This Workshop list is not complete, a lot of descriptions are still missing.


Joachim Bartsch : The concept of gaining and maintaining control in messer fencing. A fellow of decision tree optimization in martial arts.

Martial Arts since 1978, weapon based martial arts since 1997. Researching and leading a group especially dedicated to Langes Messer since 2008.

“Martial Arts work by implementing concepts that try to optimize decision trees in complex nonlinear systems – what is a description of a fight”. Starting at this thesis, are there samples (better: enough samples) in Messer fencing that support this idea? This workshop is about one of those concept that are clearly adopted in Messer fencing across several sources that do not follow a given line such as in Longsword.

Needed stuff for praticers: Messer, light protective gear (Mask, Gloves)

practice level : intermédiaire / medium

Bastian Koppenhöfer : Suddenly Sollinger – how to construct an attack.

Martial Artist since 1991, Messer enthusiast since 2012. Especially interested in the study of early new high German sources.

We will be looking at selected plays by Lienhart Sollinger and compare them to other Messer sources in order to find fundamental principles on how to perform an offensive action.

Needed stuff for praticers: Messer shaped object, Mask, Gloves.

practice level :  all levels


George Livermore : Applying Saviolo to the partisan

George Livermore is a Provost of the 1595. Club. He began his Martial Arts journey in 2002 in Brighton under the tutelage of club founder Chris Chatfield. In 2005 George became the 3rd Free scholar of the club and began his journey to become Provost, which he achieved in 2012. He has recently moved to Milan to open his own school and to pursue his journey towards earning the title of Master, for which he needs to teach a student to the level of Provost. During his career, studies, and journey, he has participated and has been invited to teach at numerous events around the world: HEMAC Dijon, WMAW USA, MHFA
 to name but a few. Teaching all forms from unarmed to dual weapons with staff weapons thrown in for good measure. Although the 1595. Club uses the treatise of Vincentio Saviolo as one of its main avenues of exploration for the art of fence, it is not limited to his teachings, and has evolved its martial system by incorporating other forms of Martial Arts, for example the bare-knuckle boxing of Victorian England, the French martial system of Savate, and other weapon based systems, including the naval sabre/cutlass treatise of Angelo, as well as contemporary classical sabre. The goal being to create a holistic and robust martial system using the martial principles and philosophy of Saviolo as a foundation on which to build our study.

As mentioned in George’s short bio, the 1595. Club likes to explore and incorporate different weapon forms into its foundation so as to build a robust and holistic system. One such venture has been to use the partisan, although Saviolo never mentions the partisan, nor does he have exercises set out for its use. Therefore, We took Saviolo’s first sequence and adapted it to fit the partisan, exploring the body mechanics described by Saviolo and adapting it accordingly. So, if you like the partisan, would like to add a little bit of extra spice to your arsenal, enjoy the exploring of new and wondrous ways to adapt a fencing system, love the banter and the facial furniture of the 1595, or just look longingly into the blueness of George’s eyes, then please come and join him and others on this wondrous journey.

Needed stuff for praticers: Your won staff weapon if you have one, preferably a practice one. Hoping to be able to bring some of our own.

practice level :  all levels


Emilien Sivry : 4 ways to unlock the situation with your langes Messer

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I have 9 years of experience in HEMA and almost as many fighting with the long knife based on LeckĂŒchner’s treatise. I’ve been in the Strasburg HEMA group for almost all these years, which gives me an overview on a lot of weapons, since we don’t have a dedicated one, although having a main focus on german longsword. I pretty soon started to have interest in the long knife and eventually ended up teaching its principles and mechanisms within the club and in international events. In my goal to share the knowledge, I also translated LeckĂŒchner’s manuscript into French in 2020.
I’m always happy to share, discuss, learn and want to make things simple for everybody.

In this workshop, I’ll be giving you advices on how to unlock a combat situation when it’s blocked or you just don’t know what to do. Working mainly with the “displacements” from LeckĂŒchner’s treatise on the long knife, you’ll be able to identify what can be done in various situations and how to unlock them.

Needed stuff for praticers: Preferably a langes Messer, otherwise any similar sized one-handed sword Gloves and fencing mask

practice level :  beginner


Olivier Dupuis : The long pike in Meyer manuscript of 1561

Olivier is a long-time instructor in Dijon, since 2002 a priori. He taught here staff material, many times, the two-handed sword, rapier, and the occasional lecture

This workshop will introduce the long pike as a duel weapon, with 3,5m long simulators. The main focus here is to follow the 1561 manuscript from Meyer, with some misdemeanors into the printed book.

