Coach Charles Bosco has been in the sport of fencing as a competitor, official, and instructor for over 60 years. He was trained by Edward Lucia and Tony Orsi, two fencing masters from the internationally famous Salle Santelli of New York, both of whom trained Olympic fencers. After many years of training with these coaches, Mr. Bosco opened Salle D'Armes Bosco in Brick, NJ. Salle D'Armes is French for "room of arms" and is named after the instructor. The New Jersey salle was very successful, with fencers going into national competition. Many of the students received college fencing scholarships. One of his students, Steve Mormondo, went on to compete on three U.S. Olympic fencing teams.
In 1991, Coach Bosco moved to Madison, AL and soon took over the job of coach of the Huntsville Fencing Club. After coaching there for several years Salle D'Armes Bosco was re-established in 2003 at a karate school in Harvest, AL. Although the facility was very small, many of the fencers became skilled enough to earn national rankings. Now, after many years, Salle D'Armes Bosco has a permanent home.
Marianne Bosco, the coaches wife, won the US National Veterans Epee Championship in 2004, 2006, and 2007 and has been a member of the US National Team for eight years, competing in the Veterans World Fencing Championship:
Our Assistant Coach is Gavin Miller. He is a young fencer that is not only learning rapidly but has a talent for coaching young beginner fencers. He is a C ranked epee fencer who is continuously training to improve his skills as a coach and competitor.