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Art Or Sport?
IFV Classical Fencing Method
Our unique training method was created by Maître d'Armes Adam Adrian Crown, a lifelong martial arts student and musician who drew upon his experiences in those diverse fields to develop a new approach to the sword.
An etude is a pre-arranged sequence of movements that the student must memorize and perform, either alone or with a partner. These etudes correspond to the "scales" of music or the "kata" of karate, their purpose being to develop technical precision. There are etudes for all weapons (foil, sabre, smallsword, rapier and dagger) except the dueling sword.
A tactical drill is a relatively short sequence in which two or more touches are possible and one of them is delivered.
Bouting, the fencing term for "sparring" is practice fighting, but with a particular focus or objective.
To test our progress—and for recreation—we hold tournaments. Every student may participate at his/her level.
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