Sudanic Broadsword || Da'Mon Stith

Da’Mon Stith || Guild of the Silent Sword || Austin Texas USA

Weapons: Takouba and kaskara

This workshop will explore the use of broadsword in Africa south of the Sahara also known as the Bilad as Sudan. The Sudan was home to many of the great empires, kingdoms, and states that rose and fell from the early 8th century to the 19th cenutry. During this time of trade empires and cavalry states, sword and lance carried the day. The most common sword type found in the area was the straight, double edged sword referred to as a takouba in the west and kaskara in the east. We will delve into the traditional use of these swords and their modern applications. Class will cover basic attacks, defense, and footwork as well as unique drills based off of Tuareg and Beja sword dances. This is an introduction into a vast subject with very little written sources but is rich living tradition still in practice.

Armoured Combat Without the Armour : How to Train for Harness Before You Have Any || Mike Cherba

Mike Cherba || NW Armizare || Sherwood, OR USA

Weapons: Longsword, dagger, fencing mask, gambeson/HEMA jacket, appropriate hand protection.

So you’d like to get into armoured fighting.  One problem. Armour is expensive! Fear not! In this workshop we’ll teach you the tricks of how to train for armoured combat before you own any armour, as well as how to begin to acquire armour without breaking the bank, and the best order to acquire your kit in.  We’ll have some armour there for folks to try out as well.

Topics covered will be:

  • What are the biggest differences between fighting armoured and unarmoured?
  • Good sources for armoured technique. (Both Italian and German.)
  • Basic targeting and familiarization drills for half-sword.
  • The primacy of the thrust.
  • Tricks for getting used to limited vision and breathing.
  • Dealing with mobility limitations and adjusting your guards.
  • Acquiring armour: how to start and what order to go in.
  • How to hold an armoured event when not everyone has full or equivalent armour.

Finding the Right Remedy || Kimberleigh Roseblade

Kimberleigh Roseblade || The Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts (AEMMA) || Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Weapons: Dagger, Mask, Gorget

When faced against the dagger, Fiore says to always do these five things: “take their dagger away, strike them, break their arms, bind them and throw them to the ground.”  How do we know when to attempt each of these different things, depending on what the situation calls for? In this workshop, students will learn to decipher when their opponent is giving them cues that allow them to feel whether they should disarm their opponent, bind or break them, or throw them to the ground.

The Hips & the Heels || Stewart Sackett

Stewart Sackett || Drei Wunder Western Martial Arts || Portland, Oregon, USA

Weapons: Wrestling

The Hips & the Heels (what the manuals aren’t telling you): Plate 92 of the Codex Wallerstein says “you can fight from the hips and the heels as you were taught before. This is a trick on which almost all the elements of wrestling rely, and it is not right that one depicts or describes it.” This class would break down what it means to fight “from the hips and the heels” & why that fight is important.

Petals on the Flower of Battle || Michael Chidester

Michael Chidester || Wiktenauer || Somerville, MA, USA

Weapons: Lecture

The teachings of 14th century condottiere and fencing master Fiore de’i Liberi are preserved in four manuscripts written in the early 1400s and, in modified form, in a fifth from the 1480s. However, the story does not end there, and there are also four German manuscripts spanning three centuries with a coherent set of teachings that extensively overlap Fiore’s own. It is uncertain whether they are based on Fiore’s writings or developed independently from the same tradition, and three of the four are entirely anonymous.

This lecture will briefly review the life and teachings of Fiore Furlano and his apparent successor Philippo di Vadi, and then introduce the less-well-known German treatises of Blume des Kampfs. It will discuss the life of the sole master associated with this group, Ludwig (IV) von Eyb zum Hartenstein, present each of the known manuscripts, and discuss what they have to contribute to our study of the system and method of the Friulian master.

Fundamentals, Methods, Practicing Hard and the Ravages of Time || Michael Panian

Michael Panian || Swordfighters Martial Arts and Self Defence || Vernon, BC, Canada

Weapons: Pertinent to all weapons

Through HEMA, we are reclaiming the European martial traditions from a multitude of sources including treatises as well as knowledge gained from other martial traditions.  Our understanding of fundamental principles is improving and practice methods are beginning to coalesce around these principles.  What are the fundamentals of your HEMA practice?  How do you practice them?  In this hands on workshop we will identify fundamentals, examine how they manifest in the sources and practice training methods, some borrowed from other disciplines,  that will help you to master the underlying principles of HEMA and of all martial arts.

KDF Sword and Buckler || Kyle Griswold

Kyle Griswold || Mordhau Historical Combat || Mesa, Arizona, US

Weapons: Arming sword or messer with buckler.

Approaching the sword and buckler fight using Liechtenauer’s art. Students will learn to apply KDF fundamentals to S&B by looking at Lignitzer’s treatise and extrapolating the deeper principles within the six plays. Writings from Paulus Kal and Talhoffer will also be reviewed so that students have a greater understanding of sword and buckler in the KDF context.

A Killing Art : Wounding with Blades || Randy Packer

Randy Packer || Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly || Vancouver, BC, Canada

Weapons: None

A look at the mechanisms of injury with weapons. What is a wound? What’s lethal, injurious, or ignorable? What causes an instant stop? How do the historical arts reflect this, and what do we look for in our own practice to reflect our own goals in training? A frank discussion of the realities of weapon use, looking past anecdotes and into anatomy to try and build better models of wounding for our own practices.

5th Dagger Master of Fiore || Patrick McCaffrey

Patrick McCaffrey || L’Arte Della Bellica || Kutztown, PA, USA

Weapons: Dagger/unarmed

Defense against the tax collector: Fiore’s dagger material is the largest single section of his work. Luckily he divided it into 9 individual masters, each dealing with a specific situation. The 5th Dagger Master deals with the situation of the collar grab, or as we have been calling it, the Tax Collector. This workshop looks at the Pictures and Text from Fiore’s Il Fior di Battiglia, and interprets it into a cooperative, and semi-cooperative set of exercises.