Needed stuff for praticers: A fencing mask and light gloves. The pikes are provided by the instructor.

practice level:  beginner


Filipe Martins : Staff fighting according to Andre Paurenfeyndf

Instructor since 2016, my main focus of study has been abrazzare, dagger, staff and rapier. I also do Historical and HEMA related research, alone and in collaboration with other researchers, and recently published a critical and translated edition of Godinho’s “Art of Fencing” (“Arte de Esgrima”).

Paurenfeyndt presents his (long) staff program explicitly as a preparation for many different pole arms, like long spear, javelin, halberd and pike. Based on eight basic parries (“Versatzungen”), he develops the possible dynamics of attack and defence starting from each of these basic positions, and using implicitly and explicitly the fundamental principles of body mechanics, geometry (stable triangles), and the Liechtenauerian opposition of the Strong and the Weak. A few interesting examples of the use of “halb Stange” are also present. Rather that aiming to build an exhaustive technical repertoire, Paurenfeyndt seeks to prepare his students based on these principles in a straightforward manner to deal with pole arms of whatever kind. We shall present his Eight Actions System in this workshop, and offer the participants occasion to explore the system’s main principles and characteritics in a few real life applications.

Needed stuff for praticers: At least a 1,8m staff

practice level:  all levels


George Zacharopoulos : Subjection-Conclusion-Disarm (Rapier)


George Zacharopoulos is studying and training in Historical European Martial Arts for almost fifteen years now. He started with the longsword (German tradition) and then expanded to the rapier (Italian & Spanish) and a variety of other arms. He is currently focusing on La Verdadera Destreza (under the Academia da Espada of maestro Ton Puey) and he is an administrator / instructor at Academia Da Espada Hellas. He continues to teach HEMA regularly also at S.C. Academy of Hoplomachia and MarxbrĂŒder Guild Hellas. Provost of the HISTORICAL FENCING AFFILIATES and founder of the Athens Bartitsu Club 1900. He currently is vice president of the Greek Hema federation and of the International Hema federation (IFHEMA). Previous experience include Ninjutsu, Combined Chinese and Filipino Boxing (by Angelos Fasois), Sport Fencing, Sport Archery. He is also certified Knife Survival Instructor of the Reality Based Personal Protection system by Jim Wagner. He has participated in HEMA events & tournaments and taught workshops in Greece , Europe and USA. Co-author (with Chrysovalantis Tampakakis) of the first book for HEMA in Greek, entitled “The Knightly art of the Sword” by Batsioulas Publications in 2011, and a translation in English (with the aid of Elias Stypas) of Philipp MĂŒller’s “Theoretical and Applied introduction to Swordmanship” (Î˜Î•Î©ÎĄÎ—Î€Î™ÎšÎ— ΚΑΙ ΠΥΑΚ΀ΙΚΗ ΕΙΣΗΓΗΣΙΣ ΀ΗΣ ΣΠΑΘΑΣΚΙΑΣ) 1847 military sabre treatise was out by Fallen Rook Publishing in 2017. His latest book is a translation of “Las cien conclusiones” of Luis Pacheco de NarvĂĄez (1620) from Spanish to Greek. published by Agea Editora in 2021.

In the Spanish science of La Veradera Destreza conclusion -detain and disarm- is considered of high value and are used quite often due to the distance (closer) and position the Diestros and Diestras choose to fight from. In Italian systems disarms are also present, though less frequent but still there. In this workshop we will examine and learn to identify the proper conditions in order to have a successful disarm or detainment: distance, moment (tempo), angles, body position, swords position etc. The Spanish school uses geometry and physics as a pedagogy tool. We shall do the same. After we establish the conditions we will work on the ways in order to have our opponent follow our will, in other words how to manipulate and control them: feints, invitations, deflections etc. Disarm as a concept is easy. The difficulty, during the fight, is to recognize fast that the conditions are set or how to set them yourself. Besides the Spanish conclusions, we will train in disarms from the early Italian 17th century systems. Level: Any

Needed stuff for praticers: Rapier, mask, glove, chest protector (optional)

practice level :  all levels


Mike Prendergast : Pietro Monte’s Levata – Fundamentals of the Renaissance Two-handed Sword.

