The Memorial Tournament was our largest yet (45 competitors) and we had great participation from 7 HEMA clubs from Whangarei all the way to Christchurch. Within Auckland Sword and Shield we consider this tournament to be our best yet and it would not have been half as good without the skills and enthusiasm that were on display during the day. We look forward to seeing you all back next year.
The tournament was fought over 6 sections with a trophy awarded to the overall winner:
Auckland Sword and Shield are bringing together two awesome HEMA Tournaments for the weekend of the 18th and 19th of August.
It will consist of the Memorial Tournament on Saturday and follows more or less the same format as last year. LATE CHANGE: We have decided to postpone “The Provocation” till next year, we need more time to organise it properly. In it’s place we will be organising a Sword and Shield tournament and also various games – pretty much like last year.
Merry Christmas everyone! The last official training session for the year will be this Sunday the 17th. Out last session will be informal and involve some games and sparring followed some by food and (non-alcoholic) drinks. If you are coming along, please remember bring a plate (some finger food) or something to drink.
There will be no official training sessions over the holiday period. However, there will very likely be unofficial training sessions on Sundays and Thursdays at the Meola Road scout hall. To find out if someone will be at the hall please post a message on our Facebook discussion group.
Official training will restart again on the 14th of January. In the new year we will start with a Sword and Shield course run by Greg and after that we will be doing the very popular Spear course again with Daniel Wyatt.
Also, don’t forget there will be no official training on Auckland Anniversary weekend.
Greetings to club members and fellow HEMA practitioners. The Steve Hodgson Memorial tournament is nearly upon us. If you have planning to enter then please register now (button below). For your $35 dollars you get two days of serious fun and then not-so-serious games, and lunch is included on both days.
Spectators are most welcome, so please feel free to come along and see some awesome martial skills in action. All we ask for is a gold coin donation.
Please note the rules have had some minor revisions, if you have already registered please download the updated rules and make sure you are happy with the changes.
After over 2 years of looking and numerous trials, the club has found a new venue for Sunday training. The new venue is the Takapuna Normal Intermediate School (26 Northcote Road – enter from Taharoto Road).
It’s very handy to the motorway and along with it being a larger space there is also plenty of parking, storage, and outside areas that can be used.
Our plan is to be there for the next 6 months at least so there will be no confusion about the location from now on. We will be at Takapuna Normal from the 25th of June till the end of the year and perhaps longer.
The Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament is the biggest HEMA competition in NZ. This years marks the 10th Anniversary of Steve’s passing. It is also the 30 year anniversary of the club.
Last year’s tournament was a great success and we aren’t messing with things. We are keeping the same events and format of last year’s tournament and working hard to improve the judging and the scoring system this year.
This tournament is geared to put fun, participation, and demonstration of skills ahead of winning at all costs. Novice players are encouraged to enter to improve their skills fighting under pressure and to encounter fighting styles from multiple clubs. Experienced players are encouraged to demonstrate their skills and technique while resisting the urge to ‘play it safe’.
The winter training schedule for the club is as follows:
Beginners training will continue on Sundays from 10AM-12PM with sparring from 12-1PM. The venue will be Kumgang Taekwondo at 35 Porana Road for the 11th and 18th of June. From the 25th it will likely still be Porana Road but please check the website for updates.
Capoferro’s Rapier – 11th June till September
Proponents of Italian fencing rejoice! Discover how to ‘find’ your opponent’s sword, perform a ‘butchering’, and the deadly simplicity of the ‘one true guard’.
Starting on the June 11th, Roger and Ange will be teaching an interpretation of Capoferro’s Rapier. Please bring your rapier if you have one. If you don’t have one we will be using the club’s longswords as an acceptable alternative. After 8 weeks of Capoferro you will have quads of steel and perhaps be able to reliably hit a postage stamp on a wall with your point.
The tournament is not far away now and we will be using sparring time to train judges. You will also have plenty of opportunities to improve your sparring skills at the same time. All sparring will be done with judges so members can get used to judging and also get used to having bouts judged.
There will be no official training on Easter Sunday. If a senior member with a key is at the hall then you are welcome to head down and join in on whatever is happening. If you want to make sure someone will be there please post something on the club’s Facebook page.
The summer/autumn training schedule has been decided and we have some more exciting courses for club members. Daniel’s staff course is due to finish this weekend so if you are a staff aficionado then make sure you get in on the last class.
Stage Combat – 5th and 12th of March
Ben has kindly volunteered to teach stage combat for a couple of weeks. It should be great fun and may be useful for those of you doing re-enactment displays. Bring your favourite weapon and learn how to act out a glorious death, among other things. Please note that this course will be taught at the trial venue.
Longsword – 17th March (9 weeks)
Yes! Longsword is back once again. This time we have irrepressible John instructing. If you have your own steel or or synthetic longsword please bring it along as we may run short during classes. The first two classes of longsword will be taught at the trial venue and it will be a great test to see how the new place stacks up.
Beginner instruction will continue as usual but will start earlier at the trial venue. So come down at 10AM – we should be able to teach everyone at one time.
Since we have a few new rapiers at the club we are seriously considering teach Capoferro’s rapier later this year. We’ll send out more information on this later.
After searching far and wide and putting the call out, the committee has found another possible venue for Sunday training. It’s a dance studio in Birkenhead that has around twice the space of the scout hall. It’s relatively central, parking should be OK on Sundays and there is room for us to put in a gear cupboard. They are not precious about the floor.
The plan is to do a 4 week trial (every Sunday in March) starting on the 5th. After the trial we will use the AGM in April to vote on whether we want to lease the dance studio on a regular basis. The start of the trial just happens to coincide with the start of John’s longsword course.
If you aren’t attending training regularly please make sure you come down for at least one of the Sunday training sessions so you can make an informed decision at the AGM. More information and reminders to come soon…