Workshops

Saturday

Shifting and Placement as per the Glossators.

Instructor: Lutz Horvath
Experience: from beginners to HEMA grand-parents
Gear: None, specific training-gear is provided by the instructor
Summary:
Footwork is often considered as the ‚poor cusin‘ of our activity, but without a regular and specific training you never will reach the full potential of the noble art of fencing.This workshop will mix the few historical informations wich are in our possession, and playfull, but exhausting, exercises, to understand & integrate a succesfull shifting and a well balanced body.

Druk, druk, druk…

Instructor: Michel Rensen
Experience: This seminar is both for beginner and advanced levels
Gear: longsword, mask, neck protector, chest protector, light gloves. Heavy gloves and fencing jacket recommended.
Summary:
The focus of this workshop is pressure; not just putting tactical pressure on your opponent in Zufechten, but also using and feeling physical pressure in the bind. Using pressure correctly allows you to dictate with far greater certainty the openings your opponent will be forced to give you. In order to explore this principle, we will mainly be using the Zwerchhaw in both Zufechten and Krieg.

Medieval Masters in Modern Self-defence

Instructor: Jem Burke
Experience: This seminar is both for beginner and advanced levels who wish to learn modern HEMA-based self defense.
Gear: groin protector recommended.
Summary:
This workshop will demonstrate several unarmed techniques from well known treatises (such as Fiore’s l’arte dell’armizare) in practical modern self-defense situations. These include, among others, the primary ligadures (soprana, mezzana & sottana) & the straight arm bar. We will go into some basic defense techniques against wrist grabs, strangulations, collar grabs & punches. There will also a ground part, because most people lack knowledge of basic ground fighting techniques and escapes, and many medieval techniques can also be executed on the ground.

Sunday

Dutch Military Sabre

Instructor: Matthys Kool
Experience: Beginners and up
Gear: 20 nylon sabres will be provided. Light glove and mask are encouraged.
Summary:
In this workshop we will work with the Dutch Military Sabre as taught by C. Siebenhaar, sergeant fencing instructor in the Dutch army halfway the 19th century.

How to move into combat and feel the opponent in vor, nach and indes

Instructors: Jan Lund Jespen, and Adriaan van Sprang
Experience: Beginners, and medium experienced
Gear: Gloves, helmets, longsword
Summary:
We will look into different concepts about vorschlag,nachschlag,
where the use of Fühlen can predict, and seize the moment to get to nachreisen. But we will allso practice some footwork and try look at the importance of balance in swordsmanship.

Essential mechanics and techniques of fencing in the tradition of the Towerfechtbuch I.33

Instructor: Christian Schmitt
Experience: This seminar is both for beginner and advanced levels
Gear: Arming sword, buckler
Summary:
In this seminar I would like to teach you some essential mechanics and techniques of fencing in the tradition of the Towerfechtbuch I.33.
The first topic that I want to go into is posture in Sword and Buckler fencing and, footwork because walking in medieval shoes probably had a big influence on fencers’ footwork. For this we will take a quick look at different fencing manuals and other historical sources.
The second topic is the issue of forceful strikes, be they cuts or thrusts. For this we will be using a sharp sword and a wooden buckler in a very controlled drill. I will bring two sharp swords to this seminar. The drill is going to give you a feeling for the situation that occurs when your opponent catches the point of your sword with his/her buckler. This is going to highlight why it is not sensible to deliver very forceful strikes in the context of sword and buckler fencing.
Then follows the main part of the seminar in which we will work on how to get from a basic position into a guard, and from the guard into a bind. For this we will take a look at the first play of Andre Lignitzer’s teachings on sword and buckler and how we can adopt it into the tradition of I.33.

Lectures

SUNDAY

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