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TaurHEMAchia 2015 – UPDATE #8: Instructors (BIO)

Keith Farrell

Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts, based in Scotland. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored “Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick” and the “AHA German Longsword Study Guide”, and is one of the regular contributors to the Encased in Steel online blog. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011, and was awarded a HEMA Scholar Award for Best Instructor for research published in 2013.

Ilkka Hartikainen

Ilkka Hartikainen has studied historical fencing for over a decade. Starting with medieval longsword he eventually discovered the Renaissance Italian fencing traditions and became deeply interested in the beautiful, diverse and yet effective martial art of the 16th century Bolognese masters. Since then Ilkka has made it his mission to bring this art back to us today. Ilkka has presented his work on three continents and continues to spread the art through workshops and his website

M° Francesco Lodà

Francesco Lodà started his career in historical fencing in 1999, establishing the fencing club ASD Accademia Romana d’Armi-Scherma Storica Roma in 2001. As a teacher and trainer, he has reached so far the following main titles and appointments: Maestro d’Arme A.I.M.A., Maestro di scherma storica U.I.S.P., Istruttore Nazionale di Scherma Storica F.I.S. – A.N.S., Athletical Trainer C.O.N.I., plus several others. As sport executive, he is President of A.I.M.A.Italian Master-at-Arms Association, delegate member of the HEMA national board in F.I.S. – Italian Fencing Federation and U.I.S.P. – Italian National Sport Union, and National responsible for Rapier/Rapier & Dagger in F.I.S. As an athlete, through 2004 and 2015, he has placed prominently in all the national and international rapier tournaments he joined in Europe and U.S.A., including F.I.S., SWORDFISH, HEMAC-DIJON, RAPIER, UISP, WMAW, FISAS, gaining 15 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze medals and 2 technical prize medals. As a researcher, he follows a doctorate in History at the University of Toulouse and Rome (ancient religions, indo-Europeanism, and the historiography of the twentieth century).

With regards to fencing, he published:
Books (titles translated)

  • Rapier handbook: the Roman-Napolitean-Sicilian School, Bonanno editore, Palermo 2014.
  • Florius. De arte luctandi, Bonanno editore, Palermo 2013.
  • From the treatise to the Salle, Bonanno Editore, Palermo 2013.
  • The atelier of the historician, Il Cerchio Iniziative Editoriali,Rimini 2011.
  • The methodologies of research in historical fencing, ARA edizioni, Roma 2009.
  • Origines and outlines of Southern School of fencing, ARA edizioni, Roma 2008.

plus several papers and reviews.
*for a complete list of references, certifications, papers please visit:

Federico Malagutti

Federico Malagutti began his practice of historical fencing in 2010 in the local company of reenactment “VALS”, in 2011 he devoted himself to the study of the Treaty MS Dresden C 487 “Sigmund Ringeck” and then translated it into Italian. In 2012 he came into contact with the instructor Roland Warzecha, remaining very impressed about his skills, during the years from 2013 to 2015 he devoted himself mainly to the study of the Treaty I.33 London Tower Fechtbuch adopting the system of the Instructor Warzecha. In January 2014 he joined the association “La Sala delle Armi” based in Turin, and created a branch in Valsesia. In March 2014 he began to study two new martial arts, parallel to the study of fencing. Yoshin Ryu Ju-Jutsu (Traditional Ju Jutsu style) and Shinto Muso Ryu Jo-Do, which allowed him to greatly improve his knowledge of the principles that regulate the functioning of martial arts. In February 2015 approaches the physiotherapeutic system of postural correction “Mézières”, to improve the symmetry of the body and its functionality in the context of the art. In the current period he continues with the courses of study mentioned above, and teaches the system of I.33 in the Valsesia’s branch of “La Sala delle Armi”.

Davide Morleo

Born in Asola (near Mantova) in 1971, he starts his research as martial artist at the age of 14 practicing for a few years Karate Shotokan. At the age of 19 he goes to Venice where he alternates studies of arts (architectural first) to his martial arts. From 1998 he works in Security Business for a national istitution spread on the national territory. This job offers him the occasion to improve his knowledge as martial artist. Back to his born town in 2008 discovers the world of Historical Fencing and in 2010 is one of the scholars that found the “Sala d’Arme dell’Appeso”. Even if he loves norkeling he doesn’t have a scuba diving license.

Peter Smallridge

Peter Smallridge has trained with the KDF association for seven years, becoming a certified instructor and now running the Tonbridge group. He took up mixed martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Olympic freestyle wrestling, in order to give a base of grappling to his HEMA studies. He holds a blue belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu, has medals from both modern and historical grappling tournaments (including winning the SwordFish and SKUNKS 2014 Ringen Tournaments) and is undefeated in amateur MMA, winning all five matches by first round submission. He has previously taught historical grappling at events including FightCamp, SwordFish, and Feile Na Gaiscigh (Ireland’s national HEMA event).

