Here is some news that may interest fighters and fencers: there is a new holder of the Sylvan Bronze Crescent!
At the first Æthelmearc Grand Tournament, held in the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands, Don Jacob Martinson was victorious and now holds the cut and thrust fighting prize known as the Bronze Crescent. Great job!
For those who do not know, the Bronze Crescent is a meritocratic challenge prize in which a challenger must defeat the holder in cut and thrust combat to claim it. It is open to all authorized cut and thrust fighters of Æthelmearc.
Please direct your challenges to him, per the rules.
Not familiar with cut and thrust? You can check aerapier.org for all the details!
Photo by THL Ursula of Rouen of the 2016 attendees
Prince Timothy recently shared the tentative schedule of rapier and cut & thrust classes planned for Ædult Swim 2017 on the AEthelmearc Rapier Army Facebook page. The free event will be February 18 and 19 at Milton Shoe Factory 700 Hepburn St. Milton, PA 17847.
Master Raev/Benjamin Cooper – Cuts and Destreza
Warder Philipp Reimer von Wolfenbüttel – I.33 Sword and Buckler Methods and Philosophy
11:00 AM (90 min block)
Master Aeron Harper/David Biggs – Making Italian Rapier work at speed
Mistress Alesone Gray of Cranleigh/Wendy Marques – Combat strategies for cut and thrust
12:30 PM (90 min block)
Master Aedan Aylwyn – A Practical Understanding of tempo and measure
Jonathan Robert Bucci and Broken Plow – HEMA Presentation
Master Aedan Aylwyn – Control & Kill your opponent, the Italian way
Master Clewin Kupferhelberlink/Wayne M. Canne – Cut and Thrust Sparring (will continue as long as people are interested)
Master Connor Livingston/Damn Connor- Psyching out and sizing up your quarry
Master Will Paris – Swetnam: Chopping the Thrust; Hybridizing attack mechanics
Master Caitilín Inghean Fheichín – Training for performance
Master Aeron Harper – Coming to grips with Bolognese C & T
Mistress Irene/Wendy I Colbert – Techniques for Avoiding Injury and Physical Therapy
Master Caitilín Inghean Fheichín – Goal Setting as a tool for mental focus
Mistress Fredeberg/Karen Heike Spieler Canne – Vor and Nach: Controlling the fightwith a German Mindset
Lord Jacob Martinson – The Cone of Defense
2 open class slots
The site opens at 8 A.M. each day, with marshal inspections beginning at 8:30 and sparring at 9 A.M.
His Highness added: “I would encourage the Rattan community to participate in the C&T classes and sparring… I intend to be there for my 8 A.M. slow work and footwork that I do. You are welcome to join me…”
On the class list, he remarked “Lots of fabulous skill in that list of teachers. Looking forward to all of the classes! Go get some! We will have the entire 3rd floor to work with. There will be singles fighting all day. We can also get a series of Bear pits going if folks are interested. Lots of good focused training time. See you all in the lists.”
THL Duncan faces tourney winner Don Clewin, while second-place tourney entrant Comtesse Elena walks by on the left. Photo by Princess Leah.
History was made on June 11 at the Æthelmearc Æcademy & War College in Ballachlagan: the first-ever Order of Defense-sponsored Cut-and-Thrust Tournament in the Kingdom occurred.
Nine combatants entered in the tourney, arrayed themselves in a semi-circle around the inside of the list field. The format for the tournament was round-robin style. Each pair of combatants met in the center of the circle, exchanged introductions, and proceeded to take their guard. The combat ensued under the watchful eyes of our Sylvan Majesties, Thomas and Ariella, and the marshal-in-charge, Master William Parris.
Many feats of valor and acts of chivalry were exchanged in the crossing of swords. In the end, Don Clewin Kupferhelbelinc bested all comers and was victorious. Second place was Comtesse Elena d’Artois le Tailleur and third place Master Anias Fenne.
As one of the combatants, it is my wish that these Tournaments continue, and my hope that they draw more worthy fighters into the fray.