Instructor
Adam Simmons

A wandering student of the sword for the past 18 years, Adam is known for being able to fence and teach with a wide variety of weapon systems. This is evidenced by his diverse collection of HEMA tournament medals. Adam’s teaching specialties include military sabre, Italian rapier, Fiore longsword, smallsword and sword & buckler. To fund his sword collection and world travels, Adam works as a remote Scrum Master / IT Project Manager.

At SoCal Swordfight 2023 Adam Simmons will be presenting the following:

Bolognese Buckler & Buddies

Course Description:
An introduction to the use of the sidesword as practiced in renaissance Italy, with a focus on the use of companion arms in Bolognese swordsmanship, including the use of buckler, dagger, armored gauntlet, and “dueling glove”. The plays examined will be taken primarily from Marozzo and the Anonimo Bolognese manuals. If you are not familiar with the often tongue twisting names of Bolognese guards, fear not! The class will start with basic foot work, strikes and guards with sword alone, before moving on to the use of companion weapons.

Required Gear:
Gear: Mask, gloves. More protective equipment will be required if you wish to spar near the end of class.

Some limited swords and bucklers trainers will be available, but please bring a one handed sword and or buckler if you do have one.

Course Level:
Beginner and Intermediate Levels

Course Format:
Hands-On

British/American Military Sabre

Course Description:
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. This class will examine warmup (balance motions), footwork, cuts, guards, counters and fighting/fencing tactics as practiced during that period. A comparison of various systems will be given near the end of the class. Time allowing, we may examine sabre vs bayonet tactics. Free fencing will be encouraged near the end.

Required Gear:
Gear Required: Fencing mask, gloves, elbow protection, etc. Some sabers simulators and single sticks will be available, but bring any one handed sword you have.

Course Level:
Beginner and Intermediate Level

Course Format:
Hands-On

Your must register for the event to attend classes

SoCal Swordfight 2023