Workshops presentation 2019

Longsword, court sword, wrestling, dagger, rapier, saber, and stick : 14 workshops will be held by the 10 following Swiss associations: Sub Brach, Säbelrassler, CAL, GAFSchola, HADU, ELAA, GAGSchola, AMR, Freifechten Basel and Gladius et Codex.

The workshops are now complete.
The instructor’s and the tournament’s commissions will also give workshops.

The program and the schedule will be available soon here.

Below you will find the presentations of the instructors, their association as well as the descriptions of their workshop : 12/14. The last workshops will be presented at the beginning of October.

Mathijs Roelofsen – GAFSchola

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Bern and my research subjects are the military organization of Swiss towns in the Middle Ages and 19th century military fencing in Switzerland. I practice at GAFSchola, an association founded in 2014 in Fribourg and which explores fencing from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. For several years GAFSchola has been exploring Swiss sources in the 19th century in particular.

 

1. Kickstarting Swiss Military Sabre Fencing – Preparation for the Assaut by GAFSchola

In 19th century Switzerland, sabre fencing was not only taught to the Swiss officers, but was also practiced as a sport. If military regulations and fencing manuals were used to train young people to defend themselves on the battlefield and physically train their body, the pinnacle of the teaching was the assaut, where students would show their worth as fencers. Like in actual fencing, the assaut was part of the sportive routine, were fencers fought for pleasure and determine, in large fencing contests, who was the best. However, finding rules related to the practice of the assaut in 19th century fencing clubs and events is difficult and military manuals usually only outline some aspects of this practice; solely one set of rules can be found in a sabre fencing manual, Emil Probstt’s Instruction sur l’escrime au sabre (Anleitung zum Säbelfechten) from 1887, which describes the concours d’escrime, linked to the federal military celebrations (fêtes fédérales) and established to judge of the young officers’ martial capacity. This workshop will thus focus on this rule-set and on other traces in military manuals to explore the practice of the assaut in Swiss military fencing; the attendants will first train basic movements to understand the core of the system, then will experiment one or several rule-sets. The workshop’s final purpose is to offer some fundamental tools for practicing Swiss military sabre fencing as a sport.

 

Michael Müller-Hewer – CALhistar

Born in Germany in 1955, I worked more than 20 years in Paris as an actor combatant, choreographer and specialist for Blanc weapons in cinema and theater. Since 1992, I teach stage fight and historical combat. In 1996 I obtained a five weapons fencing master’s certificate of the “Akademie der Fechtkunst Deutschlands”. The practice of the Celtic battle in Switzerland developed around my teaching at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) with the study group Cladio. Today I work at the “Cercle des Armes de Lausanne” with the group “CALhistar”. According to the tradition of itinerant Masters I give regularly workshops of Stage fighting and HEMA in France, in Germany, in Switzerland and in Italy.

2. The French fencing and the epee de cour (court sword) by CALhistar

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.

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

3. How to use a sabre by CALhistar

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.

Equipment: mask, jacket, light gloves. Parts of weapons are supplied. Other light one-hand weapons can also be used.

 

Andreas Zürcher – Sub Brach

Andreas Zürcher has been larping since the cinematic release of Return of the Jedi practicing historical fencing since 2012, occasionally taking the role as an instructor since 2013 and started Sub Brach in Olten in 2014. Before starting HEMA he practiced Judo as a youth and Schläger and Sabre fencing during university. Since then he has given workshops on sabre, dagger, dussack, staff, sword and buckler and longsword.
Sub Brach is a Hema club with trainings in Solothurn and Olten. The main aim is to avoid german longsword monoculture and P.H. Mair like the plague enjoy  Long Knife, Sword and Buckler, Staff, Dagger, Dussack , Poleaxe, Wrestling, Sabre and whatever else strikes our fancy. We believe in risk aware consensual kink and the ability of grown people to manage and qualify themselves that overregulation and paternalistic handholding in he long run will only damage Hema.


4. The Staff of Joachim Meyer by Sub Brach

An introduction into the Staff techniques of Joachim Meyers Gründtliche Beschreibung der Kunst des Fechtens. We will do drills looking at basic guards, footwork, general staff handling and plays with a focus to gain a feel for the style of staffplay done by Meyer as opposed to eg the Cod Guelf 83.4. Bring good hand protection use of a helmet is advised.

Equipment: all skill levels, we will have a dozen  spare staffs, bring good hand protection use
Instructors : Andreas & Sibylle Zürcher

5. The Staff of Cod.Guelf.83.4 Aug.8º by Sub Brach

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 workshop takes a look at the staff techniques in the manual.  We will do drills looking at basic guards, footwork, general staff handling and plays with a a focus to gain a feel for the style of staffplay done by Cod Guelf 83.4 as opposed to Meyer. Bring good hand protection use of a helmet is advised.

Equipment: all skill levels, we will have a dozen spare staffs, bring good hand protection
Instructors : Andreas & Sibylle Zürcher

 

Ferdi Hutter – Säbelrassler

The hema – club “Säbelrassler” was found in 2006 in Winterthur. We started training with good old bokken and shinai, and without any protection – gear. We soon mixed our training with all the martial arts – styles our members trained before. And we do that until today. Since 2018 we own a dojo and train HEMA 4 times a week.

 

6. Wrestling by Säbelrassler

No weapon ready – no weapon left – kick in de groin not allowed – we can help.

In our wrestling workshop we start with a very simple drill that we use in our training to prepare our students for infight – action. From that drill we show you several options do create distance from your opponent or execute a take down.
The Säbelrassler mix modern martial arts like Krav Maga, BJJ, Judo, Boxing, etc. with HEMA. Join us – sweat with us – it will be fun.

Bring along a clean shirt for changing clothes after the workshop and your groin protection – that will do.

 

Christophe Le Milier – GAGSchola

Born in France in 1980, I started modern fencing at the age of 6, which I kept practicing until recently, having trained in various clubs and countries, competing at regional and national levels. After some tries at theatrical fencing, I discovered historical fencing in 2003, joining the group Zornhau in Germany and started learning mainly longsword and dagger. In 2011, I joined the Associacion Catalana d’Esgrima Antigua (ACEA) in Barcelona, where I start learning Verdadera Destreza. In 2014, I also joined the group Gagschola in Geneva focusing there on longsword and wrestling.  I have since hold several classes about Verdadera Destrez.

