The Day of Polish Sabre – Kmicic, many sabres and horses
The 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. We wanted to remind of the great role of the sabre in the history of our country,” says Jarosław Buć, the main instructor of the Hungarian-Polish Sabre Fencing School. “The sabre itself came to Poland from the East through Hungary. That is why we receive many Hungarian friends during the Day of Polish sabre,” he adds.
Guests, fencers and cavalry
Among them there were a lieutenant colonel Tamas Melke, many Hungarian fencers from Magyar Szablyavívó Iskola and Norbert Máday, a collector with Polish roots, who was kind enough to lend us the exhibits for the exhibition of the memorabilia related to the history of fencing of the 20th century.
The event began with a performance of the fencers, who presented the specificity of the swordsmanship deriving from the Miklós Toldi Royal Hungarian Institute of Military Sports and Fencing. Then the dancers of the group “Gaik”, dressed in marvelous costumes, showed us some dances from the Duchy of Warsaw period. The cavalry presented their sabre and lance skills. The falconers told us about working with the birds of prey.
All about sabre
The lecture session was opened by a duo of friends – Ákos Engelmayer, a Hungarian ambassador in Warsaw in 1990-1995 and János Tischler, PhD, from the Hungarian Culture Institute in Warsaw. They talked about intertwining lives of Poles and Hungarians during last decades. Collector Norbert Máday talked about the history of the Hungarian-Polish sabre, presenting many interesting facts about it. During the panel discussions about major János Kevey, one of his students, Zygmunt Grodner, suddenly admitted to be in the audience. The épée fencing champion of Poland of 1951 recalled the relationship between the master and the students in the fencing team led by the Hungarian trainer. Piotr and Michał, the sons of Jerzy Pawłowski, who was the most decorated Kevey’s student, talked about their father in a very emotional speech.
Daniel Olbrychski was there
Our next guest, Daniel Olbrychski, not only discussed the theatrical fencing, but also demonstrated it superbly together with Antoni, his grandson. This brilliant show, however, was interrupted by… a horse that entered the conference tent. Later on it was used by Mikołaj Rey as a “live prop” during his lecture about wielding the cold weapon on horseback.
The Day of Polish Sabre is an event organized by the Hungarian-Polish Sabre Fencing School and the Polish Army Museum in Warsaw.
The Hungarian Embassy in Warsaw took the honorary patronage of the event. The media patrons and partners are: TVP Historia, Szabla i Koń (Sabre and Horse), Historykon.pl, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, the Hungarian Cultural Institute, the falconry section of AVES, the Student Scientific Association, and the Wizna 1939 Association.