Parry, stab and throw: Unarmored half-swording

We will explore the tactics and the use of half-swording in sparring and competitions. The techniques used are mainly based on Mair’s plays with support from Meyer. The focus will be how to use relatively simple techniques that can easily be implemented into your sparring repertoire.

Just as with other techniques, it’s important to know when to use different half-swording techniques and what you can do to get your opponent into a situation where it can be used successfully. It’s also an excellent way of countering the famous buffalo; an aggressive fencer who comes in with powerful attacks with little regard of their own safety. With the use of half-swording you can get an almost unprecedented control of your opponent’s sword with the help of the blade, pommel, and crossguard, hindering them from coming in with another attack.

Skill level: Intermediate level, a term of longsword experience is preferable.

Equipment level: Longsword, mask, and gloves, jacket and gorget are prefered.

Practical Bolognese – Ilkka Hartikkainen

In this workshop we will look at Bolognese fencing and the use of the sidesword through multiple
approaches. We will practice both individual techniques and longer sequences, then practice basic skills
such as movement and timing through generic exercises followed by putting these skills into practice in
more intensive drilling.
Skill level: intermediate, with some experience in any fencing style
Requirements: sidesword or other single-handed sword trainer suitable for both cutting and thrusting,
mask, gloves, jacket. Full sparring gear preferred.
Intensity: moderate

Cutting with the sidesword – Ilkka Hartikkainen

In this workshop we will take a closer look at cutting mechanics with the sidesword, and practice them first
in the air and then with a sharp sword on tatami targets. If possible, please bring your own blunt one-
handed sword, but sharp swords are provided for the cutting, but you will have to pay for the mats. This
workshop is limited to 12 practitioners.
Skill level: any
Requirements: none
Intensity: low

The Few against Many: Desperate and Safe with the Iberian Montante – Nicolas Gallardo, Emil Andersson & Sebastian Woxell

A workshop on the combination of rules of Jogo Do Pau de Cepaes and the rules of the Iberian Montante.

We base our studies of the Iberian Montante from two sources. Domingo Luis Godhino(1599) and Diogo Gomes de Figueiredo(1651). These two sources hold a variety of forms for training and fighting. The main problem with the montante has been how to train the forms in high speed sparring situations against multiple opponents, as none of the sources tell us how the enemy reacts, thinks or works or even how many they are at times.

Jogo do Pau is the portuguese art of staff fencing, with many variations around the country. The variation in the town of Cepaes is one of few who hold focus on the development of the group and different forms of group fight. Mestre Avelino, one of the two old living masters of JdP in the northern parts of Portugal, firmly holds that the duell only comes if the group has failed its main job, namely to work as a group.

In combination these two arts, one dead and one dying, has shown to be exactly what has been needed to teach montante to a larger group and at the same time keep Jogo do Pau alive. This workshop will take the participants through many rules of the Iberian Montante and put them in the group fight context of Jogo do Pau de Cepaes. This will/can incorporate uneven group fights such as 2vs1, 1vs8+ surrounded and spearwall, 2vs8+ surrounded and spearwall , 3vs 2 spearwalls, flanking, pincer movements, moving of spearwalls and herding of groups.

Participants are welcome to bring their own montantes. From experience having a staff saves the arms for the high speed compound complex excercises.

Skill level: Instructor, or to be instructor in montante, previously participated in a Montantero, or as a student recommended by instructor.

Equipment requirements: No protection allowed. Havng a staff is mandatory. BYO 2-hander, though it will see little use.

Borrow a staff at 100kr (10euro) per staff per person. The staff is made of Ash wood, 200-210cm long, 3.0-3.5cm diameter. last 100cm of the staff must be taped.

If you choose to bring your own staff, this are the requirements: we will not accept staffs made of soft wood such as pine and we will not accept oak as it is too stiff.

Practical Pugilism – Christofer Janssen & Johan Lundby

This workshop covers some important core concepts of bare-knuckle boxing. We think it will provide a healthy foundation for beginners, and hopefully give some new insights to
advanced boxers.
Remember: There is no right or wrong in boxing, as long as it makes you happy, and you look stunning doing it.

  • Owning the centre line with a solid guard and straight punches
  • Offensive defence and counter punching
  • Coached sparring

Please remove all piercings and jewellery worn above the waist before the workshop starts.

Skill level: Open for all.

Equipment requirements: Mouth guard (compulsory), boxing wraps (optional, preferably 4+ metres elastic).

Fence on Your Feet – Anders Linnard

We will take a look at a new fencing theory on footwork, especially for early Germanic sources. We will also learn how to generate power, gain tactical advantages and fence with skill against brutes. The class will be useful for anyone interested in body mechanics and footwork, but especially useful for those of a smaller stature since it can help them use their bodies to overcome the power of bigger and aggressive opponents.

Skill level: You will get most out of the class if you can move with a sword with ease.

Equipment requirements: Longsword, mask and gloves.

Discovery Workshops for Combat Disciples of the Ancient Olympic Games: two workshops – Brice Lopez

Our research is based on the study of archaeological documents: experimental archeology and archeology of gesture. We have been carrying out this research since 1994.

We propose you to discover the basic elements of the combat disciplines of the Olympic Games and to plunge to the archaeological documents. We will learn the specifics rules and the special approach of the ancient wresling. And we will wiev the major differences with th modern olympic wresling.

