Workshops


Fighting like Liechtenauer – Quickly

Trainer:
Colin Richards

Description:
This workshop explores the onset or Zufechten of the Liechtenauer glossa. The analysis is made from the idea of facing an opponent that is using a sharp weapon. The main premise that follows is that you do not want to be hit, ever, with a sharp sword. We test safe ways of fighting using the concept of the constant attack where the opponent cannot come to blows. This is heavily augmented by movement off the line of engagement coupled with correct use of tempo.

Needed Equipment:
People need at least a mask, gorget, padded gloves, and an open mind.

Skill level of Participants:
This workshop is designed for people who understand offline stepping, different tempo’s, can cut to long point, know the 4 Hängen and can wind, abnehmen, zucken, durchwechseln and Zwerchau.

When & where:
Friday, 4 pm (16 h), hall 4


Let them kiss the floor and keep them there

Trainer:
Martin Enzi & Bert Obernosterer

Description:
Whilst most Manuscripts describe how to wrestle with the Messer and how to bring your opponent to the floor properly, there is a lack of awareness, how to deal with an enemy when brought to the floor. Mostly the techniques end after a shown throw or lever technique. But an enemy on the floor might still be a threat, if you don’t want to stab him.
We will look at ways how to enter the Krieg with Messer, talk about details in close combat, throws or levers, ending up in control on the floor, by using wrestling techniques.

Needed Equipment:
Messer, Tooth protection.

Skill level of Participants:
Basic knowledge of the stances and how to strike is needed. Semi contact, throws and close contact will occur, if someone doesn’t like bodycontact it’s not the workshop to go for.

When & where:
Saturday, 2 pm (14 h), hall 1


Murder with a Smile

Trainer:
Roman Vucajnk

Description:
"To all four targets let them [cuts] fly, with comportment and pulling you can deceive him." (J. Forgeng, 2006) Deception is a vital component of a powerful engagement with dussack, especially when the opponent is used to managing the time and space in combat. The workshop focuses on upgrading the tactical capacities of the weapon with deception or in PC lingo: "creating opportunities". The main source remains Joachim Meyer and his chapters on dussack and a bit of rapier. Just a bit.

Needed Equipment:
Dussack (leather, wood, nylon), Mask, gloves, basic protection.

Skill level of Participants:
Experience and background in dussack needed.

When & where:
Saturday, 10 am (10 h), hall 1


Working the Angle in single sword

Trainer:
George Zacharopoulos

Description:
In this workshop we will work on the angles and offline footwork in attack and defense. How to work properly by keeping your body well structured behind your weapon in order to make it more difficult for your opponent to retaliate with a counter or a first tempo attack to your openings. We will examine the ways to create an angle by using your body, your arms or your blade. Our guides will be the writings of the Spanish Francisco Lorenz de Rada on La Verdadera Destreza and the Italians Nicoletto Giganti and Marco Docciolini. If there is enough time we will see how these principles can also be applied to the longsword with slight modifications.

Needed Equipment:
Sword (rapier or sidesword preferably) , mask , gloves, chest protection (optional).

Skill level of Participants:
All.

When & where:
Saturday, 10 am (10 h), hall 3


ReDouble your efforts – PHM Dussack

Trainer:
Christian Stickel

Description:
This workshop will be about the application of double cuts and thrusts in Paulus Hector Mairs Dussack fencing. The goal of the workshop is to explore the concept of double strikes and enable participants to apply the ideas with a Dussack. Therefore we will play with different situations like entering, bind, feint and retreat. The plays we will use are excerpts from Paulus Hector Mairs dussack plays in the Dresden Version of his Opus Amplissimum de Arte Athletica (MSS Dresd.C.93/C.94). The workshop addresses beginners as well as advanced fencers. Preliminary knowledge of Dussack fencing is not necessary.

Needed Equipment:
Leather or wooden dussack light gloves, mask.

Skill level of Participants:
Beginner/Intermediate.

When & where:
Friday, 10 am (10 h), hall 2


Meyer’s secondary strikes

Trainer:
Björn Rüther

Description:
We will have a look at rather unknown strikes in the fencing system according to Meyer, focussing not only be on the drill-like execution, but also on the context in which these strikes can be used in action. Spice up your strike repertoire with Windhau, Blendhau, Prellhau, Glützhau and Kronhau.

