…the first international Bartitsu sparring video competition, for prizes of up to US$1000! The contest is open to martial artists and combat athletes of any style(s) and its object is to help fulfil the Bartitsu Society’s mission: “to continue the legacy of martial arts pioneer E.W. Barton-Wright”.
WSG regulars decided to set about each other with canes, in the prescribed style, and over two sessions of friendly yet antagonistic violence compiled the following:
This weekend we were visited on Saturday by Jonathan Burke from the Lionheart HEMA club in Taiwan, who’s on a tour of the UK. He fought almost everyone attending at least once. He took his (literal) bumps with good grace, too, after in-advisably closing on our pet Ringen-Rancor.
Several WSG regulars (Peter, Jamie, Claudia) journeyed to the home club of semi-regulars Tea and Merlin – Cambridge HEMA. Jack Gassmann led a seminar of sparring games followed by several hours of sparring. Fun *and* educational!
A bit late for the website update, but a bunch of WSG attendees went to SwordFish. Congratulations are especially due to those who made it to the livestream: Piermarco Terminiello, with a bronze in rapier and dagger, Jack Gassmann with the technical prize in sword and buckler, on a knackered leg to boot, and Peter Smallridge with a wrestling heavyweight silver, and Michela D’Orlando who came fourth in the women’s longsword.
Draping ourselves in the flag
Back in Surrey, there was the Broadwater Bucklerthon, a rather more local event featuring both a novice nylon and invitational steel sidesword and buckler tournament. It’s great to see such effort put into building competitors here in the UK, and there were some familiar faces on the podiums.