"The Pen may be Mightier than
the Sword . . .
but Learn to use a Sword first!"
be a Fencer!
"Fencing is the thrilling sound of steel meeting
steel. It is the sweet taste of victory and the personal growth accompanying both victory and defeat. Become involved in fencing--it
will help you acquire the reflexes of a boxer, the legs of a high jumper, and the concentration of a tournament chess player.
The sport develops your agility, strength, speed, and cunning. Because it is action-packed, it is known as the fastest martial
art. But the best thing about fencing is- IT'S FUN!"
-United States Fencing Association
Mal-sun Marletto, Club Owner and Head
Coach, started fencing in Belgium at the Cercle Royal d'Escrime de Bruxelles (the Royal Fencing Club of Brussels)
at 10 years of age. While in Europe, she competed in many international competitions in Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands.
She then moved to the United States in 1992.
In 1995 she began fencing for the Hartford Fencing Club in Hartford, Conn.,
and gained extensive regional, national and international tournament experience. She even competed in a World Cup! She has
since received the titles of Connecticut Women's Foil Champion in 2000, 2002 through 2004 and 2009, Connecticut Women's Epee
Champion in 2003, 2006, and 2007, and Connecticut Women's Saber Champion in 2007.
Mal-sun became a USFCA-certified Moniteur
(an internationally recognized certification) in Foil and Epee in 2004 and is the highest USFA-rated female referee in the
Connecticut Division (5th highest overall in CT). She continues to attend regional and national fencing clinics, camps and
conferences, as well as fencing tournaments of all levels. Since establishing the Farmington Valley Fencing Academy,
Mal-sun has been able to train at the Boston Fencing Club weekly--first under the tutelage of French Fencing Master Jean Cleeve-Soter
and currently with US National Coach Michael Marx--so she could further her understanding of modern competitive fencing and
continue to be the best fencing coach for her students. Under Master Soter's training she became a US National Gold
Medalist at the 2008 Chicago Division 2 Women's Foil North American Cup--her best result to date. Mal-sun is currently
training with Fencing Master Michael Marx of the Boston Fencing Club (www.bostonfencingclub.org) and Fencing Master Slava Grigoriev of the Fencing Academy of Westchester, New York (www.fencewestchester.com). Coach Mal-sun recently placed 41st at the 2010 Virginia Beach Divison 1 Women's Foil North American Cup--the highest
division in US Fencing, where the top 4 fencers make up the US National Team for the Olympics and World Championships.
hopes to instill the passion for the sport in her students as well as giving them the adequate environment to accomplish even
greater results than hers. Some of her students' accomplishments include Bonnie Hennig (2008 US Veteran National Bronze
Medalist), Maria Napolitano (2009 CT High-School Women's Epee Champion), Devin Miles (2008 CT High-School Men's Epee Silver
Medalist), Scott and Kent Michonski (2002 CT High-School Novice Men's Foil Champion and Silver Medalist).
coached the Simsbury High School Fencing Club from 2002 to 2007 and is currently the Fencing Coach at The Loomis Chaffee
School in Windsor, CT. She has a BA in Art/Graphic Design and speaks fluently English, Italian, French and understands
FVFA Head Coach and Owner
Fencing School Opening in the Farmington Valley
Valley Post, Aug. 19, 2004
“The Farmington Valley has waited for the sport of fencing long enough,” says USFCA
Certified Fencing Coach Mal-sun Marletto, “and I am very fortunate that I am now in a position to be able to start a fencing
academy in this area.”
The Farmington Valley Fencing Academy’s plan is to start out small, testing the waters to see
just how well the sport takes in the area and proceed from there. The sport of fencing is becoming increasingly popular in
the United States and the US fencers have been getting some great international results, including the Gold and Bronze medal
in the Women’s Individual Saber event at the Olympic Games in Athens. Hopefully the interest in the sport will be high and
the Academy will be able to grow hand-in-hand with Coach Marletto’s vision.
Fencing Coach and three-time Connecticut
State Fencing Champion Marletto moved to the Farmington Valley area three years ago and, after leaving her full-time job,
decided to pursue her past-time sport and turn it into a career.
Marletto started fencing when her mom got her involved
at the age of 10 in Brussels, Belgium. Marletto has been an advocate for the sport in the United States since moving to Connecticut
in 1994. She has been a competitive member of the United States Fencing Association (USFA) for over ten years and has been
leading group classes at the Hartford Fencing Club for four years. She also helps coach the Fencing Team at the Simsbury
High School and the first year the team was formed, her students took the gold, silver, and fifth place at the Connecticut
High School Novice Tournament, where 125 Connecticut high school boys and girls competed. Scott Michonski of Simsbury, the
gold medallist of that tournament, is now a sophomore at UConn, Storrs, and is the President of the UConn Fencing Club.
recently, Charlie Thomas, 10, of Farmington just attended his first fencing tournament in Middletown, Conn. against a very
tough field of competitors which included fencers of all ages from the New England area.
Fencing is a sport people
of all ages can enjoy: often 50-year-old students are paired up with 12-year-olds in group classes. ... All people with an
interest in learning how to fence, or with prior fencing experience, are encouraged to contact Mal-sun Marletto at (860) 243-8914