Fencing, a fun sport accessible to everyone

The Chaurien fencing circle was created in Castelnaudary in 1947, by the father of the former mayor of Castelnaudary, Jean-Pierre Cassabel. It now has 80 members, including Xavier Déré, 21st in the world in disabled saber.

When we talk about fencing, we see images of swashbuckling movies. This is how the passion of Joël Caquot, the president of the Cercle d’escrime chaurien, was born. “I watched movies with Jean Marais, Zorro, read the novels of the three musketeers and the passion for fencing came to me. Young, I tried, but it was too expensive. 30 years old, when I brought the my son in the Chaurien club, which I registered. At 58 years old, I’m still there! Once I became president, my goal was for our club to be accessible to everyone I wanted to fulfill my childhood dream me by creating an artistic section. An incredible chance made me meet Claude Carliez, the fencing master of Jean Marais, during a training course. This meeting remains for me, one of the best moments of my career as a show fencer”, explained the enthusiast.

Created on May 17, 1946 by Francis Devolle and Master Jean Paul Cassabel, the Cercle d’Escrime Chaurien has 80 members of all ages (more than 80% under 18). It is a recreational activity whose purpose is the development and training of young people. Since 2008, the club has created and equipped a disabled sports section to accommodate children and adults with physical disabilities, in close collaboration with the French Handisport Federation.

Twice labeled

The club has obtained the Labels “Sport Santé” and “Club Handisport” from the FFE (French Fencing Federation) and “Club Handisport” from the FFH (French Handisport Federation). Today, it is recognized at the local and departmental level as a major player in disability sports and health sports. Fencing Master Thomas Belliato received training in collaboration with the Riposte association. Fencing is an individual sport that is performed in pairs. Self-transcendence can only be done through others. The confrontation is different, because the use of a weapon imposes safety rules, the distance of the protagonists changing the space of the fencer’s intervention. Through the weapon, a relationship is formed between the two opponents on a psychological and psychomotor level. The impulsive and the violent must control each other. The reserved, hidden under the mask, expresses more.

Fencing is done at all ages. Vitality, endurance, hope, sense of battle, this sport requires both physical and psychological qualities. It promotes self-control, concentration, analytical skills, coordination, speed and resistance. It instills respect for the opponent, the referee and the rules. It is a fun sport that combines relaxation and fun.

In this discipline, there are three types of weapons: the foil, point weapon, where the keys must be carried with the point and only in the trunk of the opponent. The shooter has the right to attack. His opponent can only launch an attack if he manages to deflect the threatening point.

The sword, advanced weapon: you can touch the opponent’s body. The sword is the weapon that most respects the conditions of a real duel. The sabre, point and scale weapon: the key can be brought with the point and the edge of the weapon to the head, arms and body of the opponent.

An artistic section

Created in 2006, the artistic fencing section trains and rehearses throughout the year. It can be found in shows at historical festivals, such as in Issel, Saint-Félix de Lauragais, Mirepoix.

Spectacle fencing features choreographed fights with real weapons where historical research makes it possible to create and interpret realistic duels while paying attention to the safety of the fencers and the public. Of course, you need to have a taste for the show and a developed creativity. The stage play, the choice of costumes, music, are elements that complete the duels with panache. From knights to pirates through musketeers, who doesn’t dream of being D’Artagnan, Lagardère, Zorro and many others?

Contact: escrime.castelnaudary@gmail.com; website: www.escrime-castelnaudary.fr.

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Vitality, endurance, hope, sense of battle, this sport requires both physical and psychological qualities. It promotes self-control, concentration, analytical skills, coordination, speed and resistance. It instills respect for the opponent, the referee and the rules. It is a fun sport that combines relaxation and fun.

Three weapons, one sport

The foil, weapon of the point: the keys must be carried with the point and only in the trunk of the opponent. The shooter has the right to attack. His opponent can only launch an attack if he manages to deflect the threatening point.

The sword, advanced weapon: you can touch the opponent’s body. The sword is the weapon that most respects the conditions of a real duel.

The sabre, point and scale weapon: the key can be brought with the point and the edge of the weapon to the head, arms and body of the opponent.

artistic fence

Created in 2006, the artistic section trains and rehearses throughout the year. He can be found in shows at historical festivals (Issel, St Félix de Lauragais, Mirepoix).

The spectacle fencing stages choreograph fights with real weapons where historical research makes it possible to create and interpret realistic duels while paying attention to the safety of the fencers and the public.

You need to have a taste for the show and a developed creativity. Good acting, choice of costumes, music… are elements that complete the duels with panache. From knights to pirates through musketeers, who doesn’t dream of being D’Artagnan, Lagardère, Zorro and many others?

A club champion

The club has a champion in the disabled section, saber fencer Xavier Déré. He qualified for his first World Cup circuit in October and finished 21st in sabre. National classification at the end of the 2nd circuit. National and international travel requires a large budget to help him as much as possible in his career. The club appeals to generous donors.

Contact: Email: escrime.castelnaudary@gmail.com

Website: www.escrime-castelnaudary.fr

A club champion

The Chaurien club has a champion in its sports section with disabilities, saber swordsman Xavier Déré. He qualified for his first World Cup circuit in October and finished 21st in sabre. He finished 2nd in the national rankings at the end of the circuit. National and international travel requires a large budget to help him as much as possible in his career. The club appeals to generous donors.

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