Mike Prendergast has been researching and practising historical European martial arts since 1999. His main focus is on the art of fencing of Renaissance Italy. He specialises in the system of Pietro Monte, whose ‘Collectanea’ he has published in English translation. Initially studying Bolognese fencing, he also teaches the rapier of Nicoletto Giganti (1606) and the style of Fiore dei Liberi (c. 1410). Mike is founder and chief instructor of the Historical Combat Academy (HCA) and also instructs with SCA Dun in Mara, in Dublin, Ireland. He coordinates the annual International Rapier Seminar (IRS) which he hosted in 2015. He has presented on his translation work at academic and public conferences in France and Belarus. As a competitor, he has medalled in international tournaments in rapier & dagger, sword & buckler and longsword. He was a delegate and rapier & dagger competitor on Team UK and Ireland for the invitational HEMA tournament at the European Games in Minsk in June 2019.

Pietro Monte (1457-1509), master at arms, philosopher and general, wrote a compendium on fighting arts while in the Court of the Sforza’s in Milan during the 1490s. The sword for two hands is one of two fundamental weapons in Monte’s system of combat (along with the poleaxe). Monte’s sword is large enough to come to the nose or eyes of the bearer and it is the basis for play with all weapons of that length or shorter, so it is directly applicable to longsword and single handed swords as well. Unlike many later masters Monte teaches the large sword for one-on-one combat, so this workshop will include both solo and paired drills. In this class you will learn Monte’s unique approach to the sword, following the original 15th century sequence of teaching: the Levata of the Two Handed Sword.

Needed stuff for praticers: A longsword or a large sword – spadone/ montante simulator. Fencing mask and gloves. A chest protector or padding is also recommended for practicing thrusts.

practice level:  all levels


RĂ©gis Harter : Initiation Ă  l’Ă©pĂ©e et au bouclier Gaulois en duel : un AMHE sans source technique directe

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I practiced karate during my childhood and my adolescence. Attracted since always by the fight in weapon, I turned to the Gallic fight in 2008 by starting the reenactment, then to the gladiature in 2010. In 2011, I joined the permanent team of Acta, directed by Brice Lopez, as a professional fighter until the end of 2013. It is there that I really made my weapons, in combat with shield mainly: gladiature, Roman legionary, Gallic, sword-bocle, long sword, wrestling, pugilat… Instructor in Gallic combat at the Trimatrici since 2014, I also sought to open myself to other practices and approaches as a student at the Elsamhe with Olivier Dupuis from 2014 to 2017: longsword, messer, noble axe, wrestling, XVIth sword… My goal is to try to understand ever better how the Celts could fight in the 1st century BC.

The Second Iron Age provides numerous archaeological artifacts, iconography and Greek and Latin literary sources. How can we study these combat techniques without direct technical sources? After an introduction to the sources available to us and how we can exploit them, we will discuss the theory of the use of this weaponry. We will then move on to the practical side, from an individual duel perspective. We will train to use the sword and shield in a coherent way: attacks, parries, ripostes, and movement sequences in order to hit the opponent without being hit, while respecting the many indirect sources we have.

Needed stuff for praticers: One-handed sword simulator (mandatory) Fencing mask (optional) Right hand glove (optional)

practice level :  beginner


Frederic Tracy, AurĂ©lien Nouvion and Marine Beaumel: How to… Distance. 3 levels of getting in range according to the I.33

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Frederic Tracy : Frédéric Tracy has been studying and practicing HMA for more than 11 years. At the beginning, he joins the first Historical European Martial Arts club of the French Riviera (South-East of France) in 2011. Quickly passionate, he discovers the sword-bowl and the 1.33 manuscript. He will never leave this discipline.

Level 1 (beginner / getting into combat) : we will focus on how to maintain a sound structure by defense and distance management. We will also work on how to get into fighting range using the bind.

practice level:  all levels

AurĂ©lien Nouvion : I approached HEMA in 2010 before starting my own group “Ex Machina” in Reims (France) in 2013. Since then, I indulged myself in every face of HEMA I could find: researches, translations, interpretations, training technics and competing. I was a member of the Administration Board of the French HEMA Federation in 2015-2017 and the editor of the monthly federal newspaper for 3 years. My main focuses are sword and shield systems: sword and medieval kite shield, sword and buckler fencing according to Manciolino. Moreover, I discovered the “I.33” in 2013 and I studied it passionately. I could share my researches and interpretations in both nationals and international events in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Netherlands. I was in Minsk during the 2019 European Games where I competed and led the two technical demonstrations of the oldest book of the ”Ars Dimicatoria”.

Level 2 (intermediate/technical developments) : the workshop will explore some tools to manage the weak/strong duality in the binding. We will identify the clues that lead to get in range quickly, or lure the opponent in.