Paolo Tassinari

Historical Fencing Experience
From 2001 he’s constantly practicing  Historical fencing as martial art with a particular focus on Italian Styles  from XV to XVII Centuries and Bolognese School.
All activities concerning study, formation and teaching has been devoped within Sala d’Arme Achille Marozzo (SAAM)or at personal level, taking advantage, at the beginning, of the experience and guide of the Instructor Marco Rubboli.
Within Sala d’Arme Achille Marozzo has the role of Instructor since 2006 and formal member of the Technical Comitee (SAAM internal autorithy concerning teaching an methodology). He also covered for many years the role of Council Merber and Vice President.
Actually covers the role of President of Scuola Bolognese Achille Marozzo (SBAM) the SAAM Agonistic Team affiliated to Federazione Italiana Scherma (FIS).
In 2011 he gets the FIS National Instructor degree for Historical Fencing
Agonistic Experience
From 2001 to 2005 – Takes part to UISP Historical Fencing Italian Championship with the following results:

  • 2004 – 1st Place “Pole Weapons”
  • 2005 – 1st Place “Sword & Dagger”, 1st Place “Sword & Round Shield”, 1st Place “Pole Weapons”

From 2005 to 2012 – Starts his activities as Agonistic Coach. The athletes trained by him have reached in 7 years more than 15 First Places and 10 Second Places in various disciplines
2013 to now – Side by his Coach activities at the age of 46 decides to participate to the FIS circuit of Historical Fencing winning 3 titles as Italian Champion in the disciplines of “Sword & Bucler”, “Sword & Cape” and “Terrain Sabre”.
On 2014 he’s mainly focused on study and coaching.

Reenacting Experience
From 2006 he’s founder member  of “Legio XII – Fulminata”, a rennacting group of a Roman Legio of the Cesarian period and a Gladiator School of the 1st Century A.D.
Other experience of martial/military & sport interest
Serves as Paratroopers during the Military service from 1990 to 1991.
During this period attends the following special trainings:
Military Paratrooper Commission (20 launches with several night launches, sea launch, war launch at low altitude)
“German Army” Military Paratrooper Commission, taken at Military Base in Mertzig (DE)
Sniper training
N.B.C. (Nuclear, Bacteriological and Chemical Hazards) training
Advanced Close Combat Training
Various Survival training in hostile environments

He also participates to the following drills during the Military Service:
– “Istrice” – Urban Combat
– “Muflone” – Recon and combat in mountain environment
– “Mangusta” – NATO interforces

Before the beginning of the IBIS Operation, Dec 92 – Mar 94, participates to the evacuation of the Italian citizens in Mogadishu with “counter sniper” role.
From 1992 to 2001 studies and practices Judo. Leaves on 2201 as “Black Belt -1st dan” and several success at agonistic level.
From 2006 dedicates to “Endurance Running” and participates to several marathons and ultra marathons.
In 2010 participates to Marathon des Sables (recognized as the toughest endurance race in the word) running form more than 250 km in the Sahara desert closing at 275° place on more than 1100 partecipants.
In 2012 obtains the SCUBA Diver license.

Fran & Piermarco Terminiello

Fran is an instructor at School of the Sword, where she has studied Bolognese swordplay and rapier for the last four years. Together with her husband, Piermarco, Fran gave a workshop at HEMAC Fiorentia 2014, the first of its kind teaching techniques from Giganti’s ‘lost’ second book of 1608. This is a work which Piermarco discovered, translated and published in 2013 with Joshua Pendragon. In March this year she demonstrated some of these techniques at a lecture delivered by Piermarco and Joshua at The Wallace Collection, London UK. In 2013 Fran co-founded Waterloo Sparring Group, with members from HEMA clubs all over the south of England. Collectively they have won numerous medals at international tournaments since they formed. As ‘Agent in Europe’ Fran helps to manage Esfinges, a worldwide organisation for women in HEMA, and is a strong supporter of inclusion in the HEMA community. Fran placed silver in lightweight dagger and gold overall in the women’s mixed weapons tournament at Iron Gate Exhibition 2014.

