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This Female Fight Club in New York Brings Medieval Fencing to Modern Liberated Era

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The first rule of this female fight club? (Re)make history.

As Great Big Story notes, the competitive historical fencing craze that these women have tapped into follows 14th-century guidelines that were practiced through the 16th century—and have now been updated for 2017.

Collectively, the New York City-based club calls itself Fecht Yeah.

Tanya Smith, a longsword trainer and teacher, explains that she’s behind making the sport competitive, scheduling a women’s tournament that which was “one of the first of its kind in the U.S.” (She’s 5-foot-2, by the way, and her sword reaches to shoulder level.)

Says Smith of her club’s fighting ways: “Women make good fighters, because they want to be there … they do it because they’re passionate about it.”

(Read more about passionate women fighters in RealClearLife‘s feature on championship women’s boxer Terri “The Boss” Moss here.)

Take a look at Great Big Story‘s video below.

—RealClearLife