Head Fencing Coach: German Paz

Assistant Fencing Coach: Scott LeMaster


Recognized for nearly three decades as an internationally renowned fencing coach in foil, epee, and saber, German received his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Culture and Sports (specializing in fencing—all three weapons) from the University of Havana in Cuba. German also earned the prestigious Masters Degree in Advanced Fencing from the Higher Institute of Physical Culture in Havana.

​For fifteen years, German was Head Coach of the City of Havana's famed fencing team. German also was the President of the Fencing Federation of the City of Havana. During his distinguished coaching tenure in Cuba, German's students won six National Cuban Championships and earned 114 national individual and team medals. Following his Cuban successes, German was Head Coach in all three weapons (foil, epee & saber) for the Mexican State of Baja, California. During this time, German's fencers won two Mexican National Championships, garnered 23 Mexican national individual and team medals, and won 29 individual medals in major United States tournaments. German served as a member of the FIE Technical Committees for the 2001 and 2002 "Villa de la Habana" World Cups, and was a member of the FIE Organizing Committee for the 2002 World Fencing Championships.

In the summer of 2011, German accepted the head coaching position at the Naples Fencing Center (now Naples Fencing Academy) in Florida. Students at Naples Fencing Academy are fortunate to benefit from German's years of experience and his passion for the sport of fencing. With German as their coach, the sky's the limit for the next generation of champion fencers. 

​Scott started fencing as a teenager. Having always been a fan of swords in movies and novels, fencing was the perfect sport for him. Scott practiced fencing at the Fort Myers Fencing Club (now known as South West Florida Fencing Academy), taking lessons from Head Coach Charles Johnson and Maestro Marty Kirshner. He competed all over Florida from the age of fourteen to eighteen, winning numerous medals and earning an E rating in foil before switching to competitive epee. Before leaving competitive fencing to focus on college, Scott qualified for the Junior Olympics two years in a row and was once the Central Florida Divisional Champion for Division III Foil.

After an extended break from fencing, Scott returned as a coaching in 2009, giving private lessons at Salle de Napoli, the first fencing club in Naples. In 2010, Scott became a Professional Member of USA Fencing. When Head Coach Randall LeMaster left Salle de Napoli to be the Assistant Coach at the University of Pennsylvania, Scott took the role as Interim Head Coach. At the first tournament Scott attended as a coach, his students excelled, taking home five medals. Two fencers earned new ratings and one renewed his B rating. During his time as head coach, his students won multiple medals and earned ratings at tournaments all over Florida.

When Salle de Napoli changed hands in mid 2011, Scott aided in the opening of what is now Naples Fencing Academy. He accepted the role of Beginner Coach, tasked with introducing new fencers to the wonderful sport of Modern Olympic Fencing. Focusing on training beginners, Scott discovered his passion for not just teaching, but spreading awareness of fencing. To him, fencing is more than a sport, but a way of life, using ancient teachings of honor and respect and applying them in a modern world.