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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.



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.


Club Clothing Now Available!

If you want to look the part at training check out the club’s online clothing store. There are t-shirts, hoodies, and small gear bags in a range of colours. The company that prints them is a New Zealand company near Wellington. The clothing is of excellent quality and delivery is very fast. T-Shirts cost $35 + postage and hoodies are $55 + postage.

New Training Syllabus

For those of you you haven’t visited us for a while, the club has now developed and implemented a new training syllabus. For more details check out the the training overview.