Fencing on the Frozen Tundra

January 20, 2014

The return of the Tournament: April 12 Saturday

Filed under: 2014 Tournament — milwaukeetourney @ 9:50 am

Announcing: the long awaited and no doubt much anticipated resumption of competition — we’ve secured our space & time on campus at Marquette University, here in lovely Milwaukee, Wisconsin to host our ‘Fencing on the Frozen Tundra’ event once again.

Tournament to be held Saturday, April 12th, 2014

An open sala workshop to follow, carrying over into Sunday, April 13th, 2014

As in previous years, there will be both a Foil and a Dueling Sword (inclusive of late rapier & smallsword) section.

(Given sufficient interest from qualified participants, we’d like to offer something for Sabre as well, at minimum an exhibition)

More details forthcoming…

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February 20, 2011

Another Year, Another Tournament (Saturday April 9th)

Filed under: 2011 Tournament — milwaukeetourney @ 6:46 pm

As you may have noticed from the news lately, we’re a bit wacky up in here in Wisconsin.  And while we try not to whack each other too hard when we fence, we do like trying some interesting things.

Thus our tournament this year.  We primarily fence in the Italian school, and have been working, in the last few years, with some of the most iconic weapons of the Italian school of fencing: the foil, the late rapier (or dueling sword), and the sabre.  We’ve decided to try to get together Italian fencers of all types and see how the school has evolved over time.  You poor unfortunates who fence to other schools are also welcome to attend, of course.  Maybe we can convince you to switch sides.

Our plan is this: A foil tournament will be held on the morning of April 9th, and probably into the afternoon.  A rapier/smallsword tournament will be held in the afternoon.  And at the very end we’ll have an exhibition round-robin among the instructors with dueling sabre.  Sunday April 10th will be an open sala, meaning that the floor is open to fencing, lessons, and socialization.

Keep an eye out as we finalize details, and to learn all about how things work out.  We’d love to see you at the tourney, even if it’s just to watch.

February 2, 2010

Tournament a success

Filed under: 2010 Tournament — milwaukeetourney @ 11:25 am

The tournament was a rousing success, and everyone had a good time.  The fencers fought to a full house of spectators.

Fifteen fencers from four different schools were present at Turner Hall on Saturday, with a variety of dueling swords.  The longest were several Darkwood smarra blades measuring 37 inches beyond the guard, and the shortest a Graves smallsword (which unfortunately an exact length was not obtained of).

The results:

First Place: Ryan Mank of Trovare di Spada (Classical Fencing Society St. Louis)

Second Place: Ben Mandlkern of Durendal Fencing Club Madison Wi.

Third Place: Joseph Dobbs of Classical Fencing Society Milwaukee

Thanks to all who participated, and attended.

January 28, 2010

We’re on the radio!

Filed under: 2010 Tournament — milwaukeetourney @ 1:51 pm

The Milwaukee Turners fencing program, and our upcoming event, “Fencing on the Frozen Tundra” are featured in an ad running on a local radio station, 88.9FM

A few photos and audio clips have been posted online.

Check it out here.

January 5, 2010

Time and Date of the Tournament

Filed under: 2010 Tournament — milwaukeetourney @ 11:43 pm

[Edit]: The directions coming from the south were incorrect.  Please follow the corrected directions below.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Despite the problems we have had with finding and securing a venue for our tournament, we have now got a guaranteed place and time in which to fence.

The schedule for the Fencing on the Frozen Tundra 2010 tournament is this:

Saturday, January 30th:

11:30: The doors open at Turner Hall gym, and registration opens.

12:30: Registration closes.  If you want to register at the door, please do so before this time.

12:30: The tournament begins.  Today we will finish the round robin bouts, and all of the preliminary rounds and re-entry rounds.

After the tournament: The floor is open for free fencing, training, conversation, etc.

8:00pm: Dinner.  Dinner has been moved to Molly Cool’s, cater-corner to Turner Hall, just a minute or two walk.

Sunday, January 31st:

9:00: Doors open at Turner Hall Ballroom

10:00: Fencing begins.  On Sunday we finish the tournament with all the direct elimination rounds.

After the tournament: Open floor for fencing, training, conversation, etc.

The address for Turner Hall is 1034 N. 4th St., Milwaukee, WI 53203

This is on 4th street in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, between State St. and Highland Ave.  To get there from outside of downtown, take I-43.  Get off on the McKinley Ave exit (Whether you’re coming from north or south).  Take a left off the exit, which will put you onto Park Freeway going east.  This will turn into McKinley Ave.  Shortly after that (second stop light from the highway exit), take a right on 4th st.    Go two blocks and Turner Hall should be on the left side of the street.

Turners’ Gym is in the basement of Turner Hall.  It has its own door which might be a little hard to spot.  The main entrance will take you into Turner restaurant, and to the Ballroom.  To get to the gym, however, there is another door to the left of the main entrance as you’re facing the building.

There are also Locker rooms and Showers available for men and women at Turner Hall Gym.

Any questions as to directions or any other issues should be directed either at the comments below, or to milwaukeetourney@gmail.com

7th Incontro

Filed under: Incontro — milwaukeetourney @ 10:47 pm


The text reads: “When two fencers launch an assault at the same moment, both are at fault.”

This is the most straightforward and intuitive of the incontri. If both fencers attack at the same time without making any attempt to protect themselves, they are both at fault.

6th Incontro

Filed under: Incontro — milwaukeetourney @ 10:43 pm

EDITED Video posted

The text reads: “When, during an attack with an advance, the attacker stops or hesitates after the first step, and then invites or feints, thus provoking a counterattack, he is in error.”

This is perhaps the most complicated of the incontri. It defines the priority of entering into distance while making an attack. Implicitly, what this is saying is that the attack must be a single uninterrupted action. As long as it meets the other requirements for priority (line, time, and measure), the advancing attack has priority. However, if the advancing fencer pauses upon entering into distance, his attack has ended, and he no longer has priority. Any attack made after this pause is a second, separate attack, for which priority has to be established anew.

December 30, 2009

5th Incontro

Filed under: Incontro — milwaukeetourney @ 10:14 pm


The text of the incontro is: “When during the execution of an attack the opposing steel is not sufficiently deviated from the line and therefore causes a double hit, the attacker is at fault.”
This might seem at first to be similar to the first case, but is actually slightly different. While the first case deals with attacking into an attack, this incontro deals with lunging onto a point that is not attacking. In this case, the attacker is at fault.

4th Incontro

Filed under: Incontro — milwaukeetourney @ 10:10 pm


The text of this incontro is: “When a fencer has parried an attack and rests on the parry, and then ripostes late and is touched by a simple replacement or second thrust, the defender is responsible for the double hit and error.”
If Fencer A attacks, and is parried by Fencer B, and Fencer B rests on the parry, Fencer A can renew the attack. If Fencer B then ripostes, they are at fault.  The distinction between this case, and the 3rd case is the timing of the riposte.

3rd Incontro

Filed under: Incontro — milwaukeetourney @ 10:06 pm


The text of this incontro is: “When the simple replacement or second thrust is accomplished against an adversary who ripostes rapidly, and without a retreat, there is a double hit, the fencer who repeats the thrust is at fault.”
This one is fairly straightforward. Fencer A attacks, and is parried. Fencer B, who has parried, ripostes immediately, while Fencer A replaces the point. Fencer A is at fault for the double touch.

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