Red Sun Classical Fencing

The Traditional School of Classical Italian Fencing – Serving Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico

Updates

(Posted 11/20/2022)
Maestro Mank traveled to New York City to participate in the AHF’s Grand Assault of Arms on Saturday Nov 19th, in the first such occurrence of the tournament since the start of the Covid pandemic, and his first such participation in the Grand Assault since 2009 (during which he placed 1st in the Epee event).  After fencing a 10-hour day in 3 different weapon events (Foil, Epee, and Smallsword), Maestro Mank placed 1st in Foil, 3rd in Epee, and 1st in Smallsword.


(Posted 10/31/2022)
October 31st marks the 10th Anniversary of the founding of Red Sun Classical Fencing. This year was, befittingly, a big year for the school. All Covid restrictions in New Mexico were dropped in February, removing any remaining impediments to our training, although regular training at the school had not been significantly impacted since 2021 or earlier. On July 3rd, (now) Maestro Mank successfully passed his final examination to become a Master at Arms at the Sonoma State University Fencing Masters Certificate Program, capping a 12-year journey through the certification process that was not without its trials. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the school hosted a tournament on October 22nd, which saw participants coming in to be officials or competitors from far and wide, such as from Phoenix AZ, Laramie WY, and Milwaukee WI. The upcoming year will see Maestro Mank return to the recently re-established St. Louis branch of the Classical Fencing Society, Trovare di Spada, during an upcoming visit to St. Louis, to CombatCon in Las Vegas to run the next occurrence of the Classical Foil Tournament there, as well as going to his first teaching engagements as a Master at Arms at the Rapier and Sabre Pedagogy retreat in Atlanta GA, and the next Summer Session of the Sonoma State University Fencing Masters Certificate program, where it is now his responsibility to see new candidates through the certification process, in order to continue and preserve the tradition of Classical Italian Fencing.


(Posted 10/22/2022)
Final Results of the Red Sun Classical Fencing 10th Anniversary Tournament are as follows:
Foil:
1st Place – Gryphon Nayman (Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship)
2nd Place – Sam Schonfeld (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
3rd Place (tie) – Eric Nassos (Fencing at Marquette University), Brock Smiley (Red Sun Classical Fencing)

Epee:
1st Place – Sam Schonfeld (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
2nd Place – Brock Smiley (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
3rd Place – Gryphon Nayman (Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship)

Sabre:
1st Place – Gryphon Nayman (Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship)
2nd Place – John Bova (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
3rd Place – Brock Smiley (Red Sun Classical Fencing)

1st place finishers were awarded a $50 gift certificate towards purchases at Rockwell Classical Fencing Equipment! Thanks to all who participated in order to make this a successful event!


(Posted 10/1/2022)
Beginning in December, the Dueling Sword portion of Tuesday night training sessions will be switching from Epee to Rapier.


(Posted 7/22/2022)
Registration is OPEN for the Red Sun Classical Fencing 10th Anniversary Tournament! For Rules, Regulations, and Registration, please see the Events page!


(Posted 7/3/2022)
Red Sun Classical Fencing is proud to announce that Provost Mank has successfully completed the final examination for the rank of Master at Arms through the Sonoma State University Fencing Masters Certification Program, and is henceforth now Maestro Mank!


(Posted 2/17/2022)
New Mexico’s indoor mask mandate was lifted by Gov Lujan-Grisham, effective Thursday 2/17/22. In consideration of this announcement, group classes and individual lessons at Red Sun Classical Fencing will be “face covering optional”.

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