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Published on May 31, 2010
Czajkowski, through experience and experiment, developed a highly effective methodology of training that has been emulated by coaches all over the world. He has written hundreds of published articles on fencing and its training, and thirty books including Understanding Fencing - The Unity of Theory and Practice, which was published in 2005 in the US, and has become immensely popular in the English-speaking fencing world. In 1964, Czajkowski's student, Egon Franke became the first Pole to ever earn an Olympic gold medal in fencing when he won the individual men's foil title. Czajkowski spent many years as Poland's top coach, creating dozens of national, European, World, and Olympic medalists in all three weapons. His international success continued into his 70s when, in 1996, his student Magdalena Jeziorowska became European Women's Epee Champion. Czajkowski started fencing at the age of 14, while in high school. The outbreak of World War II interrupted his fencing career as, immediately after his graduation in 1939, he enlisted in the Polish Navy to fight the Nazis. In September, 1939, Czajkowski, along with four other Polish sailors, was captured by the Soviet army and sent for interrogation to the city of Kobryn. Read the complete story on Wikipedia.org.