The Côte du Golfe School of Fencing (CGSF) is a newly established venue in Southwest Florida for learning the classical and historical European sword arts. We provide fencing classes for students in the Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, and Ft. Myers area as well as private lessons.
CGSF is a branch of the Martinez Academy of Arms in New York City, and as such teaches a style of fencing which is focused on defense and martial arts. We share a discipline which was taught by fencing masters and practiced by duellists of the 18th and 19th centuries, and are steeped in a direct lineage of fencing knowledge that is generations old. This tradition is quite distinct from the modern, electrified sporting form of fencing.
We teach primarily within the framework of the traditional French school of fencing, which is the particular area of expertise of Dr. Russell Hogg, the school’s instructor. Instructor Hogg has almost two decades of intensive fencing background and became certified to teach under the Martinez Academy of Arms, where he began studying in 2003.
Fencing builds not only your general fitness and kinesthetic awareness, it also builds a strong sense of responsibility, respect, and self-confidence. Whether you are in great shape or not, we work with everyone to get you to your fullest potential. No prior experience is necessary, and anyone aged 13 and up may enroll. We foster a safe, collegial atmosphere where everyone feels at home, is welcomed, and has something to learn.
On parle français.
Header Image Copyright 2011, Russell Hogg