Red Sun Classical Fencing

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


(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!

(Posted 4/11/2018)
Tournament Results from the Palm Beach Classical Fencing Open:

1st Place – Ryan Mank (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
2nd Place – Alexander Kossman (Tampa Bay Fencers)
3rd Place – Tony Mita (SUNY-Purchase Fencing Club)

1st Place – Alexander Kossman (Tampa Bay Fencers)
2nd Place – Ryan Mank (Red Sun Classical Fencing)
3rd Place – Tony Mita (SUNY-Purchase Fencing Club)

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

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 3/19/2018)
Red Sun Classical Fencing is pleased to announce the appointment of senior RSCF Fencer Dr. John Bova to the position of Assistant Instructor. His dedication to the learning (and now teaching) of the Art and Science of Fencing, combined with his consistent attendance at the school, made this appointment an easy one to make. This comes at a time of increased enrollment at the school and classes with students of varying levels of experience, so his assistance will be greatly appreciated while we keep everyone’s training moving forward. Congratulations to Dr. Bova!

(Posted 12/1/2017)
Red Sun Classical Fencing is pleased to announce that as of December 2017, RSCF Guest Instructor Josh Gilbrech has taken over ownership of Rockwell Classical Fencing Equipment (link on the Resources page). Congratulations to Josh; we wish him the best of luck in this endeavor, because it will sure be nice to have a swordcutler in town!

(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!

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