Shawn Brooks, Moniteur
Shawn Brooks is the Program Director and Interim Head Coach at Concord Fencing Club. Shawn began fencing at
CFC with Tracy Nabstedt in 1996, and
immediately fell in love with the sport.
He has been competing at the local, regional, and national
level since 1998, and was a bronze medalist at the USFA Summer Nationals in 1999.
Coach Brooks has
trained under several high-level coaches and
fencing masters such as Maestros Michael Marx,
Mark Masters, and Tony Gillam, gaining insight into the physical and mental
skills needed by competitive fencers at all
levels. His interest in helping fencers
attain their competitive goals is evidenced by
students who have competed at the World Cup
level and have gone on to become national
Coach Brooks has earned the rank of Moniteur
from the US Fencing Coaches Association.
Edmundo Martínez is an instructor and coach of Foil and Sabre at Concord Fencing Club. He started fencing at the age of 10 under the tutelage of Maestro Jean Lesueur and remained active in the sport for over 40 years.
Edmundo was coach and captain of the UPRM College fencing team from 1969 to 1973 and was a member of the PR National Fencing Team in Foil and Sabre from 1970 to 1979. He competed in Sabre at the 6th Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, and in Foil and Sabre at the Ramon Fonst In-Memoriam and the Central American and Caribbean Fencing Tournament, both in Havana. In 1972, he qualified to participate in the Munich Olympics representing Puerto Rico.
Jim Leland is an instructor
in Epee at Concord Fencing Club. Jim began
fencing in 1981 at Princeton University, where he had the privilege of training under the renowned
Maître Michel Sebastiani. Jim was Epee Weapon Leader for the Princeton varsity
fencing team in 1985 - 1986, and returned to
competition as a veteran fencer at the local and
national level in 2004.
instructor, Jim strives to establish a solid
technical foundation for competitive
development, and to share his enjoyment and
appreciation for the art and science of fencing
as a lifelong pursuit.
Jim is accredited as an Assistant Moniteur by the
US Fencing Coaches Association.
Andrew Ntapalis is an instructor
in Epee and Foil at Concord Fencing Club. Andrew has been involved in the sport of fencing for 16 years. He has competed in local, regional, collegiate, and national championship events. He earned second place in the New England Collegiate Club Championships at the University of New Hampshire, held in 2011.
Andrew has trained under the guidance of several excellent coaches, including Bob Tipton, Shawn Brooks, Jon Moss and Paul Harris. A nationally ranked youth competitor, he served as an assistant coach at the Amoskeag Fencing Center in 2006-2007. As an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire, Andrew was a member of the fencing team, serving as the Epee Squad captain from 2011-2012. Since 2014 he has coached Epee and Eoil at The Derryfield School in Manchester
Andrew’s interest in fencing is rooted in the sport’s once historically significant combat role, primarily reserved for the aristocracy. He enjoys transforming those same technical and artful skills into the exciting sport that participants of all ages can now experience.