GAGSchola is a HEMA association founded in Geneva in 2009. Its main focus is the study, interpretation and application of fighting techniques directly from historical sources. Sources are ubiquitous in our training sessions and all participants are asked to propose and discuss interpretations, regardless of their levels of practice. We study various periods and weapons, from German medieval longsword to ringen, dagger, 19th century self-defence and stick fencing.

7. Some elements of Destreza related to the use of the dagger with the rapier by GAGSchola

This workshop will highlight some differences between the Italian and Spanish ways to use the dagger.
After practicing some necessary footwork and defining some key elements, we will focus in particular on the action of “encomendar”: what does it mean? How to execute it as a 1st or 2nd intention ?
While previous knowledge of fencing with the rapier is welcome, it is not mandatory.

Equipment: mask, jacket, light gloves, rapier and dagger.

 

Emilie Pollet-Thiollier and Laurent Ott – GAGSchola

Emilie Pollet-Thiollier and Laurent Ott and both members of GAGSchola, respectively since 2016 and 2011. They are members of its committee and participate actively as instructors to the organization of training sessions.

8. Learning dagger fighting from late medieval Germanic sources: a comparative approach by GAGSchola

The aim of this workshop is to look at the dagger teachings of three different Germanic sources (Andre Liegniczer, Codex Guelf and Paulus Hector Mair) and compare some of them to highlight the similarities and differences between the fighting systems they propose. This workshop is both an introduction to dagger and an attempt to open the discussion about the diversity (or lack of diversity) of dagger fighting systems through time within the Germanic corpus of sources.

 

Ferenc Hucker – HADU

I started HEMA twelve years ago in Hungary, Ars Ensis. I’m living in Zürich for 7 years and during that I was always visiting HADU for trainings, and for the last 2-3 years as an instructor as well, with main focus on longsword and rapier.

9. Meyer Longsword: Schlüssel vs Eisenport

In this longsword workshop we will check how to fence from the Schlüssel and how it can be broken by it’s natural counter: the Eisenport.

Skill level: All

Equipment: Mandatory: sword or feder(preferred), gloves, mask; Optional: sparring jacket (light sparring gear for full speed excersises)

 

Dominique Le Coultre – Association Médiévale Romande (AMR)

I’ve been interested in the HEMA method for six years now, with the Association Médiévale Romande, which I initiated and co-founded. During my studies at the Lausanne University, I also co-founded the Unil’AMHE, a university association that searched to bridge the academic and practical worlds. Since 2017 I organise the Swiss Blades with the AMR in the Neuchâtel canton. My favourite Weapon is the Longsword, but I am also interested in other, mainly medieval, combat systems.

The Association Mediévale Romande is a NGO regrouping 45 people, whose objective is to valorise the Swiss romand medieval patrimony with voluntary work, animations and cultural manifestations. It’s in this associations that a commission dedicated to HEMA was created in 2014

10. Survive a combat with the noble art of VO2Max by AMR

During this workshop, we will study the physiological principles at the base of a physical effort and understand by which means be can improve performance and endurance. In a second time, we will put those principles to the test with HEMA practice and some specifically designed exercises

Level: all
Equipement: Sport clothes, longsword, padded jacket, mask and gloves
Length: 1h30

 

Dominik Eaton – Freifechter Basel

Being a student of philosophy and social anthropology Dominik Slater Eaton thought that he didn´t do enough useless and fun activities so he decided to start HEMA. He has been instructing Longsword for three years, Rapier, Sidesword and Bartitsu for two years, Sabre for one year and finally Dussack and Quarterstaff for two months. Having drawn inspiration from classical fencing and “not wanting to be hit” he enjoys interpreting sources of any kind.
Outside of HEMA, Dominik also does HAMA, in particular Zulu/Nguni stick fighting which he spent six weeks learning in the province of kwaZulu/Natal of South Africa.
Lastly, Dominik enjoys teaching wrestling to his five year old daughter and might soon be teaching a HEMA class for children.

11. A duellists perspective by Freifechter Basel

Taking the approach to fencing of 19th century duellists and applying it to historical sources across the board leads to certain basic changes in the mentality and the general attitude to the game of fencing. This workshop will be about how the experiences of fencers such as Jules Jacob and Alfred Hutton may serve as a vantage point to interpreting older sources. The main focus will lie on the use of the longsword (and similar weapons which are primarily used in a two handed fashion) in particular on one-handed techniques of the wide measure. The main argument being that using such a weapon only with both hands on the weapon will limit its reach and thus curb the defensive potential of the weapon.

Attendants of the workshop are asked to bring their own swords and protective gear. Participation is possible without full protective gear.

 

Simon Favre – ELAA

ELAA is an old club in the swiss scene and had to reinvent itself multiple times for everybody to enjoy learning in it. The club’s goal is to give everybody an opportunity to evolve according to his capacities and be accompanied in the exploration of this vast universe.
The practise of historical fencing for the show brings the fighter to expose themselves to the assaults without any kind of protection, and therefore, they need to be more attentive to the weapon and space management.

12. Managing pain during the exchange

Pain is an integral part of life, and everybody has to experience it regularly.  Developping muscles brings muscles ache, over training brings muscle tear. The border between what makes us grow and what leaves us with sequels is sometimes hard to grasp. The practise of Fencing exposes us, in a well-defined frame, to punishment. This punishment brings out automated responses that we should know, so we can better anticipate them and not be surprised by them. This workshop will be focused on sparring exchange, on how to manage pain, and how to recognise pain in your partner.

Level: everybody

Equipment: Feder, sport clothes (Some Feder can be borrowed)

 

 

Kolja Klein – Gladius et Codex

I started HEMA fencing around 2002. Ever since I’ve been following the tracks of sword fighting at every opportunity, especially at seminars and workshops. As a hands-on person, decrypting sources is not my strength. I believe the different techniques can’t be viewed isolated, but must be regarded in a more complex context. This gives me a very distinctive point of view, which can be beneficial in its own way. The base for this is a good understanding of movement, context, motivation, timing, mechanics, perception and emotion while fighting.

In 2004 I started training at “Gladius et Codex” in Zurich and since 2008 I’m a instructor there. My courses are heavily inspired by Thore Wilkens PET training principles and the philosophy “all fencing origins from the wrestling”.

Currently I’m studying at the university for teacher education in Zurich (Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich) to become a primary teacher where I’m working on my thesis “HEMA fighting for children”.

