Saber Competitive Programs
Maestro Igor Celli
Head of Saber Programs
An Italian fencing master, Igor is one of the strongest Saber coaches in South East Asia.
At Modern Fencing, Igor prides himself on creating a fun, engaging, and memorable class atmosphere for his athletes.
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 traveled 270km along with his father to Venice only to lose badly in his first competition. He lost all matches and did not manage to score any points. This experience only served to make him more determined to become a better fencer and subsequently, a better coach.
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)
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)
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.