SERFO 2018

It’s less than two months out folks.  Head over to Atlanta Freifechter’s web site and get the details.

Mark your calendars for Friday through Sunday November 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2018 for the 6th Annual Southeast Regional Fencing Open.

Swordsquatch 2017

From Shawn Fackler: 

Swordsquatch 2017…wow…what an event!

I attended last year’s and did well in the tournament, taking home the silver medal, but I was much more introverted being new to the HEMA scene after a very long hiatus. This year I was much more relaxed, having made friends with most people over the past year, friends that are all amazing people…more like a family.

The organizers of Swordsquatch 2017: Hold My Beer put together an awesome event this year and really made it revolve around having fun. So I let loose and focused on having fun…maybe a little too much fun. But hey, fencing with a mean hangover can be a good, yet miserable, test of skill.

I was able to help the folks with Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assemblyrun a fun and fast-paced rapier tournament that everyone seem to really enjoy. Two of my club mates, Alfredo Velez and Adam Triplett, won the gold and silver medals in that tournament, respectively. My heart sings out to them!

I was able to teach a couple of rapier workshops that were well received. I am very grateful to of had my very knowledgeable club mate, Nicholas Chase, helping me as an assistant instructor in both of those. Deryk Moorewas again instrumental as my “second” in the Open Steel Longsword tournament where I was able to pull off winning the gold medal somehow.

All of my opponents throughout the tournament were very challenging. I owe special credit to a few: Chris Hobbs is one of the most technical and formidable fencers I have ever crossed swords with, and in my opinion, is a far better fencer than me. As always, Caleb Switzer was a champ and picked me apart. Mitchell Allen is a force to recon with and I had to fight him a very tiring three times…he has great talent, boundless energy, and can literally do perfect cartwheels in front of you. Last but not least, the Ring Beast, Brent Lambell, who if he didn’t injure his knee, without a doubt would have completely changed the results of the finals.

I have to say that one of the biggest highlights of the weekend was being able to meet David Rawlings, whom I am a huge fan of, and knowing that he enjoyed watching my fencing and that of my club mates…and loved our puffy pants!

Thank you, Swordsquatch…I’m already looking forward to next year’s!

Savannah Historic Longsword Open

On April 1st, 2017 from 8:00AM until 9:00PM Schola St. George and Armstrong Historic Fencing will host a longsword open at Armstrong University.

Register Here:

Venue Address: 11935 Abercorn St, Savannah, Georgia 31419

See directions here: Map

Study In Steel 2017

Study In Steel is Coming.  Mark the 29th of April and head over to their website to register today.   They guys at Sword Carolina are putting on a tournament and workshop in South Carolina.  Loyal Order of the Sword Augusta will attend Study In Steel as a training event for longsword this year.  Talk to instructors to coordinate carpooling.

Shawn Fackler’s HEMA Library List

Shawn Fackler shared his HEMA library bibliography with me recently.  I’m posting here for the benefit of others in the group that are looking for sources.   Shawn has several reviews on Amazon.

Fackler’s Library
Historical European Martial Arts

Giganti, Nicoletto
2013 The ‘Lost’ Second Book of Nicoletto Giganti (1608): A Rapier Fencing Treatise Rediscovered and Translated. Translated by Piermarco

Terminiello and Joshua Pendragon. Fox Spirit Books.
2014 Nicoletto Giganti’s The School of the Sword: A New Translation by Aaron Taylor Miedema. Legacy Books Press, Kingston.

Heslop, Brandon B. and Benjamin G. Bradak
2010 Lessons on the English Longsword. Paladin Press.

Horder, Jeremy
1992 The Duel and the English Law of Homicide. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. Vol. 12, No. 3, pp 419-430. Oxford University Press.

Hutton, Alfred
2002 Old Sword Play: Techniques of the Great Masters. Dover Publications.
2006 Cold Steel: The Art of Fencing with the Sabre. Dover Publications.

Kenner, Andrew N.
2014 I33: Fencing in the Style of the Walpurgis Manuscript.

Kirby, Jared
2012 Italian Rapier Combat: Capo Ferro’s ‘Gran Simalcro’. Second Edition. Frontline Books.

Leoni, Tom
2010 Venetian Rapier: Nicoletto Giganti’s 1606 Rapier Fencing Curriculum. Freelance Academy Press.
2011 Ridolfo Capoferro’s The Art and Practice of Fencing: A Practical Translation for the Modern Swordsman. Freelance Academy Press.

