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Tourney / Martial Class Descriptions

Tuesday, July 29

Bellatrix: Individual Session
9 - 10 am; Battlefield List
An hour with Duke Paul for individuals or small groups, covering any martial topic. Contact Duke Paul at paul@bellatrix.org to schedule.
 
Building a Better Fighter
1 - 2 pm; Red List
Better understand the mechanics of the basic blows in SCA combat so you can adapt them to your style. Gain power and precision, while reducing fatigue and avoiding injury. This class will primarily focus on sword and shield techniques, but lessons can be applied to most weapon forms.
 
Kenjutsu: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
5 - 6 pm; Battlefield
A traditional-style class on Japanese kenjutsu, drawn from multiple sources, including modern and traditional arts. The class will be arranged to emphasize techniques that are known to have been used pre-1600. Emphasis will be on physical repetition more than scholarly discussion. The latter will be available after class, informally, as requested. The instructor has over 15 years of experience in Japanese sword arts, including Nakamura Ryu Battodo (IBF 4-dan), ZNKR Kendo (1-kyu), Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo, and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo.

Wednesday, July 30

Bellatrix: Individual Session
9 - 10 am; Battlefield List
An hour with Duke Paul for individuals or small groups, covering any martial topic. Contact Duke Paul at paul@bellatrix.org to schedule.
 
Building a Better Fighter
1 - 2 pm; Red List
Better understand the mechanics of the basic blows in SCA combat so you can adapt them to your style. Gain power and precision, while reducing fatigue and avoiding injury. This class will primarily focus on sword and shield techniques, but lessons can be applied to most weapon forms.
 
Kenjutsu: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
5 - 6 pm; Battlefield
A traditional-style class on Japanese kenjutsu, drawn from multiple sources, including modern and traditional arts. The class will be arranged to emphasize techniques that are known to have been used pre-1600. Emphasis will be on physical repetition more than scholarly discussion. The latter will be available after class, informally, as requested. The instructor has over 15 years of experience in Japanese sword arts, including Nakamura Ryu Battodo (IBF 4-dan), ZNKR Kendo (1-kyu), Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo, and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo.

Thursday, July 31

Bellatrix: Individual Session
9 - 10 am; Battlefield List
An hour with Duke Paul for individuals or small groups, covering any martial topic. Contact Duke Paul at paul@bellatrix.org to schedule.
 
Building a Better Fighter
1 - 2 pm; Red List
Better understand the mechanics of the basic blows in SCA combat so you can adapt them to your style. Gain power and precision, while reducing fatigue and avoiding injury. This class will primarily focus on sword and shield techniques, but lessons can be applied to most weapon forms.
 
Kenjutsu: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
5 - 6 pm; Battlefield
A traditional-style class on Japanese kenjutsu, drawn from multiple sources, including modern and traditional arts. The class will be arranged to emphasize techniques that are known to have been used pre-1600. Emphasis will be on physical repetition more than scholarly discussion. The latter will be available after class, informally, as requested. The instructor has over 15 years of experience in Japanese sword arts, including Nakamura Ryu Battodo (IBF 4-dan), ZNKR Kendo (1-kyu), Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo, and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo.

Friday, August 1

Bellatrix: Individual Session
9 - 10 am; Battlefield List
An hour with Duke Paul for individuals or small groups, covering any martial topic. Contact Duke Paul at paul@bellatrix.org to schedule.
 
The Montante (Iberian Greatsword) of Godinho
3 - 5 pm; Battlefield
This class will cover the basics of the *montante*, a two-handed greatsword, in rules laid down by Domingo Luis Godinho in 1599. Bring your greatsword (5~6' two-handed sword) or simulator.
 
Kenjutsu: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
5 - 6 pm; Battlefield
A traditional-style class on Japanese kenjutsu, drawn from multiple sources, including modern and traditional arts. The class will be arranged to emphasize techniques that are known to have been used pre-1600. Emphasis will be on physical repetition more than scholarly discussion. The latter will be available after class, informally, as requested. The instructor has over 15 years of experience in Japanese sword arts, including Nakamura Ryu Battodo (IBF 4-dan), ZNKR Kendo (1-kyu), Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo, and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo.

