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The British Academy of Fencing
(BAF) is a professional body for coaching and coach education for the sport of fencing
Fencing, which is also known as modern fencing to distinguish it from historical fencing, is a family of combat sports using bladed weapons.Fencing is one of four sports which have been featured at every one of the modern Olympic Games...
in the United Kingdom
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. The Academy claims to trace its roots to the reign of Henry VII
Henry VII was King of England and Lord of Ireland from his seizing the crown on 22 August 1485 until his death on 21 April 1509, as the first monarch of the House of Tudor....
and has existed in its current format since 1949.
The Academy provides a comprehensive programme of support and teaching for coaches, and maintains a structured set of qualifications in the tuition of the three weapons used in competitive fencing, including basic, intermediate, advanced and diploma awards. As qualifications are attained, members are entitled to use a range of titles such as Provost, Maître d’Escrime, and Master. In addition, full masters of all three weapons adopt the title Professor
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The Academy run regular residential courses to prepare coaches and prospective coaches for formal examinations.
While the title "academy" implies that the organisation is based in a dedicated training school or other facility, the organisation is more of an association, and its members practice and train throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.
The Academy publishes a newsletter called Academy News
, as well as a range of guidance and training manuals for members.
The British Academy of Fencing is governed by a committee, and its current President is Professor Philip Bruce.
The Academy has relationships with a number of international fencing organisations, including: