Steaphen Fick

About Steaphen Fick

Steaphen Fick - SoCal Swordfight 2022 Instructor

Steaphen Fick has been fighting and studying European bladed weapons since 1989 when he started touring California with an armoured tournament company. After 10 years of working in armour he went to Edinburgh, Scotland to study the sword and compete in tournaments and reenactments around the UK in 1999.

In July of 2000 he began teaching WMA at Davenriche European Martial Artes School in San Jose California. He has been teaching professionally for over 21 years, and retired from tournaments in 2013 with his retirement tournament being in Amsterdam. He has taught on 4 different continents, has taught the use of the sword on TV with Adam Savage, Mike Rowe and has been on the History Channel shows half a dozen times.

His experience with bladed weapons and teaching for over 2 decades allows him to work with students of all levels and to be able to understand the techniques of the Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and bring them to life in the 21st century.

Classes Being Taught by Steaphen at SoCal Swordfight 2022

Rapier and Dagger of Joseph Swetnam

We will be working on the use of Rapier and Dagger as taught by Joseph Swetnam in his manuscript 'The Noble and Worthy Science of Defence' from 1617. We will be working on the ways to use the rapier and dagger in different guards and how to move with a unique stance that he teaches.

Swetnam says to use his rapier like a backsword so we will be working on techniques that cut the thrust into the attack.

Required Gear
Sword and notebook

Class Length
1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Class Level
Intermediate to Advanced

Dastardly Disarms

We will be working on disarms that we can use with the longsword and the side sword. When fencing the 'sword fight' will last as long as both people agree to be in a sword fight. The art of the fight is to change the parameters of the fight without the other person realizing the fight has changed until it is too late to react.

This class will be physical and will also require the participants to get close to one another and 'wrestle with a tool'.

Required Gear
Longsword, side sword (if they don't have both a stick for the longsword will work and a rapier will substitute for the side sword) gloves, mask.

Class Length
90 Minutes

Class Level
Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

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All classes and schedules are subject to change without notice.