Saturday, August 2

Bellatrix: Individual Session
9 - 10 am; Battlefield List
An hour with Duke Paul for individuals or small groups, covering any martial topic. Contact Duke Paul at paul@bellatrix.org to schedule.
 
Be Sinister: Left-Handed Tourney
All are welcome, but the tourney will be left-handed sword and shield only. The format will be a round-robin style, providing plenty of fighting.
White List
 
Kamikaze Battle
11 - 4 pm; Fort
Three-hour unlimited resurrection battle. No war points, no prizes, just fighting.
 
My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad!
12 - 2 pm; Blue List
This is a tournament for dads inspired by their child(ren) to earn renown upon the field. This will be a Round Robin Tournament, but if many gentles show up then it will be a double elimination format.
 
Greybeard Tournament
12 - 3 pm; South Battlefield
A tourney for heavy weapons fighters of either gender who are 50 years or more old. The tourney shall either be a double elimination or a round robin depending on how many fighters take the field for this tourney that day. Beards grey or otherwise are optional (wink)!
 
Tarl's Little Polearm Tourney
Welcome to the 9th annual Tarl's Little Polearm Tourney. This is a heavy tourney, and will follow the Pennsic rules for pole-arm construction. The format will be our traditional two bear-pit sessions, with a half-time show. Winner gets first choice at the prize table, but everybody wins a prize. Whether you are newly authorized or a grizzled veteran, come out and play with all the other fighters that share your passion for this, The One True Weapons Form.
 
Fiore/Lichtenauer Longsword Tourney
4 - 6 pm; White List
Longsword-only heavy tourney devoted to the masters of the two traditions. Prizes awarded for best technique, best 14th-15th-C. kit, and Victory!
 
Known World Novice Championship
4 - 7 pm; East Battlefield
Fighters from all over the Known World, with 2 years or less experience since their primary authorization, test their skills against each other.
 
Kenjutsu: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
5 - 6 pm; Battlefield
A traditional-style class on Japanese kenjutsu, drawn from multiple sources, including modern and traditional arts. The class will be arranged to emphasize techniques that are known to have been used pre-1600. Emphasis will be on physical repetition more than scholarly discussion. The latter will be available after class, informally, as requested.
 

Sunday, August 3

Bellatrix: Individual Session
9 - 10 am; Battlefield List
An hour with Duke Paul for individuals or small groups, covering any martial topic. Contact Duke Paul at paul@bellatrix.org to schedule.
 
Bellatrix System: Great Weapons
10:30 - 12:30 pm; Blue List
Learn the Bellatrix system for the use of great sword and glaive, focusing on the close-in techniques against other great-weapons, and against sword and shield. Modify these techniques for different physical capabilities. It will also cover fighting at medium and long range. The class can be taught armored, unarmored, or with helms and gauntlets. Participation in the exercises will vary, depending. At a minimum, students must have gloves and a great sword, long bastard sword, or pole weapon. Some students should bring swords and shields for use in training.
 
Bellatrix System: Wraps
2 - 3 pm; Blue List
The class teaches the Bellatrix version of the "wrap", which provides powerful wraps from various angles, while maintaining bio-mechanical safety. The class will touch on several techniques that appear to be a wrap until late in the swing. The class is appropriate for authorized fighters at all levels of proficiency. The class is taught unarmored. Students must bring a sword and a shield.
 
Fighting with Flails
3 - 4 pm; Battlefield
Paulus Hector Mair's omnibus of German combat includes instructions on the use of the tools of a farmer in combat. Working from our own translation and interpretation, we'll discuss the system he documents for using the sickle, why such a system even existed, and how you can study it safely. Handouts will include the translation and interpretation. Bring Society-legal C&T gear, plus knee pads.
 
Kenjutsu: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
5 - 6 pm; Battlefield
A traditional-style class on Japanese kenjutsu, drawn from multiple sources, including modern and traditional arts. The class will be arranged to emphasize techniques that are known to have been used pre-1600. Emphasis will be on physical repetition more than scholarly discussion. The latter will be available after class, informally, as requested.
 
