Dagger Fencing is an Olympic style fencing sport that uses a specialized dagger along with a standard Epee to mimic the military style of fencing that was utilized in the late period of the Middle Ages on up through the early Renaissance.
With Dagger Fencing a special cord is used that allows both weapons to be plugged into the scoring box. Additionally the secondary blade is a specialized short blade that has a grip and guard from a Saber, a short stiff Epee style blade with an Epee tip at the end.
2 Blade Dagger fencing can be fenced on a traditional fencing strip, which is what we do at the NIFC. Or it can be fenced in an open area without rigid boundaries.
One thing that seems to characterize every Dagger bout is the sound of LAUGHTER. If you want to kick back and have some fun, give Dagger Fencing a try . . . just for the fun of it.
We do NOT offer lessons in Dagger Fencing because we are all still trying to figure it out for ourselves. If you want to try it we've got some equipment to let you use and we'll be happy to suit up and work out with you.
Archived Club Photos and Club Members Fencing:
Laura, Cassie & Melen listen to Marc at the H-F JV Team Championships in 2008
(Above) Phil, Doug & Doug won 2nd place medals at the 2008 Homewood-Flossmoor JV Team Championships. Laura, Cassie & Melen won 3rd place for the girls at the event.
(Below) L to R: NIFC club members Doug, Phil, Melen, Cassie, Laura, Doug listen to some advice from John. John was at the HF event as a bout Director and to support the NIFC teams.
Don, John and Marc look on while Laura hooks up Melen
60 years old, 60 bouts and still alive to tell about it. . .
an ongoing tradition, when a fencer has a birthday he or she will fence
the number of bouts that equals their age. Happy Birthday to club
President Don Yetsko who just completed fencing 60 bouts to celebrate
his 60th birthday.
All 4 strips were occupied with people standing along the sidelines at the ready during the February 2011 Senior Mixed Open Tournament held at the NIFC
2013 Midway Classic at U of C's Lab School. During a break in D.E. bouts, Phil gave Melen some advice on how to defeat her opponent. Melen won the 3rd Place medal in Women's Saber.
Both Phil and Melen fenced for the Marian Catholic High School Fencing Club where the head coach is NIFC club member Ann Jones and the Saber coach is NIFC member Dale Block.
Billy (right) faces off against George (left) in the Senior Mixed Saber event held at the NIFC in February 2011.
Melen, Cassie & Laura at the 2009 Purdue University Spring Open
Rich, Laura, Melen and Doug at Purdue's Spring Open
Laura hits Linda Dunn on the wrist during a bout at Purdue
John waits his turn at Purdue's Spring Open
Several members from the NIFC traveled down to Purdue University in 2009 to fence in their Spring Open tournament.
Natalie (left) and Melen (right) face off in the NIFC Senior Mixed Saber Tournament held in February 2011.
NIFC members Don Yetsko, Marcia Skurka, Marc Ryser and Peter Lowther at the directors table the 2014 Lowell Red Devil Fencing Club tournament.
Don and Marc were directors for several events. Marcia is one of the coaches for the RDFC and Peter coaches Epee for both H-F H.S. and M.C.H.S. which attended the event.
Laura Maro advances against Jason Lilovich during open fencing at the club.
Laura Maro takes a medal at Maine West in 2012
NIFC members Melen, Laura and Peter Lowther wait (w/Sr Dorothy) during a 2012 high school tournament at Catholic Memorial.
Christian Burns directs a bout between Ron Dieckman (L) and Don Yetsko (R) during open fencing in 2012.
Beginning Freshmen Girls FOIL fencing.
Like a ballet, the slow motion and deliberate movements of the fencers is often mesmerizing, leaving the crowd snoring and falling out of the bleachers.
Even directors have a difficult time remaining awake.
Head Coach Marc Ryser on the strip during Open Fencing at the NIFC
The fast pace of Saber Fencing is illustrated in this photo with two attacks, 2 lights, and a decision of a director being the difference between getting the touch or being scored upon.
Donald Yetsko officiates a match between Marc Ryser and Charlie DeCesaris at the NIFC
NIFC Club Members Alex Block and Phil Block officiate a Foil Bout at the 2014 Red Devils Fencing Club Invitational tournament in Lowell, Indiana.
In addition to supplying several directors for the RDFC event, NIFC was represented well at the Red Devils tournament, with NIFC members taking 1st & 2nd places in Men's Foil, 2rd Place in Women's Foil, 1st Place in Women's Saber, and 3rd Place in Men's Saber.
Philip Block (left) faces off against Melen Skurka (right) during open strip fencing in 2011 at the NIFC.
Club members show up at the 2013 Crown Point Community Theatre production of Cyrano, with NIFC head coach Marc Ryser playing the lead role.
L to R: Rich, Dale, Laura, Don, MARC, Phil, Bob, Melen
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