Historical Fencing – Martial Arts Focused On Sword Fighting
Whereas most people consider martial arts as only unarmed combat, traditional martial arts training covered all types of self-defense including sword techniques (i.e. fencing).
Fencing today is mainly an Olympic-style sport. However, there are a growing number of growing sub-styles such as historical fencing and classical fencing that focus on fencing as a true martial arts. These types of fencing emphasize sword fighting as a form of self-defense versus as a sport. Therefore, some students practice techniques such as arm locks, use of the pommel as a weapon, disarms, etc.
Historical fencing covers sword fighting over wide time frame (i.e. the middle ages until the late 19th century). In contrast, classical fencing emphasizes “fencing as it was practiced in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries”.
Demonstration of “Classical Fencing”
- Columbia Classical Fencing, Club History, http://columbiaclassicalfencing.com/about/club-history/, Added – 06/26/14
- Association of Historic Fencing, Fencing Throughout History, http://www.ahfi.org/fencing-throughout-history/, Added – 06/26/14