Piermarco Terminiello is an instructor at the School of the Sword, UK. His research interest is focused on sixteenth and seventeenth century Italian swordplay. He has an extensive knowledge of technical manuals from the period, including a number of widely overlooked works. Along with Kevin Maurer he was recognised as “Best Researcher” in the inaugural HEMA Scholar Awards of 2013. Among other research, he has unearthed and translated (co-authored) the “lost” second book of Nicoletto Giganti (1608), unearthed the lengthy manuscript treatise of Giovanni Battista Maffani (1629) not listed in any fencing bibliography, published an English translation (co-authored) of Francesco Ferdinando Alfieri’s La Scherma (1640); a transcription and English translation of Giuseppe Colombani’s L’Arte maestra (1711); and a transcription of the Biblioteca Trivulziana Cod.256 (c.1680). He has helped bring HEMA to a wider public, having previously lectured at the Wallace Collection, in London UK; and published a paper in the long-established peer-reviewed Journal of the Arms and Armour Society. He has enjoyed success as a competitive fencer, winning and placing in a number of international competitions, primarily in the disciplines of single rapier, and rapier and dagger.


TaurHEMAchia 2015 – UPDATE #7: Workshops

Here a collection of the workshops’ abstracts of TaurHEMAchia 2015.

For the schedule click here.

Workshop 1: Friday, 9th October – 14.30-16.30

“An industry of Guadagno!”

an important key to the rapier play, according to Roman sources of XVIIth Century.

M° Francesco Lodà,
Accademia Romana d’ArmiASD,
Italian Master-at-Arms Association – A.I.M.A.
Italian Fencing Federation – F.I.S.

In our modern rapier play, sometimes we’re tempted to bet on pure-timing actions, quick as a lightning, drove by the aim of touching the opponent, free from the contact of the blades; this can surely be effective, with the proper training, both in competitions and in Salle. But in a martial perspective, following the dictate of our treatises, this attitude could be considered dangerous and potentially leading to a terrible incontro, a double-hit, a two widow thrust or blow.

So, the workshop will present the way the ancient rapier fencers followed to drive the actions in a safer perspective: to control the opponent’s blade with ours, in particular during the Second Intention or the Contratempo actions. We’ll study this habit through the teachings of the Roman Masters of XVIIth Century, introducing before the “concept” and then various technics of Guadagno di spada, the principal way of the Roman School to master that important attitude of control.

After a short introduction the class will be focused on the practical approach, following F. A. Marcelli (Regole della Scherma), and the manuscripts of O. A. Marescalchi and D. De Greszy (published soon).

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

The class is open to fencers of average level of experience.

For a direct view of the major treatises of the Roman School:

  • (MSS) F. Marescalchi, Note…, ca. Roma 1653.
  • (MSS) O. Marescalchi, l’Essercitio più necessario…, Roma ca. 1670-1676.
  • (MSS) pseudo Marescalchi, Ristretto di scherma, Roma ca. 1669.
  • (MSS) D. De Greszy, Monomachia…, Roma ca. 1670-1672.
  • F. A. Marcelli, Regole della scherma…, Roma 1686.

For a direct view of the major treatises of the Napolitean and Sicilian School:

  • F. A. Mattei, La scherma napolitana, Foggia 1669.
  • G. Villardita, La scherma siciliana, Palermo 1670 e 1673.
  • (MSS) F. Della Monica, La scherma napolitana, Parma 1680.
  • F. G. A. Di Nuzzo, Alimento di sangue illustre…, Palermo 1691.
  • G. D’Alessandro, Pietra di paragone…, Napoli 1711 e 1723.
  • N. Terracusa, La vera scherma napolitana, Roma 1725.

For an overview on the Roman School tradition and the generations of Marcelli’s family, as an historDave, maical and technical issue:

  • Francesco Lodà, Manuale di Scherma Storica: la Striscia nel Seicento e Settecento; la tradizione dell’arma nella scuola Romana, Napolitana, e Siciliana, Bonanno Editore, Palermo 2014.
  • Francesco Lodà (a cura di), La bottega dello storico: le metodologie della ricerca nella Scherma Storica, Il Cerchio Editore, Rimini 2011.

Workshop 2: Friday, 9th October – 14.30-16.30

“I.33 basic flowdrill seminar”

Federico Malagutti,
La Sala delle Armi – Valsesia

The system of ‘I.33 contains a circularity of sequential actions, these actions may be found several times in the Treaty (shown or only named). 3 of these actions in particular are at the very base of the system, they include the two counterbinds and three fundamental wards: Halpshilt, Sixth (pectori) and Third (Humero Sinistro).

This seminar will examine a Flowdrill using these three actions, building through the guards and their interaction the basis of a fencing system.

