Local High School Sponsors
Historical Fencing Seminar for Drama Club
Thespians Learn Application of Authentic Duelling Techniques
To Improve Theatrical Swordplay.
On November 10, 2004, the Houston North-Siders Study Group
presented a lecture/demonstration of Western Martial Arts
at Jersey Village High School. The presentation was geared
towards educating young drama students to the realities of
Historical Fencing, allowing them to improve their theatrical
Study Group members Kyle Cook, Truvey Fielder, and Sydney
Yarbrough hosted the class. It began with Sydney Yarbrough
giving a brief lecture concerning the ARMA philosophy and
study methodology, followed by a history of European swords
and swordplay throughout the 12th to 17th centuries. A question/answer
After a lunch break, Kyle and Sydney presented a demonstration
of full speed sparring with wooden weapons. A hands-on portion
followed where the students were shown proper footwork as
well as basic guards and cuts. The students were also taught
proper martial technique and warned of fallacies that were
often seen in modern sword choreography.
Following the training session, students then broke off into
groups and demonstrated their newfound knowledge in several
short stage choreography presentations.