Needed stuff for praticers: Mask, 1 handed sword (preferably steel), buckler, light gloves, groin cup, gorget and vest may be used.

practice level :  medium

Marine Beaumel: Marine Beaumel started HEMA10 years ago with the 1.33 sword-bowl and has never stopped. She started in the Ost du Griffon Noir club in Toulouse where she quickly became co-instructor and then instructor. She is the co-founder of the Tampere HEMA club in Finland and will remain there until the end of 2021.

Level 3 (advanced/sparring) The focus will be on keeping the opponent occupied through the use of the buckler, stepping/movement and the control of the fighting space.

Needed stuff for praticers : mask, throat protection, gloves, jacket or at least plastron

practice level:  expert

Sebastien Romagnan : Le sentiment du fer


The workshop aims to explain how and when to take the information related to the feeling of the blade and how to exploit this information

Needed stuff for praticers: mask, jacket, glove, rapier.

practice level :  all levels


Gilles Martinez :Mettre en place l’assaut Ă  l’épĂ©e-bouclier pour le duel chevaleresque de l’époque fĂ©odale (XIe-XIIIe siĂšcles)

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A medieval historian specialising in the rediscovery of martial gestures, Gilles Martinez recently defended a doctoral thesis at the UniversitĂ© Paul-ValĂ©ry Montpellier, entitled Des gestes pour combattre. Recherches et expĂ©rimentations sur le combat chevaleresque Ă  l’Ă©poque fĂ©odale : l’exemple du Roman de JaufrĂ© (Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 2164). Currently, he combines his activities as a researcher with those of a teacher at the University of NĂźmes, a practitioner and professional instructor of medieval combat (for nearly 20 years), and a cultural mediator.

The chivalric fencing of the feudal period (11th-13th centuries) is marked by material constraints (offensive and defensive armament, preliminary phase, etc.) and cultural conventions (confrontation between nobles in front of an aristocratic audience, codified procedure to show one’s “chivalry”, practice of the “merci”, etc.) explaining the form of its gestures, essentially based on the clash, the actions in two steps and the sequence of strikes. From these elements, some of which will be presented during our conference, this workshop proposes a type of exercise allowing a dynamic application of the techniques with the sword and the shield, allowing their integration and the passage towards the assault as one progresses.

Needed stuff for praticers: A one-handed sword (nylon or metal) and shield (ideally a shield), a mask, a protective jacket and a pair of gloves.

practice level :  all levels

Stefan Dieke : The Mutatio Gladii of MS I.33

Stefan is a german HEMA pioneer, running ‘Alte Kampfkunst‘. Stefan taught at some of the most prestigiuos HEMA events worldwide, like WMAW, ISMAC, SWASH, the Dreynevent, the Australian Historical Swordplay Conferencen, the Paddy Crean Workshop, HEMAC Dijon 

The Mutatio Gladii is one of the most contorversial techniques of MS I.33. This workshop will take the participants on a tour starting with Halbschild, going via ‘falling under sword & shield’ and Stichschlag to the Mutatio Gladii.

Class 1 would then be ‘The obsessio in I.33 – Controlling the fight right from the start’. This class would be open to everybody – beginner and advanced.

Class 2 would be ‘The road to the Mutatio Gladii’. This class would be open for participants of Class 1 and for advanced I.33 practitioners. The topics covered in Class 1 are a prerequisite for Class 2 and will not be discussed there.

Needed stuff for praticers: Single handed sword, buckler, mask

practice level : bigenner for class 1, and advanced for class 2


LĂ©a Mandelli : 19th/early 20th century women’s self-defence or “just because I’m wearing heels and several layers of petticoats doesn’t mean I can’t kick your ass”

This young HEMA enthusiast started the practice in 2015 within the association De Taille et d’Estoc. After a brief passage through the association of Angers, the FEHA, she continued to practice alone and participated in 2019 as an instructor in the Nantes workshop. Her weapon of choice is her body! Nothing’s better than a historical wrestling tournament! And she can’t wait to fight you!

Workshop open to all, men and women! Come and discover in a playful way how ladies of the 19th/early 20th century could defend themselves with their accessories or with adapted defence techniques. We will look at some historical sources and a large part of the techniques will come from Jean-Joseph Renaud’s book “La dĂ©fense dans la rue”. (The workshop will be given in both English and French)

Needed stuff for praticers : clothing adapted to the practice of wrestling, a skirt/sheet/towel to mimic the constraint of the clothing of that time. Optional (only if you have): an umbrella or a cane, a hatpin or a very slender dagger.

practice level :  all levels

Christian Stickel : PHM Polearms

Christian Stickel began his journey into martial arts and knighthood as a kid and ever since explored different systems of weaponless and weapon based fighting styles. As part of the European reenactment movement he has done things with swords for the last 25 years. Since 2012 he has been teaching regular HEMA classes as part of the university sports program in Fulda/Germany and has given workshops and seminars at events and clubs all over Europe. His preferrred weapons are sword and buckler, Dussack and everything on a stick.

