(NOTE: The Galveston Fencing Club will be on hiatus for the month of July. Regular classes and fencing will resume Monday, August 5.)
As the fencing year winds down, the Galveston Fencing Club can look back on a busy and varied year. The club held three tournaments: the Jean Laffite Classic in the fall; the Neomia Abbott Memorial and the Buccaneer Open in the spring. The club also assisted with two tournaments outside Galveston. Partnering with its sister club, the Clear Lake Fencing Club, and the Spindletop Cavaliers in Beaumont they held the annual Bruno Invitational in Sour Lake. The Galveston and Clear Lake clubs also worked to assist the newer Fencing League at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with the fencing events of the 2012 TAAF Summer Games of Texas. The three clubs will work together again this July on the 2013 Games in Corpus Christi.
Beyond tournaments and traditional classes, Galveston fencers explored many other facets of fencing. The Victorian game of single sticks has been practiced with a look at holding a competition in conjunction with Dickens on the Strand. Galveston fencers Matthew Graham, James Guthrie, Jessica Bullard and Kaitlin McGraw have also worked with choreographed broadsword routines. More recently, the Galveston youth fencers explored “chair fencing,” (fencing while seated in a chair) to give them a perspective of the modern Paralympic sport of wheelchair fencing.
Galveston fencers John Trojanowski, Kathy Machol and James Guthrie also participated in a fencing coaches clinic held this spring, under the auspices of the Gulf Coast Texas Division of USA Fencing.
The Galveston Fencing Club meets Monday and Wednesday evenings in the gym at the O’Connell School. Classes for fencers 12 and under are held from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Classes for older youths and adults are held from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Students from the O’Connell School and Holy Family School may take classes free of charge. For information on tournaments, classes, fees and requirements you may email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit their website at http://www.galvestonfencing.2itb.com.