Under the spotlight: Masaniello Parise – Italy 1850 -1910

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Masaniello Parise

Fencing was a family affair for Parise. He learned his craft from both his father and his uncles. Parise was born in Italy, where his parents had sought refuge from the Bourbon dynasty. Considered to be the ‘father’ of fencing in Italy; Parise taught at the National Academy of Fencing, and also at the Fencing Society of Naples. In 1844 He became the director of the Military Fencing Masters School and it was in that same year that he published the ‘bible’ of fencing titled:
Tratto Teorico-Pratico Della Scherma Di Spada E Sciabola

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