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 for more details.

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

I will be attending the Freelance Academy Press’s “meet and greet”  at the SCA’s 41st Pennsic War in Slippery Rock, PA.  Come by and see us at the Revival Clothing tent on Monday August 6 at 7:30 PM.  There will be munchies to eat as well as authors and editors to chat up.

The salle will be dark for the month of June due to commitments elsewhere.

I just returned from the 47th International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University where I presented a paper entitled “The Gripping Tale of Fiore Dei Liberi’s Fifth Dagger Remedy Master.”  It was the third in a series on the organization of the dagger section in the Getty manuscript of il Fior di Battalia, and was well received.

I am currently working on a paper combining this paper and the two previous ones for inclusion in a proposed proceedings volume for the panel series “Can These Bones Be Brought to Life” that has been sponsored by the Higgins Armory Museum.  If you have my Armizare book from Freelance Academy Press you will still find some material of interest as the paper touches on elements concerning the structure of the plays in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Remedy Masters developed since that manuscript was put to bed.

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.

The Chicago Sword play Guild once again presented and amazing four days of Western Martial Arts classes, lectures, demonstrations, and activities at the lovely DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin.  They have yet to put up pictures from the event but many have all ready surfaced on various social media sites and on You Tube.  I can’t honestly say that a good time was had by all (but only because I didn’t speak to each and every one of the folks there) but I know I had a fine experience (despite a pesky headache haunting the middle two days which were, naturally the ones when I was teaching, presenting and fighting in the armored Deed of Arm).

My Amrizare book made a pre-release appearance there by way of 20 or so copies that Freelance Academy Press liberated from the printer for the occasion.  I am pleased to say that all departed the DeKoven Center on their way to new homes.  Someday I will get a copy myself.

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.

Yesterday at the salle, we did some work with the Fiore’s Fifth Remedy Master of the Dagger to iron out some issues prior to the class I will be presenting at the Western Martial Arts Workshop in Racine WI next month.
We also did some unarmored work with mezza-mella gripped sword, both slow pressure explorations and more energetic wrestling at the sword.  This was a combination of prep work for the class in armored fighting and for the armored deed of arms taking place at WMAW on Friday.
A good, if tiring, day.

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