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Last night, I went to an historical fencing practice.

It's part of the SCA, but these guys try to revive and re-enact the rapier fencing of the late Rennaissance through Napoleonic times. The group has a website.

I got the practice on time, and looked around the park for signs of fencers. Shortly, I saw man in a doublet and knickers carrying a fencing mask, which I took to be a reasonable sign that he was a part of this group.

The local boss of the group -- excuse me, Baron, who goes by the name Laertes greeted me and spent some time going over the rules and whatnot. He showed me all the various kinds of weapons with which they fence - traditional foil and epee, but also heavy-bladed rapier, dagger, buckler, and even cloaks. I like the idea of fighting with a cloak and epee, particularly if I can use a pelisse, instead of a cloak. Sadly, they do not allow sabers of any sort, as percussive hits are not allowed, though draw and tip cuts are. My dream of being a hussar will have to remain unsatisfied.

We went through basic footwork, attacks and parries. We drilled on a tree for a little while, but then suited up in fencing armor and did a bit of sparring. It was a fairly vigorous two hours, and it was as enjoyable as anything is, at the moment. I think I'll go back and stick with it, I like the idea of perfecting yet another useless martial art that I hope never to use!


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May. 25th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
Nice! It sounds like a good experience for you. Do you own any of your own weapons in those categories, or are you thinking of buying any?

I should find a group like that around here; I know they exist, I just haven't bothered to look them up. That would be both fun and good exercise. I'd LOVE to learn proper techniques.
May. 25th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
I have a really cool cutlass, but i'm not allowed to use it. :)

I'll have to get myself a sword.
May. 25th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
Side-swords are experimental in Atenveldt (Arizona) and you can do a lot of saber-cut moves with them. I don't know whether or not Caid (I think LA is Caid) has a similar program, but I could find out. You wouldn't be able to use one until you're authorized, though, even if there is. As for percussive not being allowed... well, that's true. But as long as you don't land the shot percussively, you can swing in and then do a draw cut back. I wouldn't try it as a beginner, though. Wait until they (and you) know you can control how hard your blade is coming down, first. *g*

Be careful of epees, esp. if you're borrowing equipment. They're downright nasty if they break. Atenveldt's a heavy-rapier-only Kingdom, so I haven't had to use one in a long time.

Oh, btw. I'm the fencing marshal for our Barony, out here. *g*
May. 26th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Caid is a good place Davy. There are some great people there.
I know cause we go to their events a lot. We belong to the Barony of Angels, well we will until we move, then god knows where. But its a good time.
Glad to hear you had fun !!
May. 26th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a lot of fun. And why not keep learning these martial arts? It's better than letting a lost art die out. Good for you.

(Plus, you never know when CA might be attacked by pirates. Best to be prepared.)
May. 30th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
Caid and Barony of Altavia is awesome. It's (for the most part) really good people. You are gonna have your bad apples, but what group doesn't? I can say in total honesty, though, that the majority of people that I have gradually become friends with in this area are honorable and decent folk.

I'm really, really, really glad that you came to practice and even more glad that you had fun. Sorry we didn't get to talk much, you were busy doing the swishy-pokey and I was busy being a good little groupie and distracting everyone else. *wink*

See ya next week?
May. 30th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
I'll be there!
May. 30th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
*does happy dance* :-)
May. 30th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
actually, I really liked it, I've been trying to get a couple of friends who are into fencing and mock-combat to come out and join, too. Really, it's fun, I'm super glad you kept after me to try it out.

I'm looking forward to really learning how to, as you say, "swishy-pokey".
May. 30th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Great! Bring whoever you'd like. We're always looking for more people; the more the merrier!!

Might you be interested in going to Queen's Champion next Sunday and checking out a tournament? Coronation is Saturday, where the new King and Queen of Caid are crowned (we get new ones every six months) and Queen's Champion is where the champions for the new Queen are determined in archery, rapier, heavies, equestrian and, I believe, chess. Although I could be wrong/have forgotten one/some.

Anyway, I'm going regardless, so if you want to go, it'd be easy to stuff you in my car and bring ya along. :-)It's down in Long Beach. Lemme know if you want to go.
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