Our Coaches

Maestro Igor Celli - Head of Saber Program



Igor Celli started training in fencing at the age of 10 and stayed in Milan, Italy.


He came from a family of cyclists but chose to pursue fencing. Under the old classic Italian training method, he did not try out any electric fencing and only did footwork and drills as part of his training as a new fencer. Igor participated in his first fencing competition a year later.


He travelled 270km along with his father to Venice only to lose badly in his first competition. He lost all matches and did not managed to score any points. This experience only served to make him more determined to become a better fencer and subsequently, a better coach.


After obtaining his professional degree in accounting, coach Igor, though, decided to follow his passion to pass on his knowledge and experience to new aspiring fencers.

Not only has Igor become an accomplished fencer, but he is a true 3-weapon Maestro - Igor was also awarded the title of “Fencing Master” (Maestro di Scherma) by the Accademia Nazionale Scherma in Italy and then, during his stay in the USA - “Master of Arms” (Maitre d’Armes) by the United States Fencing Coach Association.

A brilliant speaker, Igor was a Lecturer in clinics for fencing coaches, organized by Mexican Fencing Federation.

At Modern Fencing, Igor prides himself on creating a fun, engaging, and memorable class atmosphere for his athletes.

Igor Coaching Highlights

For many years Igor was a Head Coach of University of Milan, worked with the Junior and Senior Teams.

He was then invited to lead the Mexican Sabre National Team, which achieved brilliant results under Igor's mentorship.

International SABER Senior (FIE)

  • Silver at Pan American Games, Guadalajara (Mex) Women’s Sabre Team (2011)

  • Bronze at Senior Pan American Championship, Reno(Usa) Women’s Sabre Team(2011)

  • 7° Senior Pan American Championship, Reno (Usa) Women’s Sabre Individual (2011)

International SABER Junior and Cadet (FIE)

  • Gold Cadet Asian Championship, Manama (Brn) Women’s Sabre Team (2016)

  • Gold and Bronze Junior Pan American Champ I. Margarita (Ven) Women’s Sabre Ind(2011)

  • Bronze and 6th at Cadet Asian Championship, Manama (Brn) Women’s Sabre ind. (2016)

  • 5th place at Asian Cadet Championship Abu Dhabi (UAE) Women’s Sabre Ind. (2015)

  • 5th and 6th place at Junior World Cup, Bangkok (Tha) Women’s Sabre Ind. (2014)

International SABER Junior and Cadet

  • Gold Australian Junior Championship Brisbane (Aus) Men’s Sabre Ind (2016)

  • Gold Hong Kong Junior Fencing Championship (Hkg) Women’s Sabre Ind (2016)

  •  Gold Indonesian Regional Qual. Championship U17 Jakarta (Ini) Men’s Sabre Ind (2015)

  • Gold Indonesian Regional Qual. Championship U20 Jakarta (Ini) Men’s Sabre Ind (2015)

  • Silver 3rd Minime Championship U16 Bangkok (Tha) Women’s Sabre Individual (2017)

  • Silver and Bronze Allstar Cup U17 Bangkok (Tha) Women’s Sabre individual (2015)

  • Silver Singapore Cadet World Cup Women’s Sabre individual (2016)

  • Bronze Allstar Cup U20 Bangkok (Tha) Women’s Sabre individual (2015)

  • Bronze Australian Junior Championship Brisbane (Aus) Women’s Sabre Ind (2016)

Gabor Kolczonay - Head of Epee Program

The name KOLCZONAY has years of fencing legacy. For Epee fencers it signifies the start of Hungarian Epee school on a world-class level.

Gabor grew up in a famous fencing family, coach Gabor’s father was 2 times Olympic silver medalists and a multiple World Champion Epee fencer.

His Mother was University Champion and his Sister was part of the Hungarian National team. 

Gabor's fencing career began at the age of 9. By 17 he became a National fencer and represented Hungary for more than 10 years in various international competitions and made it pre Olympic Team (won silver in the U20 World Championships in 1998).

His father was his coach. They trained, fenced, competed together. He continued in his father's footsteps, becoming an assistant coach. His first coaching job was at his father’s fencing club (founded in 1992 as the first private club in Hungary).


Gabor's work in Hungary has developed many young Hungarian Champions.

The year 2010 saw him move to Singapore with his family. Over the 9 years in Singapore, he introduced fencing to hundreds of kids, conducted fencing as a CCA in many schools, organized workshops, and training camps (local and overseas) with European and World Champion fencers. 

His students won every age group in competitions in Singapore from U10 to U20 (boys and girls) and he developed National Fencers who went on to win Southeast Asian and Asian U17 & U20 Championships. 

Sharing his father’s passion and love for fencing and sport Gabor believes in a strong foundation. His classes and private lessons are focused on technique and tactics. He isn't just developing a character but also teaching life lessons that will stay with students as they grow and develop.

Expect the students to learn focus, coordination, balance, reaction time and much more in his classes, through creative exercises and purposeful games.

Gabor holds a Bachelor's degree in Sports Science and Education from one of the most reputable sports institutions in the world - Semmelweis University.


Kids Beginners programs

Anastasia Karpova (volunteer)


Classes with Anastasia are inspiring, invigorating and entertaining. Having grown up in a family of great fencing pedigree - her father was a national coach of the Singapore epee team and her grandfather was a trainer and professor at Smolensk University of Physical Culture (Russia) - Anastasia is continuing her family’s legacy of fencing excellence, both as a fencer and as a coach.

Her classes focus the fundamentals of fencing together with character development in a fun and meaningful way; attributes that nurture our young fencers’ passion for the sport.  


Anastasia is currently assisting in kids' classes to deepen her knowledge in coaching methodologies.

Anastasia holds a First Aid Certificate and holds a Bachelor's degree. 

Anastasia is engaged as a volunteer, contributing to Modern Fencing, the club Anastasia trains at. 



Kids Beginners programs

Lev Panfilov (volunteer)


As a coach, Lev is entertaining yet demanding. He encourages his students to achieve the best - both mentally and physically. Driven by his passion for fencing, Lev ensures his instructions are given precisely and in a clear context to aid his students to achieve their utmost.

At Modern Fencing, Coach Lev nurtures our young talents (age 7-8, 9-11) and develops every aspect of our budding fencers: their technique, tactics, and mental strength.

Lev is engaged as a volunteer, contributing to Modern Fencing, the club Lev trains at. 


Modern Fencing Academy

6 Raffles Boulevard, 02-36, Singapore 039594


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