13. Schwert und Schild – Basics – Koordination – inspired by PET Training by Gladius and Codex

From the first strike up to the first Schildschlag.

We will have a look into the basic movement principles of fighting with 2 weapons (yes, a shield is also a weapon) and coordinating these two heavy things in your hand. While the time in the workshop ist limited, I will still show you several useful exercises to improve your coordination and free movement with the sword and shield/buckler/dagger. In addition to this, we will focus on three-strike combos and work towards the principles of the Schildschlag, as shown in several places in Tower-Fechtbuch I.33 . A lot of the exercises origin from ideas of Roland Warzevka, Thore Wilkens and Collin Richards. The idea of the workshop is to give beginners and former beginners an entrance into sword an shield fighting, so they can continue to improve at their own trainings and also to give the professional shield fighters an insight into alternative training methods, complementary to the pure book study.

Requirements: I will bring as many shields and training swords as I can. But if you have one or i can borrow a shield and a sword, it would be great if you could bring it along. Remember: The lighter, the better!  Shield recommended maximum 2kg, better 1kg. Sword one-handed, the shorter, the better. Don’t try the exercises with a long sword or a superheavy sword or shield.

We will start with some basic wrestling techniques, nothing harmful, but make sure you can dodge strikes =)

 

…and a Guest from Belgian :)

Maarten Van der Auwera

I am Maarten, one of the instructors at Sumus Soldani. I have been doing HEMA for about four years and have won a couple of tournaments by now. I mainly do longsword, but I also like sword and buckler. Next to HEMA, I did teaching studies at college and try to apply what I know to HEMA.

14. Lecture on “Didactic principles for improving learning and teaching HEMA”.

My lecture will handle the didactic principles, which are seven principles that your teachings should conform to as much as possible. It is not specific to any weapon, so it should be useful for most instructors. I also focus on how you can use these principles as a student as studying can be seen as teaching yourself. So if you are interested in improving as a teacher and student, don’t hesitate to come. (There will be a break for if you want to run away too.)

Langschwert, Gerichtsschwert, Ringen, Dolch, Rapier, Säbel sowie Gehstock : 14 Workshops werden von den 10 folgenden Vereinen ausgerichtet:  Sub Brach, Säbelrassler, CAL, GAFSchola, HADU, ELAA, GAGSchola, AMR, Freifechten Basel und Gladius et Codex.

Die Workshops sind jetzt komplet.

Die Instruktoren- und Turnierkommissionen werden ebenfalls Workshops ausrichten.

Below you will find the presentations of the instructors, their association as well as the descriptions of their workshop : 12/14. The last workshops will be presented at the beginning of October.

Mathijs Roelofsen – GAFSchola

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Bern and my research subjects are the military organization of Swiss towns in the Middle Ages and 19th century military fencing in Switzerland. I practice at GAFSchola, an association founded in 2014 in Fribourg and which explores fencing from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. For several years GAFSchola has been exploring Swiss sources in the 19th century in particular.

 

1. Kickstarting Swiss Military Sabre Fencing – Preparation for the Assaut by GAFSchola 

In 19th century Switzerland, sabre fencing was not only taught to the Swiss officers, but was also practiced as a sport. If military regulations and fencing manuals were used to train young people to defend themselves on the battlefield and physically train their body, the pinnacle of the teaching was the assaut, where students would show their worth as fencers. Like in actual fencing, the assaut was part of the sportive routine, were fencers fought for pleasure and determine, in large fencing contests, who was the best. However, finding rules related to the practice of the assaut in 19th century fencing clubs and events is difficult and military manuals usually only outline some aspects of this practice; solely one set of rules can be found in a sabre fencing manual, Emil Probstt’s Instruction sur l’escrime au sabre (Anleitung zum Säbelfechten) from 1887, which describes the concours d’escrime, linked to the federal military celebrations (fêtes fédérales) and established to judge of the young officers’ martial capacity. This workshop will thus focus on this rule-set and on other traces in military manuals to explore the practice of the assaut in Swiss military fencing; the attendants will firs train basic movements to understand the core of the system, then will experiment one or several rule-sets. The workshop’s final purpose is to offer some fundamental tools for practicing Swiss military sabre fencing as a sport.

 

Michael Müller-Hewer – CALhistar

Born in Germany in 1955, I worked more than 20 years in Paris as an actor combatant, choreographer and specialist for Blanc weapons in cinema and theater. Since 1992, I teach stage fight and historical combat. In 1996 I obtained a five weapons fencing master’s certificate of the “Akademie der Fechtkunst Deutschlands”. The practice of the Celtic battle in Switzerland developed around my teaching at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) with the study group Cladio. Today I work at the “Cercle des Armes de Lausanne” with the group “CALhistar”. According to the tradition of itinerant Masters I give regularly workshops of Stage fighting and HEMA in France, in Germany, in Switzerland and in Italy.

2. The French fencing and the epee de cour (court sword) by CALhistar

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.

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

3. How to use a sabre by CALhistar

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.

Equipment: mask, jacket, light gloves. Parts of weapons are supplied. Other light one-hand weapons can also be used.

 

Andreas Zürcher – Sub Brach

Andreas Zürcher has been larping since the cinematic release of Return of the Jedi practicing historical fencing since 2012, occasionally taking the role as an instructor since 2013 and started Sub Brach in Olten in 2014. Before starting HEMA he practiced Judo as a youth and Schläger and Sabre fencing during university. Since then he has given workshops on sabre, dagger, dussack, staff, sword and buckler and longsword.
Sub Brach is a Hema club with trainings in Solothurn and Olten. The main aim is to avoid german longsword monoculture and P.H. Mair like the plague enjoy  Long Knife, Sword and Buckler, Staff, Dagger, Dussack , Poleaxe, Wrestling, Sabre and whatever else strikes our fancy. We believe in risk aware consensual kink and the ability of grown people to manage and qualify themselves that overregulation and paternalistic handholding in he long run will only damage Hema.


4. The Staff of Joachim Meyer by Sub Brach

An introduction into the Staff techniques of Joachim Meyers Gründtliche Beschreibung der Kunst des Fechtens. We will do drills looking at basic guards, footwork, general staff handling and plays with a focus to gain a feel for the style of staffplay done by Meyer as opposed to eg the Cod Guelf 83.4. Bring good hand protection use of a helmet is advised.