Fighting with Sickles
4 - 5 pm; Battlefield
Paulus Hector Mair's omnibus of German combat includes instructions on the use of the tools of a farmer in combat. Working from our own translation and interpretation, we'll discuss the system he documents for using the sickle, why such a system even existed, and how you can study it safely. Handouts will include the translation and interpretation. Bring Society-legal C&T gear, plus knee pads.
 
Empire of the Sun Battle
5 - 8 pm; West Battlefield
Japanese tournament and battle.
 
Combat of the Thirty
6 - 10 pm; South Battlefield
This is a 30-versus-30 deed of arms inspired by the original Combat of the Thirty between French and English forces that occurred in 1351. Combat standards are a modified counted-blows scenario that employs rules for capturing opponents and ransoming of captured parties. Participants must be acceptable to the captains of the French and English forces. Armour must be a reasonable attempt at a complete 14th-C harness, and weapons are restricted to ones that closely resemble their medieval counterparts. Final say on weapons and appropriate harness will be at the sole discretion of the captains.

Requirements: All participants must wear a 14th c kit. Greaves are required and all are encouraged to wear chausses and braies. All weapons must closely resemble their medieval counterpart and are restricted to bastard swords, polearms of period design (axes, hammers, etc.), spears under 7', daggers and single handed swords. All participants should be prepared to pay a ransom that they feel is appropriate to their station in the event that they are "captured" during this deed of arms. Rules of combat will be explained to all combatants before the CotT begins.

 

Monday, August 4

Bellatrix: Individual Session
9 - 10 am; Battlefield List
An hour with Duke Paul for individuals or small groups, covering any martial topic. Contact Duke Paul at paul@bellatrix.org to schedule.
 
Bellatrix System: Techniques
2 - 4 pm; Blue List
This class teaches fundamental and advanced techniques of the Bellatrix system of armored sword and shield fighting. It is appropriate for all levels of proficiency. Technique is one of the main pillars of successful fighting. No matter what your level of proficiency, efficient and effective technique will help you to improve your game, and avoid injury through faulty bio-mechanics. The class is taught unarmored. Students will need a sword and preferably a shield, or something similar. Neither need to be SCA legal, but must be safe.
 
Polearm Techniques of Paulus Hector Mair
3 - 4 pm; Red List
A look at several techniques from the 16th-century manual of arms of Paulus Hector Mair. Class taught by Duke Vissevald Selkirksson
 
My Mom Can Beat Up Your Mom
4 - 6 pm; White list
All Moms authorized in heavy combat are welcome. The Victorious Mother will take home the Gilded Macaroni Shield with painted case for the year!
 
10-Man Unbelted Meleé Tourney
4 - 6 pm; West Battlefield
Sponsored, for the third year, by the Sargents of Saint Aiden. The fight will be for the Sargents' chest. Each year the coat of arms of the winning team's kingdom are added to the chest. At this time Atlantia and Æthelmearc are the two kingdoms on the Chest. Will one of these two Kingdoms be the first to form a Dynasty in this tourney, or will a new kingdom emerge as champions this year?
 
Kenjutsu: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
5 - 6 pm; Battlefield
A traditional-style class on Japanese kenjutsu, drawn from multiple sources, including modern and traditional arts. The class will be arranged to emphasize techniques that are known to have been used pre-1600. Emphasis will be on physical repetition more than scholarly discussion. The latter will be available after class, informally, as requested.

Tuesday, August 5

Bellatrix: Individual Session
9 - 10 am; Battlefield List
An hour with Duke Paul for individuals or small groups, covering any martial topic. Contact Duke Paul at paul@bellatrix.org to schedule.
 
Polearm Techniques of Paulus Hector Mair
3 - 4 pm; Red List
A look at several techniques from the 16th-century manual of arms of Paulus Hector Mair. Class taught by Duke Vissevald Selkirksson
 
Kenjutsu: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
5 - 6 pm; Battlefield
A traditional-style class on Japanese kenjutsu, drawn from multiple sources, including modern and traditional arts. The class will be arranged to emphasize techniques that are known to have been used pre-1600. Emphasis will be on physical repetition more than scholarly discussion. The latter will be available after class, informally, as requested.

