Cutting Workshop Slot 1 || Phillip Martin

Phillip Martin || Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship

Weapons: Sharp swords

This year we are excited to present Phillip Martin as our instructor leading the Cutting Workshops!

Phillip Martin is the cutting instructor at the Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship. For the past 4 years, he has competed and medaled in advanced cutting tournaments in the western US and Canada. At the Phoenix Society, he has trained in Fiore longsword and Marozzo greatsword and sword & buckler.

He has been a student and teacher of martial arts for the past 15 years. Prior to joining the Phoenix Society, he spent a decade studying several Asian martial arts, including Jujitsu, Aikido and Shaolin Kung Fu. Phillip has spent the past six years cutting tatami every week with a variety of edged weapons, including greatswords, longswords, arming swords, rapiers and daggers.

Cutting Workshop Slot 2 || Phillip Martin

Phillip Martin || Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship

Weapons: Sharp swords

This year we are excited to present Phillip Martin as our instructor leading the Cutting Workshops!

Phillip Martin is the cutting instructor at the Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship. For the past 4 years, he has competed and medaled in advanced cutting tournaments in the western US and Canada. At the Phoenix Society, he has trained in Fiore longsword and Marozzo greatsword and sword & buckler.

He has been a student and teacher of martial arts for the past 15 years. Prior to joining the Phoenix Society, he spent a decade studying several Asian martial arts, including Jujitsu, Aikido and Shaolin Kung Fu. Phillip has spent the past six years cutting tatami every week with a variety of edged weapons, including greatswords, longswords, arming swords, rapiers and daggers.

Closing Arguments || Joseph Brassey

Joseph Brassey || Grit City HEMA

Weapons: Longsword, Grappling

This class will focus on the act of closing in the krieg, specifically teaching participants both how to transition from the bind and the parry into wrestling and how to prevent an opponent from accomplishing the same. Participants will need mask, gorget, gloves, and longswords, but full sparring gear may be useful for those wanting to train these scenarios in full kit.

I:33 - The Fighty Bits || Alex Hanning

Alex Hanning || Lonin

Weapons: Sword and Buckler

Competitive games and restricted, asymmetric sparring passes based on I.33 techniques and principles. While a basic knowledge of the system helps, it is not required for the session. Beginners are welcome.
Closing range, protected thrusts, grapples and treading through, fighting strategies against non-i.33 opponents, sizing up your opponent from out of measure and adjusting your strategy. All these and more!
Bring at least a mask, gorget and padded gloves for the foam swords. If you want to try the games at full speed with steel, kit yourself for that. Loaner foam swords and bucklers will be available. Loaner steel swords can be used for slower versions of the drills

Deception and the Art of Swordplay - How to Duel and not Die || Maija Soderholm

Maija Soderholm

Weapons: Shortsword

If it is true that 'All Warfare is based on Deception" as Sun Tzu said, what are the elements that go into successfully using deception as a tactic to defeat your enemy?
This workshop will show you how to improve your tactical skills, and up your odds of avoiding the glorious double death. Like my teacher said - There is no Art in Killing, there is no Art in Dying, the Art is in the Living.

MINI: Fencing with the Crab Walk || Isaiah Baden-Payne

Isaiah Baden-Payne || Maryland Kunst Des Fechtens/Mid Atlantic Society for Historic Swordsmanship

Weapons: Rapier

Salvator Fabris’s 1606 work Lo Schermo, overo Scienza D’Arme is well known in modern fencing practice for its exacting detail. But many students struggle to access the biomechanical advantages offered by the often extreme and occasionally silly postures portrayed in his text. This workshop will acquaint students with the mechanical goals of Fabris’s deep postures and help them achieve those goals in practical sparring without injurious strain on the body. All levels of experience and practical ability are welcome.

MINI: Dragoons, Unlans, and Hussars: Dismounted Defense in the Napoleonic Wars || James Hsu

James Hsu || Lonin

Weapons: Saber

This introductory workshop aims to teach both novice and scholar about Charles Roworth’s “Art of Defense on Foot”, a manual that was first published in 1796 by Roworth and introduced along with the adoption ofnthe 1796 Light and Heavy Cavalry sabre, as well as the Royal Navy Pattern 1804 Boarding Cutlass. You’ll be given the basics of Roworth’s 6-cut cutting circle, how to parry with a curved sabre as opposed to a longsword or backsword, wards and guards, basic footwork for both the fencing ring and the theoretical battlefield. This workshop will use the 4th Edition of the Roworth manual, published 1824, which is the final summation of all of Charles Roworth’s techniques.