Equipment: all skill levels, we will have a dozen  spare staffs, bring good hand protection use
Instructors : Andreas & Sibylle Zürcher

5. The Staff of Cod.Guelf.83.4 Aug.8º by Sub Brach

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 workshop takes a look at the staff techniques in the manual.  We will do drills looking at basic guards, footwork, general staff handling and plays with a a focus to gain a feel for the style of staffplay done by Cod Guelf 83.4 as opposed to Meyer. Bring good hand protection use of a helmet is advised.

Equipment: all skill levels, we will have a dozen spare staffs, bring good hand protection
Instructors : Andreas & Sibylle Zürcher

 

Ferdi Hutter – Säbelrassler

The hema – club “Säbelrassler” was found in 2006 in Winterthur. We started training with good old bokken and shinai, and without any protection – gear. We soon mixed our training with all the martial arts – styles our members trained before. And we do that until today. Since 2018 we own a dojo and train HEMA 4 times a week.

 

6. Wrestling by Säbelrassler

No weapon ready – no weapon left – kick in de groin not allowed – we can help.

In our wrestling workshop we start with a very simple drill that we use in our training to prepare our students for infight – action. From that drill we show you several options do create distance from your opponent or execute a take down.
The Säbelrassler mix modern martial arts like Krav Maga, BJJ, Judo, Boxing, etc. with HEMA. Join us – sweat with us – it will be fun.

Bring along a clean shirt for changing clothes after the workshop and your groin protection – that will do.

 

Christophe Le Milier – GAGSchola

GAGSchola is a HEMA association founded in Geneva in 2009. Its main focus is the study, interpretation and application of fighting techniques directly from historical sources. Sources are ubiquitous in our training sessions and all participants are asked to propose and discuss interpretations, regardless of their levels of practice. We study various periods and weapons, from German medieval longsword to ringen, dagger, 19th century self-defence and stick fencing.

Born in France in 1980, I started modern fencing at the age of 6, which I kept practicing until recently, having trained in various clubs and countries, competing at regional and national levels. After some tries at theatrical fencing, I discovered historical fencing in 2003, joining the group Zornhau in Germany and started learning mainly longsword and dagger. In 2011, I joined the Associacion Catalana d’Esgrima Antigua (ACEA) in Barcelona, where I start learning Verdadera Destreza. In 2014, I also joined the group Gagschola in Geneva focusing there on longsword and wrestling.  I have since hold several classes about Verdadera Destrez.

7. Some elements of Destreza related to the use of the dagger with the rapier by GAGSchola

This workshop will highlight some differences between the Italian and Spanish ways to use the dagger.
After practicing some necessary footwork and defining some key elements, we will focus in particular on the action of “encomendar”: what does it mean? How to execute it as a 1st or 2nd intention ?
While previous knowledge of fencing with the rapier is welcome, it is not mandatory.

Equipment: mask, jacket, light gloves, rapier and dagger.

Emilie Pollet-Thiollier and Laurent Ott – GAGSchola

Emilie Pollet-Thiollier and Laurent Ott and both members of GAGSchola, respectively since 2016 and 2011. They are members of its committee and participate actively as instructors to the organization of training sessions.

8. Learning dagger fighting from late medieval Germanic sources: a comparative approach by GAGSchola

The aim of this workshop is to look at the dagger teachings of three different Germanic sources (Andre Liegniczer, Codex Guelf and Paulus Hector Mair) and compare some of them to highlight the similarities and differences between the fighting systems they propose. This workshop is both an introduction to dagger and an attempt to open the discussion about the diversity (or lack of diversity) of dagger fighting systems through time within the Germanic corpus of sources.

 

Ferenc Hucker – HADU

I started HEMA twelve years ago in Hungary, Ars Ensis. I’m living in Zürich for 7 years and during that I was always visiting HADU for trainings, and for the last 2-3 years as an instructor as well, with main focus on longsword and rapier.

9. Meyer Longsword: Schlüssel vs Eisenport

In this longsword workshop we will check how to fence from the Schlüssel and how it can be broken by it’s natural counter: the Eisenport.

Skill level: All

Equipment: Mandatory: sword or feder(preferred), gloves, mask; Optional: sparring jacket (light sparring gear for full speed excersises)

 

Dominique Le Coultre – Association Médiévale Romande (AMR)

I’ve been interested in the HEMA method for six years now, with the Association Médiévale Romande, which I initiated and co-founded. During my studies at the Lausanne University, I also co-founded the Unil’AMHE, a university association that searched to bridge the academic and practical worlds. Since 2017 I organise the Swiss Blades with the AMR in the Neuchâtel canton. My favourite Weapon is the Longsword, but I am also interested in other, mainly medieval, combat systems.

The Association Mediévale Romande is a NGO regrouping 45 people, whose objective is to valorise the Swiss romand medieval patrimony with voluntary work, animations and cultural manifestations. It’s in this associations that a commission dedicated to HEMA was created in 2014

10. Survive a combat with the noble art of VO2Max by AMR

During this workshop, we will study the physiological principles at the base of a physical effort and understand by which means be can improve performance and endurance. In a second time, we will put those principles to the test with HEMA practice and some specifically designed exercises

Level: all
Equipement: Sport clothes, longsword, padded jacket, mask and gloves
Length: 1h30

 

Dominik Eaton – Freifechter Basel

Being a student of philosophy and social anthropology Dominik Slater Eaton thought that he didn´t do enough useless and fun activities so he decided to start HEMA. He has been instructing Longsword for three years, Rapier, Sidesword and Bartitsu for two years, Sabre for one year and finally Dussack and Quarterstaff for two months. Having drawn inspiration from classical fencing and “not wanting to be hit” he enjoys interpreting sources of any kind.
Outside of HEMA, Dominik also does HAMA, in particular Zulu/Nguni stick fighting which he spent six weeks learning in the province of kwaZulu/Natal of South Africa.
Lastly, Dominik enjoys teaching wrestling to his five year old daughter and might soon be teaching a HEMA class for children.

11. A duellists perspective by Freifechter Basel

Taking the approach to fencing of 19th century duellists and applying it to historical sources across the board leads to certain basic changes in the mentality and the general attitude to the game of fencing. This workshop will be about how the experiences of fencers such as Jules Jacob and Alfred Hutton may serve as a vantage point to interpreting older sources. The main focus will lie on the use of the longsword (and similar weapons which are primarily used in a two handed fashion) in particular on one-handed techniques of the wide measure. The main argument being that using such a weapon only with both hands on the weapon will limit its reach and thus curb the defensive potential of the weapon.