Wednesday, August 6

Bellatrix: Individual Session
9 - 10 am; Battlefield List
An hour with Duke Paul for individuals or small groups, covering any martial topic. Contact Duke Paul at paul@bellatrix.org to schedule.
 
Crusaders vs. Saracens Battles
10 - noon; Fort
God wills it! Scenarios to re-enact battles from the time of the Crusades. Participants are required to only use arms and armor documentable to the time period of 1096-1291. Allowed weapons: Any documentable to 1096-1291, subject to approval: swords, maces, axes, dagger, spear, thrown weapons, archery, siege, etc. Allowed shields: round, kites, and heaters (and any other documentable style from the period). Armor and helms from the period are required. Bring your banners for pageantry. Properly attired support people are most welcome!
 
KW Baronial Armored Champions Tourney
10 - 2 pm; Red List
Open to all current Armoured Baronial Champions.
 
Katana for SCA Combat
11 - noon; Battlefield
This is a non-armored class to show how Japanese single sword can be used in SCA armored combat. Topics such as defense, attack, movement and proper thought will be covered.
 
Closed Form Sword and Shield: A Voice From AS 4
noon - 1 pm; Battlefield
A description of an SCA fighting style taught in the Middle and East in the early years of the Society. The class is done as an early fighter training session, with commentary.
 
KW Ladies of the Rose Tournament
noon - 4 pm; East Battlefield
Each Rose will sponsor one unbelted heavy fighter and one non-White Scarf duellist. The tourney will be run in a Bedford points-style. All Roses, Diamonds, Edelweiss, etc., are welcome to be a part of the tourney as are all sitting Queens and Princesses, both Heirs and Territorials who are not yet members of the Orders.
 
Bellatrix System: Teardrop Return
1 - 2 pm; Blue List
The class teaches the Teardrop Return, one of the essential and most powerful offensive techniques of the Bellatrix method of fighting with sword and shield. It provides the fighter with the ability to use very rapid combinations of full-force strikes. The class is appropriate for authorized fighters at all levels of proficiency. The class is taught unarmored. Students must bring a sword and a shield.
 
Bellatrix System: Two Sword
2 - 3 pm; Blue List
The class teaches the techniques and strategy of the Bellatrix system of fighting with the two-sword style. The class is appropriate for authorized fighters at all levels of proficiency. The class is taught unarmored. Students must bring two swords, and preferably a shield.
 
Barbarians vs. Ancients
2 - 3:30 pm; East Battlefield
A battle to show off your ancient equipment! Weapons will be limited to appropriate for the personas. Please show off your pre-450 AD kit!
 
Bellatrix System: Single Hip Return
3 - 4 pm; Blue List
The class teaches the Single-Hip Return, one of the essential and most powerful offensive techniques of the Bellatrix method of fighting with sword and shield. It allows the fighter to use combinations, with full-force strikes on each count, instead of every other count. The class is appropriate for authorized fighters at all levels of proficiency. The class is taught unarmored. Students must bring a sword and a shield.
 
Polearm Techniques of Paulus Hector Mair
3 - 4 pm; Red List
A look at several techniques from the 16th-century manual of arms of Paulus Hector Mair. Class taught by Duke Vissevald Selkirksson
 
The Montante (Iberian Greatsword) of Godinho
3 - 5 pm; Battlefield
This class will cover the basics of the *montante*, a two-handed greatsword, in rules laid down by Domingo Luis Godinho in 1599. Bring your greatsword (5~6' two-handed sword) or simulator.
 
Thank You Tourney
4 - 7 pm; White List
A fundraiser tournament for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Torstien Thorgrimson would like to thank all those who helped him ten years ago when his battle with cancer started. He is now a ten year survivor and able to fight as an adult and would like to engage in combat with all comers to raise money for cancer research. Please come and donate what you can and have **FUN**!
 
Dwarves vs. Giants
4 - 6 pm; West Battlefield
A series of combats and melées between fighters five and a half feet and under and fighters six and a quarter feet and over.
 
