Practice Cancelled for Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Due to the imminent ice storm, CCF has cancelled practice for Thursday, February 7th, 2019.  As a reminder, our policy is to follow the cancellations issued by Columbia Public Schools.  If you must travel on 2/7, then please be safe.

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Classical Fencing Masters Fencing French Foil

From Benjamin Bowles’ YouTube channel:

“Classical foil fencing bout between Maître d’Armes Cecil Longino (right) of Salle Saint-Georges in Seattle, Washington, and & Maestro de Armas Antone Blair (left) of Destreza Pacifica in Arcata, California. This bout was during the public opening and exhibition for the 19th Century Fencing Weapons and Memorabilia Exhibit on October 20th, 2017 in New York City at La Nacional-Spanish Benevolent Society. Commentary by Maestro de Armas Ramon Martinez of the Martinez Academy of Arms, New York.”

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Practice Cancelled Today

Due to the unusual amount of snowfall and the forecast for additional, fencing practice is CANCELLED for today, January 12th, 2019.  Our annual awards ceremony and 2019 fencing goals will be postponed; Patrick will communicate a rescheduled date in a forthcoming email. In the meantime, have some hot cocoa and dig out the sleds!

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Salle d’Armes Coudurier, Paris

Salle d’Armes Coudurier, Paris

“At the end of the hallway and through a courtyard, I begin to hear the sound of tapping metal, sliding and tapping quickly again. Around the corner, there’s a warm glow coming through the windowpanes of a door marked “Salle d’Armes”, weapons room. We’ve found the oldest fencing club in Paris…”

To continue reading, visit Inside the Time Capsule Fencing Club of Paris here.

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Etiquette in the 18th and 19th Century Fencing Schools: Part I

Trade Card of Fencing Master Motet. Waddeson Rothschild Collection.

of the Martinez Academy of Arms has penned the first of a two-part series in The Historical Fencer on the culture of the salle.  In her first article, Maestro Acosta-Martinez goes through the regulations and practices 18th century fencing culture.

There was a customary code of polite behavior within the fencing schools of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries… [Read the full article here at The Historical Fencer].

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