The Traditional School of Classical Italian Fencing – Serving Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico
Red Sun Classical Fencing is a traditional Italian Sala di Armi (fencing school, lit. “room of weapons”) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is a member sala of the Classical Fencing Society. Our primary focus is upon the Italian dueling weapons of the 18th and 19th century, the spada (sword) and the sciabola (sabre); though all students begin with the classical Italian foil, the instrument with which the techniques of the Science are taught and learned. The training curriculum at Red Sun Classical Fencing is firmly based upon Maestro William Gaugler’s text, The Science of Fencing, as well as that developed by the Classical Fencing Society for over 20 years. Ongoing training focuses on practical combat and additional weapons; see the Weapons page for a list of those weapons taught at the school.
Unlike sport/modern fencing organizations, Red Sun Classical Fencing is a school of fencing, not a club. This difference means that complete understanding of the systems of defense is our principal objective, not scoring points. We follow a classical pedagogy of a traditional system; the process is logical and focuses on the practical combative techniques passed down to us through the lineage of fencing masters. Rather than adopt unnecessary rules and distort techniques, we maintain the precise and efficient use of dueling weapons.
This is fencing as it was intended; a fighting art and training for a duel. If competition, scoring points, being ranked, or using the modern weapons only as instruments for those goals is important to you, then you’ll probably find a sport/modern fencing club more to your liking. However, if you like swords and want to learn how to use one properly, if you like the history of swords and fencing, if you want to be a part of a western martial arts tradition that goes back for centuries, or even if you want to complement your sport fencing techniques, then traditional/classical fencing is for you.
Join us, and become a part of the tradition at the classical fencing school of Albuquerque! Please find our contact and location information on the Contact page. For additional information regarding membership, class structure, and basic equipment requirements, please visit the Class Information page. You can also follow us on Facebook!
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