XTL Fencing in partnership with Mid-South Fencers’ Club located in Durham offers the exciting, dynamic Olympic and Paralympic sport of fencing for people ages 6 and up in the Research Triangle of North Carolina. Since opening the club in 2008, Mid-South has quickly earned its place as one of the top fencing clubs in the United States.
Through this partnership, XTL Sports Club is able to provide youth in our community exposure to a sport where at-risk youth rarely have the opportunity to experience. There are few organizations such as the Peter Westbrook Foundation out of New York City that have committed to serving an under represented community. Youth will have access to classes and camps, individual and group lessons, and participation in tournaments for all three Olympic-style weapons: foil, epee and saber.
Free Introduction to Fencing Clinics held throughout the year. Space is limited to 32 youth so reserve your seat quickly!
For more information, please contact us right away as space is limited! You can call to reserve your seat at 1-844-985-8336. Download the Fencing Clinic Registration form, complete, and bring to the clinic.
Fencing is probably one of the oldest games in existence, for it sprang directly from the duel, and the latter has been extant as long as there has been war. In the old days there were duels between two persons, and often between two whole armies, depending on the conditions of war. The Germanic tribes which swarmed over the Empire at the fall of Rome were perhaps the earliest people to recognize combat with swords as a means of settling questions of justice or of vindicating a grievance.
Under the Germanic influence the duel spread all over Christendom. Even as early as the reign of Charlemagne it was admitted as material proof in the judgments of God. This practice continued throughout the Middle Ages, as an integral part of chivalry.
It was under the rule of their Catholic Majesties of Spain that the duel first came under official ban, by the law of the city of Toledo in 1480. Curiously enough, it is shortly before this time that we find the first book on fencing, Treatise on Arms, by Diego de Valera, which was written between 1458 and 1471, and which marks the birth of fencing as a scientific art.
Some time later, when Spain became the leading power of Europe, the Spanish armies carried fencing abroad and particularly into the south of Italy, then one of the main battlefields of the nations. By that time fencing had also developed in the north of Italy where it was taught in the universities side by side with law, in such cultural centres as Bologna and Venice, which were then attracting students from every country in Europe.
If scientific fencing started first in Spain it was in Italy that we find the first great schools where a fencing tradition was soon established through the lessons and the writings of many famous master. More
taken from “The Theory and Practice of Fencing” by Julio Martinex Castello 1933