Fencing & Swordplay in Clear Lake
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Since: Feb 14
#1 May 6, 2014
I am open to students from 8-18. I have now done this twice (once in March and once in April).
On May 15 (which is a Thursday) I will be teaching a single day class to introduce kids with no prior knowledge to the modern sport of fencing and its history. This will be held at the Clear Lake Rec Center.
The course runs 4 hours, from 11AM-4PM (I know, that is five hours, but I am allowing an hour in the middle for kids and parents to go have lunch somewhere.).
I will begin with a short introduction, followed by introducing them to a bit of Medieval sword combat (actually, a choreographed piece set on me by Keith Ducklin of the Royal Armory in Leeds using stage combat swords).
We will then explore the Renaissance styles using the rapier and dagger versus the sword and buckler (again, stage combat equipment).
I will be breaking out some antiques for show and tell. They will be allowed to hold an actual rapier from circa 1650; a colichemarde from circa 1720; and a small sword from circa 1790.
From there we will begin foil fencing, since the foil was created as a training device for those who might expect to be in a duel with small swords. We will then move on to epee and then sabre. The class will finish with the class fencing in a pool with electric epees until we run out of time, with a prize for the winner.
All of this will be for the cost of $10.00 per student. The registration link is below.
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