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.

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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.

Events of March – Glasgow HEMAC and Axel Pettersson Seminar

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The Waterloo Sparring Group rashguard repped twice by Peter Smallridge – once at HEMAC Glasgow 2015, and below at the Axel Pettersson seminar hosted by Pflug Fighters Norfolk. Five WSG regulars attended and all entered the longsword tournament held to accompany the seminar, and we’re proud to say that four advanced to the final eight and two fought to decide gold and silver!10433884_10153963501033554_7918526378356287533_n.jpg

Christmas, Charity, and Cheap Hits

To give is better than to receive, especially with dussacks.

We celebrated Christmas not just with a dinner, but with a charity tournament. We ran it on ersatz-Fechtschule rules (King of the Hill headshots only) with dussacks and sabres, and allowed a nameless late arriving Frenchman to buy his way into the final round to win once everyone else was eliminated…

At the end of the session WSG had raised £150 for charity. This was wired across to our friends at HVN, who’d been holding their own (rather grander) tournament at the same time.

All in all EUR1,200 was raised for cancer charities by the power of anachronistic violence.

Then we descended on an unsuspecting (but pre-booked) pub for turkey burgers and shenanigans.

Christmas Charity (via Swords)

Conveniently coinciding with the WSG Christmas lunch later that day, we’ll be running a charity tournament on the 12th of December on a King of the Hill basis. It’s inspired (vaguely) by historical Fechtschulen. We’ll be using either dussacks or foam sabres, or other single handed sabre-ish things, as participants prefer.
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£10 buys three “lives”. Headshots only to score, preferably above the eyeline; the King wins in case of doubles.

The proceeds will go to charity via HVN’s simultaneous bash in the Netherlands!

SwordFish 2015

We’re proud to see two WSG regulars taking the podiums to collect their gold medals at this year’s SwordFish in Gothenburg, with Piermarco claiming the rapier and dagger for the second time and Peter stepping up a weightclass to win the heavyweight wrestling. Congratulations to both, and the other WSG attendees who coached and supported but also did very well in their own competing!

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Two Years! (plus Turin Results)

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WSG regulars took the Rapier Open Gold and Silver, the Sidesword Open Silver and Bronze, the Longsword Oopen Silver, the Women’s Sword and Buckler Gold and the Women’s Longsword Gold.

WSG has also celebrated its two year anniversary via the traditional methods of cake, sparring, and piling up the year’s trophies and medals into a dragon hoard:

Event Review from Piermarco Terminiello below the break.

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