Fencing Schools/Teachers in China?

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  1. MaartenSFS

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    I suppose the title is rather self-explanitory. Since I have been unable to find Chinese sword arts in China (with applications), I am looking to fill the void with swordsmanship from my own land. I have tried looking on Chinese search engines with no luck, but there must be some as fencing is a part of the Olympics. Any leads?
     
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    There is Kendo in Beijing
     
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    The Chinese fencing team is actually very strong (the men's epee world champ in 2006 is from China), but good luck getting to practice with them. I also don't think they do anything serious with any Chinese sword arts (the fencers, that is, not the Chinese) so unless you want to learn modern fencing, you're probably better off staying towards more traditional sword stuff.

    I'm not quite sure what you mean by with applications; unless you carry around a Chinese sword and run into other people armed with them, there really won't be too many for you. :)

    If you really want, though, I can look into fencing schools in your area as some might know a place to go. What part of China are you in?
     
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    I was actually talking about modern fencing, because I'm sure that there is no WMA here. By applications I mean that what I am learning has been created for and by warriors for use on the battlefield, even if slightly watered down (So not Wushu forms). Fencing, at least, incorporates sparring (Is sparring). I live in Guilin, in the South of China (Guangxi). The biggest city near me is Nanning. I would appreciate any information you may have.
     
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    Sorry, I misread your post before. I'll do my best to find you something, but I'm afraid I can't promise anything.
     
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    Also, bear in mind that modern fencing is really not derived from battlefield use as much as it is formal duelling, which is very different.

    It IS, however, completely application based in the sense of sparring. Nothing is taught unless it can be used in a bout or leads to something that can be used in a bout.
     
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    True, but I'm more of a gentleman, anyways. It can be said that if I have any long pointy thing after I have studied fencing, that I will be able to poke the hell of attackers. ;) I doubt you'll be able to find much, but I'm crossing my fingers. Chinese are only interested in business, gambling, and computer games.
     
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    If you take up sabre, you could probably smack them with stuff fairly well, too. :)

    And the Chinese fencing team is quite strong, so you never know.
     
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    Maarten, you're in luck. A friend of mine has a wife from around that area, so she is going to ask around. In the mean time, the Chinese federation's website is http://fencing.sport.org.cn/; you may be able to find some club listings there.

    You may also be able to find something with Hong Kong's; their site is http://www.hkafa.org.hk/, or Singapore's at http://www.zfencing.com.sg/web/index1.html.

    Also, more contact for the Chinese Fencing Federation:

    Chinese Fencing Federation
    Athletic Associations/Organizations, National Federations
    Laoshan, Shijingshan Arrondissemnt Pekin 100043 BEIJING , CHINA
    Tel.: +86 10 68862593
    Fax: +86 10 68862596
    E-mail: chn_fencing@263.net

    Hope those help... I should have more specific info in a few days if you need it.

    Cheers,
    Sean
     
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    Thanks. That is great information. I had already found China's main website, but not the contact info. I'll check it out today.
     
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    Copied from the fencing.net forums:

     
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    Also, you can contact the head fencing coach of the hong kong sports institute, Mr. Wang Rui Ji at wangrj@hksi.org.hk

    Any luck yet?
     
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    Wouw. It seems like those places are the real deal. The only problem is that I am infinitely far away from them. I'm still checking out Guangzhou, Shenzhen because I can't leave China often on my VISA. Thanks for the leads. ;)
     
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    No problem. Remember that even if you can't get out to some of them to fence, they may know about fencing near you. There's nothing wrong with sending out a few inquiring emails. :)
     
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    Ja, you're right. You never know, he?
     
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    Absolutely. I had no idea a fencing pal in Sweden had a wife from the Nanning area, so if that can happen, anything can. :)
     

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