20th Anniversary Tournament

Rose & Thorns Historical Fencing Symposium

Mar 28 at 9:00 AM – Mar 29 at 7:00 PM PDT

Gold Country Fairgrounds

1273 High St, Auburn, California 95603

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Experience the art of the sword.  A full weekend event featuring world class fencing instructors, prize tournaments, demonstrations and more in the beautiful Sierra Foothills.

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, Diamond Rose Academie D’Armes proudly presents Rose and Thorns Historical Fencing Symposium , to be held in Auburn, CA March 28 & 29th, 2020.

Northern California has a high density of exceptionally talented practitioners of western martial arts, and Rose and Thorns hopes to create an opportunity for that talent to be displayed and shared publicly. This brand new event offers an entire weekend of historical fencing tournaments and workshops for all experience levels, as well as opportunity for spectation and introductory classes for anyone with a new interest in the art of the sword.

This event will be held in the heart of the Sierra Foothills at the beautiful Gold Country Fairgrounds. The 11,000 sq ft. venue known as the  'Armory Building' features athletic floors, easy access, and free parking.

Whether you’re picking up a blade for the very first time, or duelling your way to the top of one of our prize tournaments, this event has a role for you.  Fencers from HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) , independent organizations, and classical fencing schools  will all be represented to test their skill at arms, teach lessons in their areas of expertise, and forge new connections. Tournaments will include Open Rapier, Beginner’s Rapier, Smallsword, 19th c. Dueling Sword and more ! The event is open to all fencers and to the general public.


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