Lecture: “The History of Fencing and Swordfighting” in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science


"The History of Fencing and Swordfighting" By George E. Georgas, Fencing coach, Instructor of the Hellenic Martial education of Pammachon, Historical Fencing Instructor.
“The History of Fencing and Swordfighting”
By George E. Georgas, Fencing coach, Instructor of the Hellenic Martial education of Pammachon, Historical Fencing Instructor.

On Tuesday, 4/4/2016, after an invitation by Assistant Professor and Technical Consultant of the Hellenic Fencing Federation Mr. C. Tsolakis, Mr. George E. Georgas gave a lecture about “The History of Fencing and Swordfighting” in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science.

The lecture was attended by the senior university students that major in fencing. The students attended the evolution of the Art of Fencing from antique, to the middle ages, to the Renaissance, the creation of the first Fencing Guilds and the first national schools, as well as its evolution from a martial art to a sport to an Olympic sport.

Olympic fencing is the evolution of fencing. Fencing became a martial art and transformed into its current form. The sword was the main weapon and it had a special significance in society. A straight-edged sword was the weapon of aristocrats and nobles. The evolution of the sword and its use was always about the evolution of the defensive gear the warrior's opponents would be using. It is a principle that begins in ancient times and holds true to this day.
Olympic fencing is the evolution of fencing. Fencing became a martial art and transformed into its current form. The sword was the main weapon and it had a special significance in society. A straight-edged sword was the weapon of aristocrats and nobles. The evolution of the sword and its use was always about the evolution of the defensive gear the warrior’s opponents would be using. It is a principle that begins in ancient times and holds true to this day.
The use of sword in the age of Homer. Photos from ‘Koryvantes’ Association of  Historical Studies
The use of sword in the age of Homer. Photos from ‘Koryvantes’ Association of Historical Studies
The use of sword in the Greek phalanx. Photo from ‘Koryvantes’ Association of  Historical Studies
The use of sword in the Greek phalanx. Photo from ‘Koryvantes’ Association of Historical Studies
The art of swordsmanship in the Byzantine Empire of the 12th century
The art of swordsmanship in the Byzantine Empire of the 12th century
Analysis of Joachim Meyer's art of fencing
Analysis of Joachim Meyer’s art of fencing
The development of fencing and hoplomachia, in the Greece of 19th century and early 20th century.
The development of fencing and hoplomachia, in the Greece of 19th century and early 20th century. Photos from the personal files of Mr. Costas Dervenis president of the Hellenic Martial education of Pammachon and Mr. George E. Georgas.

The lecture was followed by video recordings of ‘Leontes’ Hellenic HEMA association members performing various fencing techniques from different historic periods, and competing in Historical Fencing club tournaments.

We thank Mr. C. Tsolakis for his assistance and the invitation to the University of Athens.

 

The president                                                          The vice president

 

Mr. Antonios J. Zoumbroulis                               Mr. George B. Salpadimos

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