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17 07, 2018

Albion Cup 2018

2018-07-17T09:58:28+00:00July 17th, 2018|Events, Rapier, social, Sword & Buckler, Trophies|





 

 

 

 

 

 

On 6-8 July we held the inaugural Albion Cup – a multi-discipline tournament event that we hope to reproduce each year. We had seventy attendees from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway and Italy. The weekend was blessed with beautiful sunshine and we picked a very pleasant venue in Belmont School, a beautiful site snuggled in the forests of the Surrey Hills in Holmbury St Mary near Dorking. Attendees were able to camp on site or sleep in the hall which made everything very manageable.

The tournaments began on Saturday with open longsword, followed by women’s sword & buckler and then rapier & dagger. There was a good showing of women in the S&B tournament and the quality of the fencing in all competitions was brilliant.


   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first day ended in the form of entertainment with the “Renaissance Fencer” matches: a series of showfights between preselected pairs of fencers who train in multiple weapons. Each pair had to
fence continuously with matched weapons for two minutes each with a 1 minute break in between. The order was longsword, then sabre, then rapier & dagger and ending with sword & buckler. We had 4 pairs who took part including instructors Fran vs Emilia, and Piermarco vs Håvard Eidheim from Norway. It was a gruelling but fun spectacle and the crowd cheered on all the participants.

 

After a night of celebrations in the nearby pub, the second day picked up the packed schedule once more with sabre, then smallsword, open sword & buckler and women’s longsword – again with a very healthy number of participants which is encouraging to see. The quality of the fencing throughout was excellent, and we began the prizegiving with a traditional ‘Fechtschule’ where the participants each voted for the best technical fencer of the weekend. The clear winner was Håvard , and his prize was the coveted ‘Albion’ bastard sword: forged and sharpened by our platinum sponsors Balefire Blades.

The School put in a brilliant performance, in terms of competition, organisation and volunteering. Thank you to all that took part. Notable competitors are Adrian who climbed 26 places on HEMA Ratings, winning all his pool matches in rapier & dagger and sword & buckler. Another climber is Mikolaj who climbed a staggering 440 places in sword & buckler, also winning all of his pool fights. SotS Oxford leader Emilia climbed 22 places in women’s longsword to 25th, and Katie climbed an impressive 47 places, also in women’s longsword.


We take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our participants, we wouldn’t be able to put on such a big event without you. We especially thank our hard working volunteers, some of whom travelled great distances simply to donate their time and make the Albion Cup such a great success, and some who couldn’t event be there but put in the organisational hours just to make it happen. With gratitude to Jon Rolph, Sue Kirk, Alejandro Cortes Garcia, Chris & Alicia of Balefire who also acted as armourers for the event, James Wiggins, Artur Agustyniak, Stewart Hotston, Jay Maxwell, Richard Hughes, Emma Smith, Emma Holding, Jon Middleton, Josh Davis, Alexander Davis, Chris Bear, Dan Skellon and many more.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The organisational committee also included Pim, Fran, Masha, Matt, Adrian and Sasha.

And of course, the wonderful prizes and donations from our generous sponsors are what added sparkle to this fun event:

Balefire Blades

Kvetun Armoury

THOKK – Historical Fencing

Neyman Fencing

Silkfencing Team

Rearguard

Sparring Gloves

Sword Experts

Hematees

Rui Ferreira Art

Broken Anvil

Malleus Martialis Swords

ProGauntlet

Special thanks to Enrica Angiolini Art for designing our logo.

The tournament finalists were as follows:

Women’s sword & buckler

1st Maria Makarova The School of the Sword
2nd Fran Terminiello The School of the Sword
3rd Hanne Eik Pilskog Fekteklubben Frie Duellister

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Longsword

1st Tosca Beuming De Zwaardkring
2nd Emilia Cecylia Skirmuntt The School of the Sword
3rd Michela D’Orlando Ordine delle Lame Scaligere

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open sword and buckler

1st Alexander Makarov The School of the Sword
2nd Jay Maxwell The School of the Sword
3rd Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister

 

 

 

 

Open Smallsword

1st Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister
2nd Rowan Skilbeck Waterloo Sparring Group
3rd Jay Maxwell The School of the Sword

 

 

 

 

