After years of dedicated study and training, two of our longtime members, Ms. Caroline Barton and Ms. Bianca Lok, are testing to become formal students of the Renaissance Fencing Club. A formal student is an individual who is well-versed in the fundamental philosophy, concepts, and skills of the art and science of defense. She is both a representative of our school and of Classical Fencing as a whole. As such, after showing a long-term commitment to learning our martial art, clear fencing ability, and demonstrating manners and behaviours congruent with a respected member of polite society, a candidate must undergo a three-stage testing process.
The testing process includes three parts: a private verbal examination, a private practical examination, and a public exhibition. Caroline and Bianca have worked hard to complete their verbal and practical exams. It is here at the public exhibition where we require the help of friends, family and fellow fencers. The public exhibition is the final stage and is both test and celebration of a fencer’s training thus far. Akin to a recital for a classical musician, the public exhibition gives the exhibition candidate a chance to demonstrate the artistry which she has acquired over the course of her training. Since the spotlight is placed squarely on the candidates and they will only be fencing senior fencers who have been invited to participate, they will be held to a standard even higher than on an average day.
The Public Exhibition for Caroline and Bianca has been scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 2:00-5:00pm. As this is an important event in the fencing lives of these two young women, please wear suitable Semiformal attire (click here for further guidelines: www.emilypost.com/advice/attire-guide-dress-codes-from-casual-to-white-tie/ ).
The exhibition will take place at the Aberthau House at 4397 W.2nd Ave. Please RSVP here to confirm your attendance as this will greatly help us in planning this event. I look forward to seeing all of you on June 24th!