The participants of the workshop will get to know some interesting differences and similarities in techniques, targets and strategies in using the Half Staff, Poleaxe and Halberd according to Paulus Hector Mair’s Opus Amplissimum de Arte Athletica (MSS Dresd.C.93/C.94). The goal of this workshop is of course having fun with polearms and exploring techniques. On a didactical level it shall enable the serious disciple of the art to use polearms in a more efficient way.

Needed stuff for praticers : Bring along your poleaxe or halberd simulator if you have one. A half staff can easily be converted to a poleaxe with a plastic bottle and some tape as I learned from a wise man. A partisan might work with most of the techniques as well.

practice level : medium


David pascal San Adrian Reverte : “Generalidades del EspadĂ­n” – “Smallsword basic”

David Pascal Instructor of smallsword en Academia da Espada.He started hema and spot fencing at the age of 13. Since that age he has dedicated himself to the study of smallsword studying the French school and incorporating the study of other foreign schools. He is currently studying the “Doctrina Mixta Española. In the past he has studied other martial disciplines of Japanese origin such as Katori shinto and aikido.

Introduction to the basic atacks and counteroffensive of the weapon. (La Quarte,La tierce,La flanconade,La seconde ,la quarte basse and the variations)

Needed stuff for praticers : Smallsword and basic materia of fencing( mask,gautle x 2 and jacket.

practice level :  all levels


Pedro San Miguel : Advanced Sabre

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Pedro San Miguel is an instructor with Schola Gladiatoria, where he has been fencing since 2013. He focuses on 19th century sabre and foil, with his main sources of study being the works of John Musgrave Waite, Captain Alfred Hutton, and Camille Prevost, but also trains longsword according to Fiore dei Liberi. He is also a senior student with The Renaissance Sword Club, where he studies rapier & dagger. Pedro has taught workshops at various events, and runs private fencing lessons in Bracknell, England. He enjoys competing in various weapons, as well as writing about himself in the third person.

19th century military sabre methods are often accused of being simple, and in some ways, that is a fair reproach. However, I invite you to join me for a brief look at some of the more involved and nuanced aspects of 19th century sabre fencing. We will look at:
– Thrusts and the application of foil method.
– Wacky ways of forming opposition.
– Time cuts and stop thrusts.
– Actions on the blade.
– Disarms and closing techniques.
– How to break the rules (the remise, the cavĂ©, and other things you must never, ever do, unless

Needed stuff for praticers : Jacket, mask, and sabre.

practice level : medium


Franck Cinato : from the perspective of obsessiones

This workshop will present the assaults (obsessiones) used in the Liber de arte dimicatoriae (I.33). Participants will have the opportunity to study some pieces of the manuscript in order to vary the starting postures of their assaults. The emphasis will be on how to intercept offensive actions from these obessiones.

Needed stuff for praticers : sword and buckler; mask and gloves; brain

practice level : medium


Vivien Poinsel, Chloé Poinsel Monfort and Alain Cariou : Le gùteau sous la Chantilly et le merdier autour du bouclier rond

Connaitre tout les coup secret et technique c’est bien mais ça ne fait pas tout. Nous allons vous montrer quelques exercices qui vous rendront des services pour la bagarre… tout cela en lien avec nos travaux sur le bouclier rond et le matos des scandinaves de l’an mille …

Needed stuff for praticers : Bouclier rond, hache, Ă©pĂ©e, lance, danaxe, scramasaxe…

practice level :  all levels


Tobias Zimmermann : What Would Wilhelm Do? The Kreusslerian School of Smallsword

Tobias started Olympic fencing 18 years ago. From there, he went on to study Italian knife fencing, which led to a chance meeting with German sabre, also known as “Gedecktes Hiebfechten”, i.e. “Covered-Cut Fencing”. This in turn led to him reading about Kreusslerian smallsword, an approach to thrust-fencing so completely different from modern sports fencing that he couldn ́t help become fascinated with it, which holds true to this day. Tobias runs Fechtboden Zimmermann in Munich, has a teaching permit for Bastone Genovese, La Superba and is the European representative of the Haitian Machete Fencing Project. He has taught at events in Germany, Austria, the UK, Romania and Australia. He will go to any length to spread the gospel of Father Wilhelm Kreussler. 😉

Also known as the German school of smallsword, the Kreussler tradition was practiced for around 300 years, beginning with Wilhelm Kreussler in 1621 and probably right up to WWI. Likely descended from Fabris rapier, this style combines typical elements of smallsword fencing like small, efficient movements, with typically German concepts like working from the bind. It is also instantly recognizable by its forward-leaning posture in the guard. In this workshop, we shall look into the typical aspects of Kreusslerian fencing, placing special emphasis on firm thrusts and the body mechanics that allow for the covered and efficient movements this style prefers.

