Bolognese single sword

Instructor: Gindi Wauchope

Weapons covered: spada / sidesword

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and sidesword

This class will explore some of the distinctive elements of fencing with a single sword in the Bolognese tradition, with special reference to Giovanni dall’Agocchie’s 1572 text, “Dell’Arte di Scrima Libri Tre”. We will go through examples of the basic parries, the tactical framework, and how to win a duel with only thirty days of training.

Exercises for the bâton à deux bouts

Instructor: Graeme Anderson

Weapons covered: quarterstaff

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and quarterstaff /staff (>150 cm)

A few of the solo exercise forms for the French quarterstaff and similar weapons and a brief look at practical applications.

Fiore’s sword in two hands

Instructor: Gindi Wauchope

Weapons covered: longsword

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and longsword

Fiore’s Armizare is a combat system where 20% of the techniques solve 80% of problems. This class will cover those 20% techniques including a tactical tree, key footwork and guards, and useful grappling actions and if there is time we may also look at some of the same actions in the context of other weapons/situations.

Fundamentals of English Wrestling

Instructor: Matthew Boyd

Weapons covered: unarmed combat / grappling

Equipment: TBA

In the British Isles knowing how to wrestle seems to have been almost assumed cultural knowledge. Indeed, George Silver (1599) wrote that if two men of equal skill with the sword meet the man who is the better wrestler has a great advantage. Zach Wylde (1711) notes that Wrestling is “”highly necessary and convenient to be Understood.”” Thomas Parkyns (1727) writes that wrestling “”is of great utility to such as understand the smallsword.

This workshop presents an introduction to British wrestling using Silver, Wylde and Parkyns as primary sources studying grips, holds and throws to back up your skill at arms.

Fundamental principles of combat with large shields

Instructor: Stephen Hand

Weapons covered: Sword & Shield

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and sword and shield (some loaner shields may be available)

Despite showing vastly different sizes and shapes of shield, the duelling shield sections of various 15th century German manuals and the sword and rotella sections of 16th century Italian manuals show identical guards and parries. These guards and parries are also illustrated in earlier medieval artwork indicating a continuity in the style of shield use over many centuries. This class outlines the system of shield use described in the 15th and 16th century manuals and is applicable to all large flat or gently curved shields.

How to get the Most out of Highly Limited Sparring Time

Instructor: Stuart McDermid

Weapons covered: Any HEMA suitable weapon.

Equipment requirements: Any HEMA suitable weapon. Full sparring kit desirable but not essential. (We can do this with boffers if necessary)

Making the most of your sparring time is not just about maximising the amount of useful time everyone spends working. It’s also about the structure of your practice, and what is expected of those who are not currently sparring.

This workshop will need a number of volunteers to actually do some sparring so that the method can be demonstrated. These people will receive coaching so this is a great opportunity to get some coaching from a new perspective.

How to train Meyer

Instructor: Mark Holgate

Weapons covered: single and two handed swords

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and a single handed sword or longsword

Joachim Meyer is one of the first historical masters to give us structured drills for practice. Everyone knows the “Meyer Square”, but less practitioners use the set of drills outlined in his Dussack section. These four drills are enormously beneficial in developing effective movement and power generation for fencing. This workshop will apply these actions to two handed weapons as well as single handers. It will also outline the connections between these drills and many of Meyer’s other techniques.

Introduction to Saviolo

Instructor: Stephen Hand

Weapons covered: rapier / sidesword

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and sidesword or rapier

In 1595 the Italian fencing master Vincentio Saviolo wrote the first comprehensive fencing manual in English. He described a hybrid rapier system combining Italian and Spanish principles which so disgusted George Silver that it prompted him to write Paradoxes of Defence. This class outlines the basic principles of Saviolo’s system of single rapier.

Marozzo’s Dagger Presa

Instructor: Richard Cullinan

Weapons covered: dagger

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and a dagger (some loaner daggers will be available)

Marrozo’s dagger presa in the last book of his Treatise ʺOpera Novaʺ are a succinct guide to unarmed defence against the dagger. In this class we’ll be taking a systematic look at Marrozo’s methods for dealing with the dagger, and building knowledge of an elegant solution to the problem of facing a dagger unarmed.

Molinetti actions with Spadone (Greatsword)

Instructor: Richard Cullinan

Weapons covered: spadone / greatsword

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and greatsword or staff (~150 – 180 cm)

Applications of the molinetti with the spadone, which is one of the primary ways of developing powerful blows with the weapon. This class will help you develop an understanding of how the action can be used in offence and defence, as well as being a vigorous workout.

Radaellian Sabre Fencing on Horseback

Instructor: Sebastian Seager

Weapons covered: sabre

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and sabre

Giuseppe Radaelli was responsible for reforming the cavalry sabre system used by the Italian army in the latter half of the 19th century. His revolutionary method consisted of using the elbow as the main point of rotation in the cuts and accompanying all movements of the sabre with movement of the torso in order to produce power and increase the reach of the blow. This workshop will explore the cavalry system based on Radaelli’s method as taught in the Italian army (sans horses).

Right, left and down; power generation & defensive structure for Meyer’s Rappier from the Lund Codex

Instructor: Kimito Wynn

Weapons covered: rapier / sidesword

Equipment requirements: mask, light gloves, and sidesword / arming sword

As written in his 1568 book, Meyer’s rappier represents an attempt to codify an indigenous Germanic cut and thrust tradition, while the systems has superficial similarities to Italian side sword traditions an examination of power generation and defensive body mechanics reveals a distinct system entirely consistent with the German fencing theory.

Single Handed Sword According to Andre Paurenfeindt

Instructor: Stuart McDermid

Weapons covered: Any single handed sword under about 38 inches in the blade.

Equipment requirements: Mask, gloves, and any single handed sword under about 38 inches in the blade.

Andre Paurenfeindt occupies a unique place in the Lichtenauer Tradition. His messer in particular is unique in that it is not just a messer system but is designed for any single handed sword including the “thrusting sword”. As an introduction to the system, we will explore selected plays and will work with both matched and mismatched weapons to see just how universally they can be made to work.

16th century movement: Swords, Clowns, and Contra posto

Instructor: Mark Holgate

Weapons covered: single and two handed swords

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and a single handed sword or longsword

Drawing from contemporary ballet and clowning as well as fencing texts, this workshop looks at 16th fencing in the larger context of its broader movement culture – increasingly athletic and dynamic, with a radically different approach to movement, whether combative or expressive, than our own. We will be examining (and practising) physical actions including open body actions and contra posto, as well as mental aspects like structured improvisation.

Instructor: Brett Kagan

Weapons covered: N/A

Equipment requirements: N/A

The performance of martial arts requires adept control over our own bodies, shaping them to perform specific tasks. What is often overlooked is how we also literally reshape our brain to facilitate this. This workshop will cover, in brief, the neuroscience behind how we learn, remember techniques and train reactions. This will include a simple explanation of different brains regions related for memory storage and how we may access them more quickly. The workshop aims to provide practitioners the knowledge to enhance their future development by increasing their understanding of how to train their brain along with their body.

Spear and Shield – a workshop on the use of the single-handed spear and large round flat shield

Instructor: Peter Radvan

Weapons covered: spear & shield

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, spear, and shield

This will be a workshop on the use of the most ubiquitous weapon combination of the Ancient World and post-Roman Europe. For a number of reasons, not least being lack of written documentation, spear and shield is one of the least understood weapons in HEMA and Historical Re-enactment. This workshop endeavors to overcome this by use of the rich illustrative documentation available, coupled with my own practical research.

Twirling, twirling towards freedom!

Instructor: Daniel Collins

Weapons covered: montante / greatsword

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and greatsword or staff (~150 – 180 cm)

Do you often find yourself fighting numerous goons in a narrow street? How about on a slightly wider street? A gangplank? Well we’ve got the solution for you! In this workshop we will cover a basic introduction to the use of the Iberian Montante in a variety of different spaces. Never again will you fall victim to the problem of a big sword in a small passage.

When Angles Dance in Angels and the Importance of Dynamic Movement: A Perspective on Thibault’s Rapier

Instructor: Brett Kagan

Weapons covered: rapier

Equipment requirements: mask, gloves, and rapier

Gérard Thibault wrote one of the most elaborate sources on rapier combat, painstakingly utilizing geometry and logic to defend his unorthodox style of swordsmanship. However, the magnitude of the work coupled with many unique actions is both blessing and curse, often overwhelming prospective students and leading them to overcomplicate movements. This workshop will explore the dynamic movement that underpins Thibault’s system before highlighting the simplicity of the key principles of the system. The workshop aims to provide practitioners with the ability to translate these principles into their chosen styles or aid them in their own pursuit of Thibault’s work.