Torsten Schneyer – Making “wrestling on the sword” work

We all learnd fancy wrestling techniques from our trainers: holds, disarmaments and throws, and they really looked like the pictures in the sources. But how many of you got this nagging feeling: “Dude, that’s nice but will never work in sparring”


Weapon: Longsword

Source: German school

“Ringen am Schwert” (wrestling on the sword) is an important part of the old masters art of the longsword, not only in harness-fighting, but in “Bloßfechten” (fencing without armor) too. We all learnd fancy wrestling techniques from our trainers: holds, disarmaments and throws, and they really looked like the pictures in the sources. But how many of you got this nagging feeling: “Dude, that’s nice but will never work in sparring” … and when you tried it for real you failed? How often have you tried grappling and were simply blocked by pure resistance? And then there is this problem with those big modern sparring gloves…

But you are not alone and there is help!
This workshop tries to bridge the gap between “posing” a wrestling technique in a model situation and really bringing it to work in combat. Torsten will analyze some of the typical Ringen-techniques for and with you. We will look into the context of their tactical application and how they are presented in the old books and in modern HEMA clubs. We will work out why they “don’t work” for some people and then we will MAKE them work by adding subtle changes to their adopter’s physical structure and the way they are doing them. We will try to make wrestling work, preferably without injuring our training partners. Also we will refer to the problems of modern sparring gear and how we can improve our wrestling despite thick jackets and clumsy gloves.

Skill level of Participants: Advanced fencers, 5-10
Needed Equipment: Full sparring gear and longsword / feder

About the trainer – Torsten Schneyer

Torsten Schneyer, 47, is a HEMA-Teacher of the “old guard” and active since the late nineties. He founded two of the biggest german clubs for historical fencing and ist director of STAHLAKADEMIE, a HEMA-School located in Leipzig/Germany, where he teaches serveral times a week and mastered different disciplines: from the indispensable longsword to wrestling, dagger, sword-and-buckler, messer, spear, staff, rapier, montante, bartitsu-stickfighting and whatever. furthermore he loves heavy metal and birds.