The Texas Seaport Museum and the tall ship Elissa played host on Sunday to a unique event during this year’s Dickens on The Strand: the second annual Texas Assault singlestick tournament. The first Texas Assault was held in Galveston in the spring of 2012. The Texas Assault represents the first competitions in singlestick in Texas since World War I. In the age of Charles Dickens, the singlestick was used both for military training in sabre and cutlass combat, as well as being employed in prize fights.
Many of this year’s competitors came from Sword to Sword, the Houston-based historical organization behind the event. Others came from Galveston County, Austin and Baton Rouge. One, however, came from much, much closer. Galveston fencer Mark Scibinico is bosun of the Elissa.
The preliminary rounds were fought within circles on the dock at the Texas Seaport Museum, with the final eight being fought on board the Elissa.
The Galveston Fencing Club was happy to have been instrumental in helping bringing the tournament to reality. More information on the Galveston Fencing Club may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, visiting the club website at http://galvestonfencing.2itb.com/ or visiting the club’s Facebook page.