Schedule 2018

This is the schedule for the 2018 Swiss Gathering.

See here for the tournament rules.


We have all four gyms:
Gym 1: MZA, upstairs
Gym 2: MZA, downstairs
Gym 3: Lee Ost, left
Gym 4: Lee West, right

Saturday/Samedi, 27. oct.
8:30Gyms open; registration
9:30Opening/ Warmup Sparrings
10:00–12:00A (Dussack)
B (Wrestling/Longsword)Sparring
C (Bartitsu)

13.15 Lecture: Strategy and Tactics – a theoretical approach

13:15–15:15D (Knife)
E (Sabre)
F (Sword+Buckler)
15:30–17:30G (Sabre)

H (Montante)
I (Judges)
K (Dagger)
18:00Gyms close/ General assembly/ Dinner in Schönbühl
Sunday/Dimanche, 28. oct.


9:30 Warm Up8:00 Introduction

8.15 Gear Check

Pool Fights 8:30-14:00

10:00–12:00L (Smallsword)
M (Langes Messer)Sparring


(32 people advance)



Semi Finals (ca. 16:15)
Women and Men’s Final (ca. 16:40)

Price ceremony of tournament and technical award (ca. 17:00)

17:15End of event

Lecture: Saturday 13.15-15.15 Cafeteria

Association: Liberi Ensis

Instructor: Roland Zürrer

Title: Strategy and Tactics – a theoretical approach (Lecture)

Description: Let’s find out more about the use of tactics/strategy in free fencing:

– Difference between tactic and strategy

– Define a strategy

– Define a few tactics

– How much/often do we use them/ where do we stand

– How to make them work better

We’ll meet in the cafeteria and it should not only be a lecture but also a possability to share your thougts. The language will probably be English – but I also speak German and French.



Association: Sub Brach

Instructor : Andreas + Sibylle Zürcher

Title : 19 simple plays for Dussack – Cod.Guelf.83.4 Aug.8º

Description: The Second Part of This New Art-Rich Fencing Manual, Codex Guelf 83.4 August 8º is a German fencing manual created in 1591. It treats the typical Freifechter weapons but shows no connection to the Liechtenauer school of fencing. The Dussack techniques shown are simple, efficienct and easily drilled as flows, making it a good set of techniques to drill on all levels of experience with the dussack.

Equipment: Mask & Hema Gloves, Dussack, we can provide escrima sticks as simulators for a ca 8 ppl (best used with a good glove)



Association: Gladius et Codex

Instructor: Kolja Klein

Title: Konter und Meidbewegungen im Kontext von Schwert und Ringkampf

Description: A lot of techniques in the historical martial arts appear to be a bit odd, neck bracking, inefficient or at least absurd. They are not used in sparring and tournament because they seem to be of no use in scoring. I dare to say the old fencing masters didn’t mention every possible detail in there books, for example: How to train a specific technique. An important element of every figting technique is the correct initial situation, wich contains more then „So er dir von rechts haut ….“. A lot of details in a specific situation can only be obtained with the right manipulation and well provoked movement of avoidence. Only if all threats are well performed and are recognized, is it possible to perform complicated technical patterns. In the course of this workshop, I want to present methods an concepts to not only improve understanding of given techniques, but also to practise them without risk at a slow pace. We will have a look at variations of slowsparring, free fightings and the analisys of ours own fighting. For that we will use wrestlings techniques and fighting principles with the sword. The provided methods should be used to reflect your own fencing to better comprehend complicated technical patterns. The content of this workshop is inspired by Thore Wilkens.



Association: Schwert Basel

Instructor: Dominik Eaton

Title: MMA des 19. Jahrhunderts: Bartitsu

Description: Dieser Workshop ist eine Einführung in die Disziplinen des Bartitsu (Stockfechten, Pugilismus/Savate, Ringen und Bodenkampf). Der Kurs richtet sich an Anfänger, wie auch Fortgeschrittene. Es werden aus dem Bartitsu-Kompendium, sowie aus anderen Quellen der ehemaligen Instruktoren des Club of Bartitsu Techniken des Spazierstockkampfes, des Pugilismus, bzw. des Savate, des griechisch-römichen Ringens sowie des Jiu-Jitsu ausprobiert. Der Kontext der Selbstverteidigung wird auch eine Rolle spielen.

