"Respect for safety first, attention to form second, and THEN an exploration of swordplay... All this puts me at ease, as I've been hurt in multiple classroom settings while under the instruction of teachers who were casual about combat. If a teacher is casual about safety the students will be, too. There is nothing reckless about Marc's approach to the work. I feel comfortable working through the sequences and/or choreography with each and every other student in the class because of the tone Marc sets. And coming from a dance background, I appreciate his eye for detail to form. Structure leads to freedom. In a very short period of time we are able to string together sequences that not only make me feel accomplished, but make me feel playful and light."
Like dance, theatrical swordplay is both complex in structure and beautiful in execution. The timing must be precise and the form flawless all while being executed with effortless flair.
Training in this class will improve your posture, balance, eye-hand coordination and isometric strength. You will memorize complex sequences and time your actions with a partner all while continuously recalling a litany of movements, attacks, parries and evasions. It goes without saying that all of this also requires a tremendous amount of mental focus.
The Art of The Swashbuckler theatrical fencing class is a full mind-body experience suitable for all ages. Did I mention you get to play with swords?