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Special Classes

Both of these classes require an extra fee. The cutting class may be registered for by all Longpoint event registrants. The Introduction to Longsword class is geared towards the general public rather than Longpoint participants.

Tristan Zukowski - New York historical Fencing Association

Cutting with the Longsword (aka Test-Cutting Clinic)

Requirements: A blunt longsword (steel is preferred, but any waster is suitable); a sharp longsword (subject to approval by the instructor for safety concerns). A loaner sharp may be available.

The cutting class is meant to introduce longsword practitioners to the utility of test-cutting tatami for feedback on, and validation of, technique. Focus will be on body mechanics, particularly the generation of power and maintenance of edge alignment via hip rotation and subtleties of grip. Diagonal descending cuts (e.g. Oberhau) will be the primary focus, as the principles employed there can later be extrapolated to all other cuts. Those with more experience will also be given an opportunity to examine other cuts, and/or combinations of cuts.

Bill Frisbee - New Hampshire Kunst des Fechtens

Introduction to Longsword

This class will give a novice a taste of the art of the longsword. Focusing on solid footwork, some of the the meisterhäue (hidden strikes) and the huten (guards), and langort (longpoint), the student will gain a better understand of the art that we practice. Following this class students will have a better understanding of just how effective of a weapon the longsword is, and how to best approach training in the future.


Lectures

Michael Chidester - Wiktenauer

Hans Medel and the Evolution of a Tradition

The tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer is preserved in a poem called the Zettel, which was elucidated in the 15th century by five extensive glosses (or commentaries) on the verses of that poem, written by masters believed to be his students. In the early 16th century, a century or more after the career of Liechtenauer, a master named Hans Medel authored (or possibly merely inspired) a sixth and final gloss of the high master's writings. Medel demonstrates a solid familiarity with the glosses that came before him, even quoting them in places, as well as the teachings of another student of Liechtenauer from whom no treatise survives, Hans Seydenfaden von Erfurt. But rather than offering a mere synthesis of these closely-related 15th century teachings, Medel's gloss diverges significantly over and over again, including offering occasional criticisms of the older teachings. This lecture will offer an overview of the Liechtenauer gloss tradition, an examination of Medel's influences, and a comparison between his gloss and the others highlighting significant points of overlap and divergence. Whether Medel is viewed as an evolution of a mainstream Liechtenauer tradition or a representative of a different tradition from the one students of HEMA are familiar with, examining his teachings offers insight into the diversity that existed in the fencing community of the 16th century.

Michael Edelson - New York Historical Fencing Association

Studying HEMA as a Martial Art

The arts we practice in HEMA were many things to our ancestors, including self defense, military training, sport, recreation and fitness—but at the core of all of these was their application in combat to the death, referred to as “ernstfechten” in the German sources. This class teaches students what it means to pursue HEMA as a martial art rather than as a sport or academic pursuit in both a theoretical and a practical sense. The class is longsword centric but the things you learn can be applied to any martial discipline. 

Meg Floyd - Krieg School Denver

Lecture: Running A Successful Club And Hosting Events

This lecture will cover some best practices for both starting and running a successful study group or club, as well as resources available in the HEMA community to help you do so. Topics covered will include acquiring insurance, acquiring a space, basic advertising, and running successful events of various sizes, with emphasis on successful logistics for the day of the event."

Reinier Van Noort - Ense et Mente

Pascha

In 1671, Pascha signed the dedication to a manuscript now known under the code C13, and held in Dresden. According to this dedication, the manuscript presents thrust-fencing “after the art and manner of Sig. Salvatore”, i.e. Salvator Fabris, but Pascha added his own lessons about "parrying, as well as holds, and other lessons and guards" as Pascha felt these things were missing.
In this lecture, we will discuss Manuscript C13, compare it to another manuscript in the British Library (MS 17533), and discuss how Pascha may have gained access to these lessons.


Classes

Keith Cotter-Reilly - Atlanta Freifechter

Beginner Introduction to Ringen

This class will serve as an introduction to German Wrestling, otherwise known as Ringen. The class will introduce the student to the following items: Breakfalls, Footwork for Wrestling, Basic holds and positions, Basic entries for throws, Some simple variants on Hip throws, Leg trips and Double leg Takedowns

Experience level: none
Equipment: none. A jacket that can be wrestled in preferred.