Equipement: Spazierstock, Boxhandschuhe/MMA-Handschuhe, Gi (Es wird ein Grundstock an Material zur verfügung gestellt) Max. Teilnehmerzahl: 14



Association: Säbelrassler

Instructor: Ferdinand Hutter

Title: The use of modern knife-fighting-drills in your daily HEMA-Training

Description: The subject of our workshop will be the use of modern knife-fighting-drills to improve your handling of a modern knife or dagger. We will show you several drills of our knife-fighting-system, which are easy to learn and to teach. The workshop will improve your understanding to handle a knife, block knife attacks with your own steel and strike back within the same movement. All drills are designed in order to produce maximum benefits for your own way of knife-fighting or to pass on your knowledge to your HEMA-students.

Equipement: You can bring along your own training-knife, but their will be plenty of it. At the end of the workshop their will be some sparring for those partipicants who want to, so feel free to take your gear with you.



Association: Calhistar

Instructor: Michael Hewer

Title: How to use a sabre!

Description: Captain Alfred Hutton published the book “Cold Steel” in 1889 with the intention of renewing the sabre fencing in England. Leaning from the Backsword and being inspired by the Italian rapier, he revised the system of Roworth. Inspired by the work of the Captain we go to see how to use a slashing weapon and how to control the blow. Beginning the work in fixed measure, we will leave it very fast for actions in movement.

Equipement: mask, jacket, light gloves. Parts of weapons are supplied



Association: HADU

Instructor: Lukas Zuberbühler, Silvan Aebli

Title: Hut und Schützen in the I.33

Description: The main issue of our workshop will be the concept of «Hut und Schützen» in the Royal Armouries Ms. I.33 manual (around 1300). To begin with, we will show you the basics of the I.33 manuscript as the guards and the general fencing approach according to the manual. We then show you typical concepts of the I.33 fighting style in practical use, as the system of the four binds and how to train them. We then propose our approach of «Hut und Schützen» (ward an schutzen), the core techniques of the manual. As a suggestion that you study the manual yourself, we show some examples how we work on the manual, especially how we interpret pictures and text as a whole.

Equipement: If possible please bring your own sword and buckler, as we only have a limited stock of training weapons. We also recommend mask and gloves, although it is possible to do the exercises without them.



Association: ELAA

Instructor: Mathijs Roelofson

Title: Swiss saber fencing

Description: The saber is one of the most iconic weapons from the XIXth century, when it was worn by officers and cavalry soldiers. Armies worldwide produced military regulations for training their officers in wielding the saber on foot, and Switzerland was no exception. The first federal regulations were written after the Sonderbund and the creation of the federal army in 1852. One of the most interesting aspects is the strong influence of French military saber fencing, where thrusting is as significant as cutting. The regulation I will teach this event was first printed in 1867 (reprinted in 1876) and sent to military schools, for gymnastic, education and, incidentally, combat training purposes. Its main features are a simple system and a drill based learning method, which makes it a very good manual for the beginner fencer. In this workshop, we’ll work on sabre fencing basics and tips as described in the regulation. If we have enough time, I will also teach a bit of Emil Probst fencing manual, printed in 1887 and based on the 1867 regulation. It is not sure if this manual was used in military schools, but it completes the previous regulation with some added moves.

Equipement: fencing mask, gloves (light ones are enough), eventually a fencing jacket. Take any (safe) saber if you have one or more. There will be either wood or foam sabers for those who don’t have one.



