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161 years ago yesterday:On this day in 1859, the Battle of Solferino and San Martino was fought between the Kingdom of Sardinia (along with their French Allies), and the Austrians, as part of a short campaign that ended with the Italians kicking the Austrians out of Lombardy.
It is a notable battle because its brutality and treatment of the wounded inspired the first Geneva Convention and the founding of the International Red Cross, and also because Maestro Giuseppe Radaelli (as a volunteer) and then-Lt. Settimo Del Frate participated in the battle (at San Martino) as part of the 2nd Squadron of the Cavalleggeri di Monferrato, under the command of Radaelli's patron and fencing student Capt. Cav. Gerolamo Avogadro. Radaelli received a commendation for resolute and courageous behavior throughout the day. ...
3 months ago
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. ...
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. ...