Instructors & Classes
Brittany is the Co-Founder and Head Instructor at Mordhau Historical Combat in Mesa, Arizona. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ancient and Medieval History and focuses primarily on German systems of sword arts. Her competitive history in HEMA includes multiple medals in longsword, cutting, ringen, and glima. She began doing HEMA in 2014 at Blood and Iron Martial Arts, where she earned her instructorship before starting Mordhau Historical Combat with fellow multi-medalist, Kyle Griswold.
Brittany will be teaching a class on Ringen am Schwert with the longsword. The class will focus on wrestling at the sword, specifically using the longsword. Special attention will be given to biomechanics which optimize the techniques for all practitioners so as to discourage personal injury and maintain the safety of our training partners. Techniques will include standing grapples and takedowns. Students should be comfortable with breakfalls prior to this class. Masks, gloves, and swords required.
Eric is a