Swordplay School of Theatrical Fencing and Stage Combat Swordplay School of Theatrical Fencing and Stage Combat began with the blessing of Rolland Von Zopf. As his student for many years training both competition and theatrical fencing, my last big competiton event was the 2000
Olympic games. However I was always drawn towards theatrical fencing. I loved the old movies, swords flashing and swashbuckling heros.
My own background is a long history of martial arts which includes Judo, Tae Kwon Do, European Weapons, Japanese Sword and Korean Sword achieving black belt in different disciplines. Many years of training in different styles of fighting have prepared me for the understanding of how weapons move and together with my drama teaching background combine nicely to be able to teach
Other training has been added to the mix, including travelling to Italy with my daughter Kathleen and together training under 5 international fight directors along with combatants from around the world in an historic castle and grounds. Directing fight sequences, action scenes, all sorts of weapons to work with and creating choreography for them. That was an exciting experience that was also life changing in my knowledge of fight directing.
Swordplay has been studying long sword for over 20 weeks last year and training into this year exploring the styles of both European and Asian. Students are becoming very confident with the different footwork and heavier two handed swords.
Swordplay invites the public to experience apple stabbing, the skill of footwork combined with hand/eye sword action to kill the apple or at least draw juice. This is a fun activity for young adults and young at heart, you must stand taller than the sword. Also there will be the skill of cudgelling – free sparring with soft swords – this is fun for everyone. Along with our training drills and fights we are looking forward to delight you and have a great day.
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