Red Sun Classical Fencing

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

Updates

(Posted 12/1/2017)
Class will be cancelled on Sunday December 24th and Sunday December 31st in observance of Christmas (Eve) and New Year’s Eve, respectively. Have a safe and happy holiday season!


(Posted 10/1/2017)
October (31st) marks the 5th Anniversary of the founding of Red Sun Classical Fencing. We started in 2012 in a small back room in the Open Gym with 1 student. We’ve had our ups and downs, but there is plenty to be happy about at RSCF. This year we hosted our first tournament (in honor of this anniversary), which was a great success. Several RSCF fencers have taken top places in tournaments across the country, including the Redwood Coast Assault of Arms (CA), the Palm Beach Classical Fencing Open (FL), the aforementioned RSCF 5th Anniversary Tournament (NM), and the CombatCon Classical Fencing Tournament (NV). We should soon have several reliable sources for our smarre, as the tragic passing of swordcutler Dennis Graves late last year left us without such a source. We have been in our current space at Duke City Fencing for nearly 3 years as a result of an excellent business relationship with our host organization. RSCF members have gone on to train to become teachers within RSCF, assist in instruction at DCF, and also found Albuquerque’s foremost HEMA club, Albuquerque Sword Labs. We have hosted respected masters and instructors in the classical fencing and HEMA community to deliver the highest quality of instruction at seminars covering a wide variety of topics to participants from across the country. Provost Mank is proud of what we have accomplished in just 5 short years, and look forward to what we can accomplish in the future. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of RSCF, especially its membership!


(Posted 10/1/2017)
Red Sun Classical Fencing is pleased to announce that after discussion with RSCF senior fencer and ABQ Sword Labs founder Josh Gilbrech, practitioners who are fully enrolled members of both Red Sun Classical Fencing and ABQ Sword Labs will be eligible for a membership discount at RSCF. This collaboration effort was begun in order to address the needs of those who wish to train in both Classical Fencing and HEMA, but due to cost have to choose one or the other. We believe that one should not have to choose, and that a classical foundation only enhances the skills of the HEMA practictioner. A separate announcement containing full details will be sent to the memberships of both RSCF and Sword Labs, and will also be added to the membership information section of the RSCF website.


(Posted 6/19/2017)
Tournament results from the Red Sun Classical Fencing 5th Anniversary Tournament:

Foil:
1st Place – Dr. John Bova (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
2nd Place – Patrick Capstick (Trovare di Spada)
3rd Place – Chris Umbs (Unaffiliated)

Sabre:
1st Place – Chris Umbs (Unaffiliated)
2nd Place – John M. (University of Illinois Classical Fencing)
3rd Place (Tie) – Dr. John Bova (Red Sun Classical Fencing), Uriel Achilleus (Trovare di Spada)

Dueling Sword:
1st Place – Brock Smiley (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
2nd Place – Chris Umbs (Unaffiliated)
3rd Place – Sam Schonfeld (Red Sun Classical Fencing)

Congratulations to the winners of each bracket; they received a $50 gift certificate to Rockwell Classical Fencing Equipment, Benjamin Arms, and Darkwood Armory, respectively. Thank you to everyone who participated, including all the competitors, some of whom traveled a great distance to compete, the judges for putting in the time to practice and judge at the tournament, and my other director David Achilleus. Everyone had a great time, and we hope to see everyone again at the next one!


(Posted 6/10/2017)
Reminders: David Achilleus, Head Instructor of our sister school Trovare di Spada (in St. Louis MO) will be visiting Red Sun Classical Fencing during the class session on Thursday June 15th. All RSCF members are highly encouraged to attend these sessions if at all possible in order to further their training ahead of the tournament, and to judge, assist judges who will be present.

Regularly scheduled lessons and classes scheduled on June 18th 2017 are cancelled. There will be post-tournament free fencing from Noon-6PM on this day. Original tournament announcement follows: Red Sun Classical Fencing is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a tournament in honor of its 5th anniversary, to be held on Saturday June 17th, 2017! For detailed information regarding this event, please visit the Events page.


(Posted 4/12/2017)
Tournament Results from the Redwood Coast Assault of Arms and Palm Beach Classical Fencing Open:

RCAA
Foil:
1st Place – Ryan Mank (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
2nd Place – Eric Haas (Golden Gate School of Arms)
3rd Place – Isaac Humber (Diamond Rose Academie d’Armes)

Epee:
1st Place – Edward Sandoval (Golden Gate School of Arms)
2nd Place – Eric Haas (Golden Gate School of Arms)
3rd Place – Ryan Mank (Red Sun Classical Fencing)

Historical:
1st Place – Amos Humber (Diamond Rose Academie d’Armes)
2nd Place – Ryan Mank (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
3rd Place – Isaac Humber (Diamond Rose Academie d’Armes)

PBCF Open
Foil:
1st Place – Don Uy (Tampa Bay Fencers)
2nd Place – Ryan Mank (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
3rd Place – Paul Conrad (Unaffiliated)

Epee:
1st Place – Alexander Kossman (Tampa Bay Fencers)
2nd Place – Don Uy (Tampa Bay Fencers)
3rd Place – Harry “Ole” Oleson (Tampa Bay Fencers)

Sabre:
1st Place – Don Uy (Tampa Bay Fencers)
2nd Place – Ryan Mank (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
3rd Place – Harry “Ole” Oleson (Tampa Bay Fencers)

Thanks to all the competitors for upping the game this year, to the AHF for organizing these excellent events, and the visiting Maestri for their direction and instruction. Until next year!


(Posted 12/22/2016)
On Thursday December 22nd, Dennis Graves, swordcutler extraordinaire, passed away at the age of 69. He was well known to nearly every fencing and theatrical community as one of the very best swordcutlers of our time. He was an artist by education and a skilled craftsman, and he managed to combine these two qualities to produce some of the finest pieces of functional art for these communities. Most classical fencers or HEMA practitioners have at least one of his pieces, some of which have been in use for many years, which is a testament to their quality.

He was a pleasure to speak to, to deal with, and to observe as he practiced his craft. He was a great resource of knowledge and skill, a friend to many of us, and he will be sorely missed by all of us.


(Posted 12/1/2016)
And the hits just keep on coming! Red Sun Classical Fencing is pleased to announce that student Michael Bochte 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 Mike!

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