Classical fencing and its health benefits

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
703MKSPZ Z 1 12 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 16 to 21 hours of self-study Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Michael KŇAŽKO

Name of lecturer(s)

Michael KŇAŽKO

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course will introduce the students to the theoretical and practical aspects of the French foil and smallsword classical fencing in the 18th-19th century, and its health benefits.

Acquired knowledge and skills are applicable in theater and film productions.

Mode of study

Practical hands-on course at the training centre in Poněšice March 19 - 20 2022.

Saturday November 5 2022

10:00 - 13:00 French foil

14:00 - 17:00 French smallsword

Sunday November 6 2022

10:00 - 13:00 French foil / French smallsword

Fencing lessons are conducted in Czech and English.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

No prior knowledge requirements are needed to enroll in this course.

Gear: sportswear/footwear and protective gloves (compulsory).

During the course it is necessary to pay attention to SAFETY and DISCIPLINE and strictly FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS given by the instructor.

Course contents

The content of the course comprises of the history and theory of the French foil and French smallsword classical fencing in 18th - 19th century, and its health benefits.

The practical part of the course starts with basic stances and steps, continuing with the basic weapon positions and parries, on to attacks, ripostes and irregular manouvres.

During basic training students get to know thrusts, attack renewals, feints, binds and their changes, beat attacks, glides and grazes, dodges and disengagements, all of which they then develop in set exercises.

Recommended or required reading

Recommended reading:

French foil fencing:

Josef Ott: Das System der Fechtkunst à la contrepointe auf den Stoss, Olomouc 1852

Dr. Miroslav Tyrš: Tělocvik ve vojště, Šermování končířem, Praha 1868

Dr. Miroslav Tyrš: Základové tělocviku, Šermování bodmo, Praha 1873

Ministére de la Guerre: Manuel D´Escrime, Paris 1877

Camille Prevost: Théorie Pratique de l´Escrime, Paris 1886

Robert Tvarůžek: Šerm končířem, Brno, 1926, 1933

Dr. Jan Černohorský: Šerm fleuretem a kordem, Praha 1947

Leonid Křížek: Historie evropských duelů a šermu III – Od duelového ke sportovnímu kolbišti, Praha 2015

Čestmír Čivrný: Šerm fleretem, Praha 2018

Assessment methods and criteria

Active participation in the course is necessary for a successful completion of the course. Credits are awarded based on activity in the exercises.

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The course will take place at the training centre in Poněšice under the guidance of MgA. Michael Kňažko, Prévôt d’armes.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
05.11.2022 10:00–17:00 Michael KŇAŽKO
06.11.2022 10:00–13:00 Michael KŇAŽKO

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans