New Students

Startup Fees & Equipment

Potential students are encouraged to contact Cecil Longino and arrange a time to participate in one of the available classes. Either call: (206)-849-9414, or send us a message through our Contact Page.

Class fees are $100 a month with a $100 start-up fee for those students new to the school. Students will be provided equipment when they first start. However, for a look at our long term equipment and uniform requirements, click here.

The Fencing Exhibition, drawn by J.M. Gleeson from a photograph. Date unknown.

Classical European Fencing

Classical European fencing or what is considered fencing’s “golden age” flourished during the 19th Century when the fencing arts were highly systematized, codified, and thoroughly documented. During this time, training with the dueling sword and dueling sabre was conducted under serious conditions as if one were preparing for the eventuality of a duel. The practice of foil, not technically considered a weapon, allowed the art of fencing to be developed to a virtuosic height, with an exacting focus placed on the perfection of form, grace of carriage, flawless accuracy and genius of execution.

While foil, dueling sword and dueling sabre were the three core weapons practiced in the New World and in European fencing schools of the day, instruction was not necessarily limited to those three. Cane, great stick, bayonet, dagger, pugilism and in some instances, a few earlier historical weapons (such as rapier) remained in the curriculum.

There are still a small number of fencing Masters who come from living lineages dating back to the classical period and who continue to teach these traditional systems of fence.

Traite des Armes... P.J.F. Girard, 1743

Historical European Fencing

Historical European fencing arts are those western martial arts regularly practiced prior to the 19th Century when a sword or dagger was still worn as a common sidearm. Today, when these arts are practiced it is typically as a reconstruction of an earlier system of defense recorded in treatises from previous centuries informed by one’s understanding of fencing theory, training and practice.

Image from "The Century", New York, 1886