Workshops Swordfish 2018


Elena Muzurina: Sabre

Principles of successful attack in sabre fencing.


During the workshop we will discuss the main rules of accomplishing an attack with saber. We will find out how to reach the best outcome using the combination of correct technique and reasonable tactics. We will talk about the timing and distance for the attack, learn and amend typical mistakes in basic techniques and detect some gaps in trainings that may cause double hits and receiving an afterblow. Also we are going to analyze tactically adequate offensive and defensive actions and recommended practices which will help you to avoid the doubles.

Workshop will be useful both for newcomers and advanced sabreurs, because we will look at basic actions and mistakes in them in connection with mistakes in more complicated actions.


Equipment required: sabre or singlestick, fencing mask, fencing jacket, protective glove. Mask overlay, elbows and knees protectors are not necessary, but recommended.


2 classes (2 hours each) + 1 class on Sunday (1,5 hours)


Keith Farrel: Longsword and Singlestick Games


Gemeinfechten (Common Fencing) with the Longsword

Most of the written Germanic fencing treatises of the 15th and 16th centuries are examples of the Liechtenauer tradition, which was a somewhat specialised method of fencing. However, as the 15th century turned into the 16th, the rise and development of the fencing guilds led to changes in the way that fencing was practised, and some of the treatises from this time give clues about what the “common fencing” of the period might have looked like. We will draw from a variety of 16th century sources, including Paurenfeindt and the Kolner Fechtbuch, to provide an introduction to Gemeinfechten.

Beginners are welcome, as are more advanced practitioners – what is most important is the willingness to approach the Germanic longsword fencing from a new point of view. You will need masks, gloves, and longswords; jackets and other protective equipment may make your life more comfortable, but is not necessary.


Singlestick Games

The singlestick or cudgel was common throughout the British Isles, both for serious martial training and for sportive games. In this session, we will play with some historical singlestick rules and games and some modern games with historical inspirations, and we will examine how we can use these games to improve our modern practice of other, related, HEMA disciplines.

Beginners are welcome, as are more advanced practitioners, although you will probably get more out of the lesson if you have some familiarity with single-handed cutting swords already. You will need masks and any single-handed sword simulator (sabre, cutlass, broadsword, singlestick, stick, etc). Gloves might make your life a bit more comfortable, as might jackets and suchlike, but these are not necessary.


Sean Franklin: Cutting with a Sword vs Whacking with a Feder.


Training and technique for developing cutting mechanics in test cutting and sparring

Understanding how to properly cut with a sword is an important part of martial arts development. It is not only important to train yourself to make the hits you do land worth something, but also affects the way you construct interpretations, training drills, and approach a fight tactically.

This course will start to build fundamental cutting skills from the ground up. Material will cover training approaches that go beyond cutting performance in front of a tatami stand, with a strong focus on honing skills in everyday sparring. In addition to helping practitioners develop their core cutting mechanics this workshop will give instructors with cutting experience a good progression of drills and training tips to help develop skills in their students.

Equipment: Blunt sword. This class will be taught with a longsword focus, but practitioners can choose to participate with their primary weapon of choice .


Szabolcs Waldman: Longsword


MS3227a – Lichtenawer 1×1

This is a beginners workshop, for those who seek entry into meister johann lichtenawers Kunst des Fechtens.  Longsword, mask and gloves are required; everything else is optional. We will go through the book, and take a look at these earliest of techniques in the tradition.


Julia Yli-Hukka

How to: warm up – with additional focus on ringen

Equipment requirements: training clothes

Experience: no previous experience needed.  Suitable from beginners to advanced practicioners


This workshop intends to give you structure in how you can think when setting up a warm up in class. Special focus will also be on how to incorporate ringen in the warm up phase – no matter which weapon you train. We are going to go through exercises and you will leave the workshop with ideas and inspiration to take back to your own club and implement right away. Suits both instructors who want to gather something new up in their sleeve and practitioners who wants to widen their warm up experience from another instructor’s perspective.


Francesco Loda:

In rapier plays, a lot depends from a correct Strategy-Tactics approach. Therefore, it’s important to be able to consider this subject by different points of view; during the event we’ll look at those concerning Measure, Seizing the blade, Two weapons coordination.

Workshop 1: Distance and Distinguish. Single Rapier

How do you measure…a bout? Mastering or at least managing measures in combat it’s critical to develop a proper approach to the fencing language: “what” to do it’s deeply influenced by “where”. The lesson will present some strategy educational syllabus to understand how to deal with alterations of measure, with regard to fencing programming.

Workshop 2: Seek and Secure. Single Rapier

Gaining the opponent’s blade leads to a better control of the action, in a general, safer fencing environment. How to turn this in a recurring, strategic attitude? The class will explain a combat approach based on the Guadagno di spada, presented as it really is: a main fencing “concept”, more than a simple technic.

