Introduction to Classical Fencing
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October 17, 2018
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A Taste of Things to Come

Here’s a glimpse of what you can look forward to in 2016… Becca and I are working very hard to bring you more and even higher quality content for study groups, classes, and workshops.  We will also be trying to improve the club’s visibility and our relationships with other local HEMA and classical fencing clubs…

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January 19, 2016
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Thank You and Goodbye 2015!

2015 has been a busy year for those of us at Second Intent Fencing.  We have changed locations twice and ended up in a great space, welcomed a number of new fencers into the fold, and had a very successful presentation at the St. Louis Wizard Con!  We were able to invite an international instructor,…

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January 6, 2016
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Solo Drilling: Part 1

A number of our club members and students have asked about the best way to work on their fencing when they are away from the salle.  While there is no substitute for actually fencing and drilling with an instructor or sparring partner, solo drilling and training can be a valuable part of your training regimen. …

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February 8, 2015

March Dagger and Ringen (Wrestling) Workshop with Guest Instructor Ties Kool

Second Intent Fencing is pleased to announce our first workshop of 2015. March 28th and 29th we will be hosting guest instructor Ties Kool of the Netherlands for a two-day workshop on Dagger and Wrestling. About the Workshop In this workshop, we will work on Wrestling (Ringen) and Dagger. In almost any manuscript the author…

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January 17, 2015
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Here’s What’s New In 2015: Introducing SIF Historical Weapons Study Groups

2014 was a huge year for Second Intent Fencing; it’s been a long road, but our first year as a club has been a good one. We’ve learned a lot and grown from nothing to a very real something. We have a long way to go, but that’s how it always is in this art.…

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January 1, 2015
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The Grinch That Stole Your Training Time: 5 Tips to Keep Training When Life Gets in the Way

It’s hard to find time to train. There are always things competing for your limited time; work, family, social life, other hobbies, and leisure activities are all important, so how do you take from one to give to another? There are only so many hours in the day and it can be hard to set…

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December 14, 2014

Gear Up for Classical Foil: Purchasing Equipment

So you want to fence classical foil. That’s great, but as a beginner, purchasing equipment can be overwhelming. It’s hard to know what to buy when you’ve only had a few weeks of exposure to classical fencing and everything is new to you. Don’t worry; we’re here to help. At Second Intent Fencing, equipment is…

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February 22, 2014
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The Art of Self-Control

“If you wish to control others, you must first control yourself.” -Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings All of the techniques that we teach as part of fencing require a certain physical and mental discipline.  The physical discipline is in making your body perform the correct micro- and macro-movements properly, in the correct sequence,…

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February 2, 2014
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Self-Improvement Through Fencing

“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, or smarter.  Everything is within.  Everything exists.  Seek nothing outside of yourself.” – Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings Although Second Intent Fencing’s focus is on western martial arts, other martial traditions have wisdom to offer as well. …

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February 2, 2014
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What You Need to Fence Rapier

If you’re considering fencing rapier, you’re probably asking yourself what you need. At Second Intent Fencing, all equipment is provided for the Introduction to and Intermediate Rapier classes, except for gloves. (You’ll understand why when you see how sweaty your hands get.) However, once you’ve completed the classes, you’ll want to purchase your own equipment…

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January 6, 2014

"This discipline calls for knowledge and practice: when practiced, it becomes knowledge."

Nicoletto Giganti