FightCamp, the UK’s biggest HEMA event, is now over. It has some tournaments, and Waterloo regulars attended, so WSG has more medals:13895406_10157535742380122_3299054302245157497_n.jpg

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!

Astolat 2016 Review

[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.13844109_10157446467460122_2054593643_o.jpg

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Level up!

13255997_580640515440595_1720295529367429032_n.jpgMichela 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.

Mo’ Medals, No Problems

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!


Cutting Clinic with Tristan Żukowski

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!12814611_545558412282139_5629671166303564945_n.jpg
Event details:
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.