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!

Search Classes at SoCal Swordfight 2023

NACHSCHLAG BEST SCHLAG
In this class we will use drills and sparring games to develop one's means of making an effective single attack or combination of attacks.
LONGSWORD YOGA
Bring your longsword (or any sword) and join us for a conditioning and yoga class designed for the modern swordsman (and swordswomen).
HEMA HISTORY AND BAD HEMA

This lecture covers the history behind HEMA. Why did people fight in medieval to modern day Europe? What were the rules and customs?

FIORE OVERVIEW FROM WRESTLING TO SWORDS

In this class the Flower of Battle of Fiore de Liberi is explored including history, wrestling, dagger and sword. We'll also cover spear, pole-axe and horsemanship in brief. 

FIGUEYREDO'S RAPIER AND DAGGER
This class will cover how Figueyredo coordinates the rapier and dagger together to tie up the opponent's sword.
SIMPLIFYING THE BIND
The goal of the class is to provide a more sparring/tournament applicable approach to the bind by creating a structured frame work to approach the wide field of options available to use as fencers within the context of the bind.
DAGGER VERSUS SWORD/SWORD VERSUS SPEAR ARE THE SAME THING!
Students will learn the most common attacks of the spear and longsword versus shorter weapons as well as the best techniques to defend themselves against longer weapons.
RULE #1: DON'T DIE

In this class we will look at reading our opponent and making the best choices based on their feedback for the situation.

MORE SIDESWORD OF DALL'AGOCCHIE
This class provides a more advanced look at the actions of the sword alone according to Giovanni dall'Agocchie.
BOLOGNESE FENCING FOR FUN AND PROFIT
Basics of the sword alone according to Giovanni dall'Agocchie:
THE STRUCTURED SPINE

This class will focus on establishing proper spinal posture and how to use that in HEMA and every day life

JEU DE LA HACHE - OR - "PROVING YOUR INNOCENCE WITH AN AXE"
By the end of the class you'll be fighting like a Frenchman and ready to defend your honor. You'll also have a better understanding of a quick and cunning weapon that is often under-appreciated in HEMA, as well as the physicality involved in 15th century armored combat.
BRAIN GAMES: EMPOWERMENT AND COPING STRATEGIES FOR COMPETITIVE HEMA

Brain Games is a class designed to help fencers who are new to competitive HEMA, or those who have never felt comfortable competing, discover coping and empowerment strategies to enjoy the competitive experience.

COMBAT SPEAR/QUARTER STAFF

Although the spear is used primarily for thrusting and throwing from long range, those familiar with Asian combat systems know there's a great deal of slashing and close-quarter attacks as well. 

DOUBLE SHORT SWORDS
A dual sword wielding warrior is intimidating to behold both on the battlefield and in the arena. Advantageous in single combat and especially useful when dealing with multiple opponents.
SHORT SWORD & DAGGER TACTICS
Students will learn the offense-based, close-quarters tactics of sword and dagger from the Filipino martial discipline of Kali and discover its similarities (and differences) with European and other cultural martial arts. 
INTRODUCTION TO THIBAULT'S RAPIER

An introduction to Thibault's rapier, covering his basic theories that are found in his book, 'The Academy of the Sword. 

THE JAPANESE STAFF

This class will delve into the usage of the jo staff of the Suio Ryu, which differs from the more modern arts in many ways.

WHY DRILL WHEN YOU CAN GAME?
In this course Allan Sherlock will introduce you to a variety of sparring games, how to build them, and how to utilize them to learn and sharpen your own skills and those of your fencers.
RING-COACHING: HOW TO EMPOWER YOUR FENCERS IN THE RING
Effective ring-coaching is all about empowering the fencer; your goal is to help them focus on fencing well, while you worry about other small details that might help give them an edge. 
INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH BROADSWORD AND SABER

Learn the ways of the English Quarterstaff! The English system of quarterstaff focuses on maximizing reach and speed.