Firstly, thanks to everyone who participated, helped organise, helped out, or just plain turned up to the Summer Tournament. It was a successful event, with Sword and Shield surprisingly overtaking Longsword as the most popular competition!
The Tournament de-brief meeting will now be held at the Meola Rd scout hall this coming Thu, 21 Feb. All comers are welcome – your feedback will make next Tournament greater still!
The committee meeting will be held on a separate evening, either Tue 26th or Thu 28th Feb – watch FB for confirmed date, time & location (or ask your friendly committee members). Club members are welcome to attend; if you wish to bring up any club business for the committee meeting, please let the Secretary know beforehand (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Also, if anyone took any photos that we could put up on our website, feel free to get in touch…
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.
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.
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’.
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…
This is a reminder that the Monomachia tournament run by the Waikato Duellists Society is on Saturday next weekend (the 25th) we would like to encourage club members to head down and enjoy the festivities. All skill levels are welcome and while it is predominantly steel there is synthetic section as well for all you proponents of plastic!
Nic and Silver from the WDS came up for our tournament last year, they are great guys and good sports. It is should be a good day, the event is indoors so weather won’t be a problem and your registration fee includes lunch and refreshments. We have around 4-5 members going already. It is a great opportunity to spar against people using very different styles than we are used to at the club.
If you want to go and haven’t registered yet go to the Facebook event page and let them know you are coming.
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.