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School Birthday Party! March 19th

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Feb 042016
 
cake cutting

cake cuttingThe School’s 15th Birthday Party will be held on Saturday March 19th, at the Salle from 19.30. The first branch of the School turns 15 this year. In 2001, Guy had all his hair. And we trained outside using sticks.

May 2001 at SES copy

We have come a long way since then; come and celebrate it with us!

We will also be celebrating (if that’s the right word) Guy’s move to the UK this year. This may be the last chance to come and say hello/ goodbye to our illustrious founder for a while, so don’t miss it.

See you there!

The Fiore Extravaganza, July 25th to August 1st 2015

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Apr 102015
 

Lift his visor and stab him in the face!

 

This year’s Extravaganza is a return to the classic format: in-depth study of parts of Fiore’s manuscripts. We will focus mainly on the parts that we don’t do so much in class; abrazare (wrestling), dagger and polearms.
We will expand our pollax material by delving into Jeu de la Hache as well: the excellent Lois Forster is coming over from France with his armour to show us how it’s done.

Lois at the Armizare 2015

Lois at the Armizare 2015

As always, the exact class plans will depend on the needs and interests of the students present; come with opinions, questions, and curiosity!

Seminar Plan:
Saturday July 25th 11-17: Jeu de la Hache
Sunday 11-17: Fiore’s Axe plays
Monday  11-13.30: Spear
Tuesday 11-17: Mixed weapons: swords versus axes and so on
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday 11-17: Overview of Abrazare, Dagger and Sword, and how they relate to polearms
Friday 11-17:  Connecting the parts of the system together
Saturday 11-17: Tournament. We will decide the exact format, allowed weapons etc. together on the Friday.

Cost: 270e
Class size is limited to 22, and places are going fast. Book yours by email to info@swordschool.com!

 

Rapier Beginners’ Course: Wednesdays, May 13th to June 10th.

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Apr 102015
 

the rapier, Queen of weapons.

 

Welcome to the School!

the lunge, from Gran Simulacro. Don’t worry, you won’t have to go that far to start with.

 

Class will start at 6pm each Wednesday, from May 13th to June 10th. We will start from the very beginning, how to hold a sword, and hopefully have you safely fencing your friends by the end of the course.

This is open to everyone.

Cost: Existing school members: FREE

Non-members: 60e (50 for unemployed, students, etc.)

please register by email to info@swordschool.com

See you there!

 

Medieval Wrestling Seminar, with Jessica Finley, November 8th and 9th 2014

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Sep 052014
 

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We are delighted to announce that Jessica Finley, author of Medieval Wrestling, will be coming to Finland to teach a two-day wrestling seminar. The exact content will be decided soon, but expect it to include detailed reference to the medieval German sources, clear instruction on safe practice, and some really nasty tricks.

Location: Liikuntamylly, Myllypuro, Helsinki. Painisali on Saturday, Judosali on Sunday. Note: NOT AT THE SALLE.

Date: Saturday November 8th and Sunday November 9th 2014

time: 11.00-17.00 (lunch break 13.30-14.30. Lunch is not provided; please bring your own)

cost: 60€ (SHMS members and affiliates: 50€) per day

register by email to: info@swordschool.com

Or sign up at the Salle.

Medieval Longsword Beginners’ Course: Helsinki Oct 7th-Nov 25th 2014

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Aug 152014
 

 

Welcome to the School!

The next Medieval Longsword beginners’ course in Helsinki will run on Tuesday evenings from October 7th to November 25th. Class runs from 1800-1930. Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes early to get changed etc.

The beginners’ course is suitable for anyone interested in the Art of Swordsmanship. No experience of any kind is needed.
We will show you how our art is developed from the historical sources, and teach you everything from basic warm-up exercises to safe pair practice with the longsword. The goal of the course is to prepare to take part in our regular classes safely.
The style we will cover comes from Fiore dei Liberi’s Il Fior di Battaglia written in 1410, and will include some of his basic defences against dagger attacks, basic longsword strikes, and basic longsword defences.

Instructions for finding the salle (training hall) are here
The course costs 140€ (students, unemployed etc. 100€).
Places are limited, so register early to secure yours by email to: info@swordschool.com
Questions? Ask us by email to the same address.
The first class is free and without obligation to continue or pay for the course. Come, try it, and see if it is right for you.

Our instructor published a series of blog posts detailing the content  of a previous course; you might find it useful.
For a complete description with video of our basic syllabus, which will take most students a year or two to complete, see here:http://www.swordschool.com/wiki/index.php/Fiore_basic_syllabus
For an idea of what to expect in terms of etiquette, discipline, what to wear and so on, see here: http://www.swordschool.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Welcome
To start with you will need only a white t-shirt, dark training trousers, and indoor sports shoes. Students under 18 will also need to bring written permission from a parent or guardian.

 

Syllabus updates seminar September 13th

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Aug 062014
 

The syllabus is and always will be a work in progress. The latest round of updates to the basic syllabus (the first significant changes since 2009) includes minor changes to the first step of each of the four basic drills (First, Second, Break, Exchange) to make them more fluid, and a major overhaul of the Syllabus Form.

This seminar is intended for students in the branches, to help them incorporate the changes, and especially for branch leaders. You must know the four basic drills and the Syllabus Form to attend.

Welcome to the future of the Art!

sign up by email to: info@swordschool.com

Cost: SHMS members: FREE

40€  SHMS affiliates; 50€  for others

Saturday, September 13th,

11am to 5pm (with a lunch break)

Helsinki Salle

Luiskatie 8

00770 Helsinki

Breathing, Meditation and Healthy Living, August 30th

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Aug 042014
 

This seminar will cover breathing training and meditation, for health, fitness, power generation, and to control stress.

