Fencers in the UWF fencing club study the style of rapier fencing that was prominent during the Renaissance era and practice using schlager-type and reproduction rapier blades rather than the foils and epee of today's standard. The club emphasizes chivalry, honor, and camaraderie.
While this club does not teach any specific style of fencing, most instruction is consistent with Italian styles. The club does not, however, discriminate against any sort of fighting style as long as it does not pose any serious threat of danger to club members.
The differences from Olympic fencing include the following:
-martial theory (no point scoring)
-no electric gear
-non linear sparring area
-BOTH hands are used
Fencers begin by learning about footwork and hand positions. After learning the basics, fencers are taught how to fence using the off hand to parry. As the fencer advances, he or she learns to use rigid parrying devices (daggers, canes, bucklers, etc.) and soft parrying devices (cloaks, hats, gloves, etc.) before moving on to case of swords (two swords at once).
No prior experience is required; lessons are given to those that seek them. The club is open to all students, faculty, and staff.
The club is named for the former club instructor, Ron McAfee, who was killed in a car accident in January 2005.
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