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At SHAMSHIR FENCING, we strive to empower students to tackle challenges and take on new experiences. Below you’ll find the information you need about fencing lessons and our methodology. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us today.
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SHAMSHIR FENCING was created out of a strong passion to provide sabre instruction in a region where it is not a dominant weapon. Our objective is to have students acquire foundational skills, develop new techniques and confidently move forward in their learning journey.
Although the name has been associated by popular etymology with the city of Shamshir (which in turn means "curved like the lion's claw" in Persian) the word has been used to mean "sword" since ancient times, as attested by Middle Persian shamshir (Pahlavi šmšyl), and the Ancient Greek σαμψήρα / sampsēra (glossed as "foreign sword"). "Shamshir" is usually taken to be the root of the word scimitar, the latter being a more inclusive term.
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SHAMSHIR FENCING Instructor Spotlight
Coach Paul hails from NYC, which qualifies him as a "Damned Yankee" despite the fact that he has lived in Texas for more than 20 years. Besides fencing, he is an active martial arts practitioner focusing on weapons, Iaido in particular. When not spending time with a weapon in hand, he loves to read, be a computer nerd, and spend time with his two favorite padawans -- his daughters!