The Newtown branch of Stoccata offers two different weapons at a time, both

concentrating on the British fencing systems and are led by Provost Paul Wagner.

Time is available in both classes for freeplay and individual revision.

All equipment is provided for newcomers, and first class is free.

Time and Place

Classes are on Saturdays between 15:00 and 17:15

St Stephens Anglican Church Hall
189 Church St, Newtown NSW 2042

What we do

The theme for this year is “The English Arte of Armes”

Schedule

Term 1

Saturday Feb 9 – Saturday April 13

Class 1: 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.

Class 2: English Longsword

The Longsword was the standard knightly weapon of the European knight, and today is

probably the most popular HEMA weapon.

Special Classes:

During freeplay time on Feb 23-March 9 we will be offering a short course in Irish

Shillealeagh fencing, which will culminate in a Shillealeagh Tournament on Saturday

March 16 in honour of St Patrick’s Day.

Term 2

Saturday May 4 – Saturday June 29

Note that there will be NO CLASS on June 8, as that weekend we will be hosting the

Australian Western Martial Arts Conference

Class 1: 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.

Class 2: Montante or Spanish gypsy knife

The Montante is the Spanish name for the Greatsword, a weapon designed to be wielded by

expert swordsman against multiple opponents. We treat it as an “advanced” system, only

suitable for those already competent in Longsword and other weapons.

For those students not experienced enough for the Montante class, we will also be holding Spanish gypsy knife.

Special Classes:

May 4: It’s Star Wars Day, so we will get the Light Sabres out for all aspiring Jedi to try!

May 25: Empire Day Grand Assault

Continuing the grand Victorian custom, we will be hosting an afternoon of martial prowess

using all the grand 19th century weapons.

Note that there will be NO CLASS on June 8, as that weekend we will be hosting the

Australian Western Martial Arts Conference

Term 3

Saturday July 20 – Saturday Sept 14

Class 1: English Backsword according to Pallas Armata

We continue looking at Pallas Armata.

Class 2: English Longsword

The Longsword was the standard knightly weapon of the European knight, and today is

probably the most popular HEMA weapon.

Term 4

Saturday Oct 12 – Saturday Dec 14

Class 1: Quarterstaff

The Quarterstaff was considered superior to all other weapons in single combat, and Silver

also says the Staff forms the basis for all two handed weapons, including the two handed

sword.

Class 2: Shashka according to Sholokov.

Shashka is the weapon of the Cossacks, Sabre with no guard whatsoever. Despite mainly being used on horseback, the shashka was also used in hand to hand combat.

As a living lineage weapon, the sources are minimal. There is no formal training manual of shashka in the Cossack style. However Mikhail Sholokov, a writer who grew up in Cossack country described the fencing he saw in great detail in his novel “And Quiet Flows the Don”. In the absence of a formal manual, this is the closest we have to a written description of the tradition available in English.

Sholokov’s descriptions of the use of shashka in martial combat have informed the material I will be covering this term.

This term we will cover:

The basics: stance, weight, footwork and holding the sword correctly.

Keeping your hands safe: when it’s your responsibility.

Feinting with cuts.

Fencing in continuous motion.

Parrying with beats.

And an end of term special: dual wielding!”

Special Classes:

Saturday November 9: Remembrance Day World War Martial Arts

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

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