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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.

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 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.

Memorial Tournament Countdown!

Are you ready?

The Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament takes place this Saturday.  For those of you planning to enter make sure you register online. This will help us with organisation on the day and reduce waiting times on Saturday morning.

We are expecting to get 30-40 combatants on the day from several clubs in the region including Auckland Sword and Shield, the Argent Lords, and the SCA. Don’t miss out – it’s a great opportunity for the clubs in the region to get together and demonstrate their skills.



Yes, we are playing for prizes and we have some good ones this year:

  • For the winner of the Sword section there is a AUD$125 voucher from the
  • For the winner of the Longsword section there is a AUD$125 voucher from the
  • For the winner of the Rapier section we have the book Italian Rapier Combat by Jared Kirby.
  • For the winner of the Spear section we have the book The Fighting Staff by Dwight C. McLemore.
  • For the overall champion there is a AUD$125 voucher from the

What Now?

If you want to enter and play for prizes – please register and then just make sure your weapons and gear are ready to go. We’ll Facebook and email more information later in the week.



July Grading Results

Congratulations to all our club members who graded in HEMA-1 and Bolognese Sidesword today. Also a big thank you to all the instructors and senior students who pitched in to help with grading and teaching our new students.

In HEMA-1 the following people graded successfully this week: Mel, Chris, Mark, Brian, and Ian. The standard of this class has been very high this term. A special mention goes out to Daniel who fell just short this term but showed marked improvement during sparring.

In HEMA-2 – Bolognese Sidesword the following people graded successfully this week: Leon, Greg, Nelly, Roman, Ellie, and Jack. The remainder of the class are scheduled to complete grading this coming Thursday. A special mention goes out to both Roman and Greg for knowing the Italian names of the Bolognese guards. Nice one guys!

For all those who are in HEMA-2 next term: If you haven’t done so yet please let Daniel Wyatt know whether you want to Longsword or Spear next term. Unfortunately you can’t do both! Spaces are limited in both classes so don’t delay.




NZ Sword Symposium

If you haven’t heard already the first New Zealand Sword Symposium will be held in Wellington on October the 9th-11th this year. This is your chance to meet some of the world and NZ’s best WMA instructors.  A number of senior members of planning to attend and if you are serious about improving your HEMA skills then it’s not something you want to miss.

Event details here.


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.


Masterclass – Meyer’s Longsword

This coming Sunday (the 26th) Auckland Sword and Shield will be running a master class on Longsword. Ben Halliwell, our resident Longsword expert, will be will teaching the class.

Due to the club’s rapidly growing size the class we will struggle to have enough longswords for everyone. If you have your own longsword – steel or synthetic please bring it along and also suitable protective gear.

If we don’t have enough longswords for everyone we will also offer the standard HEMA-1 class and also a special Italian sidesword class.

Check out the video below to see what longsword fighting is like. The clip is from the finals of Swordfish 2014.