Attendants of the workshop are asked to bring their own swords and protective gear. Participation is possible without full protective gear.

 

Simon Favre – ELAA

ELAA is an old club in the swiss scene and had to reinvent itself multiple times for everybody to enjoy learning in it. The club’s goal is to give everybody an opportunity to evolve according to his capacities and be accompanied in the exploration of this vast universe.
The practise of historical fencing for the show brings the fighter to expose themselves to the assaults without any kind of protection, and therefore, they need to be more attentive to the weapon and space management.

12. Managing pain during the exchange

Pain is an integral part of life, and everybody has to experience it regularly.  Developping muscles brings muscles ache, over training brings muscle tear. The border between what makes us grow and what leaves us with sequels is sometimes hard to grasp. The practise of Fencing exposes us, in a well-defined frame, to punishment. This punishment brings out automated responses that we should know, so we can better anticipate them and not be surprised by them. This workshop will be focused on sparring exchange, on how to manage pain, and how to recognise pain in your partner.

Level: everybody

Equipment: Feder, sport clothes (Some Feder can be borrowed)

 

 

Kolja Klein – Gladius et Codex

I started HEMA fencing around 2002. Ever since I’ve been following the tracks of sword fighting at every opportunity, especially at seminars and workshops. As a hands-on person, decrypting sources is not my strength. I believe the different techniques can’t be viewed isolated, but must be regarded in a more complex context. This gives me a very distinctive point of view, which can be beneficial in its own way. The base for this is a good understanding of movement, context, motivation, timing, mechanics, perception and emotion while fighting.

In 2004 I started training at “Gladius et Codex” in Zurich and since 2008 I’m a instructor there. My courses are heavily inspired by Thore Wilkens PET training principles and the philosophy “all fencing origins from the wrestling”.

Currently I’m studying at the university for teacher education in Zurich (Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich) to become a primary teacher where I’m working on my thesis “HEMA fighting for children”.

13. Schwert und Schild – Basics – Koordination – inspired by PET Training by Gladius and Codex

From the first strike up to the first Schildschlag.

We will have a look into the basic movement principles of fighting with 2 weapons (yes, a shield is also a weapon) and coordinating these two heavy things in your hand. While the time in the workshop ist limited, I will still show you several useful exercises to improve your coordination and free movement with the sword and shield/buckler/dagger. In addition to this, we will focus on three-strike combos and work towards the principles of the Schildschlag, as shown in several places in Tower-Fechtbuch I.33 . A lot of the exercises origin from ideas of Roland Warzevka, Thore Wilkens and Collin Richards. The idea of the workshop is to give beginners and former beginners an entrance into sword an shield fighting, so they can continue to improve at their own trainings and also to give the professional shield fighters an insight into alternative training methods, complementary to the pure book study.

Requirements: I will bring as many shields and training swords as I can. But if you have one or i can borrow a shield and a sword, it would be great if you could bring it along. Remember: The lighter, the better!  Shield recommended maximum 2kg, better 1kg. Sword one-handed, the shorter, the better. Don’t try the exercises with a long sword or a superheavy sword or shield.

We will start with some basic wrestling techniques, nothing harmful, but make sure you can dodge strikes =)

 

…and a Guest from Belgian :)

Maarten Van der Auwera

I am Maarten, one of the instructors at Sumus Soldani. I have been doing HEMA for about four years and have won a couple of tournaments by now. I mainly do longsword, but I also like sword and buckler. Next to HEMA, I did teaching studies at college and try to apply what I know to HEMA.

14. Lecture on “Didactic principles for improving learning and teaching HEMA”.

My lecture will handle the didactic principles, which are seven principles that your teachings should conform to as much as possible. It is not specific to any weapon, so it should be useful for most instructors. I also focus on how you can use these principles as a student as studying can be seen as teaching yourself. So if you are interested in improving as a teacher and student, don’t hesitate to come. (There will be a break for if you want to run away too.)

Sont actuellement prévus 14 ateliers d’épée longue, d’épée de court, de lutte, de dague, de rapière, de sabre, de bâton, donnés par les 10 associations Suisses :  Sub Brach, Säbelrassler, CAL, GAFSchola, HADU, ELAA, GAGSchola, AMR, Freifechten Basel et Gladius et Codex.

Les ateliers sont maintenant au complet. Le programme et les horaires seront prochainement disponible ici.

Les commissions instructeurs et tournois tiendront aussi des ateliers.

Ci-dessous vous trouverez les présentations des instructeurs, de leur association ainsi que de leur(s) atelier(s) : 12/14. Les derniers ateliers seront présentés début octobre.

Mathijs Roelofsen – GAFSchola

Je suis actuellement doctorant à l’université de Berne, mes sujets de recherche sont l’organisation militaire des villes suisses au Moyen-Âge, ainsi que l’escrime militaire Suisse du 19ème siècle. Je suis membre de la GAFSchola, une association fondée en 2014 à Fribourg qui explore l’escrime du Moyen-Âge jusqu’au 19ème siècle. Depuis maintenant plusieurs années, GAFSchola explore les sources Suisses du 19ème siècle en particulier.

 

1. Lancement du Sabre Militaire Suisse – Préparation pour l’assaut par GAFSchola

Dans la Suisse du 19ème siècle, l’escrime au sabre était non seulement enseignée aux officiers suisses, mais également pratiquée comme un sport. Si les règlementations militaires et les manuels d’escrimes étaient utilisés pour entraîner de jeunes gens à se défendre sur le champ de bataille et renforcer leur corps, le Pinnacle de l’enseignement était l’assaut, ou les étudiants montraient leur valeur en tant qu’escrimeurs. Comme dans l’escrime actuelle, l’assaut, faisait partie d’une routine sportive ou les escrimeurs se battaient pour le plaisir et déterminaient, dans de larges compétitions d’escrime, qui était le meilleur. Cependant, trouver des règles liées aux pratiques de l’assaut dans les clubs et évènements d’escrime du 19ème siècle s’avère difficile et les manuels militaires ne relaient que certains aspects de la pratique ; un seul ensemble de règles a été retrouvé dans le manuel d’escrime au sabre d’Emil Probstt datant de 1887. Il décrit le concours d’escrime, lié aux fêtes fédérales et a été établi afin de juger la capacité martiale des jeunes officiers. Ce workshop va se concentrer sur cet ensemble de règles ainsi que sur d’autres traces trouvées dans des manuels militaires afin d’explorer la pratique de l’assaut dans l’escrime militaire suisse ; les participants commenceront par entraîner les mouvements basiques afin de comprendre la base du système. Ils expérimenteront ensuite un ou plusieurs ensembles de règles. Le but du workshop est d’offrir les outils fondamentaux afin de pouvoir pratiquer l’escrime militaire suisse comme un sport.

