FightCamp, the UK’s biggest HEMA event, is now over. It has some tournaments, and Waterloo regulars attended, so WSG has more medals:
Jon got gold in nylon backsword, silver in longsword and bronze in rapier, Sasha got gold in rapier and bronze in longsword and nylon backsword, Pim get silver in rapier and Jay silver in Eggleton cup. Well done to them all!
Alyssa is amongst the furthest travelling visitors we’ve had!
[by Claudia Krause]
The heart of Surrey, where once King Arthur (supposedly) trod, heard once more the clashing of swords.
The Facebook feed was full of it weeks before. Excitement was rising and with good reason:
Peter Smallridge had teamed up with friends from WSG, SotS and further afield to organise the first international tournament-only HEMA event on English ground. History was to be made! There was a generous spread of weapon disciplines: longsword, sidesword and buckler, arming sword and buckler, sabre, rapier and dagger. Women’s tournaments were available for longsword, sword and buckler, and sabre. The schedule was subsequently tight, and the weather was very, very warm. We took it all with good cheer.
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Michela gets silver overall in Longsword for the Nordic Historical Fencing League this year. Congratulations to all the medalists!
Michela wins gold in Women’s Longsword at Copenhagen. Congrats Micky!
This takes her to second place in the NHFL rankings, putting her in contention for the title as the league enters its final phase.
Several of us attended the excellent May Melee hosted by Virtus Sword School over the sunny bank holiday weekend, including teaching three of the classes at the event.
There were two tournaments of mixed weapons, nylon and steel. WSG attendees dominated the steel – all of the final four were WSG attendees, although James Wiggins from Virtus (third place) only made it once. Congrats to Jonathan and Jay for their gold and silver!
We’ve all had a lovely day cutting tatami with Tristan Zukowski providing guidance and feedback on our technique. Many rolled mats were slain!
Well done Maria and Alexander Makarov, winning bronze in rapier & dagger and gold in single rapier respectively at the International Rapier Seminar !
Congratulations to Michela on claiming Bronze medal in the women’s longsword at the Norway Open!
Also congratulations to Peter who travelled to Germany in the same weekend to take part in one of the infamous Dog Brothers Gatherings stickfighting events.
On the 15th May, we’ll be hosting a Sunday seminar outside our usual haunts. Out in Surrey, in fact! Please click for the Facebook event.
Or click here to register!
Tristan Żukowski is a professional instructor of Germanic (Liechtenauer School) longsword and related combat arts, and is Deputy Director of NYHFA, New York.
Requirements: A blunt (steel is preferred, but any waster is suitable); a sharp (subject to approval by the instructor for safety concerns). A loaner sharp may be available.
The cutting class is meant to introduce longsword practitioners to the utility of test-cutting tatami for feedback on, and validation of, technique. Focus will be on body mechanics, particularly the generation of power and maintenance of edge alignment via hip rotation and subtleties of grip. Diagonal descending cuts (i.e. Oberhau) will be the primary focus, as the principles employed there can later be extrapolated to all other cuts. Those with more experience will also be given an opportunity to examine other cuts, and/or combinations of cuts.
While the class is aimed at longsword practitioners, many of the mechanics and technical content translate perfectly to single handed swords and Tristan has agreed to work with those who also want to cut with sideswords etc.
The event will cost £25, including two tatami mats to cut.