TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The (DFA) Dagger Fencing Association (www.daggerfencing.com) announced today the first officially sanctioned Dagger Fencing competition in the world will be hosted by the Jacksonville Fencing Club (JFC) on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2 pm ET at the Jacksonville, Florida Fairgrounds. Dagger Fencing will be a featured part of the annual "River City Duel 'Til You Drop" day-long event which includes D-rated-and-under foil fencing, youth mixed foil, women's foil, open epee and open foil fencing, starting at 8:30 am ET. More than 200 attendees are expected.
Unlike the traditional sport of Olympic-style fencing with one weapon, Dagger Fencing is a new two-weapon sport utilizing a traditional epee in tandem with the new Dagger weapon that eliminates tethered scoring equipment to allow unlimited footwork in a round or square piste.
"This new and exciting sport is ideal for experienced fencers who seek the intensity and thrill of actual two-weapon sword combat," says David Falcon, chairman and founder of the Dagger Fencing Association. "We are honored to be invited by the JFC to participate in their premiere event."
The revolutionary new sport of Dagger Fencing is made possible by the new Dagger weapon and Y-style body cord, developed by Inveton, LLC, a product development company in Tampa, FL. "We felt two weapons and unrestricted movement would step up our cardiovascular workout, enhance our balance and coordination and leverage our ambidexterity," said Falcon. The Official DFA Dagger Fencing weapon and body cord set can be purchased online at www.physicalchess.com.
Pre-registration is due by January 13, 2012 by using the Fencing Results and Events Database (FRED), a self-service for fencing tournament organizers at www.askfred.net. For questions related to the event, contact Michelle Crosby at 386.684.6707 or Raul Tor at 904.579.6858.
The basic membership to the DFA is free. For more information visit www.daggerfencing.com.
Dagger Fencing Facts:
- According to USA Fencing, the tip of the fencing weapon is the second fastest moving object in sport; the first is the marksmen's bullet.
- Dagger Fencing is one of the oldest sports on record.
- Some famous fencers include actors Grace Kelly and Robert Redford, entertainers Madonna and Bruce Dickerson (Iron Maiden), political leaders Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder.
SOURCE Dagger Fencing Association