L’Abbat, Monsieur
2007 The Art of Fencing, or, The Use of the Small Sword. Translated by Andrew Mahon. Dodo Press, Gloucester.

Lindholm, David and Peter Svärd
2003 Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword. Paladin Press, Boulder.

Marsden, Richard
2015 The Polish Saber: the Use of the Polish Saber on Foot in the 17th Century. Tyrant Industries.

Meyer, Joachim
2014 The Art of Combat: A German Martial Arts Treatise of 1570. Translated by Jeffrey L. Forgeng. Second Edition. Frontline Books, London.

Mondeschein, Ken
2011 The Knightly Art of Battle. Getty Publications, Los Angeles.
2012 The Art of the Two Handed Sword: A Translation of Francesco Alfieri’s ‘Lo Spadone’ with a Guide to Modern Practice. Swordplay Books.

Monstery, Colonel Thomas Hoyer and Ben Miller
2015 Self-Defense for Gentlemen and Ladies: A Nineteenth-Century Treatise on Boxing, Kicking, Grappling, and Fencing with the Cane and Quarterstaff. Blue Snake Books.

Quint, David
1997 Dueling and Civility in Sixteenth Century Italy. I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance. Vol. 7, pp. 231-278.

Schmidt, Herbert
2014 Sword Fighting 1: An Introduction to Handling a Long Sword. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
2015 Sword Fighting 2 An Introduction to the Single-Handed Sword and Buckler. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

Shoemaker, Robert B.
2002 The Taming of the Duel: Masculinity, Honour and Ritual Violence in London, 1660-1800. The Historical Journal. Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 525-545.

Talhoffer, Hans
2000 Medieval Combat: A Fifteenth-century Illustrated Manual of Swordfighting and Close- quarter Combat. Translated by Mark Rector. Barnes and Noble Publishing.

2006 Fight Earnestly: the Fight-Book from 1459 AD. Transcription, Translations, and Commentary by Jeffrey Hull. Electronic Document.
Tarassuk, Leonid

1977 Some Notes on Parrying Daggers and Poinards. Metropolitan Museum Journal. Vol. 12, pp. 33-54.
Tobler, Christian Henry

2009 Secrets of German Medieval Swordsmanship: Sigmund Ringeck’s Commentaries on Master Liechtenauer’s Vesre. Chivalry Bookshelf.
2015 Fighting with the German Longsword. Freelance Academy Press.

Wagner, Paul
2003 Master of Defence: The Works of George Silver. Paladin Press.

Wilson, William
2013 The Arte of Defence: An Introduction to the Rapier. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 4th Edition.

Wilson, William
2014 16th Century Single Sword Combat: Bolognese Fencing. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Windsor, Guy
2010 Duellists Companion: A Training Manual for 17th Century Italian Rapier. Chivalry Bookshelf.

2012 Veni Vadi Vici: A Transcription, Translation, and Commentary of Philippo Vadi’s De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi. The School of European Swordsmanship.
2014 Mastering the Art of Arms, Vol. 2: The Medieval Longsword. The School of European Swordsmanship.
2016 Advanced Longsword: Form and Function. The School of European Swordsmanship.

Zabinski, Grzegorz
2010 The Longsword Teachings of Master Liechtenauer: The Early Sixteenth Century Swordsmanship Comments in the “Goliath” Manuscript. Wydawnictwo Adam Marszarek; 1st edition.

Happy Holidays 2016

There are always those who have gone before us.  Predecessors.   Ancestors. Mentors.  Somebody was before us learning, living, failing and trying again.  This holiday season and the brief respite it provides is a great time to express gratitude for those who have helped us, not just in a martial arts sense – but with life lessons.

Here’s to those who helped out when they didn’t have to.  Here’s to those who, even when inconvenient or expensive, gave of themselves with no thought of recompense.  Here’s to those mentors, those leaders and teachers who brought us to where we are today.

And here’s to tomorrow and next year.  Hard work, dedication to our craft and pure fun will make 2017 the best year ever for our clan.

To those who have joined or re-joined this year, we look forward to trading bruises and denting masks as we train.  New members are the life blood of any organization.  Thanks for joining us.  We hope you stay for a good long while.