Category Archives: News

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 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.

Register Now!

Prizes

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 WMAShop.com.
  • For the winner of the Longsword section there is a AUD$125 voucher from the WMAShop.com.
  • 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 WMAShop.com.

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.

 

 

Training over the Holiday Period

Official training sessions are over for the year and will resume on the 18th 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.

Please note that on the 25th of January (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) training will not be taking place at the hall. The hall will be in use for a special event. For those in Auckland and wanting to train on that day we will be organising our own special training session at a secret location. More details to come…

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

Have a great Christmas everyone and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

New HEMA gear from Leon Paul

For those of you looking for protective gear, Leon Paul has teamed up with SPES to produce some nice looking kit at reasonable prices. Check out the range on their website.

Leon Paul Jacket
Jacket and Breeches
Leon Paul Shin Guard
Shin Guard

NY Times on HEMA

The New York times has noticed the rise of HEMA worldwide and have written an article on it.  The article also comes with this video clip.

It’s good to see mainstream coverage of HEMA. Also of note is Cédric Hauteville is in the process of creating a documentary on Historic Fencing as part of a Kickstarter project. It should be ready next year sometime. Check out the introductory video.

Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament 2014 Results

The Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament was well attended and we had a number of entries from outside the club as well as a large contingent of spectators. The format/rules were generally well received and Auckland Sword and Shield look forward to hosting the event next year and we will be doing our best to make it better still.

Thank you to all the local clubs and also the few international visitors who came along and participated. Thank you also to our volunteers (marshals, referees, and general helpers) who made the event possible.

The results are:

Overall Champion

Michael (Big Mac) Scott – Auckland Sword and Shield

Single Sword Champion

Michael (Big Mac) Scott – Auckland Sword and Shield

Rapier Champion

Roger Kay – Auckland Sword and Shield

Longsword Champion

Liam – Argent Lords

Photos coming soon!

Steve Hodgson Tournament Announced

Time to sharpen your sparring skills. The Steve Hodgson Tournament is coming on the 9th of August! After the tournament there will be a feast on the same night. For more details click here.