We asked for a sign, and we received one.
Last weekend we held a small cutting party and barbecue. We weren’t sure about going all the way to Swiss Cottage for it. Then we beheld this (advertising a local barber/cafe) and we knew we were on the right track.
August summary: we trained a lot and some of the WSG crew went to some events.
Congratulations to Piermarco, who got to visit Majorca to fence. He taught at the Sword Island 2015 event, and while he was there he medalled in both rapier and longsword.
Meanwhile, the rest of us enjoyed the hot weather with some conditioning training to see just how much we could sweat. The answer is: lots.
Courtesy of a sabre group who’re taking a week’s vacation, we’ve got custody of a hall in New Cross Gate for cheap.
8pm to 10pm Thursday 23rd July – All Saints Community Centre, New Cross Road, SE14. We’ve got a nice sized sports hall, let’s have some fun.
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The “Festival of Heroes” is the Irish National HEMA event, and 2015 was the second year it’s run, and the first year it’s been open and advertised internationally. Two WSG regulars decided to go, one teaching and both competing in the four tournaments – all mixed weapons, with nylon and steel in Open and Women’s flavours.
Continue reading Feile na Gaiscigh – Four Tournament, Four Gold Medals
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The Fechtschule event was a roaring success. We had something like nine or ten different clubs’ members in attendance, and the “longest trip” record is now tied as we have the second Melbourne-ite in WSG’s history.
Continue reading Fechtschule Waterloo
Alexander Makarov and Peter Smallridge visited the Paris HEMA Open tournament on the 6th and 7th of June to see if they could replicate their successes at the previous weekend. They did even better.
Continue reading June Begins With Medals, Too
Two weekends and a good few medals in three countries. WSG regulars attended the May Melee in England (where Peter won gold) the Örebro Open in Sweden (bronze in the women’s as Michela muscled onto the podium and bronze in the rapier and dagger for Sascha, who also made it to the last four for sabre!) and SKUNKS in Poland (where Artur won “man of the event” by popular acclaim and Peter won gold in the timed cutting tournament).
Next weekend will be the Paris Open, where again WSG will be well represented in attendees.
Training continues every Saturday, with the 13th of June being a special “Fechtschule” anti-tournament.
Due to venue constraints, Waterloo Sparring Group will be meeting on Sunday the 26th of April instead of Sat 25th. From 11am as always, and we suspect there’ll be Sunday lunches to follow the sparring and training.
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PS – congratulations to those WSG regulars at the Copenhagen Open. We hear they’ve done excellently in tough competition, with several undefeated at the pools stage.