Swordplay events

At the end of this month, Academie Duello will be holding their period Vancouver International Sword Symposium (VISS) and I will be attending to present a pair of armor related lectures.


I will also be in Vancouver the following week and, through the good auspices of Academie Duello, will be offering private lessons at their location.

In a little more than a month, I will teaching several classes at the Borealis Swordplay Symposium in Gatineau, Cananda from June 6-8.

Check out their website for details.

Early bird registration is closed but the regular is still open.

Another wonderful armizare “retreat” event hosted by the Chicago Swordplay Guild at the Dekoven Center has come and gone. There were three days of classes plus an unarmored longsword competition and an armored deed of arms as well as the usual convivial camaraderie among the gathered Fiore enthusiasts and friends, both old and new. Between the classes, events, and discussions, which often went late into the night, I came home with much food for thought.

I represented Forteza Historical Swordplay Guild by presenting a lecture on armor in Fiore’s lifetime as well as two classes, the first on sword in armor techniques derived from dagger play mechanics and the second on working with developing personal understating of space and possibilities as they relate to the plays of the first Remedy Master of the dagger. I also fought in the armored deed and was honored by the other participants by being named First Among Equals for the day. I hope to get some pictures processed an deposited here soon.

Two years ago, the Chicago Swordplay Guild put on an event celebrating the anniversary of Fiore die Liberi’s works called “the 600” for the number of years it had been since the maestro wrote. It was held at the DeKoven Center in Racine Wisconsin, the same place as the bi-annual Western Martial Arts Workshop. Unlike the Workshop, the event was devoted to the study of Fiore’s armizare.

Now they are doing it again September 14-16, with a name change to “Armizare Academy” because “602” just doesn’t have that ring.

The instructors this year are all North American, and there’s going to be a lot of really good classes. I will also be there to lecture, instruct and fence in the CFAA armored deed of arms.  Check out the link at http://www.chicagoswordplayguild.com/c/events for more details.

It’s not quite too late to join the fun!

Lysts on the Lakes and the Chivalric Martial Arts Symposium have had their dates changed. They are now May 11-13 and May 8-11 respectively.

Unfortunately, this means I will not be able to attend due to a previous commitment to present an academic paper on Fiore dei Liberi’s Il Fior di Battaglia at the Kalamazoo Medieval Congress in Michigan.

In connection with Lysts on the Lakes international jousting competition (May 4, 5 & 6), there will be a Chivalric Martial Arts Symposium offering training in both equestrian and pedestrian chivalric arts, which will be taking place in Austin TX on the four days preceding the Lysts on the Lakes competition event. More details will be available soon on the official website.

I and several other notable fellows are among the instructors. There will be classes in armizare (and other styles of related arts) classes. Students and instructors will have the opportunity to participate in armored foot combat during the competition days.

This is a major opportunity for anyone interested in the practice of chivalric martial arts.

I am looking forward to attending the Western Martial Arts Workshop this week. Lots of swords, classes, and good folks.

I will be lecturing on the structure of Il Fior di Battaglia as well as teaching a class on the fifth Remedy Master of the dagger and team teaching a “better in armor” class with Sean Hayes.

On Friday, I expect to be participating in the armored deed of arms as one of the tenans holding the field.

It will be a busy time for this sword scholar.

armizare book coverOver the past two years, much of my time has been devoted to preparing a book on the Getty manuscript of Fiore dei Liberi’s il Fior di Battaglia (The Flower of Battle).  We are now in the final production stages and expect it to be available in September from Freelance Academy Press.

The covert images should look familiar as they were also used for the blog’s header.

The book is nearly 200 hundred pages long.  It explores the organization of the the manuscript, section by section. Between each text section is an interpretation section where key elements and plays from the manuscript get explored.  The intent is to provide a tool kit for further exploration of the art of arms as recorded by Fiore dei Liberi.  As such, I think it will be a valuable read for both beginner and experienced martial artists alike as well as for those interested in how a medieval manuscript canbe used as a teaching vehicle for a physical art.