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Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/22(Mon)06:15 No. 1665

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Good day fine gents!
I was taking a stroll the other day when I came across a new fencing academy near a local park. I was immediately hypnotized by the beauty of a particularly graceful match, and it got me wondering, what other gentlemanly sports there might be out there?

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/22(Mon)16:07 No. 1668

I, too, have found fencing to be a true gentleman's sport, as it requires both a quick wit as well finesse. In this same category I have put polo which takes, I believe, a level of talent unseen by the "average joe"; also, a connection between the rider and horse that is often underappreciated by those who have never had a close relationship with one of the creatures.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/23(Tue)04:53 No. 1670

Elegance at it's finest.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/25(Thu)11:26 No. 1677

I consider rugby a gentleman's sport. One must be physically fit and willing to level the other team while maintaining a disposition of dignity.
Also, unlike football, rolling on the ground sobbing is not done. The level of respect towards the referee is what I appreciate too.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/25(Thu)15:06 No. 1678

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Unlike many other sports. fencing requires great concentration and the respect towards the referee makes him the 'God' of the bout. In the sport of fencing, there are three different types of swords, which all acquire a high level of mastering. Foil is the one, it not only is about who "pokes each other first," but is about tactical skill in both defensive skill and attacking in a manner that "over powers" the other opponent. The example of a "simple attack" could be "parried" and if the if "riposted" the point (touche) goes to defending fencer.

Fine Plutonium Broker 12/10/25(Thu)16:55 No. 1679


It is also played without all that silly padding American footballers wear. I can far more respect a rugby player who is willing to step onto a field and clash with his fellow man without several inches of unwieldy plastic and foam strapped to his person.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/26(Fri)21:11 No. 1686

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list of classy sports:
- fencing
- rugby
- badminton
- polo
- equestrian
- croquet
- skiing
- golf
- tennis
- soccer
- figure skating

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/27(Sat)21:10 No. 1690

I say, honest chap, that rugby is hardly a gentlemens endeavor.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/28(Sun)04:46 No. 1691

In agreement, I as well say that rugby may not be a civil game, though it is indeed better then American football, ol' chap.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/03(Sat)04:44 No. 1705


How could you exclude cricket, the quintessential "gentleman's game", from your list? I dare say, a most egregious oversight.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/03(Sat)19:41 No. 1706

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lord, what have I done?

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/03(Sat)20:21 No. 1708

Would sports of the mind and hand-eye coordination also befit a gentleman? Of course, I refer to such recreations as billiards, darts, archery, and rifling.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/04(Sun)07:07 No. 1713

Skeet shooting as well as Bocce ball are the sports of true gentelman

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/05(Mon)16:52 No. 1719

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It really takes me by surprise that none of you, fine gents in here, has yet mentioned the most classy sport ever practiced by man.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/06(Tue)02:50 No. 1720

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In all honesty, Hockey.

Although embraced by unrefined ruffians,
I really enjoy the high-speed nature of the game.

Without the fighting, of course.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/06(Tue)16:04 No. 1723

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I enjoy a good game of Magic: the Gathering, it requires huge amount of mental skill, as such on fencing and chess.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/06(Tue)18:29 No. 1724

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While the quality of the aforementioned athletic endeavors cannot be disputed, I do believe you gentlemen are remiss, in that you have neglected to mention that other most gentlemanly of combat arts: fisticuffs.

You will find that the accompanying image is related to the discussion at hand, as it depicts two gentlemen preparing to engage in fisticuffs.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/07(Wed)15:33 No. 1726


While the art of rapier fencing is undoubtedly a fine endeavor, i cannot help but find myself drawn it's more superficially cred predecessor; Historical martial swordplay. While a bout with a Longsword, or indeed a sword & Shield may seem far more crude by comparison, my undertaking of study has revealed to me this is not exactly so. Indeed, It requires as much skill, daring, and technique as a saber-bout, if not more-so.

What say you?

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/08(Thu)09:15 No. 1731

I find the application of physics and geometry in German long sword treatises to be a most pleasing field of study.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/09(Fri)08:52 No. 1732

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Figure skating? Seriously?

