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!
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.
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.
£10 buys three “lives”. Headshots only to score, preferably above the eyeline; the King wins in case of doubles.
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!
Training continues like clockwork at WSG. This weekend a mob (it’s the plural noun for WSG regulars, true story) of us will be travelling to Turin for the TaurHEMAchia event – it helps that three are instructing at workshops there. We’ll all be competing at tournaments though – stay tuned for our excuses when the results are out.
Saturday sparring will be on as usual though, don’t use it as an excuse to miss the best inter-club fencing opportunity around!
At the end of this month is the biggie of the HEMA calendar – SwordFish. Not only can you expect WSGers in attendance (and hopefully on the podiums!) but we’ll see about a LiveStream viewing party after 2014’s success…