Tremonia Fencing School 2022

Time and Place

This year's Fechtschule (fencing school) will begin on Friday, 30 September at 5:00 pm and will end on Sunday, 2 October 2022 around 5:00 pm.

The Location

Husen Castle
135 Syburger Dorfstraße
44265 Dortmund
Germany

Instructors

Fabrice Cognot has been doing Historical European Martial Arts for a while now, and it makes him happy. And what makes him happier is that there’s still a lot of things to learn and discover and share, and lots of fun to be had doing this. He’s the founder and President of De Taille et d’Estoc, the oldest standing HEMA group in France, and has been teaching and lecturing at various events worldwide about Martial Arts and the History of Weapons. He has a PhD in archaeology, is a bladesmith by trade and definitely ate too much pop culture.

Warhammers and Other Impact Weapons (Lecture)

Fabrice will be offering his classic lecture on warhammers and (hopefully) assorted impact weapons in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, as there’s more in these beauties than meets the eye (and you don’t want them to meet yours sometimes).

Sue has had a long standing interest in all things HEMA. She found her way to it 22 years ago following successful forays into sport fencing, stage fighting, reenactment and a career as an Officer in the British Army (yes, she really is Captain Kirk). Sue played a central part in the development of HEMA in the U.K. as a past President of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay (BFHS). Sue has been an instructor for over 16 years now, and regularly instructs in a wide range of both armed and unarmed HEMA disciplines at events across the U.K. and internationally. Her breadth of HEMA instruction over the last few years has covered Smallsword, Sabre, Bartitsu/Suffragitsu, WW2 Combatives, and Indian Clubs. Sue developed a real passion for grappling over the years and is excited to introduce workshops In catch wrestling to this event. Assisting her at the event will be Mark Randall, a highly experienced catch wrestler and pugilist. Mark is looking forward to his role as ‘glamorous assistant’.

Catch Wrestling Part I - From Fundamentals to Finding ‘the Pin’ (Workshop)

This part of the workshop will focus on some of the signature moves from the fantastic grappling system of Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling. Find out what clocks, train tracks, hay bales, and pins have to do with this wrestling system that reputedly originated in Lancashire, U.K. and has now become a building block of many wrestling and MMA systems. No previous wrestling experience is needed for this session as you will be taken through from the fundamentals.

Equipment: Just bring yourself in normal sports clothing and wrestling boots if you have them. Wearing sparkly pants is entirely optional.

Catch Wrestling Part II - Seeking Submissions (Workshop)

This part of the workshop will focus on some of the signature submissions found in Catch Wrestling. A key part of Catch Wrestling is making life really uncomfortable for an opponent. This is done through having a good understanding of body mechanics, and how to use this to get someone to ‘tap out’ from the fight. This part builds on the first, however, it is still open to everyone.

Equipment: Just bring yourself in normal sports clothing and wrestling boots if you have them. Wearing sparkly pants is entirely optional.

Benjamin has started HEMA in Edingen (close to Mannheim) in 2009. Under Christian Bott and Adrian van Bronswijk (Fechtschule Asteria) he learned the art of the longsword and expanded his studies to the rapier a bit later. Since about 2013 Benjamin lead trainings at “Krifon” and founded “Scuola di Scherma” out of the rapier branch in Koblenz in 2019, to busy himself and the likeminded with additional fencing masters instead of only Capoferro.

Staying faithful to Tremonia Fechten and HEMA to the best of his abilities in spite of Corona and the final phase of his studies, Marian has been active since 2019. Since he was not satisfied with a Master of Education he decided to top up with a Master of Arts in History at the Ruhruniversität Bochum. His main interests fittingly lie in the late medieval period more specifically the cultural and organisational history. He nevertheless always seeks the discussion of other topics in search of new impulses.

Palaeography (Seminar)

Even though the modern HEMAist:as have to be conceptually differentiated from the late medieval fencers, the surviving fencing tractates continue to function as the foundation of the whole discipline. By engaging with them, new techniques and approaches surface. To facilitate their own engagement with the sources the participants of this workshop will get an introduction into medieval German languages and fonts. Based on vivid examples they will learn among other things why the “Bastarda” is not an illegitimate child and how to use the newly learned knowledge for their own research.

Gerhild Grabitzer began her HEMA journey in 2017 after many years of reenactment. Her focus lies fully on the longsword. She is board member of the ÖFHF, instructor at PSV Graz and tries to contribute to the HEMA scene scientifically as well with her “HEMA Survey Project”. Aside from that she enjoys cozy evenings at home and long walks at the beach.

13V through 16R or: Everything You Need to Know, Housebook Wisdom for Freeplay feat. Döbringer (Workshop)

While usually being a Danzig girl, I have busied myself a lot with the Pol housebook in the last months. This workshop will deal with the basic principles that “Döbringer” presents. The interpetations of which will be explored in partner exercises and then applied in the context of freeplay. Prepare for playful jumping around slowly but surely drifting into supervised free fencing.

To bring: Longsword simulator/Feder, fencing mask, gloves. Ideally fencing jacket and throat protection.

Ulrik discovered his passion for the Messer in 2014 and is training leader for German manuscripts of the 15th and 16th century at Die Freifechter in Cologne.

Peter will be co-instructor and Ulrik’s trusted abuse-badger™.

The Inverted Hand
and manifold joyful accessories (Workshop)

From “point to the face” to “so that they fall”.
Why is the inverted hand such an important and essential part in fencing with the Messer?

We will work through various techniques and plays from different manuscripts of the 15th and 16th century. We will do a variation of collaborative exercises which are built up on each other to get a better understanding on the concept of the inverted hand as well as required body mechanics for efficient application. On top of that we will take a look at some of the differences between fencing with the Messer and the Longsword.

Who is this workshop for?

  • all experience levels
  • prior knowledge in messer is useful but not required

Required Equipment

  • a Langes Messer
  • or a messer-shaped object (wehrnagel is a plus)
  • groin protection (mandatory)
  • fencing mask, gloves (optional)

Programme

5:00 pmRegistration, camp setup
6:15 pmAddress of welcome
7:00 pmLecture: Warhammers and Other Impact Weapons (Dr. Fabrice Cognot)
8:00 pmCampfire and dinner
9:00 amBreakfast
10:00 am Morning announcements
10:30 amWorkshop: Catch Wrestling Part I - From Fundamentals to Finding ‘the Pin’ (Susan Kirk)
Workshop: Longsword (Ties Kool)
Workshop: From Inquartata to Passata Sotto – Evasion Movements in Italian Rapier (Benjamin Bott)
Seminar: Palaeography (Marian Bornemann)
12:30 pmLunch
2:00 pmWorkshop: 13V through 16R or: Everything You Need to Know, Housebook Wisdom for Freeplay feat. Döbringer (Gerhild Grabitzer)
Workshop: The Inverted Hand and manifold joyful accessories (Ulrik Neumann, Peter Frank)
Workshop: Dagger (TBA)
4:00 pmFechtschule (tournament) with any synthetic weapon
Free training, test cutting
6:00 pmBarbecue
9:00 amBreakfast
10:00 am Morning announcements
10:30 amWorkshop: Catch Wrestling Part II - Seeking Submissions (Susan Kirk)
Workshop: Longsword (Ties Kool)
Workshop: From Inquartata to Passata Sotto – Evasion Movements in Italian Rapier (Benjamin Bott)
Seminar: Palaeography (Marian Bornemann)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pmFechtschule (tournament) with steel longsword
Free training
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