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Here are some videos of our session this weekend. Next Saturday (the 20th) is the last one of the year, it promises to be a good one. If you wish to join us get in touch.

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Swordfish 2014

This weekend several of WSG travelled to one of the largest and most prestigious events on the HEMA tournament calendar, Swordfish 2014, which takes place at Aktiviteten sports centre, near Gothenburg in Sweden.

This year there was an open longsword tournament, women’s longsword, sabre, rapier & dagger and ringen competitions. Each day there were several classes and a wealth of traders to tempt the attendees with shiny goods. As well as competing some of us taught workshops:

  • Keep your shirt on: jacketed Ringen – Peter Smallridge
  • Quarterstaff – Kit Smith,
  • Two Swords from Palladini, Altoni, and Docciolini – Fran and Pim Terminiello
  • Know your enemy: How to proceed against a timid, reckless, phlegmatic or choleric opponent, according to Alfieri – Francesca and Piermarco Terminiello

Kit, Peter, Mike and Tomas also judged many pool bouts, and Claudia was on demand as medic for much of the proceedings.

It was very smoothly organised by host club GHFS, and the tournament itself was ably run by Rob Runacres of neighbouring HEMA group Renaissance Sword Club (who also took bronze in rapier & dagger). All the action of the finals was captured via livestream and will soon be available to watch again on Youtube. We’re pleased to say the training paid off, there were brilliant performances from all and we earned the following placements:

Rapier & dagger gold – Pim Terminiello

Middleweight ringen gold – Peter Smallridge

Women’s longsword silver – Claudia Krause

We wish to thank the hosts GHFS and all our friends who kindly ferried us to various places and looked after us. Congratulations to all the winners, we took away many memories, and look forward to Swordfish 2015.

The winners

Training for Swordfish 2014

This was the last weekend before many of us head off to Swordfish 2014 in Gothenburg, Sweden,  one of the biggest tournaments on the HEMA event calendar.  We train hard but have lots of fun whilst doing so.

There will also be plenty of workshops as well as competitions, and four of the five British instructors were at training on Saturday.

See you in Gothenburg, or at training!

Images: Miroslav Zaruba Photography

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