Needed Equipment:
Fencing mask, throat protection, arm protection und gloves.

Skill level of Participants:
6/10.

When & where:
Friday, 10 am (10 h), hall 4


I have thee not, and yet I see thee still – The forgotten dagger in sword and dagger forms.

Trainer:
Rob Runacres

Description:
Sword (usually ‘rapier’) and dagger sparring or competition often ends in a tangle with fencers resorting to mutual stabbing with the dagger to claim that oh so important victory in the face of sense. Some prefer not to use the dagger at all as an offensive weapon, relegating it to defence alone and thereby remove part of its use.

In the treatise ‘The Book of Lessons’, completed by c. 1630, the author or authors considered not only how to use the dagger to dispatch an opponent, but also how to shut down the opponent completely, as well as how to deal with the reckless charge with the dagger. It provides several useful and unusual techniques that illustrate the versatility of the form.

This workshop will consider the problems outlined above as well as the methods suggested in The Book of Lessons, with the aim to provide students with alternative solutions to wild stabs.

Needed Equipment:
A rapier style sword or similar, a dagger, and full fencing equipment.

Skill level of Participants:
Any.

When & where:
Friday, 10 am (10 h), hall 1


There and Back Again

Trainer:
Michel Rensen

Description:
Going after that one hit is very tempting. Many dangers are to be found on the way to that hit, but sometimes we are so focused on the hit that we don’t even realise the danger we are in. Or, worse still: we manage to make a hit unscathed, but are struck ourselves right after! Getting away safely is just as important as arriving safely. In this workshop, we are going on an adventure: we will try to make our hits as safely as possible, and we will attempt to ensure nothing bad happens after that either. The workshop will be based on two very important texts: Liechtenauer’s Zettel and Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Needed Equipment:
Sword, mask with back-of-head protection, gorget, chest plate and gloves are mandatory. Forearm protection and elbow protection are recommended. More protection lets you train with more intensity.

Skill level of Participants:
Open to participants of any level.

When & where:
Saturday, 2 pm (14h), hall 4

 


Rapier and/or/vs Longsword

Trainer:
Thomas Bögle & Karl Rapp

Description:
Similarities and differences between Rapier and Longsword, what to take care of if you need (or want) to take not your usual weapon but the other one. The workshop covers also the weird situation when your opponent happens to wield the other type of sword and how to deal with this.

Needed Equipment:
Mask, gloves, throat protection and longsword or rapier (and optional dagger).

Skill level of Participants:
Some level of experience with one of the two weapons is expected, if you're completely new to both we're not sure if it will be fun (but who are we to know?

When & where:
Sunday, 2 pm (14 h), hall 1


Swordplay Blossfechten

Trainer:
Ingulf Popp-Kohlweiss

Description:
In the fencing manuals we find many „Stücke“ or techniques. The question how to put those movement patterns into one intuitive movement exercise remains. Today we often use a competitive sportive environment with lots of protective gear to implement and test our martial techniques. Sometimes it seems that the resulting movement patterns and sucessful strategies in these settings differ from what is written in the book. In our workshop we will try a different approach and use a very playful and supportive fencing without any protective gear to implement and test our intuitive martial skills and techniques. Trust and Control are extremely important to keep this of fencing safe. Inspired by „Fechtschule“ depictions, there will be music played while fencing.

Important:
Limited to 20 Attendees! Please sign up at the desk if interested! Trainer will finally select from the list.

Needed Equipment:
Longsword or Feder / Optional: Light leather gloves.

Skill level of Participants:
Advanced/trainer.

When & where:
Saturday, 4 pm (16 h), hall 4


The Close Play – Grips, Trips & Dirty Tricks

Trainer:
Jay Maxwell

Description:
We shall be looking at the close play of what is termed the transitional period of late sidesword and early rapier in northern Italy, moving on to the developments in the Holy Roman empire before and after the 30-year war. Using sequences of partner drills of increasing complexity to build from initial engagement and closing, through the subtleties of misdirection, and on to the grips and grapples that can be used around the 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.

Needed Equipment:
Swords, Masks.

Skill level of Participants:
Intermediate.

When & where:
Saturday, 2 pm (14 h), hall 3


Gone with the Winden

Trainer:
Matthys Kool

Description:
We will look at winden, when to use it and how to apply it, using timing, distance and structure. Both against thrusts and cuts.

