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Greg Mele
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Aug, 2007 11:21 pm    Post subject: Important 2007Western Martial Arts Workshop Schedule Changes         Reply with quote

Hi all,

Believe it or not, WMAW is only a month away! Response has been fantastic, and we only have about 15 slots left before the event is full!

If you haven't been to the site for awhile, you will see that we have uploaded descriptions of Craig Johnson's two lectures:

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Some Unique Weapons in the Western Martial Context
The diversity of weapons in the western martial culture of the medieval and renaissance period is immense. The sword did not stand alone as many options where available to the combatant of the day. The wide variety in weapon design created some interesting developments as weapon makers and combatants strived for an advantage. This interactive demonstration will be exploring some of the physical attributes and qualities of these weapons and a discussion of what advantages and disadvantages might arise from their use.


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Sword Manufacture in the Medieval and Renaissance Period

A brief overview of what the most likely models for sword manufacture in the historical period would have been like and a discussion of the range of quality that these pieces encompassed. How this relates to the use of these swords in historic style combat will be looked as well as the implications this has for our interpretation of period combat.


If you have already registered for classes, you do not have to register to attend lectures - they are open attendance, but if you will dropping out of a practicuum to attend either presentation, please let the registrar know so that he can adjust registration numbers.

Now, as always happens with a large event with an international instructor base, there's always a wrinkle or two before the event. Unfortunately, this year we have two.

I'm sorry to announce that Terry Brown will not be able to attend this year's event. Terry hurt his back rather badly a while ago, and we've been waiting to see if he would be recovered enough to hop the pond. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that he will be, so rather than have to cancel at the last minute, Terry asked that we reschedule his classes.

Principles of the True Fight 1, scheduled for Thursday morning, has not yet had a replacement scheduled, so stay tuned for updates. The three hour Silver class on Saturday will be covered by Paul Wagner of the Stoccata School of Defence. Paul will look at the basic principles of the True Fight, using the single sword as the vehicle, and then show how those same principles are applied to other weapons. Students are asked to bring the same equipment previously noted (substitute a fencing mask for boxing headgear), and a quarterstaff/polearm if possible. There will be a limitted supply of staves available for use during class, first come/first serve.

Our second cancellation is Mr. Craig Gemeiner. Unfortunately, Craig had a family event come up and had to cancel his planned US vacation, which obviously eliminated his availability to attend WMAW. I think I'm as disappointed as anyone, since it has been almost eight years since Craig taught at an American WMA event. We are scheduling his replacement class now, which will likely be on the Italian rapier. As soon as the replacement is available, I will announce it.

With any class change, you will automatically be put into the new class unless you contact the registrar to alter your registrations.

I apologize for any inconveniences this causes, as well as the late date of the changes. Tardiness in the announcement is my fault, as travel delayed me for a few weeks in arranging replacement classes.

Look for more news in the next few days!

Gregory Mele
WMAW Programming Chair
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Greg Mele
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PostPosted: Tue 04 Sep, 2007 1:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's an update on where we are with the changes to our class line-up.

First, we have added two lecture/presentations by Craig Johnson of Arms & Armor and the Oakeshott Institute:
- "Some Unique Weapons in the Western Martial Context" (Friday 28th, 5:15pm)
- "Sword Manufacture in the Medieval and Renaissance Period" (Sunday 30th, 10:00am)

Please see below for their descriptions. These are lectures with open attendance. However, if you have signed up for other classes in the same time slots and would like to attend a lecture instead, please let me know, so we can open up some space in those classes.

Secondly, since Terry Brown and Craig Gemeiner, will be unable to attend, we have changed the schedule as follows:

Terry Brown's "Understanding Silver I" (Thursday 27th, 2:15pm) will be replaced by:
TBA (we're working on it)

Terry Brown's "Understanding Silver II" (Saturday 29th, 9:00am) will be replaced by:
"The Principles of Silver's True Fight", taught by Paul Wagner of the Stoccata School of Defence (see below for description)

Craig Gemeiner's "French Stick Fighting" (Sunday 30th, 10:00am) will be replaced by:
"An Introduction to the Dardi School of Cut-and-Thrust Fencing" taught by David Biggs of the Tattershall School of Defense (see below for description)

Please go to our website (www.wmaw.us), and look at the other classes in those time slots. If you have already registered for WMAW and have signed-up for one of the cancelled classes, you are now, by default, signed up for the corresponding new class. If you would like to change classes (or leave a period free), please contact the registrar with A FIRST AND A SECOND CHOICE for that time slot. In each slot there are classes that are full, but it is quite possible that places will open up as people switch around. If the closed classes do open up, the registrar will give out those places in the order in which he receives the requests. (If there are already waiting lists for those classes, they will have priority).

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation in the last minute changes. Although Terry and Craig will be missed, I think you will still find this year's event to be our most diverse ever!

Best,

The Western Martial Arts Workshop 2007 Staff
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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Some Unique Weapons in the Western Martial Context
Craig Johnson, Arms & Armor / The Oakeshott Institute
Friday 28th, 5:15pm (90 min)

The diversity of weapons in the western martial
culture of the medieval and renaissance period is
immense. The sword did not stand alone as many optionswhere available to the combatant of the day. The widevariety in weapon design created some interestingdevelopments as weapon makers and combatants strived for an advantage. This interactive demonstration will be exploring some of the physical attributes and qualities of these weapons and a discussion of what advantages and disadvantages might arise from their
use.
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Sword Manufacture in the Medieval and Renaissance Period
Craig Johnson, Arms & Armor / The Oakeshott Institute
Sunday 30th, 10:00am (90 min)

A brief overview of what the most likely models for sword manufacture in the historical period would have been like and a discussion of the range of quality that these pieces encompassed. How this relates to the use of these swords in historic style combat will be looked as well as the implications this has for our interpretation of period combat.
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The Principles of Silver's True Fight
Paul Wagner, Stoccata School of Defence
Saturday 29th, 9:00am (3 hrs)

This class will be an in-depth three hour examination of the major principles of Silvers True Fight as exemplified by his Short Sword and Short Staff.

Equipment: A basket hilted broadsword or similar
(other sword, singlestick, shinai broadsword, etc), a fencing mask, and leather gloves. A staff or other polearm would be useful.
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An Introduction to the Dardi School of Cut-and-Thrust Fencing
David Biggs, Tattershall School of Defense
Sunday 30th, 10:00am (3 hrs)

This 3 hr class class will be an introduction to the
teachings of the Dardi school, a Bolognese line of
sword instructors who taught cut-and-thrust techniques in Northern Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries. You will be shown a full complement of attacks and defenses with their accompanying foot work. From studying the material in this class, you will develop
a solid foundation from which to better understand the teachings of Marozzo, Manciolino, and d'allAgocchie.

Equipment: fencing mask, gloves, period-appropriate sword
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