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Post Tournament Training Schedule

The Tournament is now over and we’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who came and got involved!

We’re now returning to our normal schedule of training with four weeks of Giacomo di Grassi’s single handed sword taught by Roman (14th Aug – 4th Sept) followed by 8 weeks (11th Sept – 16th Oct) of Giovanni Dall’Agocchie’s sword and dagger taught by Roger (this will contain a refresher for those who have not attended one of Roger’s classes before).

Ant will also be running re-enactment training on Sunday afternoons for anyone who is interested. HEMA1 (novice) training will be continuing as normal so please do continue to invite anyone interested along.

2016 Memorial Tournament Photos

The 2016 Memorial Tournament was our biggest and best tournament so far. Here are some photos that capture the spirit of the weekend.

 

Memorial Tournament 2016 Officially Announced!

It’s back, bigger and better than last year! Auckland Sword and Shield are holding the Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament 2016. We have an even larger venue this year (with more parking) and it’s going to be much better for spectators and players alike.

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 format has been expanded along with the venue to feature two days of competitions with ultimate glory up for grabs with the title of “Tournament Champion.”

Details for the tournament (times and rules etc) can be found here.

New Synthetic Sideswords are Here!

The club now has a number of Blackfencer Sideswords which are available for use in our training sessions. These have almost exactly the same weight and balance as a steel sword and bind much better than the club’s existing Rawlings swords. If you haven’t had chance to try one out come along on Thursdays or Sundays and take one for a spin.

Initial reports from members who have used them or bought one are very favourable. If you want one for yourself please ask someone on the committee – there may be one or two left available for club members only.

Don’t worry if you miss out we will be doing another order very soon.

Training over the Holiday Period

Official training sessions are over for the year and will resume on the 17th of January. There will very likely be unofficial training sessions on Sundays or Thursdays. To find out if someone will be at the hall post a message on our Facebook discussion group.

If you need to check the dates for training, then check out the training calendar to see what’s on and when.

Enjoy your time off everyone and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

New HEMA Documentary

Cedric Hauteville recently completed a feature length documentary on the world of Historical European Martial Arts. If you want to know about the many different facets of HEMA then you’ll want to watch this video…

New Training Venue Coming…

The club’s membership continues to grow steadily and the committee has been working hard to find a suitable location that can house all of us in one session. The result of this is that we have arranged for a 5 week trial at the Touch Compass Dance studio from the 15th of November to the 13th of December.

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It’s BIG! Around 3 x the size of the scout hall.

Make sure you mark the date in your diary and try to come along on the day. Ideally, we need as many people there as possible so we can get a feel for how much space there will be.

After the trial there will be an SGM so that the club as a whole can vote on whether we want to rent the studio on a regular basis.

More details and reminders coming soon…

Memorial Tournament 2015 Results

Thank you to all those who participated in and helped out with the Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament this year. We hope everyone had an enjoyable time.

Congratulations again to our tournament winners: Elisey (rapier), John (single-sword) and of course longsword, spear, and overall tournament champion Patch. Also, a huge thanks to our sponsor WMAshop.com for donating to the prize pool!

For more photos, check out the tournament gallery.

Of course any event of this size requires some magic behind the scenes to make it all happen. The committee would like to thank the individuals below for their efforts to make the tournament a success:

  • Daniel, Hugh, AJ, Ben, Ange, David B (marshals and line judges – a tough job indeed)
  • Steve and Arna (catering)
  • Ellie and Dave (registration)
  • Roman (scorekeeper)

To everyone: we hope to see you all back again next year!

Memorial Tournament Photos

Here are some of the best photos from the Steve Hodgson Memorial tournament. Many thanks to all who participated and helped out. A big thanks goes to Ian Neilson who did a great job with the filming and photography. There are over 600 photos and if you want see all of them head on over to Ian’s web gallery.

Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament 2015 Announced!

It’s back, bigger and better than last year! Auckland Sword and Shield are holding the Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament again in 2015. The date has been set for the 8th of August so circle the day in your calendars and start preparing. The tournament is open to all members of HEMA and re-enactment clubs in New Zealand and internationally.

The format will be similar to last year. It will feature four King-of-the-Hill (Franco-Belgian) contests with different weapons (sword, longsword, rapier, and spear).  A new spear contest has been added this year to cater for spear and quarterstaff aficionados.

The overall tournament champion will be the person with the greatest number of victories across all four contests. The more contests you enter, the better your chances.

Details for the tournament (times and rules etc) can be found here.

Finally, what could be better after a hard afternoons fighting than a hearty meal? Following the tournament will be the Steve Hodgson Memorial Feast. Tournament players and spectators are welcome to join the feast. Details here.

 Register Now!