Entries tagged with “WMA”.


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.

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.

This is the launch of a wordpress blog supporting the Forteza Historical Swordplay Guild website.  News of upcoming events of interest to Forteza students and friends will be posted here as well as rambling by our scholars.

We are still in the testing phase for the moment.