Open longsword

1st Alexander Makarov The School of the Sword
2nd Thomas Couturier La Salle d’Armes – Escrime Ancienne: SA-EA
3rd Federico Dall’Olio La Salle d’Armes – Escrime Ancienne: SA-EA

 

 

 

 

 

Open sabre

1st Tim Fuke London Longsword Academy
2nd Rowan Skilbeck Waterloo Sparring Group
3rd Pedro San Miguel Schola Gladiatoria

 

 

 

 

 

Open rapier and dagger

1st Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister
2nd Alexander Makarov The School of the Sword
3rd Matthew Crane The School of the Sword

 

 

 

 

 

Best technical fencer overall – as voted by all attendees:

Håvard Lund Eidheim Fekteklubben Frie Duellister

Well done to all the finalists!

Thanks to Richard Hughes for the photos.

 

18 04, 2018

Level up! New studenti in Reading – 17 April 2018

2018-04-18T08:09:44+00:00April 18th, 2018|Reading, Sword & Buckler, Uncategorized|

Congratulations to our new studenti who passed their safety test last night in Reading: Jim, Daniel and Emma. They are now able to participate in freeplay, and are full members of the School. We wish them every success in their careers with us.

The Safety Test is an integral part of our curriculum, where we test candidati (new recruits) for their technical knowledge and application, as well as their ability to practice fencing safely. Once passed a student then becomes a full member of the School.

12 04, 2018

Godalming Training – 11 April 2018

2018-04-12T09:27:32+00:00April 12th, 2018|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

This was the last night of the current teaching block and we enjoyed a very full class.

Kasten took the Bolognese group through tactics in single sidesword, whilst Lynette finished her course on at Fabris’s proceeding with single rapier.

Next week will be a “Technical Tournament”, and the week after will be a Sparring Night. May heralds the beginning of our next Beginner Course, Emilia’s course on single rapier and Jack’s course on the Spadone.

16 02, 2018

Godalming Training – 14th February 2018

2018-02-16T01:35:49+00:00February 16th, 2018|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Valentine’s day didn’t keep our students way from Godalming on Wednesday night with two streams of training on offer.

Lizzie & Kasten took the Bolognaise group through defending ready for an attack in sword & buckler, whilst Lynette looked at proceeding with rapier.

28 01, 2018

Sunday Sparring – 28th January 2018

2018-01-28T16:06:26+00:00January 28th, 2018|Dagger, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Sunday sparring was in Hawley this week with a number of students turning up looking to get in some extra practise.

These free sessions for students  who have passed their safety test allow them to get in some valuable sparring time, practising the techniques they’ve learnt in our training sessions.  It allows them to spar with people they don’t normally train with as well as try out some fun weapon combinations that are not part of our curriculum.

25 01, 2018

Godalming Training – 24th January 2018

2018-01-25T10:28:58+00:00January 25th, 2018|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Students gathered last night our regular Wednesday night training session in Godalming.

Fran taught a class on sword & buckler and Adrian continued his introduction to rapier.

23 01, 2018

Reading Training – 22nd January 2018

2018-01-23T12:06:35+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Dagger, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Our Reading students met up last night for our regular training sessions, with three streams of training on offer.

Matt & Andy continued working with the beginners on their introduction to swordplay, James taught sidesword and Christophe took the rapier group.

22 01, 2018

Sunday Sparring – 21st January 2018

2018-01-22T15:26:28+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Sunday sparring was in Godalming this week with a number of students turning up looking to get in some extra practise.

These free sessions for students  who have passed their safety test allow them to get in some valuable sparring time, practising the techniques they’ve learnt in our training sessions.  It allows them to spar with people they don’t normally train with as well as try out some fun weapon combinations that are not part of our curriculum.

 

22 01, 2018

Godalming Training – 17th January 2018

2018-01-22T15:20:28+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Students gathered at our Godalming venue on Wednesday for our regular training session.

Fran taught a class on sword & buckler, Simon continued his block on dagger and Adrian taught an introduction to rapier.

22 01, 2018

Reading Training – 15th January 2018

2018-01-22T14:57:38+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Our Reading students met up last Monday night for our regular training sessions, with three streams of training on offer.

Matt & Chris started a new batch of beginners on their introduction to swordplay, James taught sidesword and Christophe took the rapier group.