Robert Childs

Robert Childs

Robert Childs is a swordsman out of the United States who began his fencing career 35 years ago at the age of 17. Though a multi-gold medalist in saber, single stick and longsword, Robert’s expertise and passion is for the rapier. His unique approach and style of fence has garnered international attention and owes its genesis to a life of travel competing and learning from a variety of styles and cultures. His most recent tournament performances include winning gold at Sweden’s Swordfish for rapier and dagger, gold medals each for rapier and saber at SoCal Swordfight and a gold medal in rapier and dagger at the International Rapier Seminar in Denmark. In keeping with his desire to help other fencers achieve their greatest potential, Robert Childs has further authored his treatise on rapier combat titled, “Revelations of Rapier”.

At SoCal Swordfight 2023 Robert Childs will be presenting the following:

Stealing Time

Course Description:
When done well, the action in fencing happens across fractions of a second. Conversely, when done poorly then the action is slow, ponderous and easily seen. In this class Robert Childs will take you through the three pillars of fence of footwork, balance and swordwork as he reveals the techniques he utilizes in each to minimize action time. Further, he will instruct on the critical timing mistakes made by fencers around the world and how/when to capitalize upon them. Finally, the student will learn how to increase the time of their opponents' actions, effectively stealing that time from them, and turn it to their own use.

Required Gear:
Rapier, mask, optional dagger/buckler

Course Level:
Intermediate and Advanced Levels

Course Format:

Your must register for the event to attend classes

SoCal Swordfight 2023