Artistic Fencing, taught and performed by Prima Spada is a discipline based on the execution of coordinated fight choreography embedded in small theatrical plays, using weapons and techniques from European history associated with the European cultural sphere. The main emphasis of such a performance remains fencing. Artistic Fencing means fighting a real or imaginary opponent with edged weapons (cut and thrust weapons) or objects similar in form and usage. The performance can be accompanied with a selection of music.
Training students in Artistic Fencing requires basic understanding of simple attacks with the point and edge of a weapon as well as simple parries. Performances can be of a solo or group solo, where the fencing can be a set pattern or drill without requiring an opponent with which to fence.
Attacks and defences are performed with precision of technique and artistic display. This form of Artistic Fencing could be likened to a dance where students are required to learn a set pattern or routine usually to portray some story or scene which, when performed to music gives an all-round dramatic performance.
Artistic Fencing is an international competitive sport. Rules and regulations govern this sport and as Prima Spada is an affiliated body to the AAI (Academie D’Armes Internationale) through the Australian Academy of Fencing, the school offers students of Artistic Fencing the opportunity to perform and compete in the Artistic Fencing international arena.
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Prima Spada School of Fence adopts principles from a variety of sources in all of our historical fencing. This adoption of principles and actions from a variety of manuals allows Prima Spada students the opportunity to practice a comprehensive view of swordplay which focuses on the wider, more universal aspects of swordplay for a more fully rounded development of their skills.