Needed Equipment:
Mask, (light) gloves, preferable throat guard/chest protector. if you bring a jacket you can practise harder, but is not necessary.

Skill level of Participants:
All.

When & where:
Saturday, 10 am (10 h), hall 4


Poleaxe in different distances

Trainer:
Arne Koets

Description:
The workshop will be an overview of biomechanical and geometric principles to aid in the effective application of the described techniques from the manuals, focussing on weapon handling for range, continued threat as well as enemy threat displacements, into control and throws with the axe, weather for armoured or unarmoured use. The workshop seeks to be compatible with Fiore, German styles as well as Jeu de la hache, to discover underlying trends to give a fun introduction to effective sparring with the weapon.

Needed Equipment:
Pollaxe waster or pollaxe (no sharps - if absolutely necessary a 2 m stick would suffice, but some aspects would be lost) fencing mask, any gloves.

Skill level of Participants:
The workshop is accessible for beginners, though a basis in footwork will be helpful.

When & where:
Friday, 2 pm (14 h), hall 1


The Six that are Eight in Sword and Buckler

Trainer:
Jens Peter Kleinau

Description:
The treatise of Andreas Liegnitzer on Sword and Buckler is a very short one. It contains only few plays and seems to fit perfectly in every workshop. But in fact it is a complete set of all the 5 strikes, all guards and additionally holds the 4 Versetzen, the Krieg, the Winden, the Blössen, the Hengen, the Verwunder, and bridges to his treatise of wrestling, dagger and shortened sword.

This workshop will offer you a new viewpoint in Liegnitzer’s teaching, that may change your way to fight with buckler and sword. Or as James Wran, instructor at Brisbane Swords, put it "Before JPK, Lignitzer was good... After JPK, Lignitzer is brilliant, sneaky, efficient, brutal, applicable ...".

Needed Equipment:
Fencing mask, sword (or Messer) and buckler.

Skill level of Participants:
Beginner (but not absolute) up to Instructor.

When & where:
Sunday, 10 am (10 h), hall 3


The Rapier of Joachim Meyer

Trainer:
Alexander Kiermayer

Description:
This workshop will focus on the techniques and principles of Joachim Meyers Rappier. This weapon is used both for cut and thrust in a robust fencing system. During the class we will work on basic footwork, techniques and tactics. We are going to practice different possibilities of fighting from the guards and combine the different techniques into drills that lead you into free fencing exercises.

Needed Equipment:
Fencing mask, Rappier simulator
(If you don`t have a Rappier a simple arming sword will be o. k. for this system). Preferably also a fencing jacket, gloves and forearm guards.

Skill level of Participants:
Beginners welcome.

When & where:
Sunday, 10 am (10 h), hall 1


Patterns of movement in Bolognese fencing

Trainer:
Ilkka Hartikainen

Description:
We will begin with a quick reminder of the sources available, the weapons and shields used for this period. Then we will do small technical exercises before fighting in various situations of asymmetrical fights: Opponent(s) have different weapons, Different number of opponent(s), Group fight.

Needed Equipment:
A sidesword or any single-handed training sword capable of cutting, parrying and thrusting, and a fencing mask.

Skill level of Participants:
Intermediate. No specific knowledge of Bolognese or any other fencing style is required. The workshop will include pair drills that can be done with masks on a lower intensity, or with moderate intensity in case you have free fencing kit.

When & where:
Friday, 4 pm (16 h), hall 3


Bartitsu Cane Combat – The framework and how we filled its gaps

Trainer:
Stefan Dieke

Description:
In 1901 a two volume newspaper article with the title of 'Self-defence with a Walking-stick: The Different Methods of Defending Oneself with a Walking-Stick or Umbrella when Attacked under Unequal Conditions'  was published in Pearson's Magazine, showcasing a number of example techniques of Bartitsu cane fighting to the general public. This article forms the main source for Bartitsu cane combat. Unfortunately the purpose of such an newspaper article is not to provide detailed information about the system but to stirr curiousity and create interest in the subject. Obviously this is a problematic source for HEMA practitioners as it only provides a selection of example techniques (which may even be altered to be suitable for the readers of the magazine) and not the complete system with the underlying principles.This class is about what the system may have looked like, based on careful analysis of the illustrations, reading between the lines and practical experience when applying the techniques in freeplay.We will look at some of the  iconic bartitsu cane combat techniques for fundamental body mechanics, some questionable techniques which are key to our assumptions for the system and at least one really clever technique which gives a glimpse at how advanced the sytem might have been.

