from Africa to Dakar Senegal
2002 - 2007: Master of arms at the fencing club Demba Diop of Dakar
Senegal
2006: International referee category B foil and saber
2006: In May expert of the stage of development of the sports structure
(fencing) in Niger
2003: Workshop on collective lesson in Chatenay Malabry France
2001 - 2002: Repair and maintenance course for fencing equipment at
France blades company in Monistrol sur Loire France
2000 - 2004: Shooter at the national team of Senegal in saber then at the
foil
Participation in two world championships
Participation in four world cups
Participation in five African championships