OUR FENCING SCHOOL
We have been teaching fencing as used to be practised by military officers. At the Hungarian-Polish Sabre Fencing School, we preserve the traditions of teaching combat fencing rooted in the philosophies of the elite Miklós Toldi Royal Hungarian Institute of Military Sports and Fencing (Miklós Toldi és Honvéd Sporttanár Vívómester képző Intézet) founded in 1925. Before World War 2, Hungarian fencing masters of the Institute trained Polish officers too.
We are the only school in Europe which teaches military sabre fencing. We have a constant contact with living swordsmen deriving from Miklós Toldi Institute and also a documented family tree of our school dates to the first half of the 18th century.
Fencing is a noble activity which has always been the preserve of the upper and better educated echelons of society. Military saber fencing – the mother of its sport variety – is a pursuit for all those who would like to experience living history. Anyone can pick up a sabre, weigh it in their hands and cross the blades with their partner while learning fencing techniques. Eventually, the time for the first duels will come too.
FENCING TRAINING – LONDON
Qualified and knowledgeable instructors from Poland conduct trainings once a month in a form of a 3-hour workshop. We intend to introduce our trainees to the general lines of teaching methodologies established for officers’ fencing, explain essential differences between sports and military fencing, and first of all, begin to teach swordsmanship based on the Miklós Toldi Institute formulae.
The training programme includes:
– Footwork and distance drills
– Attacks and on guard positions
– Training techniques to develop speed and reflex, sense of distance and hand-eye coordination
– General information about the School and sources of knowledge shared in class
Upcoming fencing training in London:
We will train once a week from September!
Place: Bolney Meadow Community Centre, 31 Bolney Street, London SW8 1EZ, UK
ABOUT THE HUNGARIAN-POLISH SABRE FENCING SCHOOL
We have seven schools in larger Polish cities (Warsaw, Lublin, Łódź and Wrocław). We also work closely with nine schools in Hungary run under the auspices of the Magyar Szablyavívó Iskola. We collaborate with many cultural institutions both in Poland and Hungary, such as the Embassy of Hungary in Warsaw, Polish Army Museum, Warsaw Museum of Independence, Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw, Hungarian Military Museum of Budapest and Debrecen Déri Múzeum.
It was our initiative to celebrate the first Sabre Day with the Polish Army Museum in 2014. One year later we organized the second edition of the event as well as a temporary exhibition of the sabres and fencing memories entitled “Poles and Hungarians: Sabre Fellows”. The event was held under the auspices of the Hungarian Embassy.
Video clip promoting readership with the participation of famous Polish actor Zbigniew Zamachowski.
Poland is a country with beautiful and interesting history. In addition to being part of our arms used to defend our borders over many centuries, sabre was also an essential symbol of our freedom and struggle for independence. Hungary and Poland are connected by bonds of eternal friendship. Our destinies were often intertwined, including our shared military experience. Starting with Stephen Báthory, Polish king of Hungarian origin, who reformed the Polish army. Through Polish General Józef Bem, hero of the Hungarian Spring of Nations, as the Revolutions of 1848 are called in our countries. Such examples could be instanced indefinitely.