Instructors and Classes
Jake Priddy - Conceptual KDF: Improvisation in Liechtenauer's Epitome
This class will explore the Kunst des Fechtens from the standpoint of the glosses being a tradition of "study guides" based in an oral tradition. To that end, we will look at Zettel techniques as examples of fencing concepts, and use those to extrapolate how to use KdF to make tactical decisions, improvise, and utilize KdF in freeplay; not just the techniques, but the system as a whole.
"Evil" Ben Jarashow - Judging in HEMA
Jonathan MacKenzie Gordon - Intro to Military Saber
Come learn the basics of the fearsome Military Sabre and experience the fencing techniques of 18th Century Fencing Masters with Jonathan Gordon, Historical Fencing Coach at the Virginia Academy of Fencing. This workshop will explore the techniques of British-based Military Sabre systems while getting an introduction to the basic offensive and defensive actions considered the foundation of these systems, including footwork and blade actions. We will also explore how these tactics are still relevant and effective in today’s tournament scene. Finally, we will discuss how the British systems compared to some of the contemporary systems of the time, including Polish and Dutch.
Class Requirements: No previous sabre experience is required. A limited amount of trainers will be available. A mask, jacket, and gloves are required.
Brian Brunsman - Fuhlen in a Knife Fight: An Introduction to Dagger in Codex Wallerstein
This class will give participants a basic overview of the dagger techniques from Codex Wallerstein with an emphasis on plays that are less common in other sources. The focus will be on using Fuhlen in dagger combat to aid in the decision-making process.
Participants should bring a fencing mask, light gloves, and a rondel dagger trainer. A limited number of trainers will be available to borrow. Participants wishing to train at a higher intensity should wear full tournament kit.
Chris Dyer - Bartitsu
Explore the gentleman’s art of self-defense! Bartitsu is a practical style of self-defense with an emphasis on scientific principles to overcome an attacker. The growing threat of street gangs in Victorian and Edwardian London was the catalyst behind the creation of Bartitsu. Named after its creator, Edward William Barton-Wright, Bartitsu incorporates bare-knuckled boxing, French kicking, Japanese jujitsu, and stick fighting to suppress attacks from single ruffians and gangs alike. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle named Bartitsu as Sherlock Holmes' means of defeating his nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Students will learn a number of choreographed techniques showcasing a variety of Bartitsu methods.
No experience or equipment required. Period dress is not required, but encouraged.
Stuart Lacy and Mike Guilding - Historical Bayonet
In this class, we will be introducing a brief history of the bayonet as a weapon, context for the use of the rifle mounted bayonet, and the basics of fighting with a bayonet. We will also cover both historical and modern bayonet drills. The class will include tactics for use and employment in combat.
The class will focus on guards, and basic attacks/counterattacks. Our source material includes Angelo's Bayonet Exercise (1857), Cary's Bayonet Exercise and Skirmisher's Drill (1861), and FM 3-25.150 Army Combatives (2004).
Recommended gear: a fencing mask and hand protection. We will have a limited amount of trainers on hand. If you have your own, please bring it!