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Meet the Team

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Mike Martin

Owner/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 by age 17, I was ranked 9th in the nation (not bad for a short Jewish boy from Queens). 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.

 

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Jed Dupree

Head Foil Coach

Jed was a 2012 US Olympic Foil Coach at the London Games. He began his coaching career in 2007 after seven years as a member of the US Men’s Foil National Team. As a competitor, Jed was a 2004 Olympian (earning a team 4th place finish in Athens), a two time National Champion, and an NCAA Individual Champion while at Columbia University. He was a bronze medalist at the Senior World Cup in La Coruna, Spain and a team Gold Medalist at the Pan American Games.  As a collegiate competitor, Jed was an All-American and All-Ivy fencer, the winner of the Connie S. Manniaty Award for the most outstanding senior athlete at Columbia.

Jed began coaching Men’s Foil National Team member Race Imboden at the age of 14 and coached him to a top 8 finish at the Senior World Championships, a bronze medal at the Paris CIP World Cup, an Olympic berth, and a Senior World Ranking as high as 4th in the World. He has produced Senior, Junior, and Cadet National Champions in addition to Senior, Junior, and Cadet World Team Members. His students have earned medals at Cadet, Junior, and Senior World Cups.  Jed is currently the Foil Coach at Harvard University.

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Patrick Durkan

Head Sabre Coach

Maestro Patrick Durkan picked up a sabre at the New York Athletic Club when he was only five-years-old and has been fencing ever since! For the past 33 years he has represented the USA in all levels of fencing, including being a part of the Cadet, Junior, and Senior National Teams.

As a student athlete, Coach Durkan competed at Regis High School in New York City where he won the New Jersey State Championship and at Columbia where he was a four time All-American.

Coach Durkan is dedicated to building a truly American system of fencing using his training in the Hungarian fencing system under various international coaches and his background in the Russian, Polish and Italian systems. His students have competed at the regional, National, NCAA and International level and have won Cadet and Junior World Cups as well as earn 3rd place at World Championships.

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Donald Grunewald Esq

Coach Foil/Epee

Donald Grunewald, Head Coach of Greenwich High School, began fencing in 1996 at St. Luke's School in New Canaan. He was a four-year starter in foil at Haverford College, leading the team to a MACFA conference championship as captain in 2004. He was a NCAA regional qualifier for four years, and was 6th place in MACFA individual foil. He then spent two years fencing for Oxford, which won the UK national championships in 2006. He began coaching as an Assistant at Haverford in 2007, and secured another MACFA championship. He began coaching at Greenwich High School in 2009. Over the years, his students have won individual state championships 9 times, and several other runners up in Individuals. In the past two seasons, Greenwich has won titles in Boys' Foil twice, Boys' sabre, Girls' sabre, and the 2014 Boys' Overall Team Championship. Grunewald has coached at numerous programs, focusing primarily on foil. He has been coached by Jim Murray, Dave Litttell, and Tomek Walicki.

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John Moroney

Assistant Coach

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.
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Marton Wiszkidensky

Coach Hungarian Sabre

Recommended to WAY by Gabor Gardos Head Coach Hungarian Women's Sabre National Team and Tibor Pezsa Team Master Coach.  Marton volunteers at Way of the Sword sharing his extensive knowledge in Hungarian sabre methodology and systems.

Sabre Trainer at MTK Budapest Sport Club
(2014-2018)
Facts & Achievements:
• Senior Master: Tibor Pézsa
• Master: Gábor Gárdos
• Budapesti Sportszövetségek Uniója School, Budapest Hungary
Certificated : Sport coach {fencing}
Sabre fencer at Honved Budapest Sport Club
(1989 – 1991)
Facts & Achievements:
• Trainer: István Bódi
• Training with the Hungarian national fencing team
• 1989: Hungarian Junior Champion, team (Budapest, Hungary)
• 1989: Hungarian Junior Champion, individual (Budapest, Hungary)

 

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Gary Jones

Assistant Coach

Varsity sabre team, Cornell University 1959 to 1961 under George Cointe and Raoul Sudre. Member of Oslo, Norway saber team 1961 and Boston YMCA team 1969 to 1975. There after skirmished with quill and law book amidst the judicial halls of Massachusetts, thence on to New York for a fifteen year acting career. Finally, through serendipitous great good fortune, blundering full circle into the sales of Way Of The Sword. 
 
When the concept of RESPONSIBILITY assaulted me I went to law school. There followed a number of years as a litigator. I joined the Boston YMCA fencing team and actually got this little trophy with a guy holding a sword that keeps threatening to break off.
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Salim Mikhael

Personal Trainer

In 1999-2002 started his career working for Physicians Health and Injury Center as a physical therapy aid Working with physical therapists, chiropractors, and medical doctors he assisted in implementing post rehabilitation exercise programs designed for patients in their final stages of their care. In 2002 Salim received his personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and since then he has co-owned and operated Results Personal Training, for the past 10 years. Aside from being (nasm) certified, Salim has also attended and received certifications in Nutrition and Wellness Consultant through American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA) in 2004, Grey Cook Functional Screening seminar in 2006 and Essentials of Post Rehab Fitness (AAHFRP) in 2008.

 

Our conditioning facility

Louis Thiel LMT,CNMT

Neuromuscular Therapist

Certified Neuromuscular Therapist. His interest in therapeutic massage started as a teenager when he sustained many injuries while playing sports. In 2002, Louis entered the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport, CT. CCMT is one of the top accredited massage schools in the country. Two years later, Louis became nationally board certified in therapeutic massage and is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist.

Although trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques, Louis’ interest is in Neuromuscular Therapy and the breaking down of scar tissue. It is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial (myo meaning muscle, fascial meaning connective therapy) points to relive pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance central nervous system. Trigger Point Therapy is a bodywork technique Louis uses that involves applying pressue to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.

Louis’ clinical and intuitive approach benefits people of all ages. Younger patients come to him for sports maintenance and injury prevention. More mature patients are being treated for old injuries along with new ones. Louis believes that it is never too early or too late to get yourself educated.

 

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