Sean Franklin - Blood & Iron

Lekuchner, Messer & You – Making Lekuchner Messer work in practice

Few HEMA practitioners train to actively engage in combat using Messer fighting technique, and instead apply saber style fighting when using the messer. Often this is because fighters are falling back on old habits from weapons, or don’t have sufficient confidence in the messer techniques. In this class we focus on building up core devices to Lekuchner’s messer in order to give participants a good foundation and confidence to fight using a German Messer style. This class can be performed with any single handed arming sword, however for best results a messer is recommended. Mask and gloves aren’t required, but may allow participants to perform certain drills with a higher level of intent.

Bill Frisbee - New Hamsphire Kunst des Fechtens

Harnischfechten: What it Really Means

In HEMA we have all seen examples of people fighting in armour. From the SCA, to the ACL/BoTN. Some of us have been lucky enough to witness or participate in Longpoint's Passage of Arms, or other HEMA related events using Harnischfechten. But what is it really? What is armour all about? How and why was it worn? Why did armour develop the way it did? Why does one fight the way they do in armour? In this class, Bill Frisbee, the owner and instructor of New Hampshire KdF will take you through the basics of Harnischfechten. From how one wore armour, moved in armour to fighting in Armour, pulling from the treatises written, providing us an inside look at just what these warriors did inside their armour. This will include a basic lesson on the development of armour from the 1350's to 1550's using examples of each type when available.


Required gear: protective mask, protective gloves and a feder or rebated sword. I highly recommend using a rebated sword for this class. People who have armour are more than welcome to bring it. 

Kyle Griswold - Mordhau

KDF Sword and Buckler

Breaking down the concepts and techniques within the 6 plays of Lignitzer using Liechtenauer's Recital. Any experience level, though students familiar with KDF longsword will benefit most. Sword, buckler, mask.

Tim Hall - 

From Manuscript to the Mat

Fighting in a way that demonstrates knowledge of the historical sources is an important part of competitive HEMA. However, bridging the gap between the source manuscript and mat can be a challenging process. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to work through the process of training historical wrestling techniques for the constantly changing environment of competition. Using sample techniques from Fabian von Auerswald’s Ringer Kunst participants will engage in a series of exercises and drills that will train the mind and body to perform under pressure. This framework of exercises will help participants to train through necessary components of setting up and executing a technique, as well as exploring options for combinations and follow on attacks.

Recommended gear: water bottle, wrestling jacket, athletic pants or shorts, notepad and writing instrument
Experience level: open and useful to all practitioners. Participants should scale intensity of drills to match their fitness or experience levels

Toby Hall - New York Historical Fencing Association

A tournament judging clinic

Mark Holgate - Adelaide Sword Academy

Class 1: That's the way you do it - Contraposto in 16th and 17th century fencing.

How can a traditional Italian clown improve my longsword or rapier fencing? This workshop looks at actions from Meyer, Fabris, and other 16th and 17th century masters, as well as ballet and Commedia dell'Arte. It aims to give fencers both a picture of the movement of the era, and tools to help them move with the same lightness, dynamism and power that the late Renaissance exibited.

It will be fun, expressive, and practical. Bring a two handed sword or staff and at least one single handed sword. No protective gear required. Fancy pants will be admired.

For fencers of all levels and experience.

Class 2: The Long, the Short and the Flat.

Sick of nothing but Zwerchau? Fancy some pimp slapping fun? Drawing from Joachim Meyer's 1570 this workshop looks at all of the wonderful ways that you can hit someone with a longsword, revisiting basics and adding some fun new blows and combinations.

Requires gauntlets, mask and longsword/simulator.

Fencers should have some experience in longsword to make the best of this workshop.

"Now when this has taken place, then you are at last trained and ready to step into the ring ... " - J. Meyer, 1570.

Daniel Jaquet

Wrestling is good for you (Pietro Monte's wrestling system, 1509)

Introduction to the wrestling system of Pietro Monte, one of the greatest text of the late middle ages about wrestling (although not really mainstream, due to the issue of the access to the text). This workshop will focus on providing enough basics for the attendees to carry out a sparring session according to the rules described in the book. Most of the system deal with throws and leg sweeps, when other contemporary systems (German and Italian) mainly work with grappling the arms and body. Experience: beginners welcome, but any wrestling experience is welcome (mid- to advanced level) Gear: none, ideally a wrestling jacket or a gi (not required)

Ties Kool - Historisch Vrijvechten Nederland

Dutch Military Sabre by Siebenhaar

There are many different styles of sabre, Siebenhaar was the fencing instructor in the Dutch army and wrote several manuals on fencing with both the sabre, foil, rifle and both long and short stick. In this workshop you will learn the basics of Dutch 19th century Military sabre.

Level: beginner
gear: single handed weapon, preferably a sabre, light gloves.