For boxing and pancratium we will try to understand the particularities of this antics sports and in front of the modern one and also how the antics fighters mixed boxing and wrestling.

Last point: fighting with ant without gloves the differences between strikes in boxing and in pancratium.

Skill level: Open to all.

Equipment requirements: None.

Stick, fist and brawling like a gentleman/lady/other – Simon Lund

The workshop will be divided in to three segments based upon three stages of hand to hand combat in bartitsu.
First the stick, basic techniques and light sparring. Secondly what will you do without a stick, basically defensive actions against an unarmed opponent. Thirdly some basic techniques to apply if you are forced to the ground, locks and counters to wrestling moves. All techniques will be based on the works of Barton-Wright.
There will be water breaks and similar natural pauses during the workshop.

Skill level: Basic understanding on how to throw a punch and falling without inflicting injury upon yourself or your partner. I will keep the techniques relatively easy for beginners and no greater knowledge of hand to hand combat will be needed. However I do encourage all to try but if there are some joint pains or difficulty falling properly you may need to reconsider.

Equipment requirements: All segments: protective cup, removal of jewellery beforehand. Durable non-restrictive clothing. Good hygiene (you will be uncomfortably close to strangers in compromising positions). Water. You may be forced to remove glasses during certain segments.
First segment: walking stick (ergo a stick roughly 90-100 cm long depending on the height of the wielder), fencing jacket, fencing gloves and mask.
Second segment: protective cup, removal of jewellery beforehand. Durable non-restrictive clothing, open coat or jacket preferably without buttons or zipper.
Third segment: protective cup, removal of jewellery beforehand, removal of shoes. Durable non-restrictive clothing.

Rapier and dagger: two workshops – Rob Runacres

Dating to the early seventeenth century, Livre Des Leçons (Book of Lessons) is a compilation of fencing instructions, attributed to the soldier Pedro De Heredia, who served in the Spanish Netherlands. Many of these lessons can be interpreted as vulgar destreza and there is one section dedicated to countering the ‘mathematical form’.

These two workshops will concentrate on sword and dagger forms derived from the treatise; they may be taken independently or together as an overview. The first workshop will look at the fundamentals of the attack, including maintaining defence in the assault and diverting the enemy’s sword offline. The second will consider defensive actions and counters against strong binds or direct, linear attacks.

Skill level:The workshop is suitable for beginners, though some knowledge of sword and dagger forms would be of use.

Equipment requirements: Full fencing equipment, including mask and jacket, as well as a single sword, such as a rapier, and a dagger.

Fassen, Fühlen, Abziehen, and other difficult words: swordhandling for beginners – Maciej Talaga

A workshop dedicated to beginners and intermediate fencers aimed at improving their overall biomechanical skills. However, instead of using the standard approach, i.e. flow drills and guard-shifting, it will run through exercises focusing on Binden, which is the crash-test for everything a fencer knows about swordhandling. It will comprise practical parts separated with theoretical intersections. The practice will cover individual and paired exercises improving gripping, feeling through blade contact, and promptness in reacting to opponents behaviour in the bind. The theory will revolve around the said practical concepts. The expected outcome for a participant will be expanded vocabulary ready to use in conversation of swords.

Section 0: Group warm-up (20 minutes) and introduction and putting on gear (15 minutes); section 1: Gripping the longsword – the ‘choked’ grip, theory and solo practice (25 minutes); Section 2: Types of blade contact – Weich, Hart, and Vest, theory, paired exercises (25 minutes); Breather (10 minutes); Section 3: Cognitive components of speed – touch, theory, paired exercises, and summary (25 minutes). Total time for the class: circa 120 minutes.

Skill level: Open for all.

Equipment requirements: Longswords (however other weapons from the German school curriculum should also benefit from the class), masks, at least light gloves, optionally: something allowing for being on a receiving end of a thrust (gambeson, breastplate, etc.) would enhance your partners’ experience greatly.

Zufechten: what it is and why you should care – Maciej Talaga

An advanced tactical workshop exploring one of the basic concepts of Liechtenauer’s Zedel. First, Zufechten will be discussed from the theoretical perspective (linguistics, logics of combat). This first part will be supplemented with demonstrations and tactical games without protective gear. Next, the practical part shall ensue filled with examples of preparatory exercises of increasing difficulty (most applicable to group as well as individual lessons). Finally, the workshop will be concluded with a short methodical sparring session. The tools presented will be of equal use for fighters during competition and instructors during teaching.

The theoretical part should take up to 45 minutes followed by a 10 minutes break for putting on protection. The practical part will take up to 90 minutes followed by a 10 minutes breather. The final sparring will take the whatever remaining time will be available – preferrably about 20 minutes. Total time for the class: circa 175 minutes.

Warm up individually before the class.

Skill level: Instructors and advanced students class (say, 2+ years of active tournament competition or equivalent).

Equipment requirements: Longswords, masks, gloves, and gambesons are a minimum (practical part), full protection optional (sparring session).

Absetzen MS3227a – Szabolcs Waldmann

This workshop will go through MS3227a’s Vier Versetzen, Hängen and Winden, and will focus on getting to the Absetzen, as a method.

Skill level: Open for all.

Equipment requirements: Throat protection, Mask, gloves, feder and chest protection are a minimum.