It will include content such as:

  • Basic breathing
  • the Crane exercise
  • Awareness of Breath meditation
  • Visualisation techniques
  • the Nine Breaths meditation
  • Basic conditioning, such as forearm exercises
  • Basic massage, such as forearms or knees.

Participants will get to determine much of the content; so we may omit some of these items, and add others, such as the breathing form. Come and get healthy!

Cost:

SHMS members: FREE

50€ (non-members)

40/30€ affiliates

Saturday, August 30th,

11am to 5pm (with a lunch break)

Helsinki Salle

Luiskatie 8

00770 Helsinki

Rapier Seminar with Devon Boorman, May 25th

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Apr 042014
 
Devon teaching a rapier class

Devon teaching a rapier class

The School is delighted to welcome Devon Boorman, founder and instructor at Academie Duello in Vancouver, to teach a day-long rapier seminar on Sunday May 25th. Devon runs the largest school of European swordsmanship in the world, and he has the good taste to be a Capoferro man- they have an original copy of the treatise at their salle!

The class plan is as follows:

Morning: A Tactical Approach to Italian Rapier
Working from the core strategic and technical approach presented in Italian Rapier treatises, Devon will bring students through the fundamental flow chart of Italian fencing strategy. From this base students will understand how to extend from the fundamentals into the more advanced plays and will be guided through a process for bringing theory into practice through drills, tactical exercises, slow fencing and free sparring.

Students will learn
– A flow chart for fencing from out of measure to the concluding strike and recovery.
– How to reduce decision making to the clearest and most direct path to success.
– To effectively constrain an opponent’s options and act in proper tempo to strike.
– How to bring techniques from drill into free fencing and back again.

Afternoon: Rapier and Dagger Fundamentals
The most common companion weapon presented in 17th century rapier texts was the dagger. Effective for its ability to acquire and maintain control of an opponent’s sword, particularly when receiving thrusts, and its utility as a weapon in its own right. Students will explore a system of rapier and dagger that involves using both weapons in unison and in close proximity to create an effective and easily managed defence. This refined approach to rapier and dagger will give students insights into effective free fencing as well as into more advanced materials presented in 17th century manuals.

Students will learn
– The 4 core unified ‘closed’ positions of rapier and dagger
– How to effectively parry and counter-attack
– How to constrain the opponent and force them into the defences of the dagger

Place: Helsinki Salle

Time: 11.00-17.00

Cost: 50€ (60€ for non-SHMS members or affiliates)

All welcome! Email to info@swordschool.com to sign up.

 

The Fiore Extravaganza, July 12th-19th 2014

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Mar 282014
 

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Spaces are limited to 22, and we are now fully booked! You can join the waiting list in case of cancellations by sending an email to info@swordschool.com. The course costs 260€.

Learning your first swordsmanship style is like learning your first language. It takes years to gain full fluency, but after that, all other languages are easier to pick up; you already understand intuitively how grammar, syntax and vocabulary work. Any system will do as a starting point, so long as it is complete: founded on solid principles, and with a sufficiently broad base of techniques to draw from.
In The School of European Swordsmanship our foundation is Fiore’s Art of Arms. Once this system is properly understood, it can serve as a basis for learning other styles much more quickly.
This year’s Extravaganza is about this process; how to use our base in Fiore’s Art to pick up other systems, without importing material that does not belong. So, how to speak the new language without an accent, and without borrowing words and phrases from your native tongue.
We will start with the fundamental physical and tactical principles of all martial arts: grounding and power generation, measure and timing, and see how they play out in Fiore’s Art. We will then take that base and apply it to Liechtenauer’s longsword and messer, I.33 sword and buckler, and Capoferro’s rapier, taking careful note of why these systems are different, and so how they represent the same fundamental ideas in a new context.
It is one Art!

Seminar Plan:
Saturday 12th 11-17: Overview of the underlying principles of martial arts in general, then as they apply to Fiore’s system; wrestling, dagger and sword
Sunday 13th 11-17: Fiore’s system applied to the sword, spear and pollax
Monday 14th 11-13.30: The principles of Fiore’s system as a way to approach Liechtenauer’s longsword material
Tuesday 11-17: The principles of Fiore’s system as a way to approach Liechtenauer’s longsword and messer material
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday 11-17: The principles of Fiore’s system as a way to approach Capoferro’s rapier system
Friday 11-17: The principles of Fiore’s system as a way to approach I.33 sword and buckler. Plus tournament planning.
Saturday 11-17: Tournament. We will decide the exact format, allowed weapons etc. together on the Friday.

Italian Knife fighting with Maestro Roberto Laura, August 2nd and 3rd

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Feb 052014
 

 

Roberto

 

 

The School is delighted to welcome Maestro Roberto Laura to Finland, to teach a weekend seminar on the living traditions of Italian knife fighting.

On Saturday morning Mro Laura will introduce us to three different southern Italian styles of knife combat, after which we will choose one to study for the rest of the weekend.

You can see him in action here:

 

Required equipment: knife simulator, fencing mask. There will be equipment to borrow, but if you have your own, bring it.

Location: Helsinki Salle, Luiskatie 8, 00770 Helsinki.

time: 11.00-17.00 (lunch break 13.30-14.30. Lunch is not provided; please bring your own)

cost: 60€ (SHMS members and affiliates: 50€) per day

register by email to: info@swordschool.com