Sergey Kultaev - 

The famous Polish art of fencing with the sabre

The "cross-cutting art" will be presented to you by one of the very few instructors certified by the Sieniawski family themselves - Sergey Kultaev. In this workshop on the cross-cutting art you'll receive a brief lecture about the origins of the techniques and the history of it's reconstruction by the Sieniawski family. Without further ado we'll jump right to the basics - starting with the stances and footwork, then to the strikes and parries peculiar to the cross-cutting school. You will know why the main stance is the stance of the horseman, why the cross-cutting art is actually cross-cutting, how to do this cross and how to move through it (Meyerists will find some similarities, no doubt).
Experience Requirement: Any. You need to be interested in the cross-cutting techniques of Polish heavy sabre.
Equipment Requirement: Fencing mask with back-of-head protection, gloves, right forearm protector, sabre or singlestick or any kind of one-handed sword 90cm long, preferred curved blade.

Francesco Lodà - Accademia Romana d'Armi

Class 1: Roman Rapier & Dagger, or the foundation of the play of Rapier & Dagger according to the Roman School

Brief historical resume
In 1686, Francesco Antonio Marcelli wrote possibly one of the most important fencing manuals, giving us a complete, personal interpretation of the Roman school, the system established and developed by his family in Rome and Italy from the mid-Seventeenth to the mid-Nineteenth Century; alongside F. A. Marcelli, or to be more accurate, before him we can take a look on the tradition established in Rome by his family from the end of XVIth Century through his time; a true lineage, starting from Vincentio and Franceschino, then Orsino Lellio and Giovan Battista, to arrive to Francesco Antonio, crossing at least three generations (given by the documents, but probably more). Aside the family, a strong company of disciples, and then Maestri themselves, contributed to spread their teachings to create a real, Roman tradition and School.
After a while and during the “second generation”, Giovan Battista Marcelli went to the Southern Kingdom, Neaples, to establish there his personal school, defeat the preview traditions and create, in short time, what is called as the Napolitean School; so, some year later, a student of him move to Sicily and create there a strong branch, the so-called “Sicilian” school, sister of the Napolitean and daughter of the Roman one.

The Workshop
This workshop aims to present some of the principal teachings of Rapier & Dagger according to the Roman School, selecting an introductive part on the basics, another part on the main First Intention’s actions, and a closing one on the Second Intention’s action.

The workshop can be a good introduction to the class on Strategy & Tactics I listed as first workshop.

On a methodological side, the lesson will present some of the original drills and exercises practiced by the old Maestri of the Roman School to teach their students.

The class is open to people with a low amount of rapier experience.
Requirements: 1600 N. mask, fencing jacket, breast/groin protection, chest protector (plastron or similar), fencing gloves or similar, rapier. Fencing breeches and throat protection recommended.

Class 2: Strategy & Tactics - Roman Rapier & Dagger

Following the first workshop, the class will use the Roman Rapier & Dagger system as an instrument, a tool to introduce the students to the main concepts of strategy and tactics in fencing: how to understand the opponent fencing tendencies, how to identify any recurring patterns, how to learn to “program” the opponent’s actions both from a fencing both from a motion perspective.
The workshop will exemplify these concepts also, but not only, through the comparison of Second Intention and Contratempo’s actions in Rapier & Dagger.

On a methodological side, the class aims to give a key to enter in the tactical approach of fencing, that can be applied to a wider range of weapon contexts, even if presented through the Roman Rapier & Dagger system.

The lesson will be joinable from everyone with a minimum of experience on Rapier and Dagger fencing.

Requirements: 1600 N. mask, fencing jacket, breast/groin protection, chest protector (plastron or similar), fencing gloves or similar, rapier. Fencing breeches and throat protection recommended.

Peter als Nerving - Axelved

The Three Orbs

Ahfs special warm up, and how it extends the possibilitys of your sword fighting, the class will touch longsword, sword and buckler, dagger, and sidesword.
Sparring gear and mask

Reinier Van Noort - Ense et Mente

Another Dimension (more advanced rapier, Bruchius)

A more advanced class looking at a single play in Bruchius, and exploring how this deviates from earlier styles: More recent fencing styles are often derided for their perceived linearity, where sidestepping is advocated for increasing a fencer's options for attack. Sideways footwork allows a fencer to change the line over which the opponent is attacked, and can thus enable the fencer to avoid the opponent's sword. However, in a thrust based style, only minute sidestepping may be required to achieve such an effect. Furthermore, the rapier fencing styles of the later half of the 17th century show an increased focus on closing the line, rather than changing it. This closing of the line can sometimes be lost when voiding footwork is applied. In this workshop, the above difference between (modern interpretations of) earlier rapier fencing and (my interpretation of) later rapier fencing is explored through detailed technical analysis of a simple yield in secunda with a passada against an inside parry.