Workshop 3: Friday, 9th October – 14.30-16.30

Davide Morleo
Sala d’Arme dell’Appeso

Basics Aspects for the Understanding of the MS3227a “Codex Dobringer”

Basic concepts:

  1. Meaning of  Bloessen;
  2. Difference between  vier leger (Von Tag, Ochs, Pflug and Alber) and the vier hengen (Ochs and Pflug);
  3. Basics of movements and posture to understand Hengen e Absetzen, introduction to  “Frequens Motus”;
  4. One training: “Sprechtfenster” to understand concepts as fuhlen and winden, perfection of “Frequens Motus”;
  5. Brief introduction to Meisterhau.

This seminar has to be considered as the report of part of the studies  and research  held in the last 4 years by members of the “Sala d’Arme dell’Appeso”. Is not to be intended as the result of one single person work, it cames from every single “Appeso” analysis of the text.

Workshop 4: Friday, 9th October – 16.30-18.30

Keith Farrell
Academy of Historical Arts

The “Outer Takings”

The “Outer Takings” are a set of winding techniques found in the Liechtenauer tradition, although their description varies from source to source. Some of the sequences are relatively straight forward, others require a greater level of parsing and interpretation. This workshop will examine some of the different examples of these techniques and show where different sources illustrate or describe similar and different versions. Skill level: more suitable for advanced practitioners; winding actions in drills should be reasonably easy for you to understand and perform.

Equipment needed: Mask (with back of head protection), gloves, longsword. Gorget recommended.

Workshop 5: Friday, 9th October – 16.30-18.30

“AHAHAH! That’s not a knife… THERE’S A KNIFE! “

Paolo Tassinari
Sala d’Arme Achille Marozzo

“Hora sappi ch’io componerò uno combattere de pugnale sol, che serà una cosa molto utile… “
After a very brief presentation of the author, the workshop will cover the purpose of the Bolognese Dagger, used with and without cloak, going through guards, blows and techniques.
Sources: Achille Marozzo – Opera Nova 1536 – Libro II
Equipment: fencing mask, gloves, bolognese dagger (or stick with a length around 50 cm), cloak or similar, padded jacket and gloves are recomended.

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Workshop 6: Sunday, 11th October – 10.30-12.30

Keith Farrell
Academy of Historical Arts

“Fundamental skills: defence in the Kölner Fechtbuch”

In the longsword treatise of the Kölner Fechtbuch, there are only two defensive techniques described explicitly. This workshop will examine these two techniques from the point of view of the fundamental skills required to perform these actions successfully in sparring. The exercises will begin in a simple fashion and will be accessible to complete beginners, and over the course of the lesson, the drills will be developed to add complexity and “noise” to help bridge the gap between simple choreographed drills and the chaos of sparring. Skill level: suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners.

Equipment needed: Mask (with back of head protection), gloves, longsword. Gorget recommended.

Workshop 7: Sunday, 11th October – 10.30-12.30

“Manipulating Measure with Rapier and Dagger”

Fran Terminiello & Piermarco Terminiello
The School of the Sword

Measure is one of the cardinal principles of Italian rapier. The fencer who controls measure frequently controls the fight. The masters provide various stratagems and techniques to close and control measure, which often depend on guile and an understanding of essential fighting geometry over straightforward athleticism.

This class will start with some specific methods of closing measure from a lunge-orientated approach. It then explores manipulating measure using passing footwork (which is discussed in most depth by Fabris, but also covered by other masters) and how Fabris’ principles can be applied outside of the specific tactic of “proceeding with resolution”.

Workshop 8: Sunday, 11th October – 14.30-16.00

“Three historical approaches to the Bolognese tradition”

Illka Hartikainen
Fencing club EHMS

The Bolognese tradition is without a doubt one of the most versatile and best documented styles of historical swordplay. Not only did the masters describe the principles of the fencing style but also gave us ample examples of how the style works in different contexts. In this workshop we will look at the Bolognese tradition from three different aspects: how the style offers a comprehensive framework for analyzing and understanding (and teaching) any type of swordsmanship, how the style lends itself for beautiful displays of choreographed technique or spectacular friendly fencing and finally brutal, straight-forward and no-nonsense techniques for duel or the street.

Workshop 8: Sunday, 11th October – 14.00-16.00

“Auerswald at Arm’s Length”

Peter Smallridge
Waterloo Sparring Group

Further info on the Ringen class – what kit to bring, expectations of prior knowledge/fitness etc. It’s aimed at providing an introduction to Ringen, we’ll be working primarily from the 1539 Fabian von Auerswald manual.
If you have them, please bring a mouthguard, groinguard, and jacket. If you don’t have a grappling jacket (either Ringen or judo/jiujitsu) then no problem. You could wear a hoody you’re willing to risk getting torn, or I will be showing no-clothing-grips versions of everything. If you go that route, try to avoid wearing a baggy tshirt. Otherwise, sensible training clothes (no studded wristbands, outsized chain necklaces or baggy, zip covered raver trousers please!) and shoes suitable for grass as we’ll likely be outside. There’s no need for prior experience, and the fitness requirement is minimal as long as you’re prepared to push yourself. Do expect to have to do moderate exercise and learn how to do some rolls and breakfalls.

