Sabre, Helbard, Knife & Dagger and more – please see it all below.
Sabre – Is offence the best defence?
In this workshop we are going to look at the specific principle of 19th century military sabre fencing on how to hit your opponent without being hit from offence as well as defence. The foundation of this seminar is Alfred Hutton’s: „Cold steel: A practical treatise on the sabre based on the old English backsword play of the 18th century combined with the method of the modern Italian school“
You need a single-handed weapon with a hand guard (e.g. a sabre or maybe complex-hilted weapons) and a fencing mask. Throat guard, elbow protectors and light gloves are very recommended.
Daniel Bartholomäus Ciupka
Daniel Bartholomäus Ciupka is a member of Bellum Nobile in Düsseldorf. He started weapon based martial arts training at the age of 16 with Filipino stick fighting and practices HEMA since 2008. Since 2017 he is teaching Meyer rappier / sidesword. His focus of interest includes Liechtenauer longsword, Meyer sidesword, British sabre, singlestick and walking stick fencing.
Hooked on Halberd
We have to admit; the real queen of weaponry is the halberd. A staff with an ax blade, hook and point; graceful in it’s construction and refined in its movements. It can stab, strike, pull and break.
In this workshop you will be introduced to the noble art of fencing with the halberd. We delve deep into footwork, specific ways of moving, some cardinal techniques and start working with it in various exercises so that you get to know all the basic possibilities of this beautiful weapon.
Equipment: Fencing mask, throat-guard and light gloves.
Alan Spaenjaers is founder and chief instructor at the Sint Michielsgilde Antwerpen en Gouda ( Guild of Saint Michael Antwerp and Gouda). His primary weapon interest the longsword and rapier according to Joachim Meyer. Over the past three years he has also laid focus on fencing with the staff and halberd and has given a seven part course in it before.
Knife and Dagger Fighting
This workshop is concerned with what actually constitutes the foundation to understanding and training short weapons in the European Martial Arts. With the sources mostly focusing strongly on specific techniques instead of explaining how to train them and what context they are taken from, these techniques are often used inefficiently and fighters are in many cases not prepared for genuine attacks.
I want to present the basics of fighting with short weapons and illustrate how to train techniques from historical sources effectively and (more) realistically with selected techniques from Italian fencing master Fiore deì Liberi (excurses to German masters from the Liechtenauer tradition such as Huntfeltz and Liegniczer not ruled out). Focus will be on the unarmed defense against armed attacks as many fundamentals can be deduced from this. Instead of following a certain treatise through chronologically, the selection is thematic to focus on a basic set of relatively simple and easy to learn techniques, which gives us the opportunity to elaborate more on basic questions, such as for example:
What principles does fighting with short weapons adhere to? What are the aims of the attacks? What is the underlying mindset? What do I have to mind considering a decent defence? …
This workshop is aimed at both, beginners who want to learn the basics as well as more experienced fighters, who want to collate and expand on their training premises and methods.
Required gear: Fencing Mask
Recommended gear: Throat protection, back of the head protection, thin gloves (against blisters)
Optional gear: Training knife or dagger (a set of training weapons will be provided, bringing your own means you can train with what you’ve got in your club and make sure we don’t run out of weapons), thick gloves, fencing jacket, gum shield, knee protectors, elbow protectors, blood transfusion, surgeon, life insurance, …
Jan is head instructor for knife and dagger of Tremonia Fechten in Dortmund, Germany.
Having trained Ju-Jutsu for several years, he had decided to look into weapons based martial arts and eventually discovered HEMA for himself in 2012 when he visited the AHA in Glasgow to study the broadsword.
After returning to Germany he found Tremonia Fechten and started studying the longsword, but soon focused his own studies on Ringen, Bowie Knife fighting and its roots in Spanish and Scottish arts and eventually the Italian and German dagger sources.
Jan’s interests lie mainly with one-handed weapon systems and – obviously – first and foremost close quarter systems like knife and dagger.