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Ola Karp

Major János Kevey – the first biography of the fencing master

János Kevey – for years a forgotten master of Polish and Hungarian fencing. He was the one behind the spectacular successes of Polish fencers, led by Jerzy Pawłowski. It is thanks to him that the Polish swordsmanship has reached a world-class level. However, true legends are eternally alive. Aleksandra Karp reminds about Kevey in the first biography of master, who is very well-deserved for Polish fencing. It is a story of true bravery, an honour that does not compromise, courage in dangerous times.

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Fabricy Kovács Mihály – Hungarian swordsman, teacher of Casimir Pulaski

He was one of the founders of the American cavalry legion during the revolution 1775-1783. He built it together with Casimir Pulaski. That time the American cavalry was poorly trained in fencing. That is why Pulaski made Fabricy Kovács Mihály responsible for the sabre fencing training in the military camp. Moreover, Pulaski was also a fencing student of Fabricy Kovács Mihály. Continue reading

Warm anecdote about swordsman János Szűcs

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After winning the Olympic Games in Tokio 1964, Tibor Pezsa’s mother invited the great swordsman János Szűcs, the teacher of her son, for a family dinner in their family house in Ostrogom. A week before the visit, Tibor Pezsa discreetly tried to check what the favorite dish of the swordsman was. Finally, Uncle János confessed that he liked a pie with cabbage (káposztás rétes – a traditional Hungarian dish). Continue reading

Ludovica Defense Academy – an important fencing exhibition

fencing london exhibition sword sabre budapestOn 13th November, Friday, there was an important fencing event for our School. We were celebrating the opening of the first fencing exhibition of the Royal Hungarian Ludovica Defense Academy (Magyar Királyi Honvéd Ludovika Akadémia). It concerns the very beginning of the development of the Hungarian modern sabre fencing and introduces people who had a great influence on it. Such important figures as István Simicskó, the Minister of National Defence of Hungary, our Maestro Tibor Pézsa, the gold medalist of Olympic Games in Tokio Continue reading

A unique photo from Ludovica

A unique photo from 1914. The swordsmen from the Royal Hungarian Ludovica Defense Academy (Magyar Királyi Honvéd Ludovika Akadémia). The academy was founded in 1808. The headquarters were located in Budapest. Continue reading

Sabre Day – great celebration in Polish Army Museum

sabre day warsaw fencing balham training classes show duelThe sabre in an exhibition, on horseback, workshops, lectures, movies and – finally – fencing shows. We spent the whole Sunday, 11th October in the Polish Army Museum in Warsaw, discussing the Polish and Hungarian national weapon.

After the official opening which was attended by a lieutenant colonel Tamas Melke, a representative of the Hungarian Embassy in Warsaw and professor Zbigniew Wawer, the director of the Polish Army Museum, we began the Sabre Day 2015. Continue reading

The opening of the exhibition “Poles and Hungarians – sabre fellows”

hungarian polish culture lecture fencing exhibition museum norbert maday sword uniformThe title of the exhibition pertains to the famous saying “Pole and Hungarian cousins be, good for fight and good for party”, which is constantly true. There is enough proof for this amazing familiarity brought by great Poles and Hungarians, who were bound with each other. Many litographs, sabres and uniforms were chosen to present the most significant accents of the thousand-year Polish-Hungarian friendship. The exhibition is a part of the second edition of the Sabre Day, which takes place on 11th October 2015 in the Polish Army Museum. Continue reading

Lost fencing link between Poland and Hungary

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Janos Kevey, Kazimierz Laskowski

It turns out that at beginning of the 20th century not only Hungarians traveled to Poland to teach Polish fencers. Polish fencers also visited Hungary in order to train. The place they visited to learn more about fencing was the Miklós Toldi Royal Hungarian Institute of Military Sports and Fencing in Budapest, and the person who contributed to entering into a closer relation was Kazimierz Laskowski.

Kazimierz Laskowski, arms-bearing Korab, “Kazik”, (born 7th November 1899, Troick, died 20 October 1961, Warsaw) Continue reading

The Day of Polish Sabre – Kmicic, many sabres and horses

sabre day sword foil fencing classes london balham polish culture ukThe first Day of Polish Sabre took place on a sunny Sunday, 28th September 2014. Many Varsovians visited the Polish Army Museum to see the fencing, cavalry, falconry, and dancing shows. Daniel Olbrychski stirred up enthusiasm during the lecture session while talking about the differences between the military and theatrical fencing.
“The concept of the Day of Polish Sabre originated to commemorate the beautiful cold weapon that has accompanied Poles throughout the ages.  Continue reading

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