TaurHEMAchia 2015 – UPDATE #5: Programma / Schedule

Ecco il programma definitivo dell’evento, per consentire a tutti gli interessati di organizzarsi. Una versione più approfondita sarà pubblicata non appena saranno definiti gli ultimi dettagli.
Presto apriranno anche iscrizioni.

I prezzi sono i seguenti:
– Un giorno: 30€
– Due giorni: 40€
– Tre giorni: 50€
– Spettatore: gratis (eccetto il catering)
– Costo pranzo: 8€

Sono inclusi nella tariffa di iscrizione:

  • la partecipazione (non obbligatorio) al torneo fino a due discipline;
  • accesso libero alle aree di sparring, durante l’intera giornata;
  • partecipazione ai seminari;
  • possibilità di esporre un poster;
  • la maglietta di “TaurHEMAchia 2015”;
  • aqua/bibite/snack durante la giornata;
  • assistenza medica (se necessaria).

Here the schedule of the event, that you can use for an optimal organization. More precise version will follow as soon as all details will be defined.
Soon will be also opened the subscriptions.

The fares are the following ones:
– One day: 30€
– Two days: 40€
– Three days: 50€
– Visitor: free (except for catering)
– Lunch: 8€

The registration price includes:

  • the (optional) access up to two disciplines of the tournament;
  • free access, all day long, to sparring areas;
  • participation to workshops;
  • access to poster exhibition;
  • the “TaurHEMAchia 2015” T-shirt;
  • water/drinks/snack during the day;
  • medical assistance (if necessary).

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Venerdì 9 Ottobre – Friday 9th October

Apetura, seminari, sparring – Opening, workshops, free sparring

13.00 – 14.30 Accreditamento atleti & Controllo armi –

Fencers accreditation & Equipment check

14.30 – 16.30 M° Francesco Lodà


Davide Morleo


Federico Malagutti

Sword & buckler

Sparring libero

Free Sparring

16.30 – 18.30 Keith Farrell


Paolo Tassinari


20.30 Cena sociale (ristorante) – Social dinner (restaurant)

Sabato 10 Ottobre – Saturday 10th October

Tornei – Tournaments

08.30 – 09.00 Accreditamento atleti – Fencers accreditation
09.00 – 09.30 Controllo attrezzatura – Equipment check
09.30 – 13.30 Gironi – Pools Sparring libero

Free Sparring

12.30 – 14.30 Pranzo – Meal
14.30 – 17.30 Eliminatorie – Eliminatory rounds
17.30 – 18.00 Pausa – Break
18.00 – 20.00 Finali – Finals
20.00 – 20.30 Premiazione – Award
21.30 / 22.00 Cena sociale (ristorante) – Social dinner (restaurant)

Domenica 11 Ottobre – Sunday 11th October

Seminari, sparring libero, chiusura evento

09.00 – 09.30 Apertura – Opening
09.30 – 10.30 Alberto “Nox” Brandi

Riscaldamento comune – Common warm-up

10.30 – 12.30 Illka Hartikainen


Peter Smallridge


Sparring libero

Free Sparring

12.30 – 14.00 Pranzo e presentazione poster – Meal and posters session
14.00 – 16.00 Keith Farrell


Fran & Piermarco Terminiello

Rapier and dagger

Sparring libero

Free Sparring

16.00 – 16.30 Riconoscimenti e saluti – Acknowledgement and  greetings
18.00 – 19.00 Conclusione – Ending


  • Keith Farrell
  • Ilkka Hartikainen
  • M° Francesco Lodà
  • Fran (Francesca) Terminiello
  • Pim (Piermarco) Terminiello
  • Peter Smallridge
  • Alberto “Nox” Brandi
  • Federico Malagutti
  • Davide Morleo
  • Paolo Tassinari

TaurHEMAchia 2014 – Update #5: Schedule / Programma

[English version at the bottom]



NB per l’intera durata dell’evento, sarà garantito uno spazio per lo sparrig libero.

