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Sword School Wichita is a traditional Italian fencing school located in Wichita, KS.

We teach the three typical fencing weapons of foil, spada (épée) and sabre, as well as late 17th-19th century spada, and Radaellian sabre.

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FYI - the Sword School Wichita webpage, which has been offline for a while due to server failure, is now back online. swordschoolwichita.com ...
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2 months ago

Sword School Wichita - Sala d'Armi
We haven't posted lately - but it is time for an update. Spring session is cancelled in full. Summer session beginners class is cancelled, but the intermediate is going to remain in the books, at least for now. I'm not yet interested in any of the risks that might be entailed with loaner equipment, aside from foils that can easily be wiped down with an alcohol wipe and then re-oiled.I am hopeful that our core intermediate group will be all or nearly all vaccinated by the time summer session starts. I do not know what the social distancing rules will look like for summer session - and that will likely make my final decision for summer session, but it isn't quite time for that yet.As always, anyone who has their own equipment and who is interested in scheduling private lessons, outdoors, weather permitting, please send me a message through the page or on my personal facebook, and we can set something up. ...
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A fantastic little piece of video here. My great-grand maestro, Italo Santelli, on the right. He would have been 64-65 then.youtu.be/8Kn0ekDscbQ ...
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NON TI FIDAR DI ME, SE IL CUOR TI MANCA - Do not trust me, if you lack heart.In the photos, it is etched onto the blade of a Pecoraro model dueling sabre. This particular example was made by the Giuseppe Perez Co., and sold at auction on Ebay a few years ago. This phrase is something of an unofficial motto for the school - a reminder that it isn't so much the weapon, but the user, that matters. ...
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These are a bit expensive, but they're very, very lovely weapons. Historically, in our method, this sort of heavier, stiffer foil (~580g) was used by students taking lessons, not for bouting. ...
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Foil actions demonstrated by Helene Mayer, a fantastic fencer and something of a tragic figure. youtu.be/lU4H5FVscoc ...
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Old youth fencing video. I get really tired of hearing things like 'kids can't look good in fencing exercises, so why bother.' While we don't take anyone under 13, I think this still applies. There is quite a lot of old video of youth classes out there. Young fencers *can* learn to fence with skill and proper form - but the students and instructors have to be on the same page and willing to put the work in. youtu.be/aoSqEBImuT0 ...
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