/r/classicalfencing

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This subreddit is designed to help individuals look into Classical fencing and to facilitate discussion between groups of Classical fencers who are separated by distance.

Furthermore, the hope is to further enrich the Olympic and Classical styles by casting critical, scholarly eyes on both.

This subreddit is currently under construction. If you have a question regarding Classical fencing please head over to the fine folks at /r/Fencing and mention Classical in the title.

This Subreddit is Under Construction

Your assistance and patience are both appreciated. If you see something missing that you think should be added, be it a blog, school, organization, source text, equipment store, etc., please feel free to message the Moderators so we can look into it.

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What Is Classical Fencing?

The definition of Classical Fencing is not universal. It means different things to different people.

Here are some sites that examine Classical Fencing. The moderators at /r/classicalfencing do not endorse any particular definition here in the sidebar but leave it to visitors and members to determine what it means to them. We have our own opinions and we'll talk about them if they come up in discussions.

The first place to look is, obviously, Wikipedia.

Next we turn to Rockwell Classical Fencing's definition.

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How Do I Become a Classical Maestro?

There are some schools designed specifically to help instruct individuals in becoming qualified to teach. Please see:

Blogs on Classical and Historical Fencing

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Classical And Historical Salles in North America

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Classical And Historical Salles in Europe

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Locations to Purchase Classical and Historical Fencing Equipment

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Found this in my house while cleaning and was wondering if anyone can identify/give me any info on this. I know nothing about fencing swords

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2020/04/20
15:30 UTC

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Online classes amid Covid?

Any classical fencing classes being offered online these days? I just got into classical fencing before dear SARS2 hit and now I'm sol in terms of classes.

7 Comments
2020/04/08
00:57 UTC

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Italian Rapier

Does anyone know where I can practice Italian rapier in NYC?

8 Comments
2020/03/05
18:35 UTC

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Inexpensive Italian foil (maybe southern?)

I'm looking for an inexpensive Italian foil. I'm a rapier fencer and while I love my Danelli Armouries rapier, I don't want to drop a whole lot of money on an Italian foil which I'll only really be using to get familiar with the style so I can eventually learn some Smarra. I'm looking for a true ricasso foil and maybe southern style?
I'm new to the world of classical fencing so help would be appreciated!

5 Comments
2019/10/20
16:54 UTC

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Few rapier drills, what do you think?

2 Comments
2019/10/09
18:56 UTC

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It seems rather old it is marked with G.pion and Paris and the number 5, Does anyone know how old it is?

2 Comments
2019/09/21
12:21 UTC

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A Playlist of Classical Foil Fencing from Combat Con 2019

7 Comments
2019/09/06
19:10 UTC

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UK clubs?

Hi, does anyone know of any classical fencing clubs in the UK? I'm interested in starting but my google-fu is too weak to actually find one. Ideally near London, but if further afield I can travel for longer sessions if possible.

0 Comments
2019/04/02
10:44 UTC

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Seeking rapier practitioners in Northern NJ

I have recently begun studying rapier under Tom Outwin at Salle Marquis de Lafayette in Chester, New Jersey, USA. Hoping to find more students to join me!

3 Comments
2018/09/26
19:28 UTC

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Portland classical fencers, I'm looking for a place to bout

0 Comments
2018/09/24
19:29 UTC

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Smallswords in the Metropolitan museum NY

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2018/09/13
19:50 UTC

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Inexpensive smallswords

What do people recommend for an inexpensive pair of smallswords for a newbie?

I've seen the Leon Paul trainer, but I really don't like it and want to know if there's a good alternative.

PS: I'm left handed, but I'd want a pair so I could loan one out for sparring. So they need to be ambidextrous. I think, ideally, French grip.

6 Comments
2018/06/20
16:58 UTC

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French Foil & Poignard Fencing manual

A Free PDF copy of Geroges Dubois 1925 manual: http://www.freelanceacademypress.com/pdf/Dubois_-_Lacaze_Essai_sur_l%27Escrime_FAP.pdf

A short Bio of the guy: https://freelanceacademypress.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/georges-dubois-the-forgotten-master-of-ancient-fencing-lescrime-ancienne/

Interesting that there are still a few teachers of this style today, I think there'd be some interest in an english translation.

The manual isn't long, but probably assumes the practitioner would already have a thorough knowledge of the Epee/Foil as taught at that time.

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0 Comments
2018/02/07
23:11 UTC

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Crafting an Italian Fencing Foil from Beginning to End

1 Comment
2018/01/29
17:20 UTC

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Ars Dimicatoria Praha still active?

Already asked over at /r/wma, but maybe I'll get some answers here:

Someone here practicing at Ars Dimicatoria in Praha?
I've tried contacting Michael Kňažko via Facebook about 10 days ago and haven't got an answer yet.
Also their site http://ars-dimicatoria.cz is down, has the club shut down or is that just coincidence/am I too impatient?

On a related note, does someone know HEMA clubs in or near Austria that teach Barbasetti saber?

Thanks in advance :)

1 Comment
2017/12/22
09:56 UTC

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Scholagladiatoria: "People carried back swords and 'skin boners' in battle." (schiavonas)

0 Comments
2017/11/20
14:41 UTC

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Looking for input to tweak ClubKnight paperless poolsheets for classical competitions.

Filling in paper poolsheets can be error-prone, and processing the sheets can be time-consuming - especially when having to process the inevitable errors. So I created a way to instantly process error-free (or, at least, hugely error-reduced) poolsheets.

I call it the ClubKnight paperless poolsheet system. I created for a classical competition series I run (which is based on a 17thC ruleset). demo: http://clubknight.uk/trial/orgs/demo/6/(P)-6-Rd-Grpup_to_5.php

Because I didn't want to have to supply devices to the referees, I made it accept just about any device to use for scoring the bouts - so it works on Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows phones; Android, Apple, Blackberry, Windows and Amazon tablets; Chromebooks; laptops; desktops; Raspberry Pis... even some Nintendo gaming handhelds!

I get motivated to extend it when I have people using it... so it's freely available for your use. It keeps the poolsheets published, and there is a companion app that lets you look at the scores but not touch.

You can set up your own test poolsheet, any number of hits, pools of 2 to 8 fencers, at http://clubknight.uk/trial/orgs/test/test/

If you wish to start using it, you can set up a home for your club's competitions and poolsheets at: http://clubknight.uk/trial/

Currently it only scores Hits For - it does not yet score Hits Against. It happily accepts Drawn (Tied) bouts. The idea was to make it as flexible as a paper poolsheet - just harder to put the scores in wrongly.

I'm currently working on ways to deal with ranking people who have been involved in tied bouts which involve as much 'natural justice' and as little random assignment of victory as possible.

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2017/10/01
23:31 UTC

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Could you help me find a historical document? It dealt with injuries from dueling.

Several years ago I came across a document written by a doctor who had been either present for numerous duels or called to deal with the aftermath. I am not sure of the era but I recall he mentioned how deadly small swords were, if that's a clue. At any rate the document discussed the various injuries from swords that the doctor had treated and his observations on dueling.

I'd like to find it again. It was fascinating to read about dueling from the perspective of a doctor.

I'm afraid I don't have very much more to go on and I thought this would be as good of a place to ask as any other. Have any of you encountered such a document, or any other similar material?

3 Comments
2017/09/08
02:17 UTC

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This is Leon Pau HEMA guy - Jacek Bujko - AMAA • r/wma

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2017/08/01
09:49 UTC

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I made a video on Hutton's sabre, hope it's something you'll enjoy

2 Comments
2017/03/10
02:28 UTC

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