Classes at SoCal Swordfight 2023

At SoCal Swordfight we pride ourselves on being able to offer you a variety of classes across all Historical European Martial Arts disciplines, and beyond. This year is no different. With 70+ hourse of course for you to choose from, you may want to take a look at the line up and start marking down the ones you don't want to miss!

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Schielhau! What Now?

In this class we'll explore some of the counters, counter-counters, second intentions and other actions that follow-on from one of the most versatile techniques of the Liechtenauer tradition.

FIRST AID / CPR / AED CERTIFICATION
Be prepared to act when emergencies arise. Join the ranks of those who can spring into action when trouble strikes to help people in the “minutes that matter”.
INTERPRETING MAROZZO'S LONGSWORD FOR DUMMIES
Course Description:Students will learn the first part of Marozzo's Primo Assaulto with Sword in Two Hands. This information will be presented in a way that is more easily digested than typical Bolognese "pasta talk" and is intended for students unfamiliar...
RAPIER FUNDAMENTALS: CLOSING THE LINE
This class will focus on the how, why, and common pitfalls of gaining the sword and attacking with leverage commonly found in 17th Century rapier sources.
RECONSTRUCTING NORTH AFRICAN SWORDPLAY

El Matreg in classical Arabic means ‘the stick or hammer’ is a form of stick fencing practiced in Western Algeria and parts of Morocco.

MACHETE FENCING IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
In this course, we will focus on the basic principles of two styles of machete fencing found in the African Diaspora.
INTRODUCTION TO COSSACK MARTIAL ARTS
This is to introduce the student to the basic methods and techniques used in Cossack Martial Arts.
EINHENGEN AND UNTERHENGEN: THE ENTRY INTO THE WINDINGS

Meyer's hanging and winding can be confusing when attempting to compare them to the earlier KdF description of these techniques.

"INDES" ACTIONS IS LIKE CHEATING AT ROCK PAPER SCISSOR
In a HEMA tournament, the forward movement of your sword will probably result in one of three actions from your fellow competitor. Let's start taking care of these scenarios before it is too late and use their decisions against them!
INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN RAPIER
Students will learn the basics of Italian rapier. The class will cover the basic footwork, attacks, and defenses in the Italian tradition.
WHAT'S IN A GUARD?
I'd like to explore several guards that are presented in the texts, from Fiore to Meyer, and dig a little more deeply into what is possible from them, how to make them more effective, and encourage anyone to integrate them a little bit more into their fencing.
SABRE BASICS

This class will focus more on working with the body and general principles of fencing, rather than on specific advanced techniques, and while focused on sabre, these principles are useful for most all one-handed weapons

BOOK HISTORY THROUGH THE LENS OF JOACHIM MEYER
There is much more to a book than just the words printed on its pages. Why and how was it made? Who bought it and what did they do with it? Who read it and what did they think of it? And did anyone in the 16th and 17th centuries actually use the fencing treatises to learn about fencing?
PIECING TOGETHER THE TEACHINGS OF JOHANNES LIECHTENAUER
Johannes Liechtenauer, grand master of the oldest known German fencing tradition, recorded his art in a 358-line poem called the Zettel. To unlock the secrets of this poem, we rely on the writings of his students and associates, as well as later masters in his tradition.
“Spada en Arme” (Sword in Armor)
A study of various techniques used by Fiore dei Liberi and Fillipo Vadi in armored combat with the sword.
FURY OF THE SMOL
Being the smallest one in the ring can have some major disadvantages when you’re at a distance and reach is the determining factor for landing a hit. But once you start to close measure the game shifts and that small size starts to present some very interesting advantages.
SCHILL-HOW? REDUX
Every mastercut has contexts to explore, and the Schillhau has at least three. In this class, we will dissect this mastercut and explore how to perform it with technical prowess in all its contexts.
BRITISH / AMERICAN MILITARY SABRE
An introduction and overview of mounted and dismounted sabre / broadsword use in Europe and the Americas based on manuals from the late 1700 and early 1800’s. 
CAPO FERRO'S RAPIER DAGGER
This class is an overview of Capo Ferro's Rapier Dagger system and how to integrate it into your fighting.
MEDIEVAL BASIC TRAINING- LEVY

This class will go over techniques and strategies of medieval pole arms as experienced by the conscripted foot soldier focusing mainly on the use of voulge and bill.

ZUCKEN: FUHLEN IN ACTION

We will focus on the context, biomechanics, and application of the Zucken as a way to build up a sense of Fuhlen, looking at both its theoretical place in the Zettel and its practical use in the fight.