MINI: Body Awareness Past Proprioception || Christian Buettner

Christian Buettner || Maryland KDF

Weapons: None

This workshop is designed to teach people to be more aware of the body parts involved in footwork and how to actively think about them. It is designed to teach how to isolate body parts without forgetting to use the rest. And how to use that understanding to effectively generate power, to do contra-body movement positions, to control measure and apply fuehlen. This is all done without a weapon in order to force people to think about their body without it and because swords are often a distraction, particularly for beginners.

All of this is accomplished through practices, drills, techniques, methods developed for waltz. Since, their is limited pedagogy around this topic in HEMA I'm drawing on years of dance instruction where their is a lot of pedagogy, as well as some fundamental biology, neurology.

MINI: Design Your Own Good Time: Goals, Partnership, and Communication for Martial Practice || Claire Wemyss

Claire Wemyss || Kunst des Funkelns

Figure out why your training matters and identify commitments to make around it. Learn what you need to bring to the table to facilitate rich training relationships and healthy competition and sparring experiences. Get out of your comfort zone and make a map back to it to be able to chose where you want to be!

MINI: Body Awareness and Self Care for Martial Arts || Cody Schuler

Cody Schuler || Kulshan HEMA

I have been a massage therapist for 8 years, and beyond that I have tried many martial arts, and still practice a few still, HEMA being one of them. What I notice in my work, and with people I train with is a lack of understanding of why they are in pain, or how they might recover quicker between training sessions. Most of the time it's a lack of understanding of how their body even works on a more complex level, and to properly stretch and troubleshoot pain, or tight areas. I want to help give more people the knowledge on how to take care of themselves and be the best them they can be in a martial arts setting.

I will be mainly focusing on HEMA in terms of the self care such as the body mechanics of holding a sword, and where you might want to focus your time stretching to maintain your training level. Or even just teaching people how when muscle groups aren't achieving full range of motion, they are missing out on a lot of power or reach. I want to go over as much stuff in as little time as possible, I normally only get 10 mins with clients to explain a lot of this so I will be right at home with a 15 min time limit.

Some of the things I have done in my life of movement is, Gymnastics (Vault,Tumbling), Parkour instructor, Bouldering, LongSword, Ringen, Dagger, Jiujitsu, Karate, and TKD. With 8 years of Massage experience working with Physical Therapits and Olympic athletes. I have spent a long time learning how to best help athletes.

MINI: The Drei Wunder Dance! || Sigmund Werndorf

Sigmund Werndorf || Los Angeles Historical Martial Arts Society

Weapons: Longsword

The Drei Wunder is first and foremost a fantastic pun of indeterminate origin associated with the early German fencing tradition and Liechtenauer's Zettel. It refers to the three types of basic offensive action with a blade: the thrust, the cut, and the slice. These three actions have also been extrapolated into statements about measure and range as each action has a different optimal range.

The Drei Wunder dance is a paired movement exercise designed to help practitioners internalize the ability to recognize and adjust to the appropriate measure for each of the respective actions. Beyond this value, it is easy to learn, difficult to master and requires an appreciable level of aerobic exertion making it a very good warm up and day to day exercise.

Though designed for Longsword wielders of the early German tradition, it is applicable and useful for cut and thrust weapons, one or two handed, of any martial tradition.

MINI: Geometry and You! || Kirsten Meredith

Kirsten Meredith || True Edge Academy of Swordsmanship

Weapons: Longsword

Biomechanics can be the saving grace of the petite fencer. Often enough, the modern body is deficient in structure and this can lead to weaknesses in the fencer. I want to go through the common structural mistakes I find often in my students so that others may be aware of how to correct these in the fight. Longswords only.

MINI: Just Wing It! || Kristen Argyle

Kristen Argyle || True Edge Academy

Weapons: Longsword

Andre Paurnfeyndt, Codex Wallerstein, longsword but can apply to other weapons with uppercuts. I'll be talking about the winger in a more general way as a taking off that defends your head that you can use to either side to take advantage of a high bind and avoid the dreaded double kill. We'll go through all permutations of this cut, long and short edge, from a right and left bind.

MINI: Holding Space, Projecting Confidence in the Ring and Out || Joseph Brassey

Joseph Brassey || Grit City HEMA

Weapons: Longsword

This class will be a brief workshop on the concept of occupying space as relates to martial arts. It will focus on some very basic concepts of how to project confidence and intention in order to allow students to use these tools both in fencing and in day to day life. Mask, gloves, and gorget, as well as a longsword trainer (steel or synthetic) will be the only needed gear. Contact will be minimal, but the psychology of grappling with confidence and self-worth can be difficult. Students should come prepared to be open, thoughtful, and compassionate towards eachother and themselves.