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's Story

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.

Saber Programs

Kids Saber U10/12

This program is for young fencers who have completed the Fencing Fun or Foundation program or fenced before in another fencing club.

The program introduces young fencers to a more competitive training regime. Electric fencing on the piste is included in each class.

Fencers learn Saber-specific fencing skills, prepare and take part in their first Saber U10/U12 competitions in Singapore and in the region. 

The coach assesses children regularly and based on the child's readiness recommend when to move onto the next level.


Fencers must have own equipment, including electric equipment for competitions.                

- Saber size 3 for U10/U12 competitions in Singapore and for training.

- 2 sets are compulsory for all competitions


Fencers meet 2-3 times a week


- Fencers should know and understand the rules of fencing and good sportsmanship.            - Appropriate training and competition behavior, including interactions with peers, officials, coaches.               

- Sense of respect for opponents


- Local and international Minime U10 and U12

Kids & Youth High Performance 12+

The program is specially developed for young fencers living and studying in Singapore and ensures a perfect balance between high-level fencing and academics pressure.

During the class, the fencers work on advanced exercises and drills and focus on resistance to mental fatigue, precision, and sureness of execution, adaptability to unforeseen circumstances.

At this stage, fencers focus on developing individual fencing style and learn how to adapt it to a variety of competitive situations.  

At this stage, it is important that fencers know how to successfully manage school studies, training, nutrition, sleep, and competitions. Fencers are introduced to concepts of sports science, learn how to prepare for competition in other countries. 

Fencers follow the coach's competition calendar; the coach helps to optimize sport-specific physical preparation (endurance, dynamics, power, speed, flexibility and speed change) according to the individual fencer's needs. Individual lessons are year-round, 1-2 sessions per week according to the individual needs of a fencer.

ETIQUETTE & BEHAVIOUR                     

- Fencers maintain personal integrity and act as a public ambassador for Modern Fencing Academy and for Singapore

Fencers must have the highest knowledge of rules of fencing, and be able to use it to positively affect performance

FENCING TRAINING               

- Fencers train 3-4 classes per week;  2 hours per session,                                          



- Local and International Minime U14

- Cadets & Junior competitions       

- All High-Performance fencers should represent Modern Fencing Academy as their primary club. Saber Fencers that represent their schools can also indicate their school as a secondary option.


- Coach is monitoring mental skills development, such as maturity and independence.

Modern Fencing Academy

6 Raffles Boulevard, 02-36, Singapore 039594


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