Jack Gassman

About Jack Gassman

Jack Gassman - SoCal Swordfight 2022 Instructor

Jack became a HEMA practitioner in 2010 and has since focused mainly on the Liechtenauer tradition, including Rossfechten (mounted combat).

His work revolves around the historical context of the Zettel and applying his findings in modern competition. 

Jack is a Stuntman, Performer, Actor, Writer, Historian, and Mounted Combat Specialist.

Jack develops, creates and performs accurate depictions of historical combat scenes for film and theatre, bringing in the newest research into the display he creates for camera and stage. You may have seen Jack on the big screen in Dancing Day or The Tragedy of King Lear, or caught him as Mercutio in the Television Series Romeo e Giulietta


Classes Being Taught by Jack at SoCal Swordfight 2022

Sparring Games for Strategic Development

We spend lots of time on what Meyer considers learning the alphabet so we may write words and turn words to sentences, sentences to poetry, but how do we learn to be poets? This class focuses on presenting fencers with straightforward strategic challenges, forcing creative tool-use of their technical repertoire by restricting tactical choice and thereby forcing them to think on a larger strategic level and discover the heart of Lichtenauers system, the five words.

Required Gear
Equipment The drills can be done with any weapons system however gear for full speed sparring is required.

Class Length
45 Minutes

Skill Level
Intermediate
These drills are suitable for all skill levels, the more skills you have the more complex the technical back and forth and evolved the tactical solutions to the strategic problems.


Becoming a Schirmmeister

Much is made in the period of fencer’s defensive capabilities, in one of Grimm’s fairy tales even able to parry the rain drops of a storm to keep himself dry, but modern training often focuses more on the attacks than the defenses. We will be looking at in depth defensive tactics to secure ourselves so we can confidently approach the opponent and be the one laying down fire instead of being worried about a sucker punch. We will then look at how these techniques are found in Liechtenauer and how they inform our offensive techniques.

Required Gear
The drills can be done with any weapons system however gear for full speed sparring is required

Class Length
1 Hour

Skill Level
Advanced
These drills are suitable for all skill levels, the more skills you have the more complex the technical back and forth and evolved the tactical solutions to the strategic problems.


Defence Against a Medieval Assassin

As Giganti was to write a hundred years later, italy's captains were at far greater risk of death by the dagger than the sword.
Assassination was an ever present threat to the condottieri captains, courtiers and positions that made up Fiore's students and it is clear from abundance of improvised weapons that make up his treatises, but even more understanding how this colors his system is fundamental to applying his techniques.
In this workshop we'll be using Scenario games to explore his techniques and mindset.

Required Gear
Mask and throat protection, light gloves and jacket recommended

Class Length
1 Hour

Skill Level
Open to All Levels



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