Intermediate Test-Cutting with the Longsword

Methods of increasing complexity in test-cutting practice while maintaining martial applicability. This workshop is designed for those who have experience test-cutting and are confident in their fundamentals. It will begin with an exploration of different methods of both increasing the challenge of basic test cutting, as well as giving due consideration to combative realities, including […]

Introduction to Mair Sickle

Join us for an introduction to Mair sickle. We’ll work through several of the plays and explore another peasant weapon. If you’ve ever thought that dagger could be improved with hooks, this class is for you. Required equipment: Mask, light gloves, cup, synthetic sickle trainers (if you have them)

Guard Matchups

Guards are an integral part of the RDL (Ringeck, Danzig, Lew) texts. We are told to fence from the four guards, we are given techniques to execute from the guards, and we are also given an answer to each of the guards should your opponent be holding one of them. However, these ideas are only […]

Murder-coptering: An In-Depth Study

The basis for this class is understanding the proper use and context of the zwerch. In this class, we will learn how to both execute and counter this cut, as well as advanced maneuvers, proper training methods, and improper uses for this cut, all while practicing appropriate footwork. Required equipment: Mask, gloves, longsword

Introduction to Historical Wrestling

Wrestling was a major component of both Fiore and Liechtenauer’s fighting systems, but wrestling instruction that emphasizes medieval wrestling concepts can be difficult to find. As a result, the average HEMAist’s skill with a blade significantly exceeds their skill at wrestling. This class aims to provide both novice HEMAists and experienced practitioners a foundation of […]

Give ‘Em the Stick: Fiore’s Bastoncello

A small but rather interesting section of Fiore’s work, the bastoncello, is shown in defense against attacks in various social situations. Beyond those four specific techniques in-and-of themselves, you can flip a few pages in the manuscript and start pulling out dagger plays for this or other improvised weapons. We’ll even answer the question of […]

Defending with Art

Killing the opponent was not always an option. Sometimes a bleeding head wound or the shame of defeat was enough to stop the fight. In this class we will be looking at a variety of techniques applicable with the messer, some of which involve disarming the opposition. The ability to display such mastery is a […]

Beating Burn Out: How to Be a Better Teacher, Coach, and Training Partner

This workshop will include an overview of both introspective and practically applicable strategies to improve as a mentor in HEMA. Participants will be provided with tools aimed at increasing their usefulness to fellow practitioners of all experience levels, allowing them to get the most out of training with newer students, and helping to mitigate instructor […]

Shotel: Ethiopian Sickle Sword

The shotel is the iconic sickle sword of medieval Abyssinia. It features a doubled edged often semicircular blade that could be used to slash like shamshir or hack and pierce like a sickle or hook. Its origins are shrouded in mystery but some trace its roots to the kingdom of Axum. While others refer to […]