Red Sun Classical Fencing

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

Updates

(Posted 5/20/2019)
Results of the Red Sun Classical Fencing Intra-Sala Foil Tournament, held Sunday May 19 2019:

1st Place: Dr. John Bova
2nd Place: Max Vaughn Furr
3rd Place: Brock Smiley

Thanks to all competitors for putting your training on display, spectators for supporting the competitors, and our judges for helping the tournament run smoothly!


(Posted 5/10/2019)
Red Sun Classical Fencing is pleased to announce that student Aiden Ziegler has successfully passed the Classical Fencing Society 1F (Fencer) exam, and as such has gained all associated rights and privileges, including the right to bout and begin training in other weapons. This examination contains written, verbal, practical, and combat elements. Congratulations to Aiden!


(Posted 4/26/2019)
Red Sun Classical Fencing is pleased to announce that student Dustin Ziegler has successfully passed the Classical Fencing Society 1F (Fencer) exam, and as such has gained all associated rights and privileges, including the right to bout and begin training in other weapons. This examination contains written, verbal, practical, and combat elements. Congratulations to Dustin!


(Posted 4/11/2019)
Tournament Results from the Palm Beach Classical Fencing Open:

Foil:
1st Place – Grayson North (Palm Beach Classical Fencing)
2nd Place – Ryan Mank (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
3rd Place – Alexander Kossman (Tampa Bay Fencers)

Epee:
1st Place – Ryan Mank (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
2nd Place (tie) – Raymond Kossman (Tampa Bay Fencers)
2nd Place (tie) – Grayson North (Palm Beach Classical Fencing)
3rd Place – Tony Mita (SUNY-Purchase Fencing Club)

Sabre:
1st Place – Ryan Mank (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
2nd Place – Tony Mita (SUNY-Purchase Fencing Club)
3rd Place – Mike Ruhala (Treasure Coast Fencing Club)

Technical Award in Foil:
(awarded to those best exhibiting adherence to sound fencing technique)
1st Place – Grayson North (Palm Beach Classical Fencing)
2nd Place – Ryan Mank (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
3rd Place – Arturo Calderon-Caswell (SUNY-Purchase Fencing Club)

Thanks to all the competitors who fenced, to the AHF for organizing this excellent event, and the visiting Maestri for their direction and instruction. Until next year!


(Posted 3/28/2019)
Red Sun Classical Fencing is pleased to announce that student Dr. Aaron Neumann has successfully passed the Classical Fencing Society 1F (Fencer) exam, and as such has gained all associated rights and privileges, including the right to bout and begin training in other weapons. This examination contains written, verbal, practical, and combat elements. Congratulations to Dr. Neumann!


(Posted 10/31/2018)
October 31st marks the 6th anniversary of the founding of Red Sun Classical Fencing. This year saw a lot of activity. Provost Mank and RSCF Fencer John Rechtoris attended the inaugural session of the Rapier and Sabre Pedagogy retreat in Atlanta GA. Senior RSCF Fencer Dr. John Bova was appointed Assistant Instructor at a time of increased enrollment at the school. Provost Mank and Assistant Instructor Bova were invited to put on a fencing demonstration at CSP Dance Studios’ summer party in June. Provost Mank and erstwhile RSCF Fencer and Assistant Instructor Josh Gilbrech attended the Sonoma State University Fencing Master’s Certificate Program in July, at which Josh obtained his Instructor at Arms certification. Provost Mank organized and directed the Classical Foil Tournament at CombatCon in Las Vegas NV this year, as well as assisting Maestro John Sullins in the instruction of his Sabre and Dueling Sword classes at that event. This year also saw more visits between the Classical Fencing Society leadership, as Provost Mank traveled to Milwaukee to visit the CFS branch there, and Instructor David Achilleus paid RSCF a visit in November. We look forward to the coming year!


(Posted 10/29/2018)
For the class sessions of Thursday November 8th and Sunday November 11th, Red Sun Classical Fencing would like to welcome David Achilleus, Provost Mank’s teacher, and head instructor of Trovare di Spada, RSCF’s sister school in St Louis MO. All RSCF members are encouraged to attend one (or both) of these sessions if possible, even if it is not a night you ordinarily attend, to gain a different perspective on our training in the Science.


(Posted 9/9/2018)
Red Sun Classical Fencing is pleased to announce that student Doug Milroy has successfully passed the Classical Fencing Society 1F (Fencer) exam, and as such has gained all associated rights and privileges, including the right to bout and begin training in other weapons. This examination contains written, verbal, practical, and combat elements. Congratulations to Doug!


(Posted 7/17/2018)
Red Sun Classical Fencing is proud to announce the following exam results regarding Classical Fencing Society personnel from the Sonoma State University Fencing Masters Certificate Program:

Charles Dobbs – Master at Arms (Milwaukee CFS)
Sean Newton – Instructor at Arms (Milwaukee CFS)
Josh Gilbrech – Instructor at Arms (Red Sun Classical Fencing/ABQ Sword Labs)

This year there were 5 Instructor candidates, as well as the completion of Charles’ masters course. Each examination level requires the completion of a written exam, verbal, the taking and receiving of lessons (in multiple weapons depending on level), military-style group lessons (again, in multiple weapons depending on certificate level), and actions at random. For the Master’s level, a written thesis must also be completed.

Congratulations to these, and indeed, all examinees!


(Posted 6/28/2018)
Provost Mank and Assistant Instructor Bova will be giving a short demo at CSP Dance Studios tomorrow (Friday June 29th) at 8pm, during CSP’s monthly Variety Dance Party!

This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the school, and highlight similarities between fencing and dance. To accentuate this, they will be fencing to a tango, as the timing of a tango best fits our movements. The bout will use the smarra as the weapon, which will grant the usage of a number of visually appealing techniques for the enjoyment of those in attendance.

Wish us luck for a great performance!

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