 

Michael Müller-Hewer – CALhistar

Né en Allemagne en 1955, j’ai travaillé pendant plus de 20 ans à Paris comme comédien cascadeur, chorégraphe et le spécialiste pour des armes blanches au cinéma et au théâtre. Depuis 1992, j’enseigne l’escrime scénique et historique. J’ai obtenu en 1996 le certificat d’un maître d’armes au 5 armes de “l’Akademie der Fechtkunst Deutschlands”. La pratique du combat celtique en Suisse s’est développée autour de mon enseignement à l’Université de Lausanne (UNIL) avec le groupe d’étude Cladio. Aujourd’hui je travaille au “Cercle des Armes de Lausanne” avec le groupe “CALhistar”. Selon la tradition de Maîtres itinérants je donne régulièrement les ateliers de combat scénique et AMHE en France, en Allemagne, en Suisse et en Italie.

2. L’escrime française et l’épée de cour by CALhistar

Le stage a pour objectif de présenter les techniques d’estoc de l’épée de cour et du fleuret du 17ème siècle des maîtres Liancourt et Angelo, la différence entre escrime de duel et de salle d’armes. L’épée de cour est finalement une arme évoluée de la rapière. Par sa légèreté, elle autorise un jeu d’escrime restreint à la pointe seule et la séparation de la parade et de la riposte. L’épée émoussée, utilisée alors pour l’entraînement, fut remplacée par le fleuret à lame flexible.
Jusqu’au commencement du 18ème siècle, les lames des fleurets étaient encore montées dans des poignées d’épées de forme usuelle à l’époque, excepté dans le cas du fleuret français conventionnel qui était dépourvu de « pas d’âne ». La garde française « à lunette » fut inventée à la fin du 18ème siècle. Cette lunette, qui n’est que le contour d’une double coquille, fut adoptée parce qu’elle constituait la plus légère des gardes.

Equipement : masque, veste, gants légers. Les armes sont fourmis.

3. Comment utiliser un sabre by CALhistar

Le Capitaine Alfred Hutton a publié le livre « Cold steel » en 1889 avec l’intention de renouveler l’escrime au sabre en Angleterre. S’appuyant sur le « Backsword » et étant inspiré par la rapière italienne, il a révisé le système de Roworth. Inspiré par le travail du Capitaine, nous allons voir comment utiliser une arme de taille et comment contrôler le coup. En commençant le travail dans la distance fixe, nous la quitterons très vite pour des actions dans le mouvement.

Équipement : masque, veste, gants légers. Une partie des armes est fournies. D’autres armes légères à une main peuvent aussi être utilisées

 

Andreas Zürcher – Sub Brach

Andreas Zürcher pratique le GN depuis la sortie au cinéma du Retour du Jedi l’escrime historique depuis 2012, prenant occasionnellement le rôle d’instructeur depuis 2013 et ayant fondé Sub Brach à Olten en 2014. Avant de se tourner vers les AMHE, il a pratiqué le Judo durant son enfance, ainsi que l’escrime Schläger et le sabre à l’université. Depuis il a donné des ateliers au sabre, dague, dussack, bâton, épée et bocle, et épée longue.

Sub Brach est un club qui propose des entraînements à Soleure et Olten. Le but principal est d’éviter la monoculture de l’épée longue allemande et P.H. Mair comme la peste d’apprécier le long couteau, l’épée et bocle, le bâton, la dague, le dussack, la hache noble, la lutte, le sabre ou n’importe quoi d’autre que nous trouvons intéressant. Nous croyons en la conscience consensuelle du risque et la capacité des adultes à s’autogérer que la surrèglementation et la prise en main paternaliste vont, sur le long terme, faire du mal aux AMHE.

4. Le bâton de Joachim Meyer, par Sub Brach

Une introduction aux techniques de bâton selon le traité de Joachim Meyer « Gründtliche Beschreibung der Kunst des Fechtens ». Nous allons faire des exercices regardant les gardes basiques, le jeu de jambe et la manipulation du bâton dans le but de gagner le sentiment du style de bâton pratiqué par Meyer en opposition à, par exemple, le Cod Guelf 83.4.

Équipement : Tous les niveaux, nous auront une douzaine de bâtons, amenez de bonnes protections pour les mains. Un masque est également recommandé.

Instructeurs : Andreas & Sibylle Zürcher

5. Le bâton selon Cod.Guelf.83.4 Aug.8º par Sub Brach

La deuxième parti de ce nouveau manuel d’escrime riche en art, le Codex Guelf 83.4 August 8,° est un manuel d’escrime allemand crée en 1591. Il traite des armes typiques des Freifechter mais ne montre aucune connexion avec l’école d’escrime de Liechtenauer. L’atelier s’attarde sur les techniques au bâton. Nous allons faire des exercices regardant les gardes basiques, le jeu de jambe et la manipulation du bâton dans le but de gagner le sentiment du style de bâton pratiqué par le Cod Guelf 83.4 en opposition à, par exemple, Meyer.

Équipement : Tous les niveaux, nous auront une douzaine de bâtons, amenez de bonnes protections pour les mains. Un masque est également recommandé.

Instructeurs : Andreas & Sibylle Zürcher

 

 

Ferdi Hutter – Säbelrassler

Le club d’AMHE « Säbelrassler » a été fondé en 2006 à Winterthur. Nous avons commencé en nous entraînant avec de bon vieux Bokken et Shinai et sans équipement de protection. Nous avons rapidement mixé nos entraînements avec tous les autres styles d’arts-martiaux pratiqués par nos membres. Et nous continuons de le faire aujourd’hui. Depuis 2008 nous possédons un dojo et pratiquons les AMHE 4 fois par semaine.

 6. La lutte par Säbelrassler

Aucune arme en main, aucune arme à disposition, les coups de pied à l’entrejambe sont interdits.

