Victor Markland has been a student of WMA’s for over ten years, most of that time under the seductive spell of the smallsword. He has presented educational and interpretative programs in the United States, Canada and the UK. At home in Maryland he is an instructor with the Mid-Atlantic Society for Historic Swordsmanship (MASHS). Founder of Mid-Atlantic Manly Arts (MAMA), he is proud of having organized an annual Manly Arts Day (MAD) at Hampton National Historic Site for nine consecutive years. MAD was the only program devoted exclusively to martial arts in the entire U.S. National Park Service. He is greatly relieved that years of his youth spent studying philosophy and Ballet were not wasted and have finally found a constructive use.
Class: Dueling, Dancing, and Descartes
We will look at the common elements of Enlightenment Era philosophy; period social and theatrical dance; and smallsword technique. These three arts, which grew up together in Pre-Revolutionary France are connected by a common analytical approach. Appreciating these connections will improve one's understanding of the underlying principals of smallsword and will help new students acquire a firm grounding. Experienced students will be challenged intellectually and physically. Students can expect a brief bit of philosophy, some time working on developing a sense of period body mechanics which will then be applied to fencing drills culled from period texts and some modern training techniques too.
Students will require:
Smallsword, epee, or foil ( French or Italian grip)
Pair of Fencing Gloves
Knickers or pants.
Non-marking Athletic shoes
(Even better would be heeled flexible leather soled shoes such as Jazz Oxfords or a willingness to work in your socks for the Ballet part of the class.)
Gender specific protection for men and women strongly encouraged.
A very limited number of spare weapons and kit will be available
NO PISTOL GRIPS
NO BARE SKIN