Programme

Programme

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Programme

Friday
12:00 ish The campsite opens
18:00 ish Melee Games using Spes foam swords
Zako Powell
Saturday Area 1
Longsword
Area 2
Sidesword/Sabre
Area 3
Cool Stuff
Area 4
Sparring
09:00-10:45 How to Deal With Campers
Bart Jongmsa
To engage, to disengage and not to engage. Working on mechanical advantage in Bolognese sidesword.
Alexander Makarov
Blood Hardened
Daniel Jones
11:00-12:45 Fiore’s Longsword: Breaking the Thrust
Jonathan Middleton
The South Italian Sidesword of Marc’Antonio Pagano (1553)
Piermarco Terminiello
Introduction of Figueiredo’s Montante
James Wiggins
12:45-14:00 Complimentary lunch at the clubhouse
14:00-15:45 Tactics and development for competitive fencing
Mark Wilkie
How to Fence like a Victorian British Officer: A complete instruction in just one session!
Jack Butcher
Bartitsu Cane 101
Peter Smallridge
16:00-18:30 Longsword Open Steel
Longsword Open Synthetic
James Wiggins
18:00 ish Complimentary BBQ at the clubhouse
20:00 ish Nerf Gun Battle
Sunday Area 1
Longsword
Area 2
Sidesword/Broadsword
Area 3
Cool Stuff
Area 4
Sparring
09:00-10:45 Meyer’s Feints and The Craft
Nick Laing
The Close Play – Grips, Trips & Dirty Tricks
Jay Maxwell
Brief tour of Fiore dei Liberi’s Dagger and how it relates and links to the wider system of armizare.
Rob Lovett
11:00-12:45 Coming to the Fight
Tea Kew
Thomas page’s use of the broadsword
Thomas McConnell
Coached Sparring & Getting the most from free fencing
Mike Smallridge
12:45-14:00 Complimentary lunch at the clubhouse
13:45-14:00 Competitors gather for equipment check and briefing
14:00-16:30 Sidesword Open Steel
Basket Hilt Open Synthetic
James Wiggins
Monday
10:00 The campsite closes

 

Class Descriptions

 Jack Butcher How to Fence like a Victorian British Officer: A complete instruction in just one session!

A whistle-stop tour through Angelo’s Infantry Sword Exercise, covering all the basics and fundamentals before moving onto more advanced drills as time permits. By the end of the session you’ll all be able to pass muster at the review, just as would have been required in 1845. Some techniques, drills and lessons will also be drawn from Hutton and Waite.

No previous knowledge or experience required. The class is aimed at beginners and those at an intermediate level interested in Angelo

A fencing mask and light drilling glove recommended but not required. If students have their own sabres, either steel or nylon, then please bring them. Otherwise I can provide some nylon weapons to those that don’t.

 Bart Jongmsa How to Deal With Campers

It is an often repeated piece of advice that in longsword, one shouldn’t stay put in one guard for too long. This in fact goes back to the original historical manuals, where fencing masters like Hanko Döbringer advised ‘Frequens Motus’ or constant motion, flowing from one guard into the next. At the same time however, it is also often advised not to directly attack someone who remains ‘camped’ in a guard for an extended period, as they’ll likely also have a plan ready. How then does one deal with this camped fighter?

In this workshop, we will be examining several solutions to this problem, from direct attacks into the guard while retaining cover to provocations to draw the opponent out of their camped position.

Some previous experience with (German) longsword is recommended.

Minimum gear: longsword, mask, throat guard, gloves. Jacket optional.

Daniel Jones

Blood Hardened

“the hilted sword was named Hrunting
that was one of previous treasure;
the sword was of iron, decorated with poisonous stripes,
hardened by blood-shed in battle.”

Steel is an alloy comprised of Iron and carbonthe different methods, quantities and trace elements with which these are combined can yield an incredible variety of different properties in the end product, From strength and toughness required for a sword  to more aesthetic qualities like surface patterns and finish this process has attracted mysticism like a magnet.

In this class we will be examining the esoteric metallurgy of the medieval alchemists methods of transforming soft iron into carbon steel. Working from Theophilius Presbyters 1120, Peter Jordans “Stahel und eyssen” 1530 and everyone’s favourite flourishing monk Hanko Dobringer 1400

You will get a chance to case harden a small iron blade using traditional equipment such as a bag bellow and hearth them polishing it to reveal the pattern beneath. As well as the chance to experiment with some genuine medieval alchemic formulas and discussing with some of the reasons they might have chosen their more cryptic sources of carbon. Like Blood, Valerian, Wolf pelts and Egerlinggrubs,

No Previous metalwork experience required. If you would like to keep you blade at the end there will be a charge of £12. This workshop is otherwise free

Tea Kew

Coming to the Fight 

This class is intended as an introductory session on some of the core tactics used in early Liechtenauer glosses. We’ll look at the three main ways to cross the threshold and begin to fight:

* Pressure with the long point
* Use the vorsetzen
* Nachreissen

This class assumes that fencers are passingly familiar with the krumphaw, zwerhaw, schilhaw and schaitelhaw. If you would like a quick primer on these, ask Tea beforehand.

