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Our classes in Epping will rotate through the various systems researched and taught by Stoccata, and are primarily an introductory course for the system being taught. The classes are led by Provosts Paul Wagner, Richard Cullinan, Peter Radvan, and Stuart McDermid.

Classes are on Monday nights at 7.30 pm.

Time and Place

Classes are on Mondays between 7:30pm and 10:00pm

Chester Street Uniting Church Hall,
Chester St,
Epping

What we do

This year we will be sampling different Longsword systems.

Term 1

Mon Feb 11 – Mon April 15

Class 1: German Longsword

The Longsword was the standard knightly weapon of the European knight, and today is probably the most popular HEMA weapon. The first system we will be exploring is that of Liechtenaur tradition that had its origins in the 1300s (possibly earlier) and was still being used as the basis for the principles of swordsmanship in the late 1600s.

Class 2: English Backsword according to George Silver

The works of George Silver provide the fundamental principles of English combat, and his Backsword system is a simple but effective medieval-style form of combat that provides a solid foundation for all other weapons.

Special Classes:
During freeplay time on Feb 25-March 11 we will be offering a short course in Irish Shillealeagh fencing, which will culminate in a Shillealeagh Tournament on Monday March 18 in honour of St Patrick’s Day.

Term 2

Mon April 29 – Mon July 1

Note there will be NO CLASS on Monday June 10 (Queens Birthday) as that weekend we will be hosting the Australian Western Martial Arts Conference

Class 1: Italian Longsword

The Longsword was the standard knightly weapon of the European knight, and today is probably the most popular HEMA weapon. This term we will be exploring Italian Knightly Combat according to Fiore de Liberi, who left us four illustrated versions of his text on the arte delle armi, which is the martial art of the 15th Century knight or man at arms and incorporates wrestling, the dagger, use of the longsword in one or two hands, pollaxe and spear.

Class 2: English Backsword according to Pallas Armata

Pallas Armata is an anonymous English manual written in 1639, and provides a useful addendum to Silver’s system, particularly in regards to thrusting and fighting from extended Guards. It covers Rapier and Backsword, but specifies the Rapier should be short, and is best though of as a cut-and-thrust system, suitable for either broadsword or “sidesword” – students may even use a Longsword if they so desire.

Term 3

Monday July 22 – Monday Sept 23

Class 1: English Longsword

The Longsword was the standard knightly weapon of the European knight, and today is probably the most popular HEMA weapon. This term we will look at the English system, designed for a weapon short and light enough that it could be wielded in one hand as well as two.

Class 2: English Backsword according to Pallas Armata

We continue looking at Pallas Armata.

Term 4

Monday Oct 14 – Monday Dec 9

Class 1 & 2: Practical Longsword

The Longsword was the standard knightly weapon of the European knight, and today is probably the most popular HEMA weapon. This term we will look the strengths and weaknesses of the various systems, how they might counter each other, and what aspects are the most practical when engaging in competitive freeplay.

Special Classes:

Monday November 11: Remembrance Day World War Martial Arts

Note there will be no class on Monday October 28 (Play rehearsal)

Schedule Of Fees

One Weapon (casual): $20
Two Weapons (casual): $30
Full Term (one weapon): $170
Concession: $120
Full Term (two weapons): $250
Concession: $170

Get in touch with us
Paul Wagner: Ph 0400 262001

Email:
info@stoccata.org

Contact Information:

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PH: 0400 262 001

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