Our Fencing School
The Hungarian-Polish Sabre Fencing School London has been teaching military sabre fencing based on the methodology developed in the Miklos Toldi Royal Hungarian Institute of Military Sports and Fencing (Miklós Toldi és Honvéd Sporttanár Vívómester képző Intézet) founded in 1925.
We are the only school in Europe which teaches military sabre fencing. We have a constant contact with living swordsmen from Miklós Toldi Institute and also a documented family tree of our school that dates to the first half of the 18th century.
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THE WAY OF SABRE FROM HUNGARY TO POLAND
The presence of Hungarians in the Polish history is considerable although we sometimes fail to notice it. The most popular figure is Stephen Báthory, the Duke of Transylvania who took to the Polish throne and revolutionized our army in the 16th century, making it virtually invincible. One of the key changes was the introduction of sabres as basic elements of a soldier’s equipment. They replaced swords, gradually turning into the Polish national weapon. The first type of sabre which became popular in Poland was named after the Transylvania-born king, and later gave rise to the development of the Hussar sabre, a typically Polish weapon whose popularity spread across the world.
HUNGARIAN FENCING IN POLAND
Hungarians taught us not only how to make sabres but also how to use them in fight. The source of fencing knowledge for our predecessors before the World War II was the Miklós Toldi Royal Hungarian Institute of Military Sports and Fencing in Budapest. During the Interbellum we encouraged some fencing masters from the Institute to relocate to Poland. One of them was Major János Kevey whose life story had a very long Polish chapter. Before WWII he was teaching Polish soldiers how to fence, later (in the antebellum period) becoming the manager of our national fencing team. Thanks to his awareness of methods adopted in the army-oriented Toldi Miklós Institute, he was able to form a successful team whose primary member was Jerzy Pawłowski.
Another notable fencing master from the Institute was János Szűcs who brought up the golden generation of Hungarian fencers. One of his most gifted students was Tibor Pézsa, frequently referred to as the “Sabre Fencing General.” The Hungarian Polish Sabre Fencing School is in regular touch with Mr Pézsa who shares his military fencing knowledge with us.
MIKLÓS TOLDI INSTITUTE
Toldi Miklós Royal Hungarian Institute of Military Sports and Fencing is a prestigious fencing center which started its operations in the early 20th century. The head swordsman of the Institute was László Borsody, an outstanding fencer and researcher of fight techniques. Before he began working at the Institute, he had spent years learning and gaining fencing experience at Europe’s top schools. Institute was developing new fight techniques and teaching how to use three types of weapon – sabre, épée and foil, focusing primarily on technical improvements of sabre, Hungarian national weapon. The Institute would only accept military men who managed to meet stringent enrollment criteria. It pumped out many exceptional fencing masters and fencers. The former group includes János Szűts and János Kevey, while the latter comprises Aladár Gerevich and György Piller-Jekelfalssy.