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Oldest fencing club in Paris teaches the art of swordsmanship

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By ITN News Editor February 6, 2019 13:27

Oldest fencing club in Paris teaches the art of swordsmanship

Time seems to have stopped at the Salles d’Armes Coudurier, Paris’s oldest fencing club that tries to keep the sport’s gentlemanly traditions alive. The club was created in 1886, 10 years before the first modern Olympics were held in Athens, where fencing was one of the sports. In a small room where swords clink and the scent of leather and steel suffuses with sweat, students are taught that fencing is not just a sport, but also an art. The club, situated in Paris’s Latin Quarter, is open to everyone. Following tradition, every new student who arrives faces the master of arms, Jean-Pierre de Pinel de La Taule, and executes some exercises against his leather plastron. De La Taule says technique and the beauty of gestures are paramount to scoring points.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 6, 2019 13:27

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