CORSAIR is the most
unique fencing school and club you will ever find.
We are a competitive sport fencing club and school, but we prefer
to be called a school of arms, because we do not restrict our
activities to modern sport fencing alone. Instead we explore many
forms of European as well as Asian martial arts. Unlike most other
fencing schools and clubs we believe that our fencing techniques
can be improved by keeping an open mind, and incorporating
concepts from other martial arts, as well as original ideas with
the more mainstream fencing philosophies. Our approach is born out
in our impressive tournament results on the local, regional and
national levels. If you are interested in sport fencing, CORSAIR
can provide everything you need to take your game to the next
level. If you want to explore the roots of sport fencing, and see
what real combat fencing was like in the good old
days, CORSAIR is THE place for you.
While we keep a pretty informal atmosphere in our school of
arms, you'll find a general breakdown of what we offer below.
We provide our fencers with everything they need to get started or
take their game to the top.
- Instruction: Groups drill and individual
lessons are conducted by USFCA certified instructors and
champion fencers with years of teaching and tournament
experience. These guys really know their stuff.
- Equipment: Our facility is equipped with state
of the art computerized scoring systems just like you'd find at
a high level tournament. Beginners are generally provided with
club equipment to get them started. If you decide to stick with
it (pun intended : ) then we can hook you up with an excellent
deal to purchase your own gear.
- Armoring Services: We are the only school/club
in the area that has our very own nationally renowned armorer. Bogdan Haiko,
Armorer Extraordinaire provides armoring services to
fencers and fencing organizations all across the country, but
CORSAIR is the place he calls home. He can service your personal
equipment better than anyone else in Pittsburgh (and most other
places too : ). Bogdan also teaches armoring, so you can learn
to perform your own maintenance if you wish.
We are the only school/club in the area that can give you a taste of
real duelling. Whether you've ever fenced or not, chances are you've
fantasized about being Zorro or one the 3 Musketeers at some point.
CORSAIR can let you let you live the dream. Our in-house
swordmasters can teach you the ins and outs of REAL combat fencing
with period weapons like rapiers, daggers, bucklers, etc.. You won't
find this at any other fencing joint around.
CORSAIR trains actors in combat, and choreographs fights for stage
and film. Most recently, we are proud to have choreographed and
preformed fights for the forthcoming feature film Greek Goddess,
filmed on location in Pittsburgh, and premiering soon. Also, our
own Bogdan Haiko is currently performing in the Jesters'
Guild's recent production of Ken Ludwig's The Three Musketeers, at the New Hazlett
Other Martial Arts:
Formal instruction is not offered in other martial arts, but many of
our instructors and members have substantial experience in these
areas, and share their knowledge freely. On any given day you may
walk in to find people doing some kickboxing, judo, knife fighting,
or... who knows!
While fencing and martial arts are the main focus here at CORSAIR,
our informal attitude encourages a feeling of community, and
encourages self-expression, and the sharing of knowledge, talents
and ideas. Many of our instructors and members are artists of one
kind or another. In addition to the martial arts, you are likely
to find other arts here as well. Painting, sculpture, music, you
name it. CORSAIR is what you make of it, so you'll find what
you're looking for if you want to.