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Meyer-focused HEMA classes and events hosted by the Madison Meyer Freifechter Guild

Madtown Fechtschule 2017

WHAT

The Madtown Fechtschule is a public display of skill and control with competitive Dussack and Longsword tournaments styled after the rules and restrictions of a 16th century event.

WHERE & WHEN

Date : Saturday, 12 Aug 2017
Location: Goodman Center Gymnasium, 149 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704

Schedule:
11:30 – Sign In
12:00 – Introduction to Fechtschule: Rules and Demo
12:30 – Dussack (Will be provided)
2:00 – Break
2:30 – Longsword (BYOS)
5:30 – Awards
6:30 – After Event Party (Barbecue Style, BYOB)

HOW MUCH

Tickets to spectate can be purchased at the door the day of the event for $5  (which does not include entry to the after party and provided meal) If you would like to spectate and attend the after event meal, please purchase your ticket below:

Ticket Type



 

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Dusack [4]

Competitors are randomly split into two pools.

Each pool participates in their own fechtschule.

Everyone will fence a King of the Hill, three passes to a match, five strikes per pass. The fencer who wins the most passes wins the match, which earns them one Victory Point (your gold coin prize). Fencers may also earn Artistry Points by exhibiting clean examples of Meyer’s dussack technique, awarded by the Pritschemneister.

Winners are those fencers from each fechtschule with the highest Victory Point total, the highest Artistry Point total, and the Last Fencer Standing. These winners participate in the Winners’ Dusack fechtschule.

All other remaining fencers from both initial pools are gathered into the Barber’s Pool. They will fence a King of the Hill fechtschule for honor and redemption. The redemption is the last man standing is entered into the Winners’ Dusack fechtschule.
The Winners’ Pool fences King of the Hill fechtschule to determine the winners of the dusack portion of the event.

Longsword [3]

For the longsword, all competitors fence King of the Hill in a single pool. Matches are three passes, five strikes per pass. Victory and Artistry Points are earned as in dusack. Note: Victory Points earned in dusack do not carry forward; Artistry Points earned in dusack do, and add to a fencer’s overall Artistry Point total.

Winners are selected as in dusack (highest Victory Point total, highest Artistry Point total, Last Fencer standing).

Losers of the first longsword fechtschule gather into a Barber’s Pool, and will participate in their own fechtschule, a King of the Hill as before in the dusack.

The winners of the first longsword fechtschule and the Barber’s Pool fechtschule then fence in the Final Fechtschule.

In the Final Fechtschule, the competitors fence King of the Hill, best of five passes.

Winners of the Final Fechtschule are the overall winners of the Madtown Fechtschule.

 

Safety Requirements from HEMA Alliance

Head = Head protection must cover the entire face and front of the throat for drilling and slow sparring, and the entire head and front of the throat must be covered in competitive sparring. It must be sturdy enough to withstand impacts. There should be no gaps in coverage that would allow a thrust or strike to the face.

Throat = A covering to protect the throat.

Torso = Clothing to cover the body. Clothing should be puncture resistant, or three layers.

Groin = An internal or external cup.

Elbow = Hard elbow covering to protect the joints.

Hands = Hands = Sturdy gloves or gauntlets must be used to protect the hands and wrists. Gloves must include protection on the sides and tips of the fingers sufficient to resist hard strikes from steel . An unsupplemented lacrosse glove is not sufficient.. Steel Gauntlets need additional interior padding of some sort, however a mechanic’s glove has minimal padding and when used inside a metal gauntlet would not be sufficient. Most HEMA-dedicated synthetic gloves or gauntlets, such as Sparring Gloves and Black Lance, are adequate. Finger breaks and hand injuries are the most common and organizers should be conscientious of this.

Legs = Hard knee covering to protect the joints.

Feet = Covering of some sort.

Beginning Sword Class!

Beginning Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Class

Learn the essential cutting, postures, and footwork of 16th century fencing master Joachim Meyer. This class introduces the basic fencing skills of one of the last inheritor’s of the Liechtenauer tradition of swordsmanship in an eight-part series of hour-long class sessions.

Each class begins with a warm-up routine, followed by guided exercises and drills using historically accurate replica training swords. Be ready to sweat and have fun learning historical fencing.

WHERE

Goodman Community Center

149 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704

Gym B

WHEN

Sunday 3:30-4:30pm

Dates: Sept 11, 18, 25; Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

HOW MUCH?

$100 for eight sessions pre-paid. Training equipment is included.

Madtown Fechtschule

WHAT

The Madtown Fechtschule is a public display of skill and control with competitive Dussack and Longsword tournaments styled after the rules and restrictions of a 16th century event.

WHERE & WHEN

Date : Saturday, 20 Aug 2016
Location: Goodman Center Gymnasium, 149 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704

Schedule:
11:30 – Sign In
12:00 – Introduction to Fechtschule: Rules and Demo
12:30 – Dussack (2 Rings)
1:45 – Break
2:00 – Longsword (1 Ring)
5:30 – Awards
6:30 – After Event Party

HOW MUCH

$10 for guests attending the after event meal.

Pre-registration has closed!

