Perhaps you’ve just entered your first fencing competition, or you’re thinking of entering. Perhaps you’re going a competition as a parent or as a partner of a fencer. Perhaps you’re about to tag along with a friend who fences, or with your club team as a newbie to see what goes on. Continue reading Foreword: The Newcomers’ Guide to Competition Fencing [UPCOMING]
The second edition of The Art of Foil Fencing is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Updated and re-formatted for easier reading on paper and on screen, this edition of The Art of Foil Fencing is available Internationally for the first time.
We still have some copies of the lay-flat paperback First Edition available for UK customers from Proactivity Press at the reduced price of £5.00 plus postage.
[From the forthcoming publication The HEMA Heresy: Reconstructing Historical European Martial Arts]
Almost all our our study of historical European martial arts is based on original period manuscripts by fencing masters of the time. But practical issues in reconstructing the techniques often raises suspicions about some of the content… Continue reading Sample: The HEMA Heresy – Robin Catling
From Pirates of the Caribbean, to Star Wars and even Transformers, it seems every other movie poster features a character with a sword; there’s been a slew of TV and online ads featuring Olympic fencers in action, while TV shows such as Arrow and The Musketeers keep the skill and the romance of the sword alive. It’s no wonder even the smallest children want to give it a try. Continue reading Foreword, Sports Fencing: An Introduction – Robin Catling
Modern fencing has evolved through the centuries from a clumsy, often brutally bloodthirsty form of combat. The heavy weapons were used to bludgeon the opponent as much to hack and stab. From its earliest refinements, fencing masters have strived to apply the science of movement and technique to weapons largely made redundant with the discovery of another weapon of war, gunpowder. Continue reading Introduction: The Art of Foil Fencing – Roy Stocks