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/12(Mon)05:36 No. 1733

What do you Gentlemen think of Sumo Wrestling? It truly is a window into a finer era.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/12(Mon)06:50 No. 1734


Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/12(Mon)19:48 No. 1735

I agree

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/15(Thu)06:26 No. 1736

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If any of you gents happen to ever be in Vancouver Canada, there is a fairly big fencing competition there this weekend.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/15(Thu)06:27 No. 1738

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swarthy peasant Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/15(Thu)06:33 No. 1740

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Whoops, wrong thread.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/05/16(Thu)14:03 No. 2338

Although I stand here surrounded by mostly western classy sports, one cannot forget out gentlemanly brothers in the East. Particularly, Japan's Kendojutsu, and more specifically, a battle of Battojutsu.

I shall take the liberty of introducing Battojutsu.

Battojutsu is actually a battle of speed. It is a race between two swordsmen who will draw their swords in record time. Unlike other common jutsu like karatedo, Aikido and kendojutsu, Battojutsu is reserved for the most privileged and most skillful swordsmen. Luckily, I have been endowed with such knowledge. However, to actually practice it is very hard, and I perform it with such clumsiness and crassness that if I were to use it in a medieval fight, I would have most certainly lost.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/05/16(Thu)20:22 No. 2340

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Sophisticated Gentleman 13/05/16(Thu)20:25 No. 2341

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Sir+Doc 13/05/18(Sat)07:51 No. 2345

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And,, of course, the greatest sport of all...

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/06/25(Tue)09:31 No. 2415

I must respectfully disagree. Football is a game for gentlemen played by ruffians. Rugby is a game for ruffians played by gentlemen.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/09/21(Sat)09:32 No. 2548

I consider myself to be a gentleman, and I act as professionally as possible, whenever possible. I for one would add boxing to the list, being both a patron, and practitioner of said activity. Though, recently I've had a slight falling out with it, namely after receiving a dirty left elbow from the scoundrel in blue corner, by god it was hard enough to knock the fillings from Atlas' mighty teeth! Though I tried to turn the tide on the whelp, he proved to much for my mitted hands. Though that is neither here nor there.

reply to 1665 Anonymous 13/09/26(Thu)08:15 No. 2557

I find polo to be a rather entertaining sport, as well as golf.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/09/30(Mon)04:33 No. 2558

The only sport I participate in is chess using human servants to kill each other on a large grass board. Juilo has a hard time keeping the kentucky blue out of the monkey grass.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/10/12(Sat)05:50 No. 2574

I am, I must admit, quite surprised that Canne du Combat has not been mentioned! The quintessential gentleman's sport, truly, as it takes advantage of a gentleman's cane for use as a weapon.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/10/24(Thu)09:34 No. 2580

No Archery?

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/11/24(Sun)01:34 No. 2611

Good God, ruffians have attempted to hijack this fencing thread and take it to Thugsville, which is a step worse than LoutBurg. Time to correct that. ahem...

I have fenced sabre for nearly ten years. I have been the US National Champion once, and have had the privilege of serving overseas on the US National Team.

Fencing is like playing a first person shooter, but against a physical opponent in hair trigger time. It is exhilarating.

Beginners are welcomed with open arms, as we all remember our first days with a blade. Fencing clubs are also a great way of meeting other very bright individuals. It is very safe, injuries are rare. It's also amazingly good, low impact very high caloric burn exercise. Also, stick with it and you'll develop insanely fast reflexes; not a bad thing when driving a car.

If you have questions, please feel free to ask.

In parting, I leave you with my absolute favorite fencing goods supplier, Leon Paul. I would no more step into combat without Leon Paul equipment than fight naked with only a stick as a weapon.

Sophisticated Gentleman 20/06/16(Tue)00:28 No. 3569

Really easy to narrow down your identity from this post if what you say is true, just fyi

Sophisticated Gentleman 20/08/29(Sat)21:30 No. 3577

It's been seven years. He's already made a new identity.

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