workshops

George Zacharopoulos

La Verdadera Destreza: Working the Angle in Single Sword

 

In this workshop we will work on the angles and offline footwork in attack and defense. How to work properly by keeping your body well structured behind your weapon in order to make it more difficult for your opponent to retaliate with a counter or a first tempo attack to your openings. We will examine the ways to create an angle by using your body, your arms or your blade. Our guide will mainly be the treatise of the Spanish Maestro Francisco Lorenz de Rada “Nobleza de la espada” (1705). 

Level: All

Equipment: sword (rapier or sidesword ) , mask , gloves, chest protection (optional)

Rapier and Dagger: Nicoletto Giganti

Altough Giganti says that the art lies in single sword he has several plays with the dagger in both of his treatises : “Scola, overo, teatro” (1606) amd “ Libro secondo” (1608). We will focus on his 4 basic dagger parries and on his single tempo attack-defense plays. Time permitted we can ecplore more “spicy” stuff....
Level: All
Equipment: sword (rapier or sidesword ), dagger , mask , gloves, chest protection (optional)

Richard Marsden

Polish Saber

 

Polish Saber is a lost art that has been rediscovered and interpreted by Richard Marsden with the help of an international team. By looking at a variety of sources from Poland and elsewhere, Richard breaks down the Polish saber, the context of it, as well as techniques that were used for a weapon that defined Poland's Golden era.

Mariana López Rodríguez

Introduction to Wrestling for Small Framed Athletes


This workshop will focus on the basic skills necessary to learn wrestling. Instead of focusing on learning a few throws that will hardly be useful without training, the goal is to provide the student with skills that will be useful to respond to a wrestling situation that may occur during sparring, as well as how to continue to study on their own. Topics will include learning how to properly fall, basic grips & holds and how to break them, & maintaining balance while breaking your opponent’s balance. The workshop will pay special attention to situations small framed individuals might face and adaptations necessary to work with heavier opponents. While this workshop is aimed at people interested in learning wrestling for the first time, it is also encouraged for longsword fighters who want to have a more complete set of skills for close combat scenarios.

Anthony Buonomo

MS I.33 - The Useful Stuff

One of the biggest problems with applying I.33 in a sparring situation is that most people don't practice I.33 (and even fewer do it the way I like to teach it). This workshop will be focusing on some of the more interesting and useful techniques of the system, with a focus on things that have a high chance of working against people who aren't explicitly doing I.33 style techniques.

Josh Furrate

Krumphau as the Offensive Parry


This class is based on the idea of using the Krump to enter a fight safely and then strike at your opponent. We will see how this can be achieved by going through various plays from the sources. This workshop will emphasize body mechanics, footwork, and targeting.

 

Required equipment: Mask, feder, and gorget

Anna McGarry

So You’re a Teacher! 

 

You have skills and an understanding that set you apart as well as a drive to share your knowledge with those around you.  This is a noble pursuit and while enthusiasm goes a long ways, it doesn’t always answer the questions of “What do I teach this week?” or “Why can’t <Insert Sword Student Name Here> understand what I am trying to teach?”  It can be daunting to structure a sword program, present material in teachable chunks, or distill down to a set of teaching goals.  This workshop aims to demystify, enlighten, and offer all the sweet hacks years of teaching experience can bring.  Culture crafting, beginner experience, lesson goals, movement initiation, and how it applies to swinging swords will all be touched upon in this hour long workshop.  The concepts presented are designed to spark conversation, new ideas, and refresh one’s practice.

David Rowe

The Parry Trap, Faking It, & the Four Letter Word: Why your fencing sucks and how to fix it


 “This technique doesn’t work, it’s worthless!” How many times have you heard this, or thought it yourself? Well practicing techniques is worthless without understanding how, when, and why to employ them.  Footwork and distance control is the basis of all fencing, and in this workshop participants will learn to use it as the basis on which to build tactical frameworks to analyze and understand your opponent, to employ feints and deceptions, to set a trap and lure your opponent into it, and when and why to use different types of attacks. Students will learn and practice drills they can take with them to hone their sense of distance and timing as they learn to start thinking deeper about strategy and tactics. 