Association: Gladius et Codex

Instructor: Simon Vonlanthen

Title: Introduction to the Iberian Greatsword: the Montante

Description: In this workshop, we will look at a sample of the Iberian greatsword tradition. We will study so-called `rules’, which are (roughly) solo-drills intended to give the practitioner the skills and move-sets necessary to survive and succeed in real combat. We will start with a short historical introduction, including the di erences to other greatsword variations of the time and the teaching di erences in the sources. After a short warm-up, we will then learn a small sample of the rules from the two most well-known masters in the tradition today – Figueyredo and Godinho – mixing rules speci c for certain terrains, objectives and situations (planned rules: Figuereydo: 9 simple and 10 simple; Godinho: 4 (maybe 5 as well) and 8). These rules will rst be trained solo, before we will try to apply them in more realistic scenarios (`pseudosparring’). Some stretching will round of the workshop at the end. I intend to teach the workshop in English, but speak (Swiss) German as well, if that would be preferred by everyone. The workshop will take 90 minutes (2 45) plus 10 minutes’ pause inbetween.

Equipement: Full sparring equipment is not necessary, but bringing the sturdiest gloves and fencing masks (just in case) is mandatory. I will provide some wooden montante simulators (about 12). You can, of course, bring your own greatsword (if under 180cm length and 3kg weight) if you have one. Otherwise the largest longsword you can nd will do as well. We will have no time to go over the basics of handling two-handed swords, so solid knowledge and skill in the handling of the longsword (or greatswords) is a necessary requirement.



Association: Liberi Ensis HEMA

Instructor: Roland Zürrer

Title: Explaining the rules and how to judge in the tournament, the honor of beeing a referee

Description: For everyone! Recommended for all people who want to judge in the tournament. It doesn’t matter if you’re experienced or not, you are all more then welcome! If there are some people who want to do some sparring (including the judges) you’re welcome. Bring your gear, so we can test judging with some real fights. Would be great!




Association: INDES- historische Fechtkuenste in Halle an der Saale e.V.

Instructor: Philipp Herzog

Title: Bodenhalter und Bodenhalterkonter im Dolchringen

Description: Auf der Basis einiger Bodenhalter aus den Gladiatoria-handschriften möchte ich mit euch Einstiegstechniken für den Bodenkampf aus dem Dolchringen (Angriff wehren- Kontern- Werfen) und den daraus folgenden Bodenhaltern zum effektiven Einsatz des Dolches in Bodenlage erarbeiten. Im Anschluss werden exemplarisch für einige Bodenhalter auch Ausgangstechniken vorgestellt, die im richtigen Timing verwendet Bodenhaltegriffe abwenden können. Die Bodenhalter der Gladiatoria sind eigentlich für den Harnischkampf konzipiert, zur besseren Erlernung halte ich aber minimale Schutzausrüstung für zweckmäßig.

Equipement: Trainingssimulator Dolch, Schutzausrüstung nur bei Interesse



Association: Calhistar

Instructor: Michael Hewer

Title: The French fencing and the epee de cour (court sword)

Description: The workshop is designed to present thrust technics of the 17th and 18th century court sword and foil of the masters Liancourt and Angelo and to clarify the difference between the duel fighting and the fencing in the fencing hall. Finally, the court sword was a weapon that was developed from the rapier. Its lightness permitted a fencing game limited to the tip and to separate the parry from the riposte. The blunted sword which was used until there to the training had been replaced with the foil with flexible blade. Until the beginning of the 18th century, the foil blades were mounted in sword guards. With the exception of conventional French foils which owned no “pas d’âne”. At the end of 18th century, the guard in the form 8 was developed. It asserted itself very quickly, because it represented only of the contours of the doubled mussel and was therefore the lightest of all guard forms.

Equipement: mask, jacket, light gloves. Weapons are supplied



Association: Sub Brach

Instructor: Andreas + Sibylle Zürcher

Title: Überlaufen, Durchlaufen, Messer nehmen nach Lecküchner

Description: The workshop will demonstrate different types of entry into ringen with the langes messer and explores the techniques that can be applied. We will do exercises to improve our entry and exploit opportunities created by our opponent. The techniques explored are wrestling/dagger/messer techniques found in three sources concurrently (Fiore, Lignitzer and Lecküchner). The aim will be to offer a broad guide to possible actions, as seen time and time gain in many manuscripts, rather than single techniques.

Required knowledge: Applicable for beginners, however at least basic understanding of german longsword or langes messer would be beneficial.

Equipment: Mask & Hema Gloves, Messer, we can provide escrima sticks as simulators for a ca 8 people (best used with a good glove)