Maitre d’Armes Walter Green has been awarded the United States Fencing Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Maitre Green started fencing in 1966, competing actively through the 1970s in the United States and Great Britain. He has served as a national level referee, an administrator as Mid-Atlantic Chair of the Amateur Fencers League of America, an elected officer and committee chairman for the United States Fencing Coaches Association, and as a professional trainer, earning his Moniteur in 2004, Prevot in 2005, and Master in 2005 at the Academie d’Armes International Maitre Course in Germany. In addition to the AAI Maitre d’Ames he holds the Diploma (Fencing Master) of the International Fencing Coaches Association, the rank of Maire d’Armes Historique from the United States Fencing Coaches Association, and the rank of Classical Fencing Master from the Classical Academy of Arms. He has trained fencers who earned the classifications of E, D, C, B, and A, and currently trains a medal winning member of the United States Team for two Pan American Veterans Championships. He is the author of the United States Fencing Coaches Association National Training Program and 8 books about fencing.
Maitre Green’s Remarks on receipt of the United States Fencing Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award:
I regret that I am unable to attend this year’s annual meeting, but I have asked Prevot Mark Logan to make brief remarks on my behalf.
First, I greatly appreciate this unexpected honor. As a Fencing Master there is no higher honor than one given by your professional peers as a mark of respect for one’s lifetime of work doing something that you love. I am humbled to receive it.
Second, any honor like this is as much about who helped you along the way as it is to what you have done. I would not be a sabre fencer were it not for Giorgio Santelli – a summer with him shaped forever my understanding of my weapon, and of what a Master should be. I would not have learned how to teach without the training of Raoul Sudre and Mike Bunke. I would not have taken the road to becoming a Master without the wise council and gentle push of Vinnie Bradford. I would not have understood the importance of professional engagement without the leadership of Arnold Mercado. And I would not have had the gift of Mangiarotti’s technique without the instruction of Stuart Kaufman. There are many others who have shared their knowledge of our craft freely at conferences and clinics, including my colleague Paul Geraci, and to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude. And special credit belongs to my students over the years – in my service to them, they teach me every day. They force me to be better and more accomplished at my craft, and I am profoundly grateful for their help and encouragement.
Finally, as I end my 53rd season I would stress the importance of being a member of the USFCA. Being a member is not just joining because you have to in order to test, and then dropping your membership the next year. Being a member is a professional commitment to being a better coach, to helping others to be better coaches, and to helping the Association in its work. Better fencing results from better coaching – engage to help your association meet that challenge.
Thank you, and good fencing to all.