The North American Mangiarotti Society

The Modern School of the  Italian Sword

The Society Management


Maestro Kaufman holds diplomas from the Circolo della Spada Mangiarotti and trained in Milan as the personal student of Maestro Edoardo Mangiarotti.  He passed the examinations of the Accademia Nazionale di Scherma in Naples in 2003, and was granted reciprocity by the United States Fencing Coaches Association as Fencing Master in 2004.  He is the only Master authorized to grant authorization to teach the Mangiarotti Technique in North America.

​MAITRE D' ARMES WALTER GREEN ​- Chief Operating Officer

Maitre Green completed the examination as Maitre d'Armes at Bad Karlshafen in Germany at the Academie d'Armes Internationale Animateur-Moniteur-Prevot-Maitre Course in 2005.  He currently serves as a member of the Certification and Accreditation Board of the United States Fencing Coaches Association and as a Head Examiner.  He is also certified as a Maitre d'Escrime Historique by the USFCA and as a Classical Fencing Master by the Classical Academy of Arms.  He is endorsed to teach Foil, Epee, and Sabre in the Modern School of the Italian Sword.

About THE FAMILY Mangiarotti

Giuseppe Mangiarotti was a scholar and a Master.  His influence extended from the first fencing hall in via Chiossetto in Milan to the Santelli fencing hall in Budapest and to reach widely through the Masters he trained and the texts he wrote in three languages.  He held the Italian Championships from 1906 to 1908, was a member of the fourth place Italian Epee team at the 1904 Olympics, and created many champions who won Olympic and World Championships for decades.  His three children were all successful fencers.

Dario, the first of Giuseppe's children, won the Italian Championship in 1935.   But the first of the family to win an Olympic gold was Edoardo, as a member of the Italian Epee team at age 17 in Berlin in 1936.  Mario, the third, obtained excellent results in Italian national fencing, and followed a medical career, becoming a respected cardiologist. 

Fencers with the Mangiarotti name stood on the steps of international podiums more often than any other family in history: Dario, Edoardo, and Mario won 55 Olympic Games and World Championships medals.  Edoardo had the unique honor of receiving from the International Olympic Committee in 2003 a Platinum Wreath, with a document which stated that: "Edoardo Mangiarotti's total of 39 gold, silver & bronze medals in Olympic & World Fencing Championships which earns him the distinction of being the greatest Fencer in that sport's history."

​The Mangiarotti women also were successful fencers.  Rosetta Pirola, the wife of Giuseppe, a strong epeeist, successfully fenced against male epeeists well before women fenced epee in international sport,  and won in the 1931 Olympics of Grace in Florence.  Gavazzeni Eugenia, wife of Mario, was champion of Italy in team foil in 1958.  Countess Camilla Castiglioni, wife of Edoardo, also fenced, and has supported the Circolo della Spada as its President.  And finally Carola, daughter of Edoardo and Camilla, was an Olympic fencer in Montreal in 1976 and Moscow in 1980, and today is the leader of the Circolo della Spada.

Source: Cicolo della Spada Mangiarotti, "La Famiglia Mangiarotti",, accessed 2016-10-06, Wikipedia, "Edoardo Mangiarotti",, accessed 2016-10-06.