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The day began with 6 fencers from Group 2 & 3 meeting at the OLPH gym and making their way to the Experience Music Project at Seattle Center. Highlights of the visit included touring the museum's permanent exhibits as well as seeing the special galleries which included Star Wars: the Power of Costume and Fantasy: World of Myth & Magic. The tour was followed by a sumptuous buffet lunch which prepared us for the afternoon and evening of fencing ahead.
In recent years, it has become something of a tradition for our fencers to make at least one summer trip to visit our friends at Salle Saint-George in Seattle. Although this year was no exception, we were able to include a few additional activities this trip that made the experience stand out.
Due to the popularity of the earlier Poignard (French Knife) workshop that was held in March, we were able to arrange for a follow-up course with Prévôt Longino that was both a review of the concepts of Poignard as well as a look at tactical considerations for this weapon. At the end of the class, students also had the opportunity to fence in some Poignard assaults with Instructors-in-training: Mr. Andrew Chin & Mr. Tim Nelson.
After a short break, the evening continued with our fencers taking part in the Tuesday night French Foil class, participating in free assaults with different fencers, as well as receiving plastron lessons from the Instructors-in-training. Returning back to Vancouver a little after midnight, I believe that our students had gained new insights into the art of classical fencing and had g0tten to know each other just a bit better.
Once again, I would like to thank Prévôt Longino and the fencers of Salle Saint-George for their hospitality as well as the fencers and parents of the Renaissance Fencing Club for their support in making this trip possible.