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. Starting September 2015, he will be coaching at the Manhattan Fencing Center as a full time coach.
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