Instructor
Michael Tucker

Michael found his way into HEMA via stage combat. He was fortunate while he was training for his certification his mentor introduced him to the wide world of HEMA over a decade ago. After spending a few years traveling and learning he opened up a Lightsaber School in Indianapolis, basing the forms on popular weapons in the HEMA world. Michael won several golds at international saber events enjoying the community and martial arts around him but fund himself missing the sound of steel. In 2022 he returned to the world of HEMA, competing and winning gold at SoCal, then opening up a new school "Tuathair Academy of Martial Arts". He is excited to share the lessons of his travels at SoCal and see what insights we can gain together.

At SoCal Swordfight 2023 Michael Tucker will be presenting the following:

The Hoplite Shield Wall "How equipment evolves around tactics"

Course Description:
We will discuss what the shield wall is, the equipment in it, and how it changed over time. Reflecting on the change in equipment as tactics evolved.

Then review how elements of Hoplite fighting can be used in our HEMA journey.

Required Gear:
Anyone with ancient Greek weapons welcome to bring it! (Aspis, falcata, xiphos, spear).

Course Level:
Open to All Levels

Course Format:
Hands-On

Assumption of Helm

Course Description:
TLDR: How tweaking your rules to account for various pieces of armor, can lead to a greater understanding of your skills and weapon. This exercise can work with any pair of weapons and event mixed steel.

Armor has never been a cohesive element on the battle field, warriors, soldiers and conscripts had to balance what they could afford and what they could comfortable travel with. It was the exception to be covered from head to toe, or to have none at all. At the very least most people would try to at least protect their head. Hence "assumption of helm".

We will start by jumping into scenarios with pairs sparring without being able to score with a strike to the top of head we assume they have a something like a spagenhelm or kettle helm. Next we add gauntlets, then increase the protection of the help to something like a sallet with a bevor.

At each step we will discuss how the restrictions alter their way of engaging and how restrictions can help encourage often ignored techniques.

Required Gear:
Gear (required)
- Longsword or other weapon
- Mask
- Gloves

Gear (recommended)
- Jacket
- Fencing Pants
- Gorget
- Limb and Joint Protection

Course Level:
Open to All Levels

Course Format:
Hands-On

Your must register for the event to attend classes

SoCal Swordfight 2023