Workshop 3: Protect and Prey. Rapier & Dagger

The class will show traditional and modern way to train with Rapier & Dagger (drills and methodology) according mainly to the Southern systems, and some strategic approach to render in real life the Theory of lines, cones, protections usually displayed by Roman, Napolitean, Sicilian Schools.

After a short introduction the three classes will be focused on the practical approach, following the treatises:

  •        (MSS) F. Marescalchi, Note…, ca. Roma 1653.
  •        (MSS) O. Marescalchi, l’Essercitio più necessario…, Roma ca. 1670-1676.
  •        (MSS) pseudo Marescalchi, Ristretto di scherma, Roma ca. 1669.
  •        (MSS) D. De Greszy, Monomachia…, Roma ca. 1670-1672.
  •        F. A. Marcelli, Regole della scherma…, Roma 1686.
  •        F. A. Mattei, La scherma napolitana, Foggia 1669.
  •        G. Villardita, La scherma siciliana, Palermo 1670 e 1673.
  •        F. G. A. Di Nuzzo, Alimento di sangue illustre…, Palermo 1691.
  •        G. D’Alessandro, Pietra di paragone…, Napoli 1711 e 1723.
  •        C. Calarone, Scienza prattica necessaria…, Roma 1713.
  •        N. Terracusa, La vera scherma napolitana, Roma 1725.

Requirements: mandatory 1600 N. mask, fencing jacket, breast/groin protection, fencing gloves or similar, rapier. Fencing breeches, chest protector (plastron or similar) and throat protection are recommended.

The class is open to fencers of average level of experience.


Ties Kool

Longsword – Structure beats Strength

We will work with the principle “Structure beats Strength”. It’s something I always say in class. With the right form, right structure and right positioning you can perform your techniques even though someone else might be bigger and stronger than you are. For this we will use, amongst others, the Shielhau and several Winden techniques.
Gear: Mask, gloves, throatguard, longsword (preferably steel)


Jusay Mahamud:

Juego del Palo Canario

In short, the workshops will contain the following :

– Short introduction about the history of Juego del Palo Canario.

– Body Posture

– Basic techniques

– Some Medium level techniques

– First contact with the free play

– Questions



Niklas Mårdby

Ringen Am Schwert #1: Principles of Ringen applied to RaS

Prel.time Saturday 14:00-16:00

Instructors: Niklas Mårdby & Julia Yli-Hukka

Required equipment: Only training clothes. No shoes. Ringen jacket if you have one.

We will be using latex swords! Because soft swords are good for grappling. Weapons will be provided.

In this workshop we will look at a few basic principles of Ringen taken from the manuals. How to use common situations as setups for your RaS techniques.

Princles: The Scales, The Wheel, How to Break Opponents Balance, Safe Entry and Exit. Effortless Execution. Maybe more. Or less.

We will not only look at manual RaS techniques but other ringen techniques and see how they apply to RaS. Examples taken from Ott, Liegnitzer, Mair. And maybe more. Or less.


Ringen Am Schwert #2: As Many Throws as Possible

Prel.time Sunday 10:00-12:00

Instructors: Niklas Mårdby & Julia Yli-Hukka

Required equipment: Only training clothes. No shoes. Ringen jacket if you have one.

We will be using latex swords! Because soft swords are good for grappling. Weapons will be provided.

In this workshop we will try to get as many throws done as possible. Practise makes perfect. Repetition is the key to mastery. Focus will be on breaking balance, good technique, effortless execution and flow.

We will not only look at manual RaS techniques but other ringen techniques and see how they apply to RaS.



Francesco Loda & Silvia Tomasetti



HEMA KIDS is the branch devoted to children and youths practicing Historical Fencing and Western Martial Arts. It was built upon the ten-year experience of Accademia Romana d’Armi in teaching children, and the integration between educational tools from different branches of child pedagogy and sport methodology.

Six pillars constitute the foundations on which HEMA KIDS is built:


The education process aims to encourage young students to explore all these areas, each one being crucial for different aspects of their training, which contribute to the individual’s psychophysical development.

But why is it important to build a branch devoted to children and youths in H.E.M.A.?

The majority of sports includes a youth field, because practicing sport activities during childhood and adolescence has a positive influence on physical growth and development. Above all, it favours several processes capable to determine the state of psychophysical health of adult life.

Moreover, the integration of a youth field in HE.M.A. organisations may also enhance and foster activities within sports clubs, granting companies new opportunities for business and income, and broadening the target audience.

And finally, working with young people…means connecting with the best part of ourselves!

The class includes:

–        training with certified H.K. Instructors;

–        educational material;

–        exclusive access to the digital instructional video;

–        document attesting to participation.

Requirements: glove, mask, sport clothes, Pen & paper!