A Final Salute

It is with great sorrow that we announce that we have been informed of the death of John Shields.  Although John had not been on the piste for some time due to illness, he retained an active interest in the Salle and visited when he could.  John was a long…

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171008 Matrixing the Direct Thrust/Cut

Fencing has long had a fascination with tables.  Older Italian fencing manuals, in particular, were distinguished by detailed synoptic tables that laid out all conceivable actions in the various lines, along with the counteractions and even counter-counteractions.  The problem, of course, is that fencing is messy with many different ways…

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170917 The Salle Championships

This week we hold the 2017 Salle Championships.  We are devoting one weapon class for each weapon to this event: Monday for Foil, Thursday for Sabre, Epee, One Touch Epee.  These events are intended for the regular participants in those classes, and for our competitors who actively fence those weapons. …

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170903 Taking the Blade

As we have described before, there are three basic approaches to creating an opening with blade preparation in the attack.  You can get the opponent to move in reaction to your feint.  You can use percussion to move the blade from the line.  Or you can use leverage to open…

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170813 Renewals

No, we aren’t talking about renewing your USA Fencing membership, although you should have already done that by now.  Instead we are interested in renewals of the attack.  First, what is a renewal of the attack?  It is a conscious and distinct action to replace the blade on the target. …

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Summer Specials

This summer we will offer three special classes.  First some programming notes – the last date for our regular Tuesday Open Fencing is 27 June.  We will be closed on 4 July. Starting Tuesday 11 July at 7pm – THE ART OF THE DUEL – a four week introduction to…

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