Warriors of History Tourney
4 - 7 pm; East Battlefield
Hosted by the Cataphracts and Chivalry of Duchy Von Drachenklaue and the East Kingdom’s Crimson Company. An unbelted tournament for kits that meet the standards of the Fedoratii of the VDK: Order of the Cataphract to encourage and inspire excellence of kit on the field.

This year’s weapon choice: Iconic weapons of your persona. Please bring to the field that form which best represents your period.

Participants must appear in armour that inspires others to excellence, having no glaringly un-documentable aspects beyond those required for safety, i.e., baskethilts, bargrills, cops, gauntlets, etc. (Rule of thumb: if you can document it, you can have it -- to include kits based on period works of art. If you cannot document it, you must make a reasonable attempt to hide it.)

Participants should be prepared to document their choices in kit. Guaranteed rejections:

  • Exposed modern footwear. Period footwear is preferred. All effort must be made to make modern footwear appear as period as possible.
  • Street hockey gloves unless covered or colored to look like real gauntlets or gloves.
  • Exposed plastic to include plastic lamellar
  • "Casserole" armour. Casserole: any mis-mash of time periods, e.g. Churburg breastplate with a Dura helm and Wisby gauntlets, etc. (All these are documentable by themselves, but centuries apart.)
  • Inappropriate persona/arms combination such as Viking with a heater, great-swording Roman, madu, etc.
  • A t-tunic over football pads or similar look.
  • Armour in poor condition or disrepair, undyed leather, etc.
Two winners will be selected. (We ask that entrants or friends of competitors donate prizes for the winners' cache.)
  • The Tournament Winner (martial prowess) will receive the title "Fedoratii Primus Pilus".
  • The second winner will be chosen from amongst the participants as "best kit in show" and receive the title "Fedoratii Signifer".
  • Both will be inducted into the VDK "Order of the Fedoratii".
 
Kenjutsu: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
5 - 6 pm; Battlefield
A traditional-style class on Japanese kenjutsu, drawn from multiple sources, including modern and traditional arts. The class will be arranged to emphasize techniques that are known to have been used pre-1600. Emphasis will be on physical repetition more than scholarly discussion. The latter will be available after class, informally, as requested.

Thursday, August 7

Bellatrix: Individual Session
9 - 10 am; Battlefield List
An hour with Duke Paul for individuals or small groups, covering any martial topic. Contact Duke Paul at paul@bellatrix.org to schedule.
 
Bellatrix System: Great Weapons
1 - 3 pm; Blue List
Learn the Bellatrix system for the use of great sword and glaive, focusing on the close-in techniques against other great-weapons, and against sword and shield. Modify these techniques for different physical capabilities. It will also cover fighting at medium and long range. The class can be taught armored, unarmored, or with helms and gauntlets. Participation in the exercises will vary, depending. At a minimum, students must have gloves and a great sword, long bastard sword, or pole weapon. Some students should bring swords and shields for use in training.
 
Tuchux Charity Tournament
4 - 7 pm; East Battlefield
Held to benefit CureSearch - a children's oncology charity. Four bear pits, fought with weapons drawn randomly before each match. Bring full gauntlets. Donation of $5 to enter; always a fun time!
 
Kenjutsu: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship
5 - 6 pm; Battlefield
A traditional-style class on Japanese kenjutsu, drawn from multiple sources, including modern and traditional arts. The class will be arranged to emphasize techniques that are known to have been used pre-1600. Emphasis will be on physical repetition more than scholarly discussion. The latter will be available after class, informally, as requested.
 

Friday, August 8

Bellatrix: Techniques
2 - 4 pm; Blue List
This class teaches fundamental and advanced techniques of the Bellatrix system of armored sword and shield fighting. It is appropriate for all levels of proficiency. Technique is one of the main pillars of successful fighting. No matter what your level of proficiency, efficient and effective technique will help you to improve your game, and avoid injury through faulty bio-mechanics. The class is taught unarmored. Students will need a sword and preferably a shield, or something similar. Neither need to be SCA legal, but must be safe.
 

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