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As the end of summer was swiftly approaching, we were able to organize one more weapons workshop and visit to Seattle before our students' return to school in September. We began our day touring the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, WA where we were able to catch a glimpse of Chinook salmon making their way back from the Pacific and up the salmon ladder to their freshwater spawning grounds inland. This was followed by a hearty Italian lunch on historical Ballard Avenue and a quick visit to the local chocolate factory. After many delicious dishes and snacks, we were well-prepared for our afternoon workshop ahead under the watchful guidance of Prévôt Longino and Instructor-in-training Nelson.
On this particlar afternoon, our fencers were split into three groups to focus on the specific weapons that each person wanted to practice. These weapons included: foil & poignard, northern Italian dueling sabre, and poignard. Following a quick dinner at the neighbourhood Ethiopian restaurant, our evening continued with participation in French foil class where we studied the reprise and how it was to be employed tactically. Upon squeezing in a few final assaults, our fencers made their way back to Vancouver having filled the day with fun, learning, and practice. As always, I would like to express a warm and sincere thanks to our gracious hosts at Salle Saint-George for their time and hospitality.
On Saturday, June 22, 2015, the Renaissance Fencing Club took part in the annual Fiesta Days celebration in the West Point Grey community. Our fencers took part in the parade down W.10th Ave. as well as fenced in free assaults in foil, foil & poignard and spear at Trimble Park. The Fiesta Days have become a wonderful occasion for our students to share the art & science of fencing with the West Point Grey community and I would like to thank all the fencers, parents, and event organizers for making this day a welcome annual tradition. I would like to especially thank Mr. Kyle Harrison & Mr. Jeff Leong for their photos which I have included in this post.
On May 9th, 2015, many of our fencers took part in the second annual Concours Internationaux d’Escrime de la Jeunesse in Bellingham, WA. This international tournament sponsored by the Salle Saint-George and Renaissance Fencing Club was in Classical French foil. After taking part in the equipment check, participants fenced in a round robin format to assaults of three touches. Interspersed between foil assaults were also demonstrations of foil & poignard, Italian rapier, spear, longsword, and French small-sword. Six fencers were chosen to participate in a final pool of round robin assaults and awards were presented to the top three fencers for net touches made & received as well as an additional recognition for the fencer who most consistently demonstrated the classical ideal of fencing. Every participant endeavoured to uphold the ideals of the art & science of defense and I would like to send a special congratulation to the following fencers in particular:
Best Overall Fencer Ms. B. Lok
1st Place Mr. C. Leong
2nd Place Ms. M. Burnett-Thomas
3rd Place Mr. E. Tse
Furthermore, I wanted to thank all the organizers and volunteers especially Prévôt d’Armes Cecil Longino, Instructor Andrew Telesca, Mr. Tim Nelson, Ms. Laura Foster, Mr. Garrett Fuller, Mr. Bacchus Davis, Ms. Cory Holmes, Mr. Jherek Swanger, Mr. Ezra Homison, Mr. Andrew Forderer, Mr. John Clough, Mr. Andrew Chin, and Mr. Andrew Williamson in addition to all the friends, family members, and supporters of our fencers and of this event. It was truly a delight to watch the many young men and women who fenced share what they had learned on this beautiful Saturday afternoon.
For a video clip of the Commemorative DVD for the event, please click on the following link.
For a video clip of the various demos performed at the event, please click on the following link.