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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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What is the purpose of priority/right of way rules in foil and sabre fencing?

The purpose is to determine the fault of a double touch based on norms established concerning best practices.

The rules are applied by analyzing the fencers' actions that lead to a double touch in the same tempo, in order to determine who was at fault for causing the double touch.

Each fencer's action must be considered and adjudged as a correctly executed attack, or not, on its own merits. It is perfectly acceptable (indeed, preferable) to throw out a double touch where neither fencer correctly performed an attack by meeting all the requirements.

The purpose is *not* to resolve every single touch as if we were trying to figure out what would happen if the fencers were in a real fight with sharp weapons.

The intended result is that fencers will learn to perform actions (and pick tempi) in ways that best keep them safe from harm.

The more one attempts to resolve every double touch so as to give a point, regardless of whether either fencer actually performed something that can correctly be called an attack, the more the message is lost.
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Reminder: No beginner class tomorrow (halloween). There will be intermediate class on Friday. ...

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Reminder: we have beginner class next week, 10/24/19, but we do not have intermediate class on 10/25/19.

We do not have beginner class on 10/31/19, but we do have intermediate class 11/1/19.
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A first bit of spada/epee bouting from Friday's intermediate class. Lots to work on, but lots of good, as well.
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Class 3 of the Fall beginner session is in the books. Tonight we reviewed engagement in 3rd, glide in 3rd, and introduced thrust by cavazione to the inside against engagement in 3rd. Next week we will introduce parries of circular 3rd and simple (opposition) 4th, and ripostes by glide. ...

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If you're currently interested in buying an Italian foil, you've got fairly limited options.

The Fencing Post has all the parts to assemble an Italian foil except for the grip, in stock. You need a blade, guard, pad, and pommel, and you'll have to pick up a grip elsewhere unless/until they get them back in stock. I really like the parts from the Fencing Post, and I think they represent the best value for a starter weapon, especially if you're budget conscious. thefencingpost.com/italian-foil-parts/

You can buy a grip from Rockwell Classical Fencing from between $10-20.00 (plastic, hardwood, or one of my Rossi style grips). I don't mind assembling your foil for you.

If you don't mind spending a little more, you can pick up a complete weapon from Rockwell. The False Ricaso Italian Foil and the True Ricasso Italian Foil would both be good choices. They're here: www.rockwellclassicalfencing.com/classical-fencing

I cannot recommend the Italian foils sold by Triplette/Zen Warrior Armory, as they're a bit too pick-and-mix in terms of how the parts fit together, for my taste.
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I have been informed that our fall beginner class is full (12 students).

If you have signed up, please try to arrive a little bit early on Thursday so that we can fit you for equipment and have a little bit of time left for actual class.

Thanks!
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