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Holiday Training News

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.

Memorial Tournament is Almost Here

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.

Register Now!

New Training Venue Found!

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.

 

Winter Training Schedule

The winter training schedule for the club is as follows:

Beginners/HEMA-1

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.

Tournament Training

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.

Easter Training

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.

Summer/Autumn Training Schedule

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.

HEMA-1/Beginners

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.

Coming Up…

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.

New Venue to be Trialed from March 5th

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…

 

Christmas and New Year Training Schedule

Bolognese Sword and Dagger is almost over (last class this Sunday the 6th). Here’s what we have coming up:

  • 6th of November: Last Bolognese Sword and Dagger class.
  • 13th of November: Club tournament. Come along and test your skills (hopefully with Sword and Dagger section).
  • 20th of November: Daniels Quarterstaff course starts (more details to follow).
  • 18th of December: Last training session for the year.
  • 15th of January: Quarterstaff classes begin again.

There will be no official training sessions over the holiday period. However, there will very likely be unofficial training sessions on Sundays and 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.

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.

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.