Classes

Better in Armour Than Without: The Basics of Fiore's Dagger and Sword in Armour (Parts 1 and 2)
Instructor: Douglas Wagner

Weapon Focus: Dagger and Longsword

Tradition/Master: Fiore dei Liberi

Knowledge Prerequisites: Some familiarity with the Italian tradition of Fiore dei Liberi will be helpful, as will experience working in armour. However, these are not requirements.

Equipment Requirements: Students should wear as much armour or protective kit as possible, but only a gambeson, mask, gloves, throat protection, dagger, and steel longsword trainers are required.
In his treatise, Il Fior di Battaglia, Fiore dei Liberi offers instruction on techniques with the sword against an armoured opponent. Many of these techniques are derived from dagger techniques appearing earlier in his manuscript, which he says are specifically better when wearing armour. This pair of classes, intended to be taken sequentially, will examine the basics of this material.

Class one will focus on the fundamentals of the dagger. Class two will will look at related sword techniques in armour.
English Swordplay before Silver
Instructor: Ben Roberts

Weapon Focus: Longsword

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

Knowledge Prerequisites: None

Equipment Requirements: Longsword, mask, hard gloves/gauntlets
Before George Silver wrote his valuable but frustrated works on “traditional” English fencing, three rare texts were written down and left in private collections or libraries for centuries which detailed the use of the sword in two hands in English style. If you want to see what the English were up to when Fiore wrote his Fior di Battaglia or Jörg Wilhalm wrote his Kunst zu Augspurg, check out this introductory course to late medieval English swordplay!
Getting Wylde with the Quarterstaff
Instructor: Ben Roberts

Weapon Focus: Quarterstaff (6-7 foot)

Tradition/Master: Zachary Wylde (early 18th century English)

Knowledge Prerequisites: None

Equipment Requirements: Quarterstaff (6-7 feet long)
In 1711, Zachary Wylde joined the ranks of English masters at arms who swore up and down that they were the first Englishman alive to ever write a martial arts treatise. Near the end of this work is a short but intriguing section on the quarterstaff, in which he states that anyone who “rightly understands it may bid defiance” to all other weapons. This class introduces students to the simple but effective blend of martial traditions to which Wylde found himself inheritor, synthesized in the prototypical English weapon.
Hunting the Weak: Dynamic Targeting in Italian Rapier
Instructor: Meg Godbout

Weapon Focus: Italian Rapier

Tradition/Master: Giganti, Capoferro, Fabris

Knowledge Prerequisites: Some fencing experience; doesn't need to be rapier specific

Equipment Requirements: Mask, throat protector, rapier (some loaner rapiers available), light gloves
This class will focus on using the window presented by the weak of the opponent's sword to determine safe targeting opportunities while fighting, as well as introduce the concept of thinking about using secondary intent actions to anticipate where the weak of the opponent's blade will be, thus providing a safe targeting area.
Pollaxe
Instructor: Reece Nelson

Weapon Focus: Pollaxe
Course details are not yet finalized.
Selected Plays from Gladiatoria
Instructor: Bruce Rawitch

Weapon Focus: Longsword

Tradition/Master: early 15th century Germanic (non-Liechtenauer)

Knowledge Prerequisites: None

Equipment Requirements: Longsword, helmet, gambeson, hard gloves/gauntlets
Around 1430, a German fencing manuscript primarily focused on armored combat with the sword, spear, dagger, and wrestling was written and illustrated by an unknown author. It is the earliest of the so-called Gladiatoria group of sources. This class will focus on selected plays of the long sword in armor, a rare look into a Germanic tradition that is not part of the famous Liechtenauer school.
Tune In To Your Learning Style
Instructor: Tom Karnuta

Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in becoming a more effective instructor, training partner, fighter and is looking to have a fun enjoyable time

Equipment Requirements: A pencil/pen and something write on may be helpful when taking the leaning style assessment
Since any instructional process' effectiveness relies heavily upon how the instructor comes through to his students, it is of value to consider the concept of dominant learning style. The value of recognizing how you learn is that it tends to be the way you teach. Understanding that individuals have different learning styles and adapting your primary leaning style to meet theirs will ultimately make you a more effective teacher, training partner or sparring opponent.

This learning style assessment has been used by many outdoor educational organizations including both the Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA) the American Canoe Association (ACA).

In this class we will:
  1. Identify 4 primary learning styles
  2. Identify your primary leaning style
  3. Ultimately make you a more effective instructor, training partner and/or fighter


Tom first administered this learning style inventory workshop in the mid 1980's and has been collecting data points from outdoor educators ever since. Over the years he has collected learning style information from kayakers, rafters, rock climbers, cave divers, eastern martial arts instructors and sky divers. Please come, join in and be included in the first data points from Historical European Martial Artists!