About Us

Salle Saint-Georges is a traditional school for classical fencing and etiquette. The school structure reflects the ideals of 19th century classical fencin150g academies where the focus on training is serious, as though one were preparing for a personal encounter. This formal environment encourages the growth of a student, both as a fencer, as well as an individual through a refinement of manners, etiquette, self-confidence and self-control.

In 1771, the French fencing master, Monsieru Olivier commented that among the numerous benefits fencing imparts, that it is the very cultivation of this art that imprints repsect, gives true valor, good nature, and politeness, thus making one fit for society.



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The youth class focuses on the traditional school of French foil. The French foil serves as an excellent tool for developing good form, proper judgement, strength, agility, grace of carriage, fine etiquette and respect for oneself as well as others. As students develop a level of control with the foil, they will begin training with additional fencing weapons: Cane, Sabre and Poignard.
The age range for this class is 7 to 14 years.


Classical 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 foil was never a weapon but always considered to be the training tool for a specific sword of a given era. Our foil systems are handed down to us from traditional masters dating back to fencing’s classical era, the 19th Century.


In the last quarter of the 19th century some masters believed that training with the foil had become overly academic, much to the detriment of those called to the dueling ground. A new approach thus developed to rectify this problem. Many aspects of rapier and early small-sword fencing of the 17th century were revived and infused into this new system.


The Italian school of sabre is based on the dueling sabre, not the military sabre. Its foundation is the study and practice of the molinelli, which are types of circular cuts. There are two schools, which may be generally divided, into northern and southern.


The poignard or French dagger is a traditional system that has been passed down from master to student. Firmly grounded in the French school, it is a system that includes thrust and cut techniques, but places an emphasis on thrusting. It utilizes both linear and circular footwork.


Traditional rapier fencing is a school of rapier that has been passed down from master to student within our lineage. It is a mixed doctrine containing elements of the French, Italian and Spanish schools of fencing.

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Historical fencing ....


The Small-sword was a French refinement of the Italian rapier. Disposing of the use of the edge for cuts, the weapon was refined for the thrust. During the 18th Century, the French school along with the weapon design itself began influencing the Spanish, Italian and German schools.


The rapier, an English term adopted for a popular Continental European sword of the High Renaissance, was considered to be an essential part of a Gentleman’s attire. Not only did it aid in his defense, but it was also viewed as the weapon most properly worn at the side of the “better sorts” such as noblemen, gentlemen, knights and soldiers.


The longsword was used in both warfare and in duels prior to the 1600’s and was retained for a considerable time after in some fencing schools as an important teaching tool. The longsword is a versatile weapon which can be used with one or both hands and is designed to deliver cuts or thrusts.







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  • Cecil Longino
"I originally started fencing because I needed to learn how to stand up to a second grade bully, but as I move into my 11th grade year I can really see how much emotional support I gained from coming to your school and meeting so many wonderful people. 
Thank you for teaching me how to love fencing and appreciate every aspect of its intricacies. "
Margarita Burnett-Thomas


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