Needed stuff for praticers : A mask, gloves, ideally a smallsword simulator. A French or Italian foil will also do and there will be some loaner weapons.

practice level :  all levels

Guillaume Jourdain : Jeux de lance : le tempo dans les piÚces de Lovino

My curiosity for history and the Middle Ages led me to push the door of an AMHE club in 2014. I started with a spear and a shield. Eight years later, I gained solid experience with the weapons of feudal combat: the sword, the shield and also the spear. This practice was enriched little by little with Renaissance fencing, in particular the sword of Marozzo and the Bolognese Anonymous. In 2020 I became an instructor. The practice around the Lovino manuscript is part of the continuation of the work on 16th century fencing.

The Lovino manuscript, written around 1580, contains among other things a series of games with the lance. The author begins by presenting exchanges of attacks, parries and ripostes in which his protagonists are equal. He then enriches the pieces with feints that disrupt the initial exchanges. During this workshop, I propose to set up, from the postures and techniques presented by the author, a chaining exercise on a regular rhythm. In a second part, we will enrich this system with the feints of the manuscript, in order to break the rhythm and try to surprise the opponent/partner.

Needed stuff for praticers : Mask, spear gloves. Possibility to take a weapon jacket and a gorgerin

practice level :  all levels

Hugo Ouertani : Antrim Bataireacht : A Stick Fighting Style not like the others


I started HEMA 9 years ago with DTE and joined Les Choses Aux Poings couple of years later. HEMA, BreakDance, Climbing and Parkour. My love for understanding how humans work with their bodies, express themselves and deal with difficult situations, that’s either in a street fight or climbing a cliff, lead me to look into all the street/self defence book of the 19° century I can found and study them with Cyril at Les Choses Aux Poings.

Bataireacht, or Irish stick fighting is a traditional form of martial art which has been passed on for generations. Antrim Bata is the style we teach, which ails from County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Bataireacht was very popular in Ireland and even abroad for centuries, but nearly disappeared during the 1900s. There are now only a handful of traditional styles left which are enjoying a Renaissance. Come discover what it’s all about!

Needed stuff for praticers : Mask and gloves

practice level :  all levels

Bartlomiej Walczak : Dagger fighting basics from German sources

Bart has been HEMA researcher since 2000, focusing on methodology of interpretation. His area of expertise include Liechtenauer Blossfechten, half-sword and dagger.

The basic defence and attack concepts as shown in multiple German sources from the 15th century.

Needed stuff for praticers : Dagger simulator, fencing mask suggested

practice level :  beginner

Jake Norwood : Kolner/Fechtregeln as a Fencing System

Jake Norwood is one of the US’s best-best known Historical Fencing instructors and competitors, specializing in the Germanic sources of Liechtenauer’s Kunst des Fechtens. For the last decade, Jake has also focused on re-creating a hypothetical framework for Gemeines Fechten, or the “common fencing” of 15th-16th century Germany. Previously, Jake was president of Longpoint and a former board member and president of the HEMA Alliance. Jake now lives in the Netherlands in a state of HEMA semi-retirement, focused mostly on Harnischfechten.

This workshop introduces the fundamentals and tactics of the Kolner/Fechtregeln manuscript as a functional, stand-alone fencing system. Participants will learn through solo and partner exercises to apply the basics of this exciting, almost-Liechtenauer-but-not-quite manuscript in free fencing and as the foundation for a deeper foray into “Common Fencing.”

Needed stuff for praticers :Mask, protective gloves, and light torso protection. There will be partner work and light sparring.

practice level :  medium

Jay Maxwell : The Ronca – the Italian Warbill (also applies to Pollaxe or Halberd)

Jay Maxwell is the head instructor of the Tempus Fugitives School in London

In this workshop we shall be analysing the techniques of the Ronca in the context of a sequence of drills. The methodology applies equally to a halberd or longhafted Pollaxe. These can be practiced with a training partner or solo.

