The Trip

Silversword Fencing Academy organised a camp with her allied clubs in Escrime PAYS D’Aix, in Aix-en-Provence, France and Escrime Antonio Di Ciolo, in Pisa, Italy. The Silversword coaching methods and philosophies are very similar to these two European clubs, which have proven highly effective producing successful fencers with superior skills. These two clubs are some of the world’s best-known fencing schools for producing world-class fencers and Olympic champions. The athletes who participated in this program are some of Silversword Fencing Academy’s hardest working and talented fencers. Some of them had just won the gold medal at the State Club Championships only a month before.

Silversword Squad at the International Camp France and Italy; Courtney, Luke, Mei Mei and Jack

Silversword Squad at the International Camp France and Italy; Courtney, Luke, Mei Mei and Jack

Official Flag Ceremony in France and Italy

Official Flag Ceremony in France and Italy

 The Training

The Silversword squad landed at Marseille airport and was greeted by the French coach, Amir Shabakesaz.

Silversword Courtney Bucanan Fencing with French and Italian National Team Memebers

Silversword Courtney Bucanan Fencing with French and Italian National Team Memebers

Amir and Leonel Plumenail are the French junior national team coaches who are currently training and developing the selected national junior athletes based on an intense and elaborate program. Silversword squad joined the cadets and the junior team during training, lessons and drills. Many positive relationships were formed, skills were honed and deeper techniques were discovered.

Maestro Arash Karpour with Maestros; Simone Piccini (ITA), Leonel Plumenail (FRA), Amir Shabakesaz (FRA), Olivier (FRA)

Maestro Arash Karpour with Maestros; Simone Piccini (ITA), Leonel Plumenail (FRA), Amir Shabakesaz (FRA), Olivier (FRA)

Silversword Squad Training in France

Silversword Squad Training in France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a week training with the French we travelled down to Pisa. There we trained with Antonio Di Ciolo, Simone Piccini, Enrico Di Ciolo and Alessandro Puccini. The Di Ciolo club is renowned for their freethinking technique in training and philosophy of fencing education. Here the team also met and fenced with Martina Batini and Chiara Cini (National team members of Italy and Two of the top five world ranking fencers). This was an amazing experience for the team.

Silversword Squad Training in Italy. Top: Squad is getting lessons from Maestros Simone and Arash. Bottom Left: Squad with Martina and Maestro Simone. Bottom Right: Squad with Maestro Simone and Chiara


Silversword Squad Training in Italy. Top: Squad is getting lessons from Maestros Simone and Arash. Bottom Left: Squad with Martina and Maestro Simone. Bottom Right: Squad with Maestro Simone and Chiara

 

 The Tour

You can’t go to Europe without doing some sightseeing! After Segway-ing it through the streets of Marseilles and seeing the leaning tower of Pisa and its surroundings the team came back with some wonderful memories, photos and experiences.

Silverswrod Squad tour of Marseilles and Pisa

Silversword Squad tour of Marseilles and Pisa

Thoughts

The team returned to Sydney after this three-week tour feeling full of new knowledge, enriched by the experiences and welcomed into the arms of these clubs. It was an incredible experience for all involved and is not likely to be forgotten soon. We can’t wait to see what our new relationships bring – perhaps new camps in Sydney in 2017 with some of these amazing coaches and keep an ear to the ground to hear our new destination for another world tour in 2018.

Maestro Arash Karpour with Grand Maestro Antonio Di Ciolo

Maestro Arash Karpour with Grand Maestro Antonio Di Ciolo

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