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Based on the Parks and Rec guidelines for social/physical distancing, consultations with other fencing instructors, and fencers with medical training, I've decided to cancel the summer Parks and Rec classes.

A 6 foot distancing rule doesn't mean 6 feet except for each and every time we lunge at our opponent and end up inside 6 feet, while also exhaling on the lunge.

I can't think of a way to run a true beginner class that would be safe, effective, fun, and worth the money under that condition.

We are leaving the Fall session classes on the schedule, and will reassess based on how this situation is playing out closer to the start of fall session, which is usually just after Labor Day.

As always, individual lessons are still be available by appointment. I'm less concerned when we can be outdoors and cross-wind, rather than in a fairly small room with recycled air and with loaner equipment being stored in fairly close quarters.
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I knew if I waited long enough, someone would make the sort of video that I want to see, but am too lazy to make. Thanks, Patrick! ...

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Not quite as nice as a free swinging golf ball, but still a nice diversion.

If you’ve got a golf ball, a couple of eyelets, and some string or shock cord, and something to weight the bottom with, you’re good to go.
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The bastone is an Italian two handed stick art, as opposed to the canna or cane, which is very similar French la canne or Italian sabre, depending on the particular method.

A few years ago, I edited the English translation of Maestro Cerri's book on the bastone for Gianluca Zanini, who is performing the action in the video.
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Not a bad deal, if anyone is looking to buy.For safety, sanitation and health, we encourage everyone to have their own mask and glove. Absolute wants to help, and for a limited time we are offering a free standard washable glove with all new Non-FIE Foil or Epee mask purchase. Please visit us via www.absolutefencinggear.com ...

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