Needed stuff for praticers : If you have a Pollaxe or halberd, please bring it with you.

practice level :  beginner

Rob Brooks : THE HOLY TRINITY: Three Essential Sources for Early Messer Fencing

Rob Brooks is a professional full-time HEMA Instructor and Combat Historian based in North-East England. He began his HEMA journey in 1994 and established the Hotspur School of Defence in 2003. Rob is a founder member and Past President of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay and the author of the forthcoming book “At Your Mercy: The Guide to Early Messer Fencing”. He has taught and lectured in over 30 countries on five continents, focusing on combat manuscripts of the Holy Roman Empire during the 15th century.

In this workshop, students will explore the interconnections between three key 15th century sources from southern Germany, which combined form the basis for a comprehensive system of early Messer Fencing.

Needed stuff for praticers : Messer or Arming Sword, mask, forearm protector, glove

practice level :  all levels

Jack Gassmann : Liechtenauers Art in Military Context

Focusing on early Liechtenauer and the Rossfechten tradition, Jack has been teaching HEMA since 2013. His approach focuses on building the basis for good fencers through fencing games and thorough teaching of movement principles. His approach has lead him and his students to competitive success. He is also a researcher who presents his work on medieval cavalry at the international medievalist congress Leeds every year.

Lichtenauer’s Zettel with it’s trifecta of Blossfechten, Rossfechten and Harnessfechten was, whether nobility, mercenary or city Konstaffler aimed at medieval cavalry and it’s unique duties. We will be working hands on from period accounts to reconstruct the kinds of challenges that the people practicing these arts would have been facing and gain insights into why the early Lichtenauer system is the way it is.

Needed stuff for praticers : The drills can be done slowly if you want, but having medium sparring gear is suggested.

practice level :  medium

Jean Pascal Esparceil: Notice sur le corps Ă  corps — 1917

Pratiquant d’AMHE depuis 2005, ancien chercheur au Service Historique de la DĂ©fense

BriĂšve description du contexte de ce document suivie de la pratique des techniques les plus caractĂ©ristiques d’une lutte “de guerre”.

Needed stuff for praticers : Dague ou couteau d’entraĂźnement sĂ©curisĂ©

practice level :  medium

Daniel Hambraeus : Building the fencing through defensive planes”

Rada’s defensive planes building up leading up into the Atajo. It would be a beginner friendly workshop that will work for intermediate students too, very focused on the fundamentals of the style itself.

Needed stuff for praticers : Rapier alone, requires mask, glove, rapier. I sadly haven’t yet made a video about this.

Karin Verelst : From the Roof, a coherent beginners’ program for German Longsword

Karin Verelst, head instructor Longsword and wrestling at HSK De Vagant, in Brussels

I present a coherent, modern approach to beginners’ longsword based on structural (stable triangles, circles of motion) and biomechanical (position of knees and shoulders) principles of the basic attacks and defences ‘Vom Tag’ in the Liechtenauer system. The relation between basic guards and proper distance (moving in and out) will be made clear. Moreover, the rĂŽle and function of three out of five Meisterrhauen fit in logically into the program from those basic moves only, and fall neatly in place qua measure and time in the totality of the system. The modular set up of the program allows for variations in exercises and adaptations to individual fighters’ needs. Extension to the remaining parts of the system (everything ‘from below’, the remaining Meisterhauen, Langenort etc.) is possible without any problem. Directed sparring (‘From the Roof’ only) can be introduced right from the start. The full basic program can be thought in six months to a year, depending on intensity and rate of training, resulting in students with a keen awareness of positional structure and biomechanical fluidity, who understand the relevance of the couple ‘attack/defence’ in relation to measure and time, and prove to be opponents to be reckoned with from a very early phase in their HEMA-career onwards. The workshop will cover the outline of the program by building up the basic moves in repeatable sequences, and growing complexity.

Needed stuff for praticers : Mask, gorget, gloves and sword are the minimum, and in principle sufficient; Those who wish can work in full gear, allowing for a bit more intensity in the exercises.

