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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Zeb Rentz-Bjorge, right, battles with Stefan Tzourakis, as Members of the United Clans Swordsman Association compete in the Long Sword on the east side of Liberty Park, , Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Swords unsheathed in friendly competition at Liberty Park
First Published Apr 12 2014 04:13 pm • Last Updated Apr 14 2014 09:06 am

The sound of swords on shields rang through Liberty Park on Saturday as members of the United Clans Swordsman Association competed in European martial arts.

Members of the group fought in various disciplines including the Long sword, Short Sword, Dagger, and unarmed fighting and defense.

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The public could not participate but was invited to watch.

"There is a huge misconception that in Europe, the fighting style until fairly recently was very simply hacking and slashing at each other. The idea that there were no martial arts of Europe, could not be further from the truth. This martial art is just as complex as anything taught in the east and the system is as complex as anything found there," says Michael Ricks, a UCSA instructor.

The association has two classes each week, one on Friday nights and another from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays at Liberty Park.

For more information on the UCSA, go to www.theucsa.com.

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