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2 06, 2017

Reading Training – 22nd May 2017

2017-06-02T18:54:08+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

On the 22nd, our Reading students turned up for our regular Monday night training session.

Dan continued taking the single rapier group through Fabris,  Matt worked with the beginners progressing towards their safety tests and Pim taught sword & buckler.

2 06, 2017

SAAM Achille Marozzo Torneo Review (20th / 21st May 2017) by Jay Maxwell

2017-06-02T19:15:18+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Events|

On May 20-21, I attended the biggest HEMA tournament ever staged, organized by the Achille Marozzo club in Italy – equally the worlds largest HEMA club with over 800 members.

The event was one of the few tournaments to focus exclusively on the sidesword and its companion weapons, and led to some interesting sponsors: such as Thokk, whose design of protective glove was directly inspired by his connection to the organizing club and a desire to provide better hand protection without impairing mobility. Also, the ubiquitous Black Fencer, as well as the awesome and relatively unknown work of Malleus Martialis, an Italian based HEMA bladesmith (check out his Targas!!).

More than 300 participants, averaging around 250 fighters in each category, kept attendees on their toes and a second round of eliminations for those who were beaten in the pools – the prize being reentered into the tournament proper – meant that no one ended up wasting a trip by becoming merely an observer.

The sheer amount of passion and love for the art was on display throughout, each club or even regional chapter having its own chants, colours, traditions and banners; making for an incredibly vibrant and lively atmosphere. The friendly rivalry, I was informed, led to duels and ambushes on a regular basis (including running battles in the streets while dressed as hobbits). All of which keeps the interest and spirit of competitiveness alive and fun between groups dispersed across the breadth of the country.

At the end of the first day, we were invited to join the organisers for a gala dinner at the aptly named ‘Casa Spadoni’ where menus were not provided, but the overworked kitchen staff must have simply emptied everything they had onto plates to feed over 200 hungry sword men and women. The dishes just kept coming, the wine was on tap (literally) and the laughter did not stop.

Foreign fencers are offered a collection service from the airport to the hotel and to and from the event/restaurant, but this was not something I needed to take advantage of being hosted by the inexhaustible Pietro Bruzzi at his family’s country house. Set in the hills near the coast of Cesenatico, overlooking endless vinyards, I spent the evenings depleting his homemade beer reserves and watching the glowworms (fireflies) dancing, while discussing the finer points of blademanship.

The next day it was straight back into the fight, the heavy evening having in no way weakened the lustre or energy of the events attendees. My eyes were fixated on the awards, ceramic medals and trophies. Made locally in a traditional style they really stood out as unique. The finals were hard fought, and the awards well earned, and respect really needs to go to the judges and organisers who presided over the goings on. With ten arenas in use at all times, every fight, from pools, through an exhausting seven rounds of eliminations, to the finals, all had a minimum of four judges, all of whom were not just proficient but also instructed on the weapons being used.

In short, this has now become firmly ensconced as my favourite event of the year, and is indelibly branded into my diary for the years to come.

2 06, 2017

School of the Sword Gets Medals In Norway

2017-06-02T18:14:48+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Events, Rapier, Trophies|

A contingent of School of the Sword members headed to Oslo on the weekend of the 20th / 21st May to take part in the Norway Open.

The event, part of the Nordic Historical Fencing League, consisted of a number of different tournaments with fighters coming from across Europe.

The School of the Sword fought in the rapier and dagger tournament and saw success taking both the gold and silver medals in an all School of the Sword final.

Gold medal went to Piermarco Terminello whilst Alexander Makarov took silver.  Congratulations to all medallists.

2 06, 2017

Godalming Training – 17th May 2017

2017-06-02T17:30:52+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Students gathered in Godalming on the 17th for our weekly Wednesday night training session.

Lizzie worked with the beginners on defence against the thrust; Simon taught the Bolognese class looking at attacks and counters from guardia di sotto braccio; and Sasha took the rapier group through body mechanics and structure.

2 06, 2017

Reading Training – 15th May 2017

2017-06-02T17:17:19+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

On the 15th, our Reading students turned up for our regular Monday night training session

Dan took the single rapier group through some Fabris, Pim taught sword & buckler and Matt worked with the beginners progressing towards their safety tests.

2 06, 2017

Sunday Sparring – 14th May 2017

2017-06-02T16:40:05+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Dagger, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Students gathered in Godalming on the 14th May for our regular Sunday Sparring session.

The sparring provides an ideal opportunity for students to fight people they don’t normally fight as well as put into practise techniques they have learnt during training.

14 05, 2017

Godalming Training – 10th May 2017

2017-05-13T20:13:40+00:00 May 14th, 2017|Godalming, Rapier, Sword & Buckler|

Students gathered in Godalming on Wednesday for our regular weekly training session.

Sasha worked with the single rapier group.  Adrian taught Bolognese sword & buckler and Fran worked with the beginners working towards their safety test.

13 05, 2017

Reading Sees Another Student Pass Safety Test

2017-05-13T20:05:48+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Paul is the latest of our students to pass his safety test and join the ranks of our Studenti.

In order to pass the safety test students must demonstrate control, efficacy and knowledge of the cuts and guards of bolognese swordplay.

Paul will now be able to progress to taking part in many of our other training streams as well as full sparring.

11 05, 2017

Reading Training – 8th May 2017

2017-05-09T23:09:53+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

After a bank holiday last week our Reading students were back on Monday for our regular training session.

Dan took the single rapier group through some Fabris, Pim taught sword & buckler and Matt worked with the beginners progressing towards their safety tests.

10 05, 2017

Sunday Sparring – 7th May 2017

2017-05-09T23:06:46+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Dagger, Godalming, Rapier, Reading, Sword & Buckler|

Sunday Sparring was in Hawley this week with students from both our Reading & Godalming groups meeting up.

The sparring provides an ideal opportunity for students to fight people they don’t normally fight as well as put into practise techniques they have learnt during training.