Classes (and Special Events)

Please be patient as we finalize our list of Classes (and special events!) for Hauke 2024. There is more to come!

‘As in the chapter of the grip does plainly appear’ - Grappling at the sword according to George Silver
Instructor: Ben Holman

Weapon Focus: Back/broadsword

Tradition/Master: Tudor Era English/George Silver

Knowledge Prerequisites: None

Equipment Requirements: Basket hilted sword, mask, and gloves recommended.
Whatever tradition you study, your practice is influenced by George Silver’s works. Every HEMA practitioner has at least a cursory understanding of Silver’s True times and their application. If you’ve taken even a moment to read Silver’s advice, you know that he’s none too keen on grappling. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want you to know what to do when things get close.

This class will focus on Silver’s advice when your opponent insists on getting close enough to reach out and touch.
Survival Skills for a Duel
Instructor: Jack Brinkman

Weapon Focus: Bolognese Sidesword
So, you've found yourself in a duel. Whether a legal battle over a heinous crime or a minor matter of bruised ego, you are being called to defend your dignity with nothing but the sword at your side. In the little time that you have to prepare, what methods are going to give you best chances of walking away with your life and your honor intact?

In this class, we'll explore the broader context of dueling in early modern Europe and investigate some essential skills for the Bolognese sidesword that will provide some simple offenses to quickly and easily end a fight, a "universal" defense to reliably defend ourselves and general tactics on safely entering and exiting an engagement.
Cornish Wrestling - Wrestling in the English Tradition
Instructor: Roy Barnett

Weapon Focus: Grappling

Tradition/Master: Early English (14th-16th century)

Knowledge Prerequisites: A baseline understanding of grappling in any tradition is helpful but not required.

Equipment Requirements: Please wear a pair of clean shoes with no tread. You may also go barefoot as is traditional for Cornish wrestling. A jacket of some form is recommended. A medieval wrestling jacket, a Gi jacket from jiu-jitsu or judo, or an old sweater that you don’t mind having destroyed would all be appropriate options.
This course will focus on the art of Cornish wrestling, a grappling art that was established in Cornwall, England. Cornish wrestling is primarily a sporting tradition which emphasizes the use of heaves, grips, and trips to throw one's opponent causing them to land flat on their back. This tradition historically uses a jacket but many of the techniques can be performed without the need for a jacket. We will be examining several techniques and how they can be applied to supplement fencing. The primary source for this course is The Inn-Play: or, the Cornish Hugg-Wrestle by Sir Thomas Parkyns.
Fiore's Throws With The Sword
Instructor: Douglas Wagner

Weapon Focus: Longsword

Knowledge Prerequisites: A basic practical familiarity with the mechanics of falling/being thrown safely.

Equipment Requirements: Rebated steel longsword trainer, solid throat/neck protection, fencing mask or sturdier fencing helmet (back-of-head protection a plus), padded fencing jacket/gambeson, leather gloves or sturdier hand protection, and athletic footwear
In his treatise, il Fior di Battaglia, fencing master Fiore dei Liberi left a detailed and integrated system of techniques for fighters of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century. Each section of his manuscript describes specific techniques suiting a particular weapon or circumstance. Significantly, however, throughout his work Fiore consistently refers to and applies the fundamentals of grappling.

In his section covering the sword in two hands, he shows several opportunities to use the sword as a tool for grappling and throwing one’s opponent to the ground. In this class, students will encounter and practice a sampling of these techniques as examples and applications of basic throws, learning how they fit into Fiore’s larger martial system and how to incorporate them into a modern martial artist’s repertoire.
Intro to German Longsword
Instructor: Aaron Karnuta

Weapon Focus: Longsword
This workshop is targeted towards fencers unfamiliar with the German longsword source material. Rather than a survey of techniques, this class will explore some of core principles present in the early Lichtenauer sources that may not be emphasized in other traditions. Focus will be on the ideas of gaining and maintaining the "Vor" (initiative, acting rather than responding), and how the concepts of binding and winding at the sword inform these ideas.
Special Event: Morgen Messers Mit Messer Mike
Instructor: Michael Fogleson

Weapon Focus: Messer

Tradition/Master: Johannes Lecküchner

Knowledge Prerequisites: It is recommended, though not required, that you have at least a basic knowledge of Lecküchner’s Messer or other german manuscripts.

Equipment Requirements: A steel, synthetic, or even wooden one handed trainer (Arming swords or even a bowie knife/dagger trainer work in a pinch if you don’t have a messer trainer). There will be limited loaners available.
Guten Morgen! Awaken and loosen up with Messer Mike’s Morning Messer Warm Ups. Each morning you will learn solo plays drafted by me to help in the process of learning the art of the langes messer. You will use all six of Johannes Lecküchner’s cuts, his four postures, his special guards, doubling, transmutation, and you will even see an appearance from some of his slices and beasts.
The Peerage are Watching - Tactical Decision-Making in the Harleian Two Hander
Instructor: Ben Roberts

Weapon Focus: Longsword

Tradition/Master: Early English (14th-16th Centuries)

Knowledge Prerequisites: None

Equipment Requirements: Longsword, mask, hard gloves/gauntlets. Full sparring gear recommended but not required.
The English sword in two hands is a fascinating case study in the insular evolution of a martial art. Though certainly influenced by other cultures, early English swordplay bears its own distinct stamp of personality. Part quarterstaff, part sword and buckler, and entirely esoteric, the movements of the earliest English two hand sword material are encoded in set plays recorded in the early 15th century and elucidated by a late 14th century mnemonic rhyme.

This class is intended to provide an introduction to the sort of decision-making that appears in the English “Harleian Manuscript.” Students will learn a handful of these set plays directly from the manuscript and explore the tactical situations presented therein. In so doing, they will experience a taste of the unusual flavor that late medieval English swordplay has to offer.
Spear and Pictish Buckler
Instructor: Kendric Evans

Weapon Focus: Spear and Buckler
There are several depictions of a seemingly unique center-grip H-shaped shield in pictish carvings and Maestro Paul MacDonald has been developing some possible methods based on how these two weapons might interact. Experimental archeology based on familiarity with later texts on spear has led to developing some interesting sequences. We've taken those on and added some further experimentation to develop something that should be an interesting combination of very familiar, yet still unique techniques.
Stick Em With The Point
Instructor: Tom Karnuta

Weapon Focus: Longsword

Equipment Requirements: There will be no sparring/free play in this workshop however, participants should bring sparring gear including chest protection if they have it and plan to receive thrusts to the chest from their workshop partners(s).
In high level fencing throughout the world you will primarily only see two guards, high guard and longpoint. Absolutely nothing is more satisfying than advancing the point of your sword out of one of these two guards into the chest of your opponent, smartly closing your line, and watching your sword flex as it strikes home. This workshop will focus on just how to safely perform a thrust with the longsword. Topics of discussion will include, weak, strong, true and false portions of the swords blade, thrusting targets, closing your line, distance, and how to find, gain and strike the opponent.