Dans notre atelier consacré à la lutte nous commençons avec un exercice très simple que nous utilisons avec nos étudiants pour les actions en combat. A partir de cet exercice nous vous monterons plusieurs options afin de créer une distance avec votre adversaire ou le mettre à terre.

Säbelrassler mélange des arts-martiaux modernes comme le Krav Maga, le Jiujitsu brésilien, le judo, la boxe etc. avec les AMHE. Rejoignez-nous – transpirez avec nous – ce sera fun.

Équipement : Un t-shirt propre pour vous changer après l’atelier, ainsi que votre coquille – ce sera tout.

 

 

Christophe Le Milier – GAGSchola

Né en 1980 en France, j’ai commencé l’escrime moderne à 6 ans, et j’ai continué de la pratiquer jusqu’à récemment, m’entrainant dans plusieurs clubs et pays, tant au niveau régional que national. Après avoir essayé l’escrime de théâtre, j’ai découvert l’escrime historique en 2003 en rejoignant le groupe Zornhau en Allemagne, où j’ai principalement appris l’épée longue et la dague. En 2011 j’ai rejoint l’“Associacion Catalana d’Esgrima” (ACEA) à Barcelone, où j’ai commencé à apprendre la Verdadera Destrreza. En 2014 j’ai également rejoint le groupe GAGSchola à Genève, où je me suis concentré sur l’épée longue et la lutte. J’y ai, depuis, donné plusieurs cours à propos de Verdadera Destreza.

GAGSchola est une association d’AMHE fondée à Genève en 2009. Sa principale vocation est l’étude, l’interprétation et l’application de techniques de combats directement depuis les sources historiques. Les sources sont omniprésentes dans nos entraînements, et tous les participants doivent en proposer et discuter les interprétations, et ce peu importe leur niveau de pratique. Nous étudions plusieurs armes et périodes notamment l’épée longue, la lutte, la dague, les techniques de self-défenses du 19ème siècle et escrime à la canne.

7. Some elements of Destreza related to the use of the dagger with the rapier by GAGSchola

Ce workshop permettra de mettre en avant les différences entre les utilisations Italiennes et Espagnoles de la dague.

Après avoir défini quelques éléments clefs ainsi que pratiqués un peu notre jeu de jambe, nous nous concentrerons principalement sur l’action d’”encomendar” : qu’est-ce que cela signifie? Comment l’exécuter comme première ou seconde intention ?

Avoir des connaissances de l’escrime à la rapière est un plus, mais pas un prérequis.

Équipement : masque, veste, gants léger, rapière et dague.

Emilie Pollet-Thiollier and Laurent Ott – GAGSchola

Emilie Pollet-Thiollier et Laurent Ott sont tous les deux membres de GAGSchola, respectivement depuis 2016 et 2011. Ils sont membres du comité, et participent activement comme instructeurs à l’organisation des sessions d’entraînement

Apprendre le combat à la dague des sources médiévales germaniques tardives: une approche comparative.

Le but de l’atelier est de regarder l’enseignement de la dague donnée par trois sources différentes (Andre Liegniczer, Codex Guelf et Paulus Hector Mair) et les comparer entre elles afin de mettre en évidence les similarités ainsi que les différences entre leurs systèmes de combats respectifs. Cet atelier est à la foi une introduction à la dague et une tentative d’ouvrir la discussion à propos de la diversité (ou l’absence de diversité) des systèmes de combat à la dague au cours du temps et à l’intérieur du corpus de sources germaniques.

 

 

Ferenc Hucker – HADU

J’ai commencé les AMHE il y a 12 ans en Hongrie, à Ars Ensis. Je vis à Zürich depuis 7 ans. Durant toute ces années j’ai souvent visité HADU pour les entraînements, aussi en tant qu’instructeur pour les 2-3 dernières années. Mes principaux intérêts sont l’épée longue et la rapière.

9. Meyer Longsword: Schlüssel vs Eisenport

Dans cet atelier à l’épée longue, nous verrons comment pratiquer l’escrime depuis le Schlüssel, et comment ce dernier peut être brisé par son contre naturel : l’Eisenport.

Niveau : tous

Équipement : Obligatoire: épée ou feder (de préférence), gants, masque; Optionnel: veste d’escrime (équipement de sparring léger pour des exercices à vitesse réelle).

 

 

Dominique Le Coultre – Association Médiévale Romande

Je m’intéresse à la démarche des AMHE depuis maintenant six ans avec l’Association Médiévale Romande, dont je suis l’initiateur et le co-fondateur. Lors de mes études à l’université de Lausanne, j’ai également co-fondé l’association universitaire Unil’AMHE qui cherche à faire le lien entre les milieux académiques et les pratiquants. Depuis 2017, j’organise le Swiss Blades avec l’AMR, dans le canton de Neuchâtel. Mon arme de prédilection est l’épée longue, mais je m’intéresse également à d’autres systèmes de combat, principalement médiévaux.

L’Association Médiévale Romande est un regroupement à but non-lucratif réunissant 45 personnes physiques et morales qui ont pour objectif la valorisation du patrimoine médiéval de Suisse romande par du bénévolat, ainsi que des animations et manifestations culturelles. C’est au sein de cette association qu’une commission dédiée aux AMHE existe depuis 2014.

10. Survivre à un combat, grâce au noble art du VO2Max par l’AMR

Lors de cet atelier, nous allons aborder des principes physiologiques à l’origine d’un effort physique et comprendre par quels moyens améliorer la performance et l’endurance.

Dans un deuxième temps, il s’agira de mettre ces principes en application dans le cadre d’une pratique en arts martiaux historiques européens, par des exercices spécifiques.

Niveau : Tous
Équipement : Tenue de sport, épée longue, veste, masque, gants
Durée : 1h30

 

Dominik Eaton – Freifechter Basel

Étant un étudiant en philosophie et en anthropologie sociale, Dominik Slater Eaton a pensé qu’il ne pratiquait pas assez d’activités inutiles mais amusantes, il a donc décidé de commencer les AMHE. Il enseigne l’épée longue depuis trois ans, la rapière, l’épée de coté et le Bartitsu depuis 2 ans, le sabre depuis un an et finalement le Dussak et le bâton depuis 2 mois. S’étant inspiré de l’escrime Classique et “ne voulant pas être touché”, il apprécie interpréter toutes sortes de sources. En dehors des AMHE, Dominik pratique aussi les AMHA, en particulier le combat au bâton Zulu/Nguni, qu’il a passé 6 semaines à apprendre dans la province de KwaZulu/Natal en Afrique du Sud. Dominik apprécie également enseigner la lutte à sa file de 5 ans, et pourrait enseigner les AMHE à des enfants dans un avenir proche.

