I will present the tools for bringing techniques from the pages into your grappling repertoire. This involves a progression of exercises aimed at building the ability to attack and defend with realistic timing and intention for setting up a training environment for ringen techniques. The techniques come from Hans Talhoffer’s books, which we have curated into different categories according to their use.
Skill level of Participants: All skill levels, but basic proficiency in lifting people and falling safely is desirable.
Needed Equipment: a water bottle. Wrestling jackets are useful but not mandatory.
About the trainer – Joeli Takala
I have been practicing HEMA for 15 years and I am mostly focusing on messer and ringen. I was originally trained in Italian styles of historical combat including the nuts and bolts of teaching and interpreting old sources. From there I delved into Lecküchner, Talhoffer and von Auerswald. My own club has focused on ringen since the beginning and has produced a fair amount of historical wrestlers. Aside from teaching and competing, I have worked in the National Opera of Finland as a stage fighter for few years. I’ve also acted as a stage fighter and fight coordinator in various projects on theatre stages, museums, orchestra plays, and cinema.