Many members have remarked on how much they've enjoyed the photos on the website. What many of you may not know is that the photographer for many of the pictures is none other than our Vice-President, Mr. Todd Sankey. As Mr. Sankey and I were taking some publicity photos last week, it occurred to us that many fencers and parents may like to have fencing photos taken for their own personal collections. On Saturday, November 28th from 9:30-10:30am, Mr. Sankey has kindly offered to set up his equipment to take pictures for any member who would like to have some fencing photos done. While there is no cost involved, we may choose to use some of the photos taken for promotional purposes if you have signed a photo consent form. Please feel free to take advantage of this opportunity if you are interested.
Just a reminder that class will be at the Dunbar Room of the Dunbar Community Centre tomorrow--Saturday, October 17, 2015. The schedule for classes will be as follows:
G2 & G3 10:30-11:30am
G3 Poignard & N.Italian Dueling Sabre 11:30-12:30am
On September 20, 2015, the Martinez Academy of Arms presented an exhibition of Classical Fencing to the general public in New Orleans. This Formal Academia followed two days of training, classes, and lectures on various weapons as well as aspects of fencing practice. Maestri, Provosts, Instructors, and students were selected to present assaults in a range of systems taught in the Martinez Academy. I believe Mr. Patrick Morgan echoes my own sentiments regarding the event when he writes, “I have never seen so much fencing talent and knowledge in one place." On a personal note, I was honoured to participate in assaults with Instructors Russell Hogg and Kim Moser in French Smallsword and Foil respectively. I wish to express a sincere thanks to Maestro Martinez, Maestro Acosta-Martinez, Prévôt Cecil Longino as well as the organizers of the event for this unique opportunity.
For those of you that were unable to attend, I hope this video can do some measure of justice to the great quality and variety of skill and artistry on display that day. Lastly, congratulations to Mr. Ezra Homison for his exemplary embodiment of the ideals of Classical Fencing as was adjudicated by the panel of the Formal Academia. Enjoy!
One of the people that I had the pleasure of meeting during my recent trip to the Martinez Academy Academia in New Orleans was Mr. Patrick Morgan who oversees Columbia Classical Fencing in Columbia, Missouri. I recently came across Mr. Morgan's blog post reflecting on his experiences of the Academia. Reading it certainly brought back memories for me. So, with his permission, I have decided to repost it here and share it with our members:
I would like to thank Mr. Morgan for sharing this article with us and encourage all of you to visit the Columbia Classical Fencing website as the other posts make for quite interesting reading.
I had the pleasure of taking part in the Martinez Academy Academia which took place in New Orleans this past weekend. Below are the links to the newspaper articles which covered this event:
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.