  • Sabato

8.30-10: accreditamento, controllo attrezzatura e riscaldamento individuale (NB chi non si accrediterà entro le 9.30, verrà escluso dal torneo)

10-13: tornei (gironi)

13-14: pranzo

14-15: seminario Preparazione atletica – Introduzione alla preparazione atletica e all’allenamento funzionale nelle HEMA (Alberto Brandi, Paolo Marando)

15-17: seminario Spada lunga – Sottigliezze dei 5 Meisterhau (colpi maestri) (Martin Fabian)

17-19: sparring libero (entrambe le palestre)

  • Domenica:

9-12: tornei (eliminatorie)

12-13: tornei (finali) e premiazioni

13-14: pranzo

14-15.30: seminario Spada e brocchiero – Tres sunt que preeunt… (Giorgio Fonda)

15.30-17: seminario Dussack – Provocare una reazione dell’avversario secondo Meyer (Andrea Conti)

17-19: sparring libero (entrambe le palestre)



NB for the entire duration of the event, will be guaranteed a space for the free sparrig.
  • Saturday

8.30-10: accreditation, gear check and individual heating (NB those who don’t accredit by 9.30, will be excluded from the tournament)

10-13: tournaments (pool stage)

13-14: lunch

14-15: workshop Physical conditioning – An introduction to physical conditioning and functional training in HEMA (Alberto Brandi, Paolo Marando)

15-17: workshop Longsword – Subtleties of the 5 Meisterhau (master strikes)  (Martin Fabian)

17-19: free sparring (both gyms)

  • Sunday:

9-12: tournaments (Knockout stage)

12-13: tournaments (final matches) and award ceremony

13-14: lunch

14-15.30: workshop Sword and buckler – Tres sunt que preeunt… (Giorgio Fonda)

15.30-17: workshop Dussack – Provoke a reaction of the opponent according to Joachim Meyer (Andrea Conti)

17-19: free sparring (both gyms)

TaurHEMAchia 2014 – Update #2: Workshops/Seminari

[English version at the bottom]

Dopo l’aggiornamento relativo ai tornei, passiamo ai seminari!


  • Introduzione alla preparazione atletica e all’allenamento funzionale nelle HEMA a cura di Alberto Brandi (Accademia Marziale Europea – Napoli) e Paolo Marando (La Sala delle Armi – Torino). Durata: 60 minuti.

La preparazione atletica costituisce la spina dorsale di ogni disciplina sportiva, e le HEMA non fanno eccezione. Che sia scherma con armi bianche o lotta, queste arti marziali richiedono, in fase di preparazione, il coinvolgimento di ogni aspetto atletico primario. Lo scopo di questo seminario è dunque di fornire un’introduzione al condizionamento fisico.

Vi sarà una breve parte teorica introduttiva, che illustrerà concetti base sulle forme principali di sollecitazione motoria tra cui resistenza, forza, rapidità, mobilità articolare e capacità coordinativa in relazione ad allenamenti generali, specifici e particolari; l’importanza della programmazione, dello stretching e del defaticamento negli allenamenti. Alla parte teorica seguirà una parte pratica che coinvolgerà tutti i partecipanti, presentando diverse routine di riscaldamento, potenziamento e scarico che possano essere utili a istruttori e praticanti delle HEMA.


Il seminario sarà incentrato su un elemento cardine ma anche caratteristico del metodo di Dussack di Joachim Meyer: Reitzer/Nehmer/Treffen; ovvero Provocare una reazione dell’avversario,
Deviare l’azione scaturita dalla provocazione, ed infine Colpire l’avversario dopo aver reso nullo il suo attacco.

In realtà, come si può facilmente comprendere, la tattica legata a questa serie di azioni non è esclusiva del mero Dussack ma applicabile a tutte le armi, sebbene con quest’arma trova il suo apice.

Il seminario sarà incentrato sulle basi metodiche come esposte da Joachim Meyer, con relativa spiegazione e pratica delle Vier Regel ed i vari esempi su come provocare un avversario ad uscire fuori dal suo “vantaggio” e gestirlo successivamente. Il seminario vuole anche essere utile per studiare e praticare successivamente, in modo del tutto autonomo, quest’arma assai interessante.

[I Dussack saranno forniti dall’istruttore].


  • Spada e brocchiero – Tres sunt que preeunt… a cura di Giorgio Fonda (SeptemCustodie – Trieste). Durata: 90 minuti.

Colpi alle aperture e gestione del legame secondo i dettami del… monaco sregolato.

Una selezione di gesti fondamentali e di tecniche specifiche con il preciso intento di fornire elementi utili all’autonomo approfondimento della fonte.

Taglio dalla prima, seconda e terza custodia
Punta dalla sestaTagli di falso dalla schutze
Tagli, punte e colpo di scudo dal legame.


