Teen fencing demo to be at Blount County Public Library

Although he provides swashbuckling action, Captain Jack Sparrow is a terrible sword fighter. Learn why at a “Teen Swordsmanship Demo” at the Blount County Public Library on Saturday, July 12, at 2 p.m.

The rapier was the sword of Shakespeare and the dueling weapon of the late Renaissance as swordsmen fought on the streets of London in the sixteenth century.

Joel Davis and Travis Bond, instructors from The Society for Creative Anachronism, will survey sixteenth century fencing manuals and will explain how sword fighting has changed during the last 400 years. Rapier fighters will also be on hand at the library to demonstrate their skills on Saturday.

Travis Bond has four years of historical fencing experience, practicing a hybrid style of rapier combat that blends the best of the historical styles to create a balanced whole. When not sword fighting, Travis provides software implementation services for a Knoxville-based company.

Joel Davis has been a rapier fighter for two years, putting in close to 400 hours of sparring while studying the works of historical masters such as Vincentio Saviolo and Salvatore Fabris. A local journalist, Joel believes that the pen and the sword are just about equally mighty.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blountlibrary.org.

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