An Invitation to a Duel The country’s oldest swords club starts its 82nd year of existence on Saturday 6th March at 10.30am with a series of duels. The Canterbury University Fencing Club will introduce the ancient art and modern sport with displays of foil, epee and sabre fencing in the Ballroom of the University of Canterbury Students Association building on Ilam Road before signing-up new members for 2010.
Fencing is an art form and competitive sport. At its highest level it requires the muscular control of a ballet dancer with the tactical brain of a chess master. It teaches discipline, courage and humility. It is an individual and team sport operating at the social or competitive levels. The duels will provide a dramatic introduction to the sport showcasing the fast and exciting actions and the differences between the three weapons. CUFC is the only club in the land to do its basic instruction in epee, this came about because it is cheaper for impecunious students as there are no metal jackets needed as in foil or sabre.
Members of UCFC have reached national and international levels in the sport and many former members have gone on to high positions in business, science, medicine, politics and other fields of human endeavour (even in the media!). Its present membership includes five New Zealand and Australian champions and fencers from six different countries; Russia, Malaysia, China, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Canada, a veritable United Nations of fencing.
Contact President Rachel van Heugten at email@example.com or telephone Vik Manuge at 03 366 6396.
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