Quello della spada lunga di Lichtenauer non è un sistema segreto o oscuro. Almeno non più. Oggi siamo in grado di confrontare decine di opere superstiti appartenenti ad una tradizione più o meno coerente, confrontare le nostre interpretazioni – o come mi piace dire – paragonare la nostra scherma e una vasta porzione dell’arte di Lichtenauer è, potremmo dire, ricostruita. Alla fine il sistema è praticamente inequivocabile ed i versi sono molto diretti e chiari. Diventare un abile combattente non è un compito difficile. Un buon maestro, ambizioni sportive, spirito combattivo ed un senso per la strategia saranno sicuramente di aiuto lungo la strada.

Tuttavia, anche se il proprio approccio strategico e tecnico può essere specifico e sufficiente, ci sono sempre dei mezzi per migliorare se stessi. Diventare più veloce, più preciso e sprecare meno energia per raggiungere i propri obiettivi o utilizzare le tecniche giuste nei tempi giusti e situazioni corrette dovrebbe essere un obiettivo comune per ogni schermidore .

In questo seminario esploreremo le sottigliezze e le sfumature dei cinque Meisterhau (colpi maestri). Perché lo Schielhau è più un principio piuttosto che un taglio? Lo Schaittler permette di fare lo scalpo? Come tagliare con un Krumphau forte ed efficiente? Quando devo davvero usare questi e gli altri colpi? Scopriamolo insieme!

.Maschere e fechtschwerts obbligatorie, altro equipaggiamento protettivo altamente raccomandato. Il seminario è destinato a schermidori avanzati, ma tutti possono partecipare.


[English version]

After the tournaments update, here they are the workshops!

  • An introduction to physical conditioning and functional training in HEMA by Alberto Brandi (Accademia Marziale Europea – Napoli) e Paolo Marando (La Sala delle Armi – Torino). Duration: 60 minutes.

Physical conditioning is the backbone of any sport and HEMA are no exception. May it be fencing with swords or wrestling, these martial arts demand an overall involvement of each and every primary athletic resource. This workshop therefore aims at providing an introduction to physical conditioning.

There will be a brief theoretical part illustrating basic concepts such as the forms of motor solicitation among which resistance, strength, speed, articular mobility; coordination skills in relation to general, specific and special trainings; the importance of training programs; the key role of stretching and cool-down in training.The practical bit will involve all the participants into a practical exemplification of possible routines related to warm-up, strength-building, stretching that HEMA athletes and instructors alike may find useful.


The seminar will be focused on a main and characteristic element of Joachim Meyer’s Dussack method: Reitzer/Nehmer/Treffen; or Provoke a reaction of the opponent, Deflecting the action resulted from provocation, and finally Hitting the opponent after you have made void the his attack.

Actually, as you can easily understand, the tactic associated with this series of actions is not exclusive of mere Dussack, but also applicable to all weapons, although with this weapon is at its best.

The seminar will be focused on the fundamentals exposed by Joachim Meyer, with relative explanation and practice of the Vier Regel and various examples of how to provoke an opponent to come out of his “advantage” and handle it later. The seminar will also be useful for study and practice, later in a completely autonomous way, this very interesting weapon.

[The Dussacks will be provided by the instructor.]


  • Sword and buckler – Tres sunt que preeunt… by Giorgio Fonda (SeptemCustodie – Trieste). Duration: 90 minuti.

Attacks to the openings and bind management according to the… wayward monk.

A selection of fundamentals and specific techniques with the aim of building a skillset for further personal research on the source.

Cuts from First, Second and Third ward
Thrust from Sixth ward
Cuts with the false edge from Schutze Cuts, thrusts and shield blow from the bind


Lichtenauer’s longsword is not a secret or obscure system. At least no longer. Today we’re able to compare dozens of surviving works within more or less coherent tradition, compare our own interpretations – or as I like to call it – compare our fencing and a vast portion of Lichtenauer’s art is, we could say, reconstructed. In the end the system is pretty much straightforward and verses quite direct and clear. To become a skilled fighter is not a difficult task. Good teacher, athletic ambitions, fighting spirit and a sense for strategy will definitely help along the way.

Nevertheless though your strategical and technical approach may be specific and sufficient, there are always means of improving yourself. Becoming faster, more precise and wasting less energy to reach your goals or using the right techniques in right times and correct situations should be a common goal of every fencer.

In this workshop we will explore subtleties or nuances of the so called 5 master strikes. Why is Schielhau rather a principle than a cut? Does Schaittler scalp? How to cut Krump strongly and efficiently? When should I really use these and the other strikes? Let’s find out together

Masks and fechtschwerts obligatory, other protective equipment highly recommended.

Workshop is intended for advanced fencers, but everyone can join.

TaurHEMAchia 2014 – Update #1: Tournaments

[English version at the bottom]

Benvenuti al primo aggiornamento su “TaurHEMAchia 2014”, seconda edizione del nostro evento annuale, che si terrà a Torino, sabato 27 e domenica 28 settembre 2014.


