The Salle Saint-Georges has been instructing in classical and historical fencing in the north Seattle area for over 17 years. Recently, we have joined together with the CTA Academy, focusing on preserving a greater range of classical and traditional movement arts in conjunction with continuing instruction in our lineage of classical fencing which comes to us through the Martinez Academy of Arms in New York.
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 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, savate and in some instances, a few earlier historical weapons (such as rapier and small-sword) 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.
In 2003, Cecil Longino was accepted as a formal student of Maestro Ramón Martínez and Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martínez, training in both classical and historical fencing weapons. He earned the rank of Prévôt d’Armes (Provost of Arms) in November of 2013 and was later elevated to Maître d’Armes (Master of Arms) in November of 2016. He is certified to instruct in all weapons taught at the Martinez Academy of Arms in New York and continues to instruct in these methods at Salle Saint-Georges in Seattle, WA. He is also a student and affiliate instructor, working toward full instructorship, under Maestro James Loriega of the Raven Arts Institute. In 2018 Maître Longino formed the CTA Academy, an institution designed to preserve traditional and classical movement arts, along with traditional methods of learning.
- Weapon certifications by date:
- French foil (September, 2007)
- French small-sword (September, 2007)
- Spanish rapier (July, 2009)
- Traditional rapier (January, 2012)
- Italian rapier (January, 2012)
- Contre-pointe (June, 2013)
- Poignard (June, 2013)
- Dueling sword, Italian foil and Italian dueling sabre (October, 2013)
Striving to educate the public about classical and historical fencing, Maître Longino serves on the board of directors of the Association for Historical Fencing, an organization dedicated to preserving the fencing arts. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Literature (focusing on Elizabethan stagecraft) with a minor in history from the University of North Florida.
L'École Française, A Practical & Combative Guide to the French Smallsword by Palpable Hit Productions.
Mr. Andrew Telesca lives in Seattle, WA and has been fencing at the Salle Saint-George since 2006. Andrew originally began training in classical fencing in 2001 with the study of the Italian fencing system of the Scuola Magistrale Militare di Roma under Maestro John Sullins. From 2002–2005 Andrew ran the Whitman Classical Fencing Club under the guidance of Maestro Sullins. Also in 2003, he began training with Maestro Ramón Martínez and Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martínez. By January of 2012, he earned the rank of instructor in Northern Italian dueling sabre through the Martinez Academy of Arms in New York. In October of 2013 he earned the rank of Instructor in Italian and French foil.
Through fencing Andrew has developed a passion for the combination of discipline, vigor, precision & intellect found in martial arts. This led to a broader interest in the historical aspects of martial arts and in particular a desire to better understand how the context of a martial art – that is, its purpose within the society in which it developed – affects its teaching and practice. This interest has been further fueled while training in other martial systems, such as Navaja and Ninjutsu. Andrew has since come to believe that the great majority of personal conflicts can be resolved more easily if the effort is made to discern the context of both parties’ arguments.
Andrew holds a B.A. summa cum laude in Mathematics from Whitman College, a graduate certificate in Sustainable Enterprise Management from Willamette University, a professional certificate in Decision Analysis from Stanford University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Systems Architecting and Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Corey began her fencing career with Salle Saint-Georges in February of 2010, by June of 2017 she was promoted to the office of Chef de Salle. Prior to this she had trained in other traditional Eastern martial arts and Ballet, with the Royal Academy, before finding our enclave of Polite Society. Her initial interest was in studying the French small-sword. Corey would, for months, stay late after foil class and sit observantly on the bench, taking notes concerning small-sword in hopes of one day being able to partake in a second class. Her first impression of the salle was,"This is a place where I would have to mind my P's & Q's." She was exhilarated at the strictness of the dress code for senior students, as this reminded her of Ballet. She has kept returning to the salle over the years because our community of fencers speaks to her altruism or in her own words, "Makes me want to rise to the occasion."
The Chef de Salle serves as the sergeant of the salle. It is her duty to settle disputes and ensure that all safety guidelines and protocols are followed.
Dashington or Dash, as he is commonly called, has grown up being an important part of Salle Saint-Georges. Since he was a puppy his responsibilities as Chien de Salle have been to greet students at the door and assist them letting go of daily stress with a fuzz face and wagging tail. He will often be found lounging around the salle waiting for someone to pet him. He takes his duties very seriously.