Saber in the City: Fencing Meets Ballet and More!

This was a fun interview I did for new lifestyle website The Aesthete.

The article is written by NY Times writer CHRISTOPHER PETKANAS and the photography was done by  TATIJANA SHOAN.

There is a little bit of everything in the article.  Fencing history, my goals, a bit about my new book American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient sport and more!

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Fencing Matches Were Premier Social Events Back in the Day

I’m always telling people how fencing was a sport of elegance, precision and an integral part of high society with matches being major events.  This painting and the story behind it is the best example I’ve seen.   This is the type of  inspiration for how I hope to create some exciting and meaningful events again in NYC.
Victor Marie Picot (1744-1805), after a painting by Charles Jean Robineau (active by 1780, died ca. 1787), The Assaut, or Fencing Match, which took place at Carton House on the 9th of April, 1787, [1789]. Stipple engraving with aquatint. Graphic Arts Rowlandson collection. Gift of Dickson Q. Brown, Class of 1895.

A 1787 fencing match between a man and a woman in the elegant rooms of Carlton House, London, before the Prince of Wales might seem like an unusual scene in itself but this is only the beginning of the intrigue.(READ MORE)