Since we’re mostly stuck at home and cannot practice or study in-person, we’ve decided to start an online book club to read and discuss Fiore. Our initial focus will be on the longsword sections (sword in one hand, sword in two hands, sword vs armor) with primary interest on the art itself and secondary interest in application to SCA combat forms. For more information see our Facebook page for the book club at https://www.facebook.com/Virtual-Book-Club-Fiore-105687057975899
For people unable to get a book in time for the club, I have made slides for the meetings. The sword in one hand slides are reused from my recent University class on the topic. The other sets are just close crops of the plates from the Getty museum’s own scans plus Hatcher’s translation for the text, my highlighting of the move instructions in the text, and a few pictures of our group doing a particular play or two.
Llwyd will be teaching a class on Fiore’s Sword in One Hand section. The class will be online at Atlantia’s Kingdom University at 10am on Saturday September 12, 2020. The class will show each plate from that section of the manual and the English translation of the text. We’ll discuss what is being shown and described and then watch a 5-ish second pre-recorded video of Llwyd’s interpretation of the play. We would very much prefer to be doing this interactively in person, but hope this approach will simulate an in-person class as well as can be done virtually.
Llwyd is also doing a practice run of the class to try out the sharing platform and to get feedback on his draft slides and videos. That practice will be Tir-y-Don’s A&S class for the week on August 27 at 7pm. The draft slides for the class can be downloaded from these links:
With the SCA’s largest annual gathering, Pennsic, canceled for 2020 due to Covid-19, various virtual partial replacements are being set up.
Pennsic University is being virtualized as a temporary YouTube channel that people can submit videos to. We have submitted a merged version of our Applying Fiore to SCA Combat videos (our group’s channel has it in two parts, VPU will have it in one part). There should be lots and lots of other cool classes on all areas of interest to the SCA. You can find VPU on YouTube here.
It has been a while, but we just posted 4 new videos to our YouTube channel. Due to stay-at-home orders from the Covid-19 virus, Llwyd shot and presented these videos alone. And since he didn’t have anyone to spar with, he chose to focus the videos on fundamentals. So, there are videos on holding your sword, what a sword’s “true” and “false” edges mean, and terminology for range, cuts, and footwork. A playlist with the new videos can be found here. Please excuse some of the minor camera issues.
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We’ve had a number of events happen in the lives of our members that have, temporarily, slowed down our work. But we’re still here: still reading, experimenting, and learning. We hope to return to teaching and videoing shortly. Our recent Fiore work has focused on his longsword plays. Here’s a picture of our silly variant of the 6th Student Play within the Zogo Stretto (close range) longsword section. We’ve replaced the master’s sword with a selfie camera in order to rub in the effect of the bind. This seems very on-brand for Fiore.
It’s time again for Atlantian University. We will be teaching three classes, with two being taught for the first time. The classes are “Applying Fiore’s Combat system to SCA Combat Forms”, “Fiore for the Armored Medieval Fight”, and “Fiore Poleaxe”. You can see a video version of the SCA combat class on our YouTube page (in two parts), and the notes for the Armored Medieval Fight class are on the articles page. Please plan to come join us!
Also note that Robert Charrette, author of our favorite Fiore interpretation, will be teaching Fiore classes at the event. Look for classes taught by “Laeghaire O Laverty”.
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A video of Part 2 of the Using Fiore in SCA Combat class has been posted to our Youtube channel. This video focuses on three drills designed to develop the skills discussed in Part 1 of the video. The flash card sets used in two of the drills are available to print for yourself here. We’re planning to teach a more hands-on version of this class at the next Atlantian University in February 2019.
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Three new videos have been added to our Youtube channel. Two are longsword plays – The Peasant’s Blow and a similar play from the Sword in Armor section. The third video is part 1 of 2 on Using Fiore in SCA Combat. This part looks at three Fiore plays, extracts common features, and discusses the skills needed to apply those features. Part 2 (which we haven’t filmed yet) will discuss drills to develop and practice those skills. This is a video version of our new class for Atlantian University which we plan to teach in February 2019.
Due to Florence, the approaching hurricane, the site for Fall University has cancelled all rental use so that the space can be used for evacuations. So, the event has been cancelled. The next University is February 2nd at Louisa County Middle School in Mineral, VA. We will almost certainly run Fiore related classes there. Stay tuned! In the intervening time we hope to shoot some more video possibly including the new class on application of Fiore’s approaches to SCA combat.
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Pennsic 47 is next week. We hope to see you there. We’ll be fighting in many of the C&T events as well as the war points. Llwyd will be recognized as a Master of Defense (the SCA peerage for fencing) prior to the Monday rapier war point. Please join us if you can on the field near the Atlantian pavilion at about 2pm (final time not yet set).
We also hope that you’ll make plans to join us at Atlantian University on September 15 at Franklinton High School in Franklinton, NC. Llwyd and Aiden will be teaching 3 Fiore related classes: Fiore for the Armored Medieval Fight, Fiore Poleaxe, and Applying Fiore’s Combat system to SCA Combat Forms. Two of these are completely new classes. And there will be lots of other HMA and SCA classes to take as well.