Martial Arts are not the exclusive property of the Orient. While the Samurai dueled with Katana in Japan and followed the Code of Bushido, the European Knight wielded steel and lived under the Code of Chivalry.
As military tactics, armory, and weapons evolved the two handed broadsword was exchanged for the speed and deadly accuracy of the epee and sabre. Civilian as well as military use of the sword became an essential part of the education of any capable man of substance in Europe.
Today the sword is no longer used to decide the fate of nations or settle personal disputes of honor, but has evolved into a sport that demands the mental acumen of chess, the legs of a sprinter, and the finger control of a painter.
The clang of steel as you test reflex and wit on the fencing strip is an addictive form of exercise linked to a Chivalric past where sportsmanship is rooted in the history of Knighthood. Instruction is provided by Trevor Haines, a graduate of the Fencing Masters Program under the direction of Maestro Marcos Lucchetti and certified through the French Fencing Federation as a Master of Arms. Students are taught a solid foundation in classical fencing methods (footwork, blade work, and tactics). Students fence each other and also receive blade instruction and coaching each class. Safety and proper etiquette is emphasized.
No equipment is required during the trial week but students will need to purchase equipment if they decide to enroll in our ongoing program.