All fencing instruction is provided by Dayn DeRose, an experienced, successful former college & high school coach. Class Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
South Mountain Martial Arts
91 Main Street, Madison New Jersey 07940-1849
-The most elegant and sophisticated of the combat arts.
-Vigorous, healthy exercise, practiced by people of all ages.
-And, ...It's a lot of fun!
Fencing well requires skill and dedication, but it's exciting!
It can be used to train both the body and the mind. Modern fencing is a form of sportive swordplay in which two opponents, wearing protective gear, try to score 5 points (or 15, in higher level bouts), called "touches", on each other's bodies. The first to the score the requisite number, or to have the higher score in the time alloted (4 minutes, in a basic bout) wins. Blunt, light weight versions of classical swords are used.
(forms of competition) are used in modern fencing;
, which is derived from the European gentleman's smallsword,
, derived from the dueling rapier, and
the saber (or sabre)
, which is derived from the military saber.
Matches - called "bouts" are scored by either the fencer acknowledging the touch (in practice bouts), a referee's decision, or, in competition, by referees assisted by electronic scoring machines. The rules for the use of each of the three weapons is very different from the others, so that
there really is a syle of fencing for just about anyone who takes an interest in the sport!
The goals of competition in each weapon may be simple, but the techniques, tactics and strategies for their successful use can be very complex, and fascinating to watch..
SMMA is located on the top floor of 91 Main Street, in Madison, above the elegant British Home Emporium.
The entrance to out building gives no hint of our large, well equipped space. The trip up our stairs is well worth the effort!