Necessary gear: mask, gloves, sword.

 Nick Laing

 

Meyer’s Feints and The Craft.

In Meyer’s conceptions of combat, there exist three main contingents: firstly the cuts and offensive techniques; secondly the parrying and defensive work; thirdly, and perhaps most importantly comes what Meyer refers to simply as “The Craft”, his fighting philosophy. In this class we will utilize a tutorial on Meyer’s feint concepts to explore how to apply this philosophy and render our opponents’ defensive strategies useless.

This class could arguably be applied to any weapon, but it will be taught through the medium of German longsword. Recommended to have at least some experience therein.

You will need Mask, gloves and sword to take part. Also bring a jacket, gorget and groin protection if you have them.

 Rob Lovett

Brief tour of Fiore dei Liberi’s Dagger and how it relates and links to the wider system of armizare.

More to Follow

Alexander Makarov

 

To engage, to disengage and not to engage. Working on mechanical advantage in Bolognese sidesword.

Controlling the opponent’s sword and getting mechanical advantage is one of basics of fencing. In this lesson we will cover how and when a fencer needs to engage with their opponent’s sword, how to get mechanical advantage, how to disengage and how to deal with your opponent if they don’t engage with your sword.

This class is aimed at beginners to intermediate.

Please bring a sidesword, mask and gloves.

Jay Maxwell

The Close Play – Grips, Trips & Dirty Tricks

The third in a series of workshops, we shall be taking a look at the close play, using new sequences of shorter partner drills to build from initial engagement and closing, through the subtleties of misdirection, and on to the grips and grapples that can be used with the longer blade; as well as voids and counters to these same techniques. Care shall need to be taken during the exercises due to the nature of falls and throws, and demonstrated methods of falling safely and assisting the training partner must be observed.

These partner drills are designed to start out simple and build in a manner that allows the combinations to be grasped even by beginners.

Rapier or Sidesword, mask & gloves (jackets recommended)

 Thomas McConnell

 

Thomas page’s use of the broadsword

Covering the principals and lessons of the highland broadsword according to Thomas page, with focus on the importance of the guards and selecting the correct time to attack while remaining safe, and use of timing an opponent and setting this up within an exchange.

A basic understanding in singlehanded hema fencing is required for this class as it’s not a beginners class.

Mask and broadsword or singlestick required. Additional gear can be worn but is not required.

I will also have singlesticks with me for anyone that is interested in learning old style singlestick bouting over the weekend

 Jonathan Middleton

Fiore’s Longsword: Breaking the Thrust

Fiore offers ‘breaking the thrust’ as a counter to a low thrust. It’s strength is in shutting down your opponents attack and denying them options, allowing you to strike whilst they fight to regain control of their weapon. This workshop will explore the technique as presented in the text, working through some variations that develop, and move beyond the text to alternative applications.

Suitable for all levels. Some basic longsword experience recommended.

Equipment required: longsword simulator, mask, gloves, jacket (for nylon jacket recommended but not essential)

 Zako Powell

The Melee Games 

Zako will be breaking the bubbles surrounding everyone by introducing some fun and challenging melee games.

These games will make you work as a team with people you may not know yet to smash the enemies! Some light hearted , less that serious way to introduce yourself and enjoy the great company.

The games are open to everyone.

You will need a mask, gloves, a Spes foam sword and most importantly, bring your welcoming smiles and great sense of humour!

Mike Smallridge

Coached Sparring & Getting the most from free fencing.

A couple of drill-like-games (game-like-drills?) to help get from an isolated technique to a skill applied in fencing.

A couple of technique-less skills to drill.

Some one-to-one coaching (as much as time and numbers permit).

Intermediate longsword fencers will probably get the most from this. I’ll try to be technique-agnostic so the training is applicable to different weapons-sets.

Please bring sufficient equipment to fence with feders/steel.

Peter Smallridge

Bartitsu Cane 101

An introduction to the cane fighting component of Bartitsu.

No previous knowledge required.

Mask and gloves will be helpful.

Piermarco Terminiello

The South Italian Sidesword of Marc’Antonio Pagano (1553)

This workshop will examine the South Italian system of Marc’Antonio Pagano (1553). We will starting by examining his guards, cuts, and footwork comparing and contrasting with the better-known Bolognese school. We will then focus on his tactical framework, exploring three modes of engagement: gioco terminato, gioco tentato and gioco finto – in modern terms: committed play, eyes-open play, and deceitful play.

This workshop is suitable for fencers of any experience level.

Any one handed sword or simulator, mask & gloves (jackets recommended)

 James Wiggins

Introduction of Figueiredo’s Montante

More to Follow

 Mark Wilkie

Tactics and development for competitive fencing

More to Follow

 

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