Practice Cancelled This Week

As a follow-up to recent announcements made at practice, CCF is cancelling practice this Thursday 11/23/17 AND Saturday 11/25/17. Enjoy your holiday, and safe travels.

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Crawley’s Five A’s of French Fencing

Phil Crawley, Provost with the Black Boar Swordsmanship School and administrator with the Smallsword Symposium, has gleaned these 5 themes of French fencing from a number of 18th and 19th Century texts.  They are presented here with his permission, and with our thanks.

Aplomb: grounding and thus balance; not only physical balance but also symmetry of posture leading to adroit.

Adresse: skill; ability to do the basics and combine them into sophisticated actions

Apropros: wherewithal; knowing when and where to apply addresse to maximum effect at an innate level.

Adroit: dexterity; being aesthetically pleasing by doing nothing (aplomb) and being graceful when doing something (adresse), as dictated by apropos.

Avoir Main: fencing only with the sensitivity and actions of the hand to determine the intent of one’s adversary and to define one’s own actions.

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H. Angelo’s 1845 Target Rose Recreated

For the month of July, 2017, Columbia Classical Fencing instruction will take a brief excursion into the realm of cutlass and sabre. We will be training with short single sticks which are fast and satisfying to use. We will base our instruction largely on the work of Henry Angelo’s (The Younger) 1812 Naval Cutlass Exercises and his 1845 Infantry Sword Exercises. For our reference (and ease of reading) as an instructional aid, I have recreated his target rose from the latter. It is posted here in draft copy form for your reference and use. Should individuals outside of CCF make use of this recreation, please provide appropriate attribution and link back to CCF.

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Early Registration Extended for American Smallsword Symposium

Early registration for the 2017 American Smallsword Symposium is extended until April 15th, 2017. Additionally daily registration rates are now available. For more information, consult the Symposium’s website.

 

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Angelo on Tempo

In all attacks, whether Cut or Thrusts, the motion ought to increase in velocity, the greatest force being given at the last: the same rule should be observed in stepping out to the Second and Third Positions; but in recovering, the reverse is to be attended to, as the first part is the quickest…

-H.C. Angleo, 1845

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