Visto il successo della prima edizione (50 atleti da Italia e Francia), abbiamo deciso di raddoppiare l’offerta: due giorni, nuove discipline e categorie di torneo, seminari pratici (per maggiori info dovrete aspettare il prossimo update, ma possiamo anticipare che uno di questi sarà tenuto da Martin Fabian).

Sabato: gironi al mattino, seminari al pomeriggio;
Domenica: eliminatorie e finali al mattino, seminari al pomeriggio.


Il regolamento, utilizzato come spunto per i tornei di Armizare e del Sardinian HEMA Championship, ha subito poche modifiche e sarà a breve disponibile anche in Inglese.

Come l’anno scorso ogni scontro sarà seguito da un arbitro e da tre giudici che valuteranno le singole azioni senza influenza reciproca. Al fondo dell’articolo trovate la playlist contenente un video riguardante le regole principali e lo svolgimento dell’incontro ed alcuni duelli della prima edizione.

Gironi: da 4 atleti (i primi 2 passano alle eliminatorie), ma con incontri di durata dimezzata (3 punti o allo scadere di 1 minuto effettivo). Questo dovrebbe consentire uno svolgimento più fluido anche in caso di elevata partecipazione.

Eliminatorie e finali: rimane invariato dall’anno scorso (6 punti o allo scadere di 2 minuti effettivi).

Discipline: abbiamo voluto inserire una disciplina ad una mano, ma utilizzando armi in nylon a causa delle scarse protezioni per le dita attualmente disponibili (il torneo di spada da lato in acciaio è rimandato all’anno prossimo). Abbiamo testato le baskethilt in nylon, ma le abbiamo scartare a causa del bilanciamento troppo avanzato. Tra i simulacri provati, quelli più fedeli ci sono sembrati i messer, soprattutto per il ridotto effetto rimbalzo.
Inoltre speriamo di raggiungere i numeri necessari ad organizzare categorie riservate a ragazze e principianti (sotto i 2 anni di pratica), che potranno così scegliere se competere nella categoria open oppure in quella a loro riservata.
Per ogni disciplina ci si potrà iscrivere ad una sola categoria (open, femminile o principianti).

  • spada lunga – open (acciaio)
  • spada lunga – femminile (acciaio) [dipendente dal numero di partecipanti]
  • spada lunga – principianti (nylon) [dipendente dal numero di partecipanti]
  •  spada e brocchiero – open (acciaio)
  • spada e brocchiero – femminile (acciaio) [dipendente dal numero di partecipanti]
  •  messer – open (nylon)


Scriveteci per chiarimenti o proposte.
Al prossimo aggiornamento!


Welcome to the first update of “TaurHEMAchia 2014”, the second edition of our annual event, that will take place in Turin, on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September 2014.


Given the success of the first edition (50 athletes from Italy and France), we’ve decided to double the offer: two days, new tournament disciplines and classes, workshops (for more info you have to wait for the next update, but we can reveal in advance that one of these will be held by Martin Fabian).

Saturday: pool stage in the morning, seminars in the afternoon;

Sunday: knockout stage and finals in the morning, seminars in the afternoon.



The rule, which is used as a starting point for Armizare and Sardinian HEMA Championship tournaments, has undergone only a few changes and will soon be available in English.

As last year, each match will be managed by a referee and three judges without mutual influence. At the bottom of the article, you can find a playlist with a video about the main rules and the bout development and some matches of the first edition.

Pool stage: 4 athletes (the first 2 go to the knockout stage), with short rounds (3 points, or at the end of 1 minute of effective time).

Knockout stage: it remains unchanged from last year (6 points, or at the end of 2 minutes of actual time).

Disciplines: we want to include a one-handed discipline, but using nylon wasters because of the lack of finger protections currently available (steel sidesword tournament is postponed to next year). We’ve tried some Rawlings nylon basket-hilt, but we don’t like the balancement. Among the tested wasters, the messer seems to be the most trustable, especially for its small rebound effect.

We also hope to get the numbers to organize reserved classes for women and beginners (under 2 years of practice), so that they can choose whether to compete in the open tournament or in the reserved one.

For each discipline, you can sign up only for one class (open, women or beginners).

  • Longsword Open (with steel)
  • Longsword Women (with steel) [depending on the number of participants]
  • Longsword Beginners (with nylon) [depending on the number of participants]
  • Sword & Buckler Open (with steel)
  • Sword & Buckler Women (with steel) [depending on the number of participants]
  • Messer Open (with nylon)

Please contact us for any questions or suggestions.

Stay tuned for further updates!