Fencing with Two Swords
Devon Boorman, Canada
Based within the Bolognese fencing tradition, in this workshop students will explore how to effectively use two swords in a manner that is coordinated and systematic. The most effective use of two swords involves seeing them not as distinct tools that must be used independently but as a unified set that make combined offensive and defensive shapes. Students will learn: Solo cutting and thrusting patterns, partnered offensive and defensive exercises, and effective posture and movement with two weapons. Experience with a single hand cutting sword is recommended. Equipment requirements: Two sideswords or short rapiers, jacket mask, gloves, and gorget.
Structure Beats Strength
Ties Kool, Netherlands
Useful for experienced fencers and beginners alike, this seminar will cover the fundamentals of fencing with the longsword. Topics and drills will include structure and stance, hand positions and grip, edge alignment and cutting mechanics, and more to ensure a solid foundation for any longsword fencer. Minimum gear requirements include a mask, jacket, gloves, hard knee and elbow protection, and longsword. Full tournament kit recommended.
From Techniques To Sparring
Ties Kool, Netherlands
One of the most difficult things in Historical European Martials Arts is applying the techniques learned in practice within the context of a bout due to the gap between technical training and application. In this seminar, participants will learn to bridge that gap through a series of drills and exercises progressing from basic to advanced. Minimum gear requirements include a mask, jacket, gloves, hard knee and elbow protection, and sword. Full tournament kit recommended.
Facing the Knight
Jennifer Landels, Canada
To a foot soldier, there could be very few more frightening sights than that of a fully armoured horse and rider bearing down upon you. Not only is the horse heavier and faster, the rider has the advantage of height. This workshop will examine attacks and defences against the mounted opponent, strategies to even the odds, and a few dirty tricks unhorsed combatants can keep in their back pockets. Drawing primarily from Fiore as source material the workshop will focus primarily on longsword, but will also touch on the use of the spear.
Roman Rapier Fundamentals: Two hours to the duel
Francesco Loda, Italy
This seminar will cover the basics of the 17th Century Roman School of rapier combat as laid down by Monsù De Greszy, a student of Antonio Marcelli. Participants will learn through a series of drills and exercises the foundational core techniques that were considered necessary for someone with only a short time to train for a duel, and will finish with a practical test of the material: fighting a duel! This seminar is open to fencers of all experience levels. Equipment Requirements: mask, jacket, breast/groin protection, fencing gloves, and rapier. Fencing pants, chest protector (plastron or similar) and throat protection are recommended.
Strategy and Tactics in Roman Rapier
Francesco Loda, Italy
This seminar will examine the strategy and tactics as presented in the system of Roman Rapier fencing which are applicable to wide range of weapons and contexts. Participants will learn how to understand their opponent’s tendencies, to identify recurring patterns, and how to “program” the opponent’s actions favorably through the use of Second Intention and Contratempo actions. This seminar will build off of material covered in the Roman Rapier Fundamentals seminar, but is open to anyone with previous rapier experience. Equipment requirements: mask, fencing jacket, breast/groin protection, chest protector (plastron or similar), fencing glove, and rapier. Fencing pants and throat protection recommended.
Reading and Deceiving Your Opponent
Kaja Sadowski, Canada
One of the most important elements of a fencing match is the psychological and tactical advantage gained by the use of deception. In this seminar, participants will learn to build a model of how their opponent fights and use it to set up opportunities and openings, as well as how to use communication and timing -- and not superior speed -- to sell feints. This will be a weapon-agnostic workshop that focuses on tactical principles rather than specific techniques, and will be of equal use to students of the longsword, rapier, and unarmed arts.
Giant Slaying 101: Strategy and Tactics for Small-Framed Fighters
Kiana Shurkin, USA
This workshop will provide fighters with tools to maximize the advantages of their builds when dealing with larger, taller, and more aggressive opponents. Topics will include mindset, approaches to training, and conditioning. Participants will learn drills and techniques they can use to develop their own individual approach to addressing discrepancies between themselves and their opponents. Minimum gear requirements include a mask, gloves, hard knee and elbow protection, and a feder. Full tournament kit recommended.