The Academy Diploma
One of the greatest privileges of any President of the Academy is that of presenting this Diploma to a newly qualified Fencing Master. Only those who have trod the long road towards that moment can appreciate just how much work, both mental and physical goes into reaching this award and those who receive it are justly proud of what it represents.
Every time a Diploma is awarded, the Academy acknowledges its debt to the past, represented by the distinguished fencing masters whose name appear on the certificate. In this 60th year of the refounding of the Academy, the Diploma has been redesigned to include the names of more recent and current distinguished members and presidents. In doing so, the Academy reaffirms its commitment to the constant evolution of fencing and to the most modern aspects of the sport.
The following names are inscribed upon the BAF Diploma
Peter Beste One of the first masters mentioned in the Slone Ms (Papers of the Masters of Defence of London, Temp Henry VIII to 1590). He appears as one of the masters involved in the playing of the Master's Prize of William Hunt in 1555 and can therefore in a sense be said to be one of our first recorded diploma examiners.
Gauthier Trophy Winners
This is the most prestigious trophy the Academy can award and is presented every four years in recognition of the achievements of a fencing master who in the opinion of the committee has made a significant contribution to fencing. The trophy was given to the Academy by John Emrys Lloyd (b 1908) in recognition of the lessons and dedication to training he received from Professor André Gauthier. J. Emrys Lloyd fenced both foil and sabre in the Olympic Games from 1932 to 1952 and was 7 times British Foil Champion.
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