11. La perspective du duelliste par Freifechter Basel

Prendre l’approche de l’escrime d’un duelliste du 19ème siècle et l’appliquer à des sources historiques plus large conduit à certains changements basiques de mentalité et d’attitude par rapport au jeu d’escrime. Dans cet atelier nous verrons comment les expériences d’escrimeurs tels que Jules Jacob et Alfred Hutton peuvent servir de point de vue pour interpréter des sources plus anciennes. Le focus principal de l’atelier réside sur l’utilisation de l’épée longue (et des armes similaires utilisées principalement à 2 mains) en particulier contre des techniques à une main de mesure large. L’argument principal étant qu’utiliser des armes uniquement avec les deux mains sur l’arme va limiter sa portée, et donc baisser son potentiel défensif.

Il est demandé aux participants d’amener leur propres épées et protections. Les protections complètes ne sont pas requises.

 

Simon Favre – ELAA

L’ELAA est un vieux club dans le paysage suisse et a dû se réinventer plusieurs fois afin de permettre à chacun d’y trouver le plaisir d’apprendre. L’objectif du club est de laisser à chacun l’opportunité de se développer selon ses capacités et de l’accompagner dans l’exploration de ce large univers.
La pratique de l’escrime historique pour le spectacle amène les combattants à s’exposer sans protection aux assauts et, par conséquent, à porter d’avantage d’attention à la gestion de l’arme et de l’espace.

12. Gestion de la douleur dans l’échange

La douleur fait partie intégrante de la vie et chacun y est soumis régulièrement. Le développement de muscles entraine des courbatures, le surentraînement entraine des déchirures. La frontière est parfois difficile à appréhender entre ce qui nous fait grandir et ce qui nous laisse des séquelles. L’escrime nous amène à nous exposer, dans un cadre bien défini, à la punition. Cette punition entraine des réponses automatiques qu’il est intéressant de connaitre afin de mieux les anticiper et ne pas se laisser surprendre. Ce workshop se concentrera sur l’échange de sparring, sur la gestion personnelle de la douleur et sur la reconnaissance des signes chez son partenaire.

Niveau : Tous

Equipement : Feder et habits de sport (possibilité de prêt de feder)

 

Kolja Klein – Gladius et Codex

J’ai commencé les AMHE autour de 2002. Depuis j’ai suivi le chemin du combat à l’escrime à chaque opportunité, spécialement durant des séminaires et des ateliers. Étant une personne pratique, l’analyse de sources n’est pas ma spécialité. Je crois que différentes techniques ne peuvent pas être vue de manière isolée, mais doivent être regardée dans un contexte plus complexe. Cela me donne un point de vue particulier, qui peut être bénéfique à sa manière, basé sur une bonne compréhension du mouvement, du contexte, de la motivation, du timing, des mécaniques, de la perception et de l’émotion durant le combat.

En 2004, j’ai commencé à m’entraîner à “Gladius et Codex” à Zürich et depuis 2008 j’y suis instructeur. Mes cours sont grandements inspirés par les principes d’entraînement PET de Thore Wilkens et de la philosophie de “toute escrime vient de la lutte”.
J’étudie en ce moment la pédagogie à l’université de Zürich  (École pédagogique supérieure de Zürich) afin de devenir professeur d’école primaire. Je travaille en ce moment sur mon mémoire “les AMHE pour les enfants”.

13. Épée et bouclier – bases – coordination – inspire par les entraînements PET par Gladius and Codex

De la première attaque au premier coup de bouclier.

Nous allons regarder le principe basique du combat à 2 armes (oui le bouclier est aussi une arme) et la coordination de ces deux lourds objets dans vos mains. Même si le temps de l’atelier est limité, je vous montrerai quand même plusieurs exercices utiles pour améliorer votre coordination et liberté de mouvement avec une épée et un bouclier/bocle/dague. Additionnellement nous allons nous concentrer sur des combinaisons à 3 coups et avancer vers les principes du coup de bouclier tel qu’il est décrit à plusieurs endroits dans le Livre de combat I.33. Beaucoup de ces exercices viennent des idées de Roland Warzevka, Thore Wilkens et Collin Richards. Le but de l’atelier est de donner aux débutants et avancés une entrée dans le combat à l’épée et au bouclier, afin qu’ils puissent améliorer leurs propres entrainements ; et aussi donner aux combattants experts un aperçu de méthodes d’entrainement alternatives, complémentaires à l’étude pure de sources.

Equipement : J’amènerai autant de boucliers et d’épées d’entraînement que possible. Mais si vous prouver amener et ou emprunter des épées et bouclier, ce serait bien.
Rappelez-vous, plus c’est léger, mieux c’est ! pour le bouclier, 2kg maximum, 1kg c’est mieux. Pour l’épée, le plus court est le mieux. N’essayez pas de vous exercer avec une épée longue ou un bouclier trop lourd.
Nous allons commencer par de la lutte basique. Rien de dangereux, c’est juste pour nous assurer que vous pouvez esquiver les coups =)

 

…et un invité venant de Belgique !  :)

Maarten Van der Auwera – Sumus Soldani

Je suis Maarten, un des instructeurs à Sumus Soldani. Je pratique les AMHE depuis environ 4 ans, et j’ai réussi à gagner quelques tournois durant ces quelques années. Je pratique principalement l’épée longue, mais j’apprécie également l’épée-bocle. À côté des AMHE j’ai fait des études pédagogiques et d’enseignements à l’université, et j’essaye d’appliquer ce que j’y ai appris aux AMHE.

 

14. Principes didactiques pour améliorer l’apprentissage et l’enseignement des AMHE, par Sumus Soldani

Ma présentation parlera des principes didactiques, à savoir 7 principes auxquels vos enseignements devraient se conformer le plus possible. Ils ne sont pas spécifiques à une arme particulière, et devraient donc être utiles à la majorité des instructeurs. Je me concentre également sur comment appliquer ces principes en tant qu’étudiant, considérant qu’étudier c’est un peu enseigner à soi-même. Donc si vous êtes intéressé à vous améliorer comme enseignant et comme étudiant, n’hésitez pas à venir. (Il y aura aussi une pause au cas où vous voudriez vous échapper).