practice level :  all levels

Matyas Miskolczi : Thrusts in Arlow’s sabre manual

Dr. Matyas Miskolczi (Crosscut HRST, Hungary). Matyas started to practice HEMA for 15 years. After several years of longsword fencing he deepened his studies in sabre focusing on Hungarian sources. His main source is GusztĂĄv Arlow’s Swordfencing that combines Barbasetti’s Italian style with elements from the Hungarian tradition. He runs a Crosscut HEMA Research and Sparring Team with his friends, all enthusiasts of « HEMA approached as a subject of research and having fun by hitting people with swords ». Beside researching sabre he also practices Spanish rapier. Matyas is the treasurer of IFHEMA and he also runs Acta Periodica Duellatorum with Daniel Jaquet and Jacob Deacon. He has held several workshops on Hungarian sabre in Dijon, at Dreynevent, at the International Sabre Symposium, in Portugal and at events of Indes, Austria.
Sir Gusztåv Arlow was an officer of the K.u.K. Army and taught sabre fencing for infantry in his early years. His fencing style developed from the (French style influenced) sabre school of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, through the non-documented Hungarian school to the Barbasetti-represented Italian style, that he combined with the former mentioned Hungarian one. His book published in 1902 became a strong basis of sabre training in Hungary. Arlow focuses on effectiveness and clear style. While keeping fencing as a sport in priority, Arlow also helps fencers to prepare for secure and effective duel fencing with sharp sabres. Thrusts and the usage of the false edge are important parts of his technical repertoire, both of them are included in this workshop.
Needed stuff for praticers : a mask, gloves, any kind of sabre
practice level :  all levels
Tea Kew : Five Cuts on the March
Tea has been training Liechtenauer longsword fencing since 2013, first as a student and an instructor with Cambridge HEMA and now as part of the coaching team at New Cross Historical Fencing. Their primary area of study is Ringeck’s longsword gloss, aiming to incorporate historical study and modern sports technique to produce robust, well-founded interpretations. Tea has also worked extensively on training HEMA instructors and referees to help support clubs and events.
In order to use any action in fencing, you must first find or create a situation where this action is useful and effective. This workshop provides a tactical framework designed to create opportunities to use Liechtenauer’s five hidden cuts. This framework also gives an answer to the common problem of “how do I pick between all these responses to the same action from my opponent?”.
Needed stuff for praticers : teel federschwert; fencing mask and throat protector; protective gloves (Red Dragons absolute minimum, SGs/SPES heavies recommended); HEMA jacket recommended
practice level : Participants should be able to execute the five cuts, particularly the zornhau, krumphau and zwerchhau.
Ton Puey : Space, the body and movement in Francisco Lorenç de Rada’s Destreza. / An approximation to polearms in the Verdadera Destreza
After practicing shotokai karate during his childhood and adolescence, he started practicing sports fencing in 1995, beginning in 2003 his path in historical fencing. His interest in the sword drags him to the discovery of the school of la Verdadera Destreza through the Spanish and Portuguese treaties of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a discipline in which he decides to specialize. He has been a founding member of the AGEA (Asociación Galega de Esgrima Antiga), honorary member of the FEEH (Spanish Federation of Historical Fencing), member of the editorial board and vice-president of AGEA editora (one of the longest and most regular publishers dedicated to the historical fencing and specialized in Iberian fencing) and member In 2015 he is recognized as Mestre de Armas by HEMA Portugal and in 2018 as the first Non-Italian Historical Fencing Master by the Italian Fencing Federation. He is currently technical director and Master of Arms of Academia da Espada. In addition to his usual work as an instructor in A Coruña, Galicia, he has taught seminars in France, Austria, Italy, Holland, Ireland, Greece, Germany, USA, Mexico, Australia, Poland, Russia,Belarus, Sweden, China, Portugal and Spain.
RadaÂŽs workshop : In the pinnacle of the V D system, the famous treatise of Francisco Lorenç de Rada “Nobleza de la Espada” we can see how body positions that were not mentioned before are described in great detail, as well as the movements and movements necessary to perform the techniques that are performed with the sword, the sword and dagger and the sword and buckler. In this workshop we are going to study these positions and space management.
Needed stuff for praticers : Mask, glove and rapier
practice level :  medium
Polearms workshop : Some of the Verdadera Destreza authors were of the opinion that the system could be applied to “all weapons”. While this is an exaggeration on a practical level, it does make sense in the case of polearms, as we can consider the intersecting lines as is the case with the interpretation of the swords in the system. In this workshop we will look at the similarities and some of the differences.
Needed stuff for praticers : Mask, glove and polearm or staff
practice level :  medium
Diana Matthess : No Partner? No Problem!
Diana Matthess. German longsword since 2013. Sword Nomad since 2017.
Dynamic movement drills for longsword
Needed stuff for praticers : Longsword
practice level : all levels
Tim Klotz : Smallsword form for Stage and Screen Combat
Tim Klotz is a Master Teacher with the British Academy of Fight Directors and a Fight Director with Fight Director’s Canada. Tim developed programming for the Colonial Williamsburg foundation and devised a participation sabre system for British Fencing called Sabre:lite.
In this session we will move from Labat and MacArthur’s advice and lessons to define authentic small sword choreography.
Needed stuff for praticers : Smallswords – smallswords of the correct length (max #2). No french grips please. no long mof pommels.
practice level : all levels
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