Meyer versus the Italians: a weekend with Guy Windsor and Chris Vanslambrouck, July 15th-16th, 2023.

This one-of-a-kind seminar with two world-renowned instructors, Dr. Guy Windsor and Chris  Vanslambrouck, will explore the fascinating world of 15th and 16th century martial arts, and  compare the techniques used by Italian medieval and Renaissance fencers with those of Joachim  Meyer. 

As a student, you’ll have the opportunity to request specific topics from both instructors. Whether  you’re interested in specific footwork, sword techniques, or historical contexts, we can dive deep  into the topics that interest you the most. Bring your questions, curiosity, and sword-related  problems, and let Chris and Guy help. 

Dr. Guy Windsor is a leading expert in historical European martial arts, and has written a dozen  books on the martial arts of Fiore dei Liberi, Philippo Vadi, and of Ridolfo Capoferro. He’s also the  founder of Swordschool, host of The Sword Guy podcast, and has a PhD in reconstructing  medieval and Renaissance Italian combat systems. Chris Vanslambrouck is a professional  instructor and author focussing on Joachim Meyer, founder of the historical fencing school Living  Meyer, and President of the Meyer Freifechter Guild. You will be in very experienced hands. 

This seminar is intended for students with some basic training in one or other of the systems we  will cover. Meyer students will be exposed to Fiore and Capoferro, and vice-versa.  Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner, this seminar will take your historical  martial arts skills and knowledge to the next level. 

You will need to bring a suitable training weapon, and a mask. Some loaners will be available,  please let us know when registering what you will need, and bring your own if you can. There may  be an opportunity for free fencing, so bring your fencing gear if you would like to freeplay. 

Weekend with Guy & Chris

10am-11.30 meet and greet, Q+A, and seminar planning at 2434 E Johnson St 
12pm – 12.30 at Goodman Community Centre: warm-ups, basic sword work 12.30-1.30 Fiore longsword overview 
1.30-2.30 Meyer longsword overview 
2.30-2.45 Break 
2.45-5pm: Comparing the two systems 

10am- 10.30 Warm-ups and basic sword work 
10.30-11.30 Capoferro rapier overview 
11.30-12.30 Meyer’s rappir overview 
12.30-1pm Comparing the two systems 
1-2pm Lunch (not provided- bring some!) 
2-3 Mechanics deep dive 
3-4 Tactics deep dive 
4-5 Who would win in a 3-way fight? Meyer, Capoferro, or Fiore? 

This schedule is advisory: we will finalise it on the day, with input from the students. 

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to train with two of the world’s leading instructors.  Attendance is limited to only 30 students, so book your place now. We can’t wait to see you there! 

July 15-16, 2023, in Madison, WI 
$150 for weekend, or $80 for one day

Saturday 15th: 
10am at 2434 E Johnson St for meet & greet and Q&A noon – 5pm at Goodman Community Center 

Sunday 16th: 
10-5 Goodman Community Center 

Weekend with Guy & Chris

Contact if you have any questions or need help registering.