 

This workshop is open to all weapon types.

Jason Barrons

Probing

 

Or, how to make Provoker, Taker, Hitter more effective in your fencing.

Required equipment: mask, gloves, sword 
Recommended equipment: jacket and elbow pads

Hans Heim

Disarms, Disarms, Disarms

The fencing book of Johannes Lebküchner shows over 50 different disarms.

In this workshop we will learn the most important of them.

 

You need for this workshop:

  • One Langes Messer or a one handed sword of any kind

  • Light gloves

  • One or two carrots, no bananas or cucumbers allowed!

 

The lecture will be about the historical pictures and there influence to our sport. 

Majken Roelfszema

Core Fencing Principles

 

This workshop will focus on strengthening an existing understating of principles which are central to fencing. We will go over material relative to defense, bindwork, and footwork, and the workshop will be taught with Longsword- though these principles can be applied to any weapon. Some experience is expected, and fencers will need to come prepared with a Longsword, mask, gloves, and gorget.

David Rowe & Mariana López Rodríguez

Medieval Dagger: Close Quarters Combat

Often overlooked and misunderstood, Medieval Dagger fighting was a simple, elegant, yet brutally effective system of close quarters combat.  This workshop will explore the essential techniques and principals for fighting with the dagger in  both armored and unarmored contexts in dagger vs. dagger and unarmed vs. dagger scenarios.  Participants will learn the basic attacks, parries, disarms, as well as drills & exercises to develop confidence and proficiency with the dagger.  Participants will require a fencing mask and dagger simulator (a rolled up newspaper will work if no dagger simulator available).  Wrestling or fencing jacket is recommended but not required. All levels of experience welcome.

lectures

Jean Henri Chandler

"Between the princely houses and the urban staghounds: knightly feuding in the age of Talhoffer.”

This is a one hour lecture broken down into four parts:

First, a brief history of what a knight really was in the Holy Roman Empire (covering ministerials, niederer adel, peasant and burgher knights, ritterbrudern, and princes). We’ll explore the difference between knightly status and aristocratic rank, and the differences in what knighthood meant in different parts of Late Medieval Europe.

Second, a brief history and introduction of the concept of the fehde in Central Europe, the feud system. We’ll take a look at the fehdbrief or feud letter, with details of some actual feuds along with their consequences and outcomes. We’ll also look at the concept of the raubritter or robber knight, and some of the reasons feuds were instigated.

Third, we will examine the formal and informal rules of the feud, the various limitations imposed on ‘private war’, and the risks of violating them. We look at a few of the names in the ‘feud book’ of Nuremberg and will show where the fencing masters Talhoffer and Paulus Kal appear in the context of feuds involving that city. We’ll show two examples of feuds leading to significant wars.

Finally in the fourth part of the lecture we will review the implications of this data with an eye toward the basis of training or tournament rules for modern historical fencers.

Chase Ables & Robert Kilbourn

Viking Age Combat

 

This lecture will discuss the modern reconstruction of Viking age combat, touching on all relative aspects from the history of Viking age warfare and equipment to modern applications of group fighting. There will be opportunities for questions at the end of the presentation, and the lecture is open to everyone.

Richard Marsden

The sources were not written and illustrated in a vacuum, but rather in a rich and complicated world. Historical European Martial Arts in its Context places the sources in a time and place with details about single-combat, duels, tournaments, self-defense, war as well as the Masters and their treatises. 

In this lecture, Richard Marsden approaches the 'why' behind the treatises and delves into Europe's martial culture from the 14th through 18th century. HEMA is thus explored on the blood-soaked fields of battle, in the dark alleys of dangerous cities, and under the shade of trees where illicit duels might be fought.

Hans Heim

Treatise images and their relevance

Treatises feature two distinct parts- text and images. The translated portions of text are usually enough to provide much insight into the techniques they describe and the pictures can often be difficult to decipher or generally poorly drawn, to the point where the images are overlooked entirely. 

This lecture will focus on the importance of analyzing the images which accompany the techniques, and discuss why it is important to avoid relying on the text alone for reconstruction of historical techniques.