A Duel in the Park

Perhaps one of the sports that still needs the limelight and perchance give the Philippines give its first Gold Medal is Fencing. In fact, the sport is one of the events that get a lot of clique and spectators in the Olympics. With the fencers’ finesse and blade work, it’s not difficult to fathom why fencing is a favorite among the Olympic throng.The early Filipinos are known to be known to be good swordsmen.During the Battle of Mactan, Lapu-Lapu’s tribe used native swords and spears to defeat Ferdinand Magellan’s troops who were armed with guns and cannons.

During the Japanese occupation, because of scarce ammunition to fight the Japanese, the Filipinos used guerilla attacks with their melee weapons and swords in raiding Japanese camps. Filipino swordplay relies heavily on speed, and even today Filipino marines train in a form of eskrima using a curved single-edge sword.
Fencing is a sport about duel, self-defense, respect and chivalry, fencers began to modify from what was a part of military training into a sport by itself back in the mid-18th century. The oldest surviving manual on western swordsmanship dates to around 1300, although historical references date fencing schools back to the 12th century.
Modern fencing originated in the 18th century in the Italian school of fencing of the Renaissance, and, under their influence, was improved by the French school. The Spanish school didn’t become prominent until the 19th century.
In Cebu, the art of swordsmanship was introduced in 1997. The Cebu Fencing League (CFL) was founded. While the sport flourished in Manila, while the sport was basically non-existent in Cebu. With a fervent and rock-hard tenacity, the Cebu Fencing League marched on to gather Cebuanos who were interested about the sport.
Bringing together the different groups of fencers, like the Blessed Trinity Achievers Academy, CIE British School, Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu, University of Southern Philippines Foundation and Cebu Fencing League’s general group from Sacred Heart Center Sports Club, Cebu Fencing League recently held “A Duel in the Park,” last September 10-11,2016 in Parkmall, Mandaue City.

Spectators were also treated to a free tutorial on the basics of fencing and an exhibit. The Cebu Fencing League (CFL) aims to promote swashbuckling for fun and fitness. It won’t come as a surprise that fencing is on its way up to being a sport that more Cebuanos will love. Get to know more about the Cebu Fencing League thru their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CebuFencingLeague.


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