Classes

SATURDAY

9:30-11:00

German Longsword - Dean Davidson

This session will focus on the fundamental mechanics of the small frame and the control of the centre line in the Liechtenauer tradition.

9:30-11:00

The basics of I33 - Herbert Schmidt

Te I.33 offers an intricate system of sword and buckler fighting. The goal of this workshop is to give an understanding of the basic technical and tactical approaches that are found in the manuscript. The workshop will give you the foundation for sword and buckler fighting and for understanding the I.33.

11:10-12:40

Montante - Luke Ireland

Montante according to Figueiredo

The aim will be to provide an introduction to Dom Diogo Gomes de Figueiredo's Memorial Da Prattica do Montante. Over the course of the day, we will be working on many of the simple rules included in Figueiredo's treatise, as well as expanding upon their use beyond the confines of the rules.

Kit required: Mask, gloves, montante/spadone if you have one, longsword waster or a staff no taller than yourself if you do not.

11:10-12:40

One-handed Sword - Rupert Carus

Versatility is one of the keys to unlocking a comprehensive understanding of Fiore’s art. Sword in one hand shouldn’t be considered the ugly twin of two handed sword. The discipline of fighting effectively with a sword in one hand will reap benefits in other areas of your approach to armizare.

Spada una mano calls for precision and tenacity, whilst also allowing for plenty of flourishing and flouncing should that be your thing.

This class we will focus on precision and co-ordination demonstrating how this can be the best means of manipulating timing, distance, aggression and judgement to your advantage. If all you ever do with a sword in one hand is moulinets and cuts then you won’t go far wrong, but we’ll also be covering some great techniques.

Spada una mano present multiple opportunities to harm you opponent, take the Ninth Play for example:

‘You throw a thrust at me and I beat it to the ground.’

Strike One.

‘I see that you are uncovered and I can strike you.’

 Strike Two

‘Also I want to turn you ready to skewer you.’

Strike Three

‘And after I will hurt you in the flank.’

Strike Four

That’s four strikes for the price of one technique. And everyone likes a good skewering.

Minimum equipment: fencing mask, gloves and a two handed steel sword.

Some spare equipment may be available.

1:30-3:00

English Longsword - Stevie Thurston

An introduction to Ledall's Fencing System.

This class will teach the entirety of the The Second Chase, using it look at several of the Roll's key techniques and concepts, the lessons between the techniques, how Ledall fights, and how he structures his teaching.

1:30-3:00

The Master Fight - Mark Berryman

Class description to follow

3:10-4:40

German Dagger - Adam Roylance

Looking at some important body dynamics and principles to make dagger combat as deadly as it should be.

3:10-4:40

Fiore Longsword - Rob Lovett

Cruel and Deadly……Nah – Let’s Scambia

“We are the Thrusts cruel and deadly”

There are 5 thrusts described and shown in Fiore’s manuscripts, two high, two low and one down the middle. Yet if your focus is only on the sword in two hands when looking at the manuscript you will miss how to deal with all the different thrusts, using one technique but performed in different ways depending on the Scholar’s and Companion’s relative positions, in stesso tempo or dui tempi, with lessons taken from the sword in one and two hands, spear, axe, and mounted combat.

This workshop will explore this bringing Fiore’s teachings to the sword in one and two hands, including transitions from zogho largo to zogho stretto, and if you are a student of German schools, rapier or even small sword you will be able to see the connections with Fiore’s system and your own.

Requirements: two handed sword, mask, gloves, and desirable but not essential, a fencing jacket with plastron or some form of chest protection and gorget.

SUNDAY

9:30-11:00

True Times, False Times, Due Times and Undue Times - Mark Hillyard

The works of George Silver introduced a number of concepts concerning time with respect to fencing. These concepts transcend time and culture and therefore are relevant in all times and all places. Unfortunately they are usually misunderstood, often misquoted and very frequently misapplied. In this workshop we will look at a number of plays from the systems of Giacomo di Grassi and Angelo Manciolino in order to explore George Silver’s concepts on time and how these relate to techniques, tactics and strategy of a fight.

9:30-11:00

Fighting the 7 guards of I33 - Herbert Schmidt

The I.33 uses seven wards which determine the strategy in a fight. This workshop covers all seven guards and provides effective techniques against each of them. Given that any fencer starts in one of the seven guards, this workshop will provide what is necessary to deal with the elementary first stage of a fight.

11:10-12:40

Vadi - Jamie MacIver

This class focused on applying the "rotare" or turning principle of the sword from the teachings of Phillpo Vadi.  To understand it, one first needs to follow the fundamental components of Vadi’s longsword system.

We will build gradually to the rotare, by first studying some of the basic structures in Vadi's thrusting mechanics and low guards that differentiate him from other systems. These fundamentals will be applied to a specific play from Vadi, and then generalised to wider applications of the rotare.

11:10-12:40

Poleaxe for all – Mark Lancaster

A look at the poleaxe as a martial weapon against the armoured opponent with attacks and defences. This class will allow those who do not have access to armour to experience some of the poleaxe moves and plays available.

Training poleaxes will be supplied, but please note that there is a limited number of places available. A fencing or HEMA jacket is recommended. Gloves and a fencing mask is required.

1:30-3:00

Rondel Dagger - Bruno Nicoletti

This lesson is an introduction to Fiore dei Liberi's art of fighting with the dagger.

The minimum kit you will need is a mask and a dagger simulator (wooden or plastic). Ideally you should wear protective gloves that cover your wrists.

3:10-4:40

Leckuchner Messer - Chris Halpin & Lauren Ireland

Langes messer according to Johannes Lecküchner

For this class you will need a messer, arming sword or short longsword you can use comfortably in one hand. Steel is preferred but nylon and wood is also acceptable. A fencing mask is recommended, a sense of humour is mandatory.

We'll be taking a look at some of the fundamentals that make messer fencing work including winding and binding as well as closing to the grapple and using the off-hand.

3:10-4:40

Bastoncello stick fighting - Luke Ireland

In this class we shall be examining the Bastoncello section of Fiore dei Liberi's treatises. The Bastoncello was a small stick of office similar to a Field Marshall's baton. We will look at how this can be used as a weapon for self defence as well as extrapolating the principles out into improvised weapons as Fiore tells us we can.

Kit required: Mask, Gloves, Hardwood stick between 12 and 24 inches long, and at least an inch in diameter (Escrima sticks are a good option), Forearm protection is optional but strongly advised as is a cup for the gents. Also, bring along either an old spare t-shirt, a belt, a lanyard, a scarf or a length of rope!