Chris VanSlambrouck

Chris VanSlambrouck

Living Meyer

Historical Fencing Adventures

I am a lifelong student of history and Martial arts, with over 30 years of experience. My journey started with Eastern and mixed martial arts as a child. As an adult, I was introduced to US Army Combatives and Historical Fencing.


As an advocate, practitioner, researcher and instructor of Historical Fencing, I have founded several historical fencing groups including the Madison MFFG (of which I am the principal instructor) and the Meyer Freifechter Guild (of which I am currently president). 


I enjoy focusing my energies and teachings on being an outspoken advocate specifically for the study of Joachim Meyer and the application of his art through the combat sport of the Early New Modern Period, the Fechtschule.


Goodman Center Weekly Fundamentals: Movement with Meyer Course

The Living Meyer School of Fencing (MFFG) is holding an eight week fundamentals course on the two handed Longsword at the Goodman Community Center! Classes are on Sundays 3:30-5pm 1st of May – 19 June. This course covers historical fencing fundamentals and the historical context of the 16th century. No equipment required, everyone 14+ welcome (14-17 need parental consent). Best part: the whole course only costs $200. Inquiries welcome; contact chris@livingmeyer.com





German Longsword Fencing Classes

Each class includes a sport-specific warm-up, high-intensity drilling, the practice of Meyer Fencing, and a brief sword yoga cool down to wrap the session up. These classes are hosted at my home M-Th and at the Goodman Gym on Sundays. Persons new to longsword training should begin with the 8 week fundamentals class held on Sundays from 1530-1700 (see above for this).

200 USD per month for two 90 minute classes per week and the fundamentals course for free OR 30 USD cash per lesson. Subscribe below or arrange other payment to chris@livingmeyer.com.

M-Th classes are held at 2434 E Johnson St, Madison, WI. Sunday classes are held at the Goodman Gym, 214 Waubesa St, Madison, WI

SunMonTuesWedThurs
1530-1700 – Fundamentals Course1630-1800 – Beginner1630-1800 – Intermediate1630-1800 – Intermediate1700-1830 – Beginner
1700-1830 – All Levels1900-2030 – Intermediate1900-2030 – Beginner1900-2030 – ONLINE
via Google Meet
Living Meyer Class Schedule


Individual Personal Training

Each lesson includes a sport-specific warm-up, high-intensity drilling, the practice of Meyer Fencing, and a brief cool down to wrap the session up. These sessions are typically hosted at my home but are not limited to it. Email me at chris@livingmeyer.com if interested. If you are interested and wish to have a session at your place or at a park please make sure to voice that in your email.

40 USD per hour

Patreon Study Group

Please join me for my weekly study group where I give lectures on fencing theory, history, strategy, pedagogy, martial training, and principles of combat. It is held on line Wednesdays at 7pm central over Zoom for about one hour. All classes are recorded and can be listened to later if you can not make the class time. Patrons also receive early access to The Fencing Grounds, my podcast about fencing theory and history. 

Rate: $25/month for weekly online classes. Become a Patron!

Seminars

Please contact me at chris@livingmeyer.com if interested!

Training Seminars-

Training Seminars are typically three hours in duration. They can be arranged for the instruction of small or larger groups. As for the topic of the seminar, there are plenty to choose from, including but not limited to:

  • Meyer’s System of Fencing
  • Fencing from the Postures
  • Fechtschul Fencing
  • Applied Meyer Tactics

Educational Seminars-

The duration of Educational Seminars depends entirely on the topic of which there are many! Some examples include:

  • A General History of Fencing (weapon petting zoo)
  • How to Use a Sword (and why)
  • Historical Fencing: A Culture of Honor and Respect
  • The Wars of Religion and How History Likes to Repeat
  • Old World Bloodsport: The Fechtschul Culture.

Please be sure to ask about other seminar topics that suit and address your local clubs’ training and educational needs. If inquiring after a speaking engagement for a public school please ask after the K-8 reduced rates.


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