Needed Equipment:
A wooden stick (eg, beak or hazelnut) of approximately 22mm (7/8") diameter and 95-100 cm (38-40") length, fencing mask, (padded) gloves.

Skill level of Participants:
This workshop suitable also for complete beginners but knowing a twerhau / entrüsthau has some advantages.

When & where:
Saturday, 4 pm (16 h), hall 1


Livre Des Leçons, a cautionary tale of interpretation.

Trainer:
Rob Runacres

Description:

Livre Des Leçons (Book of Lessons) offers modern fencers a huge repository of principles and techniques. Yet it also remains a mystery insifar as its authorship, purpose and indeed, style. This talk will look at the treatise abd discuss some of the pitfalls that can happen when interpreting. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view many if the startling pictures that accompany the text.

When & where:
Friday, 1 pm (13 h), hall 1


Ljubljanica – the real dragon’s treasure: An overview of medieval weapons found in the river.

Trainer:
Roman Vucajnk

Description:

The legend says that the Argonauts have sailed up the Ljubljanica River on their epic quest and killed the local dragon. In reality, the rather short river has been granted the status of a national monument in 2003 due to its wealth in archaeological findings, the oldest from the 4th millennium BC. The lecture will focus on several dozen swords and other weapons found in the river, among which the HEMA folk might recall the Ljubljana Sword, a replica made by Albion in 2012.

When & where:
Sunday, 1 pm (13 h), hall 1


The 8 windings – a diskussion with swords

Trainer:
Andreas Klingelmayer, Wolfgan Pretl

Description:

Andreas Klingelmayer and Wolfgang Pretl want to diskuss their idea about the longsword technique „Winden“. They use a literal interpretation of the original text from the Codex 44 a 8 „Peter von Danzig“ to find a new way to wind safely and controlled. And they offer an idea to the missing „lower windings“. Mainly a discussion, but bring your sword to argue.

Wolfgang and Andreas are trainers in their club „Historisches Fechten Baden“ near Vienna.

A first look on youtube

When & where:
Friday, 1 am (13 h), hall 4


Combat in Saga Literature. Traces of Martial Arts in Medieval Iceland.

Trainer:
Dr. Sixt Wetzler

Description:
Medieval Icelandic saga literature – and the sub-genre of the sagas of Icelanders – is a unique form of medieval European storytelling. Praised for their laconic, (seemingly) realistic style, the sagas relate to events of the early centuries of Icelandic settlement, from the ninth to the eleventh century. They describe the everyday life of their protagonists, but most of all the quarrels between powerful individuals and families, resulting not only in legal disputes, but also in bloodshed, and long-standing feuds. In their descriptions both of convivial wrestling and of violent, armed conflict, the sagas’ richness in details and apparent realism exceed by far the conventions of other forms of medieval literature. In this respect, they have also drawn attention of parts of the HEMA community.

The talk will give an introduction into the history and shape of the literary genre, and the problems that come with its interpretation; it will describe how wrestling and armed combat are described by the sagas, and what that might tell us about potential martial arts traditions in medieval Iceland; and it will question in how far the sagas can be used as ‘textbooks’ for the recreation of medieval (or even ‘Viking’) Scandinavian combat traditions.

When & where:
Saturday, 1 pm (13 h), hall 1


The Long Sword in Codex Wallerstein

The Long Sword in Codex Wallerstein

Trainer:
Dierk Hagedorn

Description:

Longsword fencing in the easy way: A decision tree of opportunities with Codex Wallerstein or von Baumann’s Fechtbuch – A practical discussion or a theoretical workshop about strong or weak; wide or near; either or.If you can, bring the source; or if you can’t, nevermind. Bring a sword in any case. But of course you will. After the initial encounter, a small yet complete and surprisingly simple fencing system develops in 26 techniques. We shall look into some of the manuscript’s aspects and bring them to life.

Needed Equipment:
Longsword, mask, no feathers

Skill level of Participants:
Intermediate Wallerstein specialists highly welcome.

When & where:
Sunday, 10 am (10 h), hall 4