X Encuentro Internacional AEEA

24 y 25 de Septiembre de 2016 - Toledo

Month: August 2016

M. Francesco Lodá Workshop I

Roman Rapier & Daggeror the foundation of the play of Rapier & Dagger according to the Roman School

Brief historical resume

Through the end of XVIth Century, in Rome a family established an Academy, destined to a direct and indirect influence in the history of fencing: the Marcelli’s lineage, from Vincentio and Franceschino, then Orsino Lellio and Giovan Battista, to the well known author Francesco Antonio, left us at least three generations (given by the documents, but probably more) of Masters, a strong company of disciples, several manuscripts and a published treatise. One of their “second generation” Masters, Giovan Battista Marcelli, went to the Southern Kingdom, Neaples, to establish there his personal school, defeating the preview traditions and creating soon the Napolitean School, and after some passages, the Sicilian school. The last two conflued in the Southern line, until the modern disciplin, being in fact the longest tradition in fencing. The Napolitean and Sicilian systems, alongside the Roman original one, show interesting points of contacts with the Spanish tradition.

The Workshop

This workshop aims to present some of the principal teachings of Rapier & Dagger according to the Roman School, selecting an introductive part on the basics, another part on the main First Intention’s actions, and a closing one on the Second Intention’s action.

On a methodological side, the lesson will present some of the original drills and exercises practiced by the old Maestri of the Roman School to teach their students.

The class will be joinable also from people with low experience in rapier.

Requirements: 1600 N. mask, fencing jacket, breast/groin protection, chest protector (plastron or similar), fencing gloves or similar, rapier. Fencing breeches and throat protection recommended.


Chris Chatfield workshop

English saber in the 19th Century: From teatrise to battlefield
In this workshop, both the primary guards and biomechanical principles will be taught for wielding the military saber in simple an effective fashion. We’ll also learn the english guards in the 19th century developed from a modern practical  approach.

Maciej Talaga’s Workshop

Kunheit & Klugheit

Or how come that a peasant beats a master?

Fighting, regardless whether it is a serious combat or simply a sportive competition, is at the same time predictable and unpredictable. On the one hand, when there is a large discrepancy in skill level between opponents, we can easily predict that the more skilled will win. On the other hand, even having all odds against him the weaker fighter may still prevail. How is such paradox possible? Especially in fencing, which starting from the late 15th century became referred to more often as ‘Science’ rather than ‘Art’, because of its alleged reliability?

The proposed workshop will follow the teachings of the so-called Döbringer Codex (MS3227a), wherein we are warned that ‘a brave peasant often defeats a master’. We will explore some of the factors other than technical proficiency that are decisive in achieving victory. From the long list of necessary fighter’s virtues, we will concentrate on Courage (Kunheit) and Wisdom (Klugheit). These two qualities are separate, i.e. one does not depend on theother, and contribute immensely to success in combat, each in its unique way. The core of the workshop will comprise of some basic fencing tactics theory, which is applicable to all weapons and situations, and tactical drills aimed at raising fencers’ self-awarness and perception.

The workshop should be limited up to 14 participants (preferrably intermediate and above). Attendees need to have a longsword and a mask. Additional protective gear is optional, but highly recommended – as for that, gambesons are a priority.


Rob Runacres’ Workshop

The Sword and Dagger of Early Modern France

France in the early seventeenth century was a dangerous and fractured society. Violence was common place and there are many accounts of combat. Attendees will be guided through techniques three sources dating from this period: firstly, Villamont’s translation of the treatise by Hieronyme Calvacabo (1597), a Bolognese master who taught in Rome and went on to tutor the future Louis XIII. His influence will be traced through to the manuscript attributed to Pedro De Heredia (c.1610), but which was almost certainly written by a French Speaker who followed Cavalcabo. Finally, Francois Dancie (c. 1617 and 1623), a fighter who eschews courtly play for cool, efficient dispatch of the foe.

Skill requirements: Some experience in HEMA is required, but not necessarily rapier or sidesword.

Prerequisites: Rapier/single handed sword simulator and a dagger simulator. Mask. Gloves. Water. Full protection (i.e. jacket, chest protector, etc.) will be required if wanting to apply techniques ‘in earnest’!


Marco Rubboli’s Classes

An introduction to sword and rotella in the bolognese school

The workshop is aimed to introduce the participants to the discipline of sword and rotella in the Bolognese School, presenting in a dynamic way the main fencing actions and combat features that we can identify in Marozzo, Manciolino and the Bolognese Anonymous.

This lesson in particular will not focus on specific techniques: its purpose will be rather to teach to the attendants movements that will permit them to undertake a fight with sword and rotella, avoiding the most usual mistakes and making use of the actions taught by the Masters.

At first the main guard will be introduced:  Coda Lunga Alta, with special attention to the correct position of the shield.

Then some notion about footwork will be provided, in particular the circular footwork steps used with the round target to face an attack and to bring a counterattack, or in order to bypass the protection offered by the shield to the opponent.

After that, we will see how to deliver an attack correctly in a safe way with sword and rotella against an opponent armed in the same way, making use of some exercises.

In particular we will focus on the danger to which the armed hand is exposed and how to limit it, as well as how to protect the legs, i.e. the target not defended by the shield.

The core of the lesson will be a set of dynamic exercises aimed to teach to the attendants the Basic Defence of the Bolognese School, studied to oppose and counter safely any kind of attack, with all its variations and rispostes.



Saturday night activities

Saturday night in Toledo in not like another night, thank you to our sponsors!

After the dinner Cuentame Toledo will take us on a night Tour of the city during  the Spanish Golden Age. In this visit, unknown but essential aspects of the Imperial City will be brought to light.

And we’ll arrive to the Círculo del Arte de Toledo where we can continue sharing stories and drinks at a discounted price, until the wee hours of the morning 🙂