Syllabus vs System : The Legacy of Johannes Liechtenauer || Michael Chidester

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

Weapons: Lecture

Johannes Liechtenauer, grand master of the oldest known German fencing tradition, recorded his art in a 358-line poem called the Zettel. To unlock the secrets of this poem, we rely on the writings of his students and associates, as well as later masters in his tradition.

This lecture consists of two parts. The first will explore the different types of fencing manuals that have been preserved and what they contribute to our understanding of Liechtenauer’s tradition, and how they can be used together to construct a comprehensive explanation of Liechtenauer’s techniques. Much of the focus will be on sources that have only become available in the past few years and how they have changed or informed our current understanding. The second part will take a step back from the raw instructions in those sources and consider what they tell us about the fencing system itself. It will argue that the Zettel and glosses are not intended to describe a system of fencing in a straightforward or comprehensive fashion, but rather contain a syllabus for teaching that system to students. At the same time, clues in the text can lead us toward and understanding of the shape and nature of the system that underlies that pedagogy and suggest ways in which we can escape the trap of “”fencing according to the lessons””.

Fiore’s Pollaxe : Ponderous, Cruel, & Mortal || Alex Spreier

Alex Spreier || High Desert Armizare || Bend, OR, USA

Weapons: Poleaxe

This workshop is intended to introduce those familiar to Fiore’s art to the ultimate knightly weapon - the Poleaxe. While the actual axe section is quite short, by building off of the rest of the art, the poleaxe truly is the premier weapon of the art - combining dagger, abrazare, sword, and spear.

Gear: Armour is not required but recommended. Long sleeves recommended. Poleaxe simulators preferred, but staves at least 4 feet long but not exceeding 6 feet will work.

Team Combat || Matthew Credican

Matthew Credican || BOTN Team USA - Iron Phoenix || Seattle WA

Medival combat encompases so much more than one on one dueling. In this workshop we explore techniques for fighting as a team in small group battles. Learn field awareness, tactics and how to apply historical techniqes when facing multiple opponents.

Gear: Mask with back of head protection, Gorget, Gauntlets, elbow pads. Weapon trainers will be provided.

Meddling Medel and Perky Paurnfeynt || Kristen Argyle

Kristen Argyle || True Edge Academy || Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Weapons: Longsword, Mask

The big three Liechtenauer glossa get a lot of attention, but what about their misfit teenage children, Hans Medel and Andre Paurnfeynt? In this class we’ll look at some unique plays and different takes on some familiar plays from these misfit Liechtenauer students to shake things up a bit and appreciate the richness of the German Longsword tradition.

Indian Clubs || Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson || Lonin || Seattle, WA

Indian clubs have been used in Central and South Asia for thousands of years as a way to build strength and range of motion. Maybe these people know something. Let’s learn how to get in shape by swinging clubs so that we can cancel our expensive gym memberships and work out with our HEMA friends instead.

Vor and Nach, the Source of all Skill || Jessica Finley

Jessica Finley || Ritterkunst Fechtschule || Canton, GA, USA

Weapons: Longswords, Masks, Gorget

“”Vor und nach dy zway ding / sind aller kunst ain ursprinck””  Before and After, these two things, are to all skill a well-spring, says Master Liechtenauer, directing our attention to his tactical framework wherein he advises that one should attack in “”the before”” and how to counter another’s attack in “”the after””.  This extremely simplistic introduction to the idea can be easily misunderstood, so this class will be exploring how Vor and Nach should be used to control the opponent’s options and limit one’s risk in the fight.  We will be studying the concepts of Nachreisen and Ueberlauffen, Ansetzen and Schiessen with the Longsword, focusing on safe entry and exit from each exchange.