Tickets to spectate can be purchased at the door the day of the event for $5  (which does not include entry to the after party and provided meal) If you would like to spectate and attend the after event meal, please purchase your ticket below:


Ticket Type



TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Dusack

Competitors are split into two pools. Each pool fences King of the Hill, three passes to a match, five strikes per pass. The fencer who wins the most passes wins the match, which earns one Victory Point. Fencers may also earn Artistry Points by exhibiting clean examples of Meyer’s dusack technique.

Winners are those fencers with the highest Victory Point total, the highest Artistry Point total, and the Last Fencer Standing. The winners from both initial pools go to the Winners’ Pool. All other fencers from both initial pools are gathered into the Barber’s Pool. The Winners’ Pool fences King of the Hill to determine the winners of the dusack tournament. The Barber’s Pool fences King of the Hill for honor and redemption.

Longsword

For the longsword, all competitors fence King of the Hill in a single pool. Matches are three passes, five strikes per pass. Victory and Artistry Points are earned as in dusack. Note: Victory Points earned in dusack do not carry forward; Artistry Points earned in dusack do, and add to a fencer’s overall Artistry Point total.

Winners are selected as in dusack (highest Victory Point total, highest Artistry Point total, Last Fencer standing). Losers of the first round gather for a Barber’s Pool, King of the Hill as before. The winners of the first longsword round and the Barber’s Pool then fence in the Finals.

In the Final Fechtschule, the competitors fence King of the Hill, five passes, five strikes per pass. Winners of the Final are the overall winners of the Madtown Fechtschule.

AWARDS

Dusack

Champion (1st Place, most dusack Victory Points)

  • Certificate

Artist (2nd Place, most Artistry Points)

  • Certificate

Barber’s Best (Barber’s Pool most Victory Points or Artistry Points)

  • Honorable Mention

Longsword

Fechtschule Champion (1st Place, most longsword Victory Points)

  • PHA Gold Medal
  • Historical Print

Fechtschule Artist (2nd Place, most overall Artistry Points)

  • PHA Silver Medal
  • Laurel Pin

Last Fencer Standing (3rd Place)

  • Laurel Pin

 

Safety Requirements from HEMA Alliance

Head = Head protection must cover the entire face and front of the throat for drilling and slow sparring, and the entire head and front of the throat must be covered in competitive sparring. It must be sturdy enough to withstand impacts. There should be no gaps in coverage that would allow a thrust or strike to the face.

Throat = A covering to protect the throat.

Torso = Clothing to cover the body. Clothing should be puncture resistant, or three layers.

Groin = An internal or external cup.

Elbow = Hard elbow covering to protect the joints.

Hands = Hands = Sturdy gloves or gauntlets must be used to protect the hands and wrists. Gloves must include protection on the sides and tips of the fingers sufficient to resist hard strikes from steel . An unsupplemented lacrosse glove is not sufficient.. Steel Gauntlets need additional interior padding of some sort, however a mechanic’s glove has minimal padding and when used inside a metal gauntlet would not be sufficient. Most HEMA-dedicated synthetic gloves or gauntlets, such as Sparring Gloves and Black Lance, are adequate. Finger breaks and hand injuries are the most common and organizers should be conscientious of this.

Legs = Hard knee covering to protect the joints.

Feet = Covering of some sort.

 

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Fundamentals of Meyer’s Longsword, Part II

Sword meets sword in Part Two of this introductory HEMA longsword class. The Applied Concepts class builds upon the footwork and cutting material covered in Part One. Using contact drills, students will explore the fundamental concepts of distance and timing while learning how to parry and counter cut.

Required Gear. Fencing mask, gloves

Required Skills. The Applied Concepts course assumes basic understanding of Meyer’s terminology and a degree of confidence in performing simple cuts and footwork. Students must pass an evaluation of basic skills and knowledge in order to gain admission to the class. Prospective students may schedule a skills evaluation with Study Group Leader Eric Mains or Region III Chief Chris VanSlambrouck. The evaluation takes approximately 10-20 minutes, and a training sword is provided.

Skills Evaluation Topics
1. Meyer’s Four Cuts

2. Meyer’s Four Guards + Langort

3. Meyer’s Four Cutting Exercises

4. A Short Bio of Meyer

WHERE
Goodman Center, Gym B
149 Waubesa Street
Madison, WI 53704

WHEN

Sundays 3:30-4:30pm, 13 March through 1 May, 8 sessions

HOW MUCH?

$100 **$20 discount if you have a fencing mask, gloves, and a steel training sword**





Fundamentals of Meyer’s Longsword

Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Class

Learn the essential cutting, postures, and footwork of 16th century fencing master Joachim Meyer. Fundamentals of Meyer’s Longsword introduces the basic fencing skills of one of the last inheritor’s of the Liechtenauer tradition of swordsmanship in an eight-part series of hour-long class sessions.

Each class begins with a warm-up routine, followed by guided exercises and drills using historically accurate replica training swords. Be ready to sweat and have fun learning historical fencing.

WHERE

Goodman Community Center

149 Waubesa St, Madison, WI 53704

Gym B

WHEN

Sunday 3:30-4:30pm

Dates: Sept 11, 18, 25; Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

HOW MUCH?

$100 for eight sessions pre-paid. Training equipment is included.