The event has been inspired by Roland Warzecha and Tyrnhaw â€šBerlin Buckler Boutsâ€™ and designed to promote relaxed free play for students of Master Joachim Meyerâ€™s â€žKunst des Fechtensâ€ť (KdF) and, in addition, offers a platform for hands-on discussions for scholars and practitioners. There will be no tournament nor any particular schedule for workshops, save for an introduction into sparring modes featured at the Fechtschule. In any event, feel free to join or watch any discussion or demonstration that may ensue. You are welcome to bring other weapons like the montante, pole axe, side swordâ€¦ Â In all likelihood, there will be time and space to experiment with those as well.
The Fechtshule Heptathlon shall be focused on Joachim Meyerâ€™s KdF, but any other combat system practitioners are welcome, be they students of German Liechtenauer tradition, Italian Fiore dei Liberi, Bolognese or Spanish Destreza or proponents of an eclectic approach. Novices, who are in their first year of training, are welcome too, but note that there will be no particular beginnersâ€™ class. Nevertheless, you may happen to receive some useful personal advice from advanced practitioners. But, please, note that without an appropriate basic technical repertoire, participation is rather pointless. So if you have less than 6 months of regular weapon combat training under your belt, we recommend you to wait until the next time. Also note that, while the event is designed for advanced free fencers first and foremost, it also offers an ideal entry into sparring for those who have according technical proficiency. There is no need to be afraid at all. The atmosphere will be a very calm and cheerful one. People are going to be devoted and dedicated, yet there is going to be no competitive pressure.
We do expect awareness for how sharp swords work. We will not be playing sword tag. All free play is considered a preparation for or a simulation of unarmoured combat with sharp swords. As we believe that swords are precision tools, which has been confirmed by practice with sharp blades, nobody is supposed to use his training sword like a club. We will not tolerate any forceful flailing, which we consider a misconception of historical sword-fighting in the first place. On the contrary, we very much appreciate if you would prefer to go slow, in order to learn the precision and control required for swordplay.
In fact, we want to promote slow play as a learning tool that helps us to fence safely with minimum gear and at the same time improve our skills at arms in a most efficient and enjoyable way. To that end, there will be an introductory lesson for slow motion freeplay in the morning of day 1, both in English and Polish. There will be another one for fencing without protection for anybody interested. Of course, no-one will be forced to fight in slow motion or without masks the whole weekend. After the first lunch break on day 1, feel free to go as fast as you and your partner wish, but please avoid hectic or over-zeal. At the same time, do not hesitate to ask your partner to go slower so you can learn properly and enjoy your bouts. Needless to say, any combatant will be, of course, expected to follow such a request. We hope to succeed in creating an atmosphere of relaxation and mutual trust while training seriously. We would be delighted if you supported us in doing so. We need your good will, common sense and responsibility to restrict the risk of accidents to the bare minimum. We urge you to take care and are looking forward to more safe and enjoyable fencing with you.
You are supposed to bring your own equipment. Minimum gear consists of a fencing mask with back-of-the-head protection, neck guard, leather gloves, appropriate steel training weapons like swords, messers, rapiers, daggers or halberds, wooden dussacks, staffs or halberds. You are welcome to bring additional gear, such as groin and torso protection. Gauntlets and heavily padded gloves are not required, but we understand if you prefer to bring them. However, any hand protection that inhibits fine motor skills is discouraged. We hope that fencing jackets like the ones that have become mandatory for HEMA tournaments will not be used at the Fechtschule, so they are not required.?We do not encourage to bring shinai or nylon swords.
There will be water at the site from taps and containers, but in order to avoid plastic waste, we will not provide one-way cups or bottles. Please bring your own flasks or cups.Â Donâ€™t forget your lunch pack! Alternatively, you can order pizza when you are there. In case there will be lunch buffets, we will let you know in time.?Please tell us if you want to join dinner at a local restaurant on Saturday night.