Sword fenc­ing classes in Coffs

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - ADVERTISING FEATURE CLASSES & TUITION -

COFFS Har­bour Sword Club, in con­junc­tion with PCYC, is con­tin­u­ing to of­fer sword lessons, but on a new level.

Classes Tues­day 6pm at the PCYC at Bray St. Coffs Har­bour.

Be­gin­ners to ad­vanced in mod­ern foil and epee fenc­ing along with in­tro­duc­tory lessons in his­tor­i­cal sword styles in 17th cen­tury mus­ke­teer rapier fight­ing. For any­one who would like to try this un­usual and chal­leng­ing sport, this is a great op­por­tu­nity as ex­pe­ri­enced and qual­i­fied sword coaches are rare in Aus­tralia.

Colin Phillips is head coach with 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in fenc­ing, rapier and me­dieval long sword. Join­ing us this term are pro­fes­sional Hun­gar­ian pen­tathlon hus­band and wife coaches who are ex­pe­ri­enced in train­ing teams and in­di­vid­u­als for the Olympic Games. We are there­fore now of­fer­ing fenc­ing train­ing just for fun and fit­ness or you can de­velop your skills for se­ri­ous na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, even the Olympics if you reach that stan­dard.

Fenc­ing orig­i­nated in Europe in the 17th cen­tury, where this style of swords­man­ship was used by mus­ke­teers or prac­tised by the up­per-class bour­geoisie with gen­tle­man’s rules of en­gage­ment dur­ing the prac­tice of du­elling. Mod­ern fenc­ing has been adapted from these early be­gin­nings as a safe sport op­tion, re­sult­ing in points not bod­ies. It is an an­cient sport of no­ble­men that can be en­joyed by any­one. Far re­moved from its vi­o­lent ori­gin, now this Olympic sport is be­ing en­joyed the world over but is rare in Aus­tralia.

Pri­vate sword lessons by ap­point­ment for ladies who pre­fer a non-vi­o­lent op­tion/per­sonal train­ing.

Equip­ment pro­vided. Cost $10 per ses­sion. Book­ings/in­quiries Colin Phillips 0417 275 011 or the PCYC.

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