Fencing at Dallas College is intended to enhance the leadership quality of the students through the sport’s esprit de corps and gentlemanliness. We are very fortunate to have the Russian born, South African men’s foil fencing coach and owner of the Cape Fencing Academy, Dr. Mikhail Galukhin, guiding the young men at Dallas College.
Fencing began with the duel to settle questions of justice or vindicating a grievance by the Germanic tribes at the fall of Rome. The duel continued throughout the Middle Ages as an integral part of the chivalric order. As fencing spread through Europe to the north of Italy, universities began to teach it side by side with law, in the cultural centres of Bolgna and Venice, a magnet for academia at the time.
The gradual modification of the sword evolved as the purpose for fighting changed from offensive assault, shifting one’s body mass to avoid blows, to a more subtle defensive technique, using the sword for parrying.