Instructor
Richard Marsden

Richard Marsden along with John Patterson are founders of the Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship. He has won many medals in competitions and more importantly his students and their students have won medals. Richard has been involved in historical fencing since the 1990s and is the author of several HEMA books such as HEMA History, Bad HEMA and Polish Saber. He has a Masters Degree in land warfare and has an understanding wife given his strange hobbies.

At SoCal Swordfight 2023 Richard Marsden will be presenting the following:

Fiore Overview From Wrestling to Swords

Course Description:
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. Students will get to try a variety of techniques with different weapons.

Required Gear:
Longsword and Helmet.
We can make do if you have no gear and try and help you out.

Course Level:
Beginner Level

Course Format:
Hands-On

HEMA History and BAD HEMA

Course Description:
This lecture covers the history behind HEMA. Why did people fight in medieval to modern day Europe? What were the rules and customs? Additionally, we'll cover 'Bad HEMA', a humorous look at what the fencing masters had to say about techniques and one another.

Required Gear:
None.

Course Level:
Open to All Levels

Course Format:
Lecture

Your must register for the event to attend classes

SoCal Swordfight 2023