The Sword Guides: Sabre Fencing

Sabre fencing has been present since at least 18th century Europe even though there are accounts of similar games during the Middle Ages. The sport became more well-known in the 1800s, with the first competitions taking place at about this time as well. Today, sabre fencing is a sport that is practiced all over the […]

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The History of Fencing

The History of Fencing is a long and storied one, and while sword-fighting has been around for thousands of years, the sport of fencing has ancient origins and is believed to have developed from the similar techniques of swordplay, wrestling, and boxing. The first recorded evidence of fencing as a competitive sport was around 588 […]

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What is Fencing?

As a fencing school that works with all levels of fencers – from absolute beginners to Olympic alternates, we field a few of the same questions in each beginner class, so we’ve written this post for those of you that might be completely new to fencing. It contains a brief overview of the sport, its […]

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Does Fencing Hurt?

When you think of fencing, you might think it’s a dangerous sport – after all, swinging swords at each other must be dangerous, right?! Well, our experience (and studies!) have shown it’s one of the safest sports you can take part in. Everything about modern fencing is built with safety first in mind, from the […]

Practice Fencing at Home

Everyone, We’re working on video to help home practice for you, but here are a few things to make sure you have: Enough open space to make at least a double advance lunge Foil: targets for point thrusts:  wall target,  hanging ball (tennis ball, golf ball, even coin will do) or multiple hanging balls. You […]

Practice Fencing with Video

Hello All, Below is a link to some fencing training videos, suitable for all levels.  For those who are more advanced, the preparatory footwork review is work!   When you are a new beginner you don’t realize how much strength and control some of the basic exercises require (partly because as a new beginner you […]

Practice Makes Better

Hello All, Although this is a foil lesson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSBmGC6z_E0), it is a good example of a solid working lesson for an experienced young fencer. I chose this particular lesson because the fencer demonstrates what we are trying to achieve in our daily fencing academy practice. Note the depth of the guard position that facilitates: the […]

Hitting Vs. Fencing

post by guest blogger Dr. Matthew Mitchell Some observations from my fall competition and refereeing experience will follow over the next little while, if you’d like to share them with other members. Hitting vs. fencing One night in fencing practice, answering a question of mine about what to do when your opponent doesn’t respond when […]

Aaaaannnnnd This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things…

With the rise of the Regional circuit events in all age groups, the local schedule has dwindled to the point where instead of 15-20 fencers of a variety of skill levels, local events are lucky to draw enough bodies to even run the event  (events are not sanctioned by Philadelphia Division or USA Fencing unless […]

Who’s Hungary?

Hello All, In the interest of giving interested parties as much lead time as possible, we have decided to start earlier this season to find out who is interested in going on the 2020 trip. Estimated trip cost at this time is $3500. This includes: Roundtrip airfare Hotel in Budapest Transport to and from airport […]

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