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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.