Meg here again! First off, I wanted to wish a Happy Veterans Day to all those who have served and sacrificed their time, sweat, and sometimes lives for our great country–especially our own instructor, Ben Floyd, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 2000-2006.
Just wanted to update with some news in the international HEMA community.
Our friends over in Sweden just posted the results and videos of their international event, Swordfish 2010, held at the Gothenburg Fencing School in Gothenburg, Sweden. By all accounts it was a very exciting and fun event, and all I can say is that I’m jealous we didn’t get to go this year. 🙂
The medal winners of Swordfish 2010, held in Gothenburg, Sweden.
We’ve only had a chance to attend a few such events in the past year, Dixie Krieg 2009 and 2010, and Western Martial Arts Championship held out in Houston, TX last March–but from just those few experiences, I can tell you how great it is to attend one of these events. Imagine a group of strangers from all over the world–the U.S., Europe, Canada, South America–meeting for the first time, all who have a passionate love for something in common, and then engaging in the brotherhood of learning and friendly competition for an entire week or weekend. It’s truly magical, that’s all I’m saying. Plus, from what I have heard (and my own experiences) there are often couches, floors, and gym mats open for visiting HEMA folk to camp out on when they’re in town. I think the international diplomatic goal for HEMA should be a trans-Atlantic network of couches so swordsmen can travel to and fro at will, drilling and sparring with whom they might. 🙂
Additionally, because the HEMA community is so small (but growing!), you can learn a lot of techniques from events like these from other world class instructors and fighters who have been doing their own research in the months and years preceding the event and come away all the richer for it (personally, I am thinking of Jake Norwood of HEMA Alliance’s longsword sparring clinic at Dixie Krieg 2010 when I say this). Plus, you get to see some excellent fighters compete–like Anders Linnard and Axel Pettersson’s long sword steel final.
A Marrozzo dagger clinic taught at Dixie Krieg 2010 in Tallahassee, FL.
My final point is that there is a busy schedule of upcoming events, tournaments, and workshops in the HEMA community, both here in the U.S. and over in Europe–which I highly recommend attending. I’ll be posting a page for upcoming HEMA events. Another good reference is the HEMA Alliance Calendar of Events. Until next time, may your swords stay sharp!