Menu

Classical Academy of Arms

A Society for Classical Fencing Trainer Education, Development, Credentialing, and Support

Classical Fencing Circle

The Classical Fencing Circle is the internet based Zoom program of the Classical Academy of Arms.  Circle activities include regular technical instruction, mini-clinics, online competitions, and other training activities for our credential holders, candidates, and their students.  In essence the Circle is the Academy's fencing club.

Participation in Circle activities requires membership in the Amateur Athletic Union as a member of the Classical Academy of Arms ($14 US for youth members and $16 US for coaches) if you are resident in the United States.  This affiliation is not required of residents of other countries.  Coaches must meet our youth protection requirements.

The term "circle" was commonly used in the classical period as part of the name of fencing clubs in France and Italy and still can be found in the names of older clubs, for example, the Circolo della Spada Mangiarotti of Milan.  To meet the needs of our international audience we offer the following choices of translations:

  • The Classical Fencing Circle (English)
  • Cercle d'Escrime Classique (French)
  • Circolo della Scherma Classica (Italian)
  • Traditio Gladia-Sporta Ciklo (Glosa - an international auxiliary language)

COURSE 1:  Skill Development Program Practical Skills

The Academy has long required candidates for rank to know and be able to teach the knowledge portion of the Skill Development Program.  The technical skills for the Skill Development Program have been included by reference as part of the requirements on the practical examination and course activities.  However, the Academy has always relied on the candidate's knowledge of their school as adequate preparation.  Starting in 2021, the Academy will, for the first time, provide online technical instruction by Zoom to provide a common interpretation of technique, always in the context of the School and Master being studied.

Each Wednesday at 7:30 pm (1930) Eastern Time and Sunday at 10:00 am (1000) the Academy presents an approximately 30 minute long training session on Zoom.  These session focus on the actual execution of skills with trainer feedback and appropriate discuss of applications.  The lessons will also compare and contrast various Schools to identify commonalities and differences.  

The practical skills program costs $10.00 US monthly, billed by PayPal.  You may attend either Wednesday or Sunday or both days.

Our primary instructor is Classical Fencing Master Walter Green, CAA (Maitre d'Armes AAI, Diploma IFCA, Maitre d'Armes Historique USFCA).  He has 57 years experience as a fencer, 52 years as a trainer, a decade of experience with online instruction at the university level, and over 260 Zoom lessons delivered during the COVID Pandemic.

Syllabus of Skill Requirements by Rank

At each level from Classical Fencing Demonstrator through Classical Fencing Master trainers are expected to be able to teach the minimum set of skills below (adjusted as necessary for School or Master studied):

Classical Fencing Demonstrator: Foil

(1)  Salute

(2)  Coming to On Guard

(3)  Straight Thrust

(4)  Footwork

(5)  Distance

(6)  Engagement

(7)  Change of Engagement

(8)  Simple attacks

(9)  Lateral Parries

(10)  Direct Ripostes

(11)  Invitations

(12)  Compound Attacks

(13)  Semi-circular Parries

(14)  Circular Parries

Classical Fencing Instructor:  Foil - Add the following: to the Classical Fencing Demonstrator list:

(15)  Successive Parries

(16)  Indirect Ripostes

(17)  Counter-ripostes

(18)  Change Parries

(19)  Takings of the Blade

(20)  Ceding Parries

(21)  Attacks on the Blade

(22)  Tac-au-tac Parries

Classical Fencing Provost: Foil - Add the following to the Classical Fencing Demonstrator and Classical Fencing Instructor lists:

(23)  Remise

(24)  Redouble

(25)  Reprise

(26)  Multi-part Compound Attacks

(27)  Stop Hit and Time Hit

Classical Fencing Master:  Foil - Add the following to the Classical Fencing Demonstrator, Classical Fencing Instructor, and Classical Fencing Provost lists:
 
(28)  Second Intention
 
(29)  Countertime
 
(30)  Feint in Tempo
 
(31)  Flying Parries
 
Classical Fencing Provost: Epee - If chosen as the second weapon for the Classical Fencing Provost:
 
(1)  Salute

(2)  Straight and Bent Arm Guard

(3)  Straight Thrust

(4)  Footwork

(5)  Distance

(6)  Point in Line

(7)  Engagement

(8)  Change of Engagement

(9)  Simple Attacks

(10)  Opposition Parry

(11)  Direct Riposte

(12)  Invitations

(13)  Digs

(14)  False Attacks

(15)  Compound Attacks

(16)  Circular Parries

(17)  Beat Parries

(18)  Parrying with the Guard

(19)  Counterriposte

(20)  Takings of the Blade

(21)  Beat and Press

(22)  Opposition

(23)  Derobement

(24)  Remise

(25)  Redouble

(26)  Reprise

(27)  Stop Hit

(28)  Time Hit

(29)  Attacks on Preparation 

Classical Fencing Master:  Epee - Add the following to the Classical Fencing Provost list:
 
(30)  Counter Stop Thrust
 
(31)  Countertime
 
Classical Fencing Provost: Sabre - If chosen as the second weapon for the Classical Fencing Provost:
 
(1)  Salute

(2)  Coming to On Guard

(3)  Moulinet Cuts

(4)  Footwork

(5)  Distance

(6)  Engagement

(7)  Change of Engagement

(8)  Simple Attacks

(9)  Simple Parries

(10)  Direct Ripostes

(11)  Invitations

(12)  Compound Attacks

(13)  Circular Parries

(14)  Half-Counter Parries

(15)  Indirect ripostes

(16)  Counterripostes

(17)  Compound Ripostes

(18)  Invitations

(19)  False Attacks

(20)  Point in Line

(21)  Beats and Presses

(22)  Change Beat

(23)  Opposition

(24)  Stop Hit

(25)  Time Hit

(26)  Counterattack by Beat

(27)  Attack on Preparation

(28)  Remise

(29)  Redouble

(30)  Reprise

 
Classical Fencing Master:  Sabre - Add the following to the Classical Fencing Provost list:
 
(31)  Counter-time
 
(32)  Second Intention
 

To Register for 1. Practical Skills Zooms

1. PRACTICAL SKILLS Zoom SUBSCRIPTION 

Monthly $10.00 (US) subscription to the Classical Academy of Arms and Classical Fencing Circle classes on Zoom.