Hieb-fechten (Cut-fencing, Henning)

In 17th century Germany, fencing on the thrust and fencing on the cut develop into two separate styles, often taught by different masters. Most of the known German fencing treatises of the late 17th century focus mainly on Stossfechten (thrust-fencing), and include only minor or no instruction on fencing on the cut. Henning’s 1658 treatise “Short though thorough Instruction in Cut-fencing” is an exemption that deals exclusively with Hiebfechten (cut-fencing). Mirroring developments in Stossfechten, the fencing system described by Henning focusses on minimizing movements, using an on-guard position in which the hand is kept on the centre line. Cuts are then made from the wrist, keeping the hand on the central line, with the body (especially the head) moving to set itself behind the hilt.

Jake Priddy - Fenris Kunst des Fechtens

The Sinister Swordsman: Liechtenauer and the Left-Handed Fighter

This class will focus on adapting KDF techniques for lefties; fighting as (and against) a lefty, as well as conceptual considerations for interpreting the haupstucke for the left-handed fighter. Topics covered will include drilling, tactics, movement, and interpretations of the Zettel plays as examples of fencing concepts. This class is designed to run approximately 2 hrs, and is appropriate for beginning left-handed fencers, more experienced fencers who want to be able to "switch hit" and instructors who may want tips and ideas for approaching teaching to differently dominant handed students. Mask, gloves and feder are required, and full fencing gear is recommended to get the most out of the class.

Kristian Ruokonen - EHMS

Competitive Fencing Training Workshops

This series was only made available to the schools with the highest attendance at Longpoint. Kristian is reviewing competitive videos from members of these schools, developing a training plan for each of these individual members, and then working through that training plans with each school's group of members that submitted videos. The videos and training plans will be released publicly and Kristian's work with the groups at Longpoint will be open to spectating so that skills necessary to develop and distribute this is open to all attendees.  

Julia Ström - Gothenburg Historical Fencing School

Body awareness in HEMA: beating your opponent before they beat you

Body awareness and mindfulness are essential components for optimising physical performance, and are techniques widely used by elite athletes regardless of field. Your opponent is continuously watching and assessing you. If you're not fully aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, how can you ever hope to fulfil your potential and beat them before they beat you?

This class will focus on the use of mindfulness and body awareness as an integrated parts of physical conditioning and technique training within HEMA. A 10-15 minute talk about muscular control, physiology and coordination, will be followed by a coached body awareness and stretching session. The class aims to give participants better insight into muscular control and mindfulness within fencing as well as teaching methods to employ and experiment with in sparring.

Experience level required: Open for all.

Required gear: comfortable clothing and a warm jumper.

Mark Wilkie - The Institute for Historical Arts

An introduction to the Scottish highland broadsword

Taking a look at the sources that influenced the use of the highland broadsword tradition and its use

Entry Level, no experience required

Mask, thin gloves and synthetic broadsword

Cory Winslow - Medieval European Martial Arts Guild

A Survey of Tactics and Techniques using Mixed Weapon

By far, the largest focus of the historical German fencing manuals is on combat between those using like weapons; however, there are many techniques which demonstrate the use of dissimilar weapons scattered throughout the German Fechtbuecher. This class will take students through several of these techniques, giving them insight into the tactics of fighting in such unfamiliar and oftentimes difficult situations. Details of the advantages and disadvantages of several types of weapons used against each other will be discussed, the information on which has been taken from a multitude of historical sources, including the works of Talhoffer, Rast, Mair, and others. Topics covered will include: Dagger versus Messer/Longsword, Messer versus Longsword/Polearms, Longsword versus Polearms, and additional weapon combinations as time allows.

No experience required

Required Equipment: Gloves, Mask, Longsword Simulator
Optional Equipment (Limited Loaners Available): Brimmed Hat, Dagger Simulator, Messer Simulator, Rapier Simulator, Staff/Spear Simulator

Tristan Zukowski & Cory Winslow

Drohen und Zwingen: PsyOps in KdF

Our class will focus on the psychological aspects of sword combat vis-à-vis manipulation of the opponent. Many students of Germanic longsword will already be familiar with the Stücke in a mechanical sense, but here they will explore a more complete contextualization of technique. This class will include linguistic analysis of the source material, the practice of some specific Stücke, and also some general drills which practitioners can utilize in their own training. By the completion of this class participants will have a better understanding of this fundamental yet obscure concept in Liechtenauer’s Art.