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John Dillard
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Fencing:  Ancient Fight – Modern Sport
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Fri., Feb. 25, 2011, 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Lawrence Visitor Center

Fencing is one of only a few sports which were part of the original Olympic Games and which are still a part of the modern Olympic Games.  Fencing has evolved from the crude hacking and slashing with swords of bygone eras into a highly sophisticated and complex modern sport. The presenter, John Dillard, began his fencing career at the University of Kansas in the fall of 1957 and continues fencing today after 53 years in the sport.  He fenced on the KU Fencing Team and represented KU twice in the NCAA National Fencing Championships.   Did you know KU actually had an intercollegiate fencing team in the 1950's and 1960's?  Both the United States Fencing Coaches Association and the Academie d'Armes Internationale accredit John as an instructor.

John will cover a variety of topics including a little about the evolution of sword fighting, dueling, competitive fencing, and stage fencing for movies and theatre, as well as some of the history of fencing at KU.  You may be surprised to learn who the first fencing instructor at KU was.  There will be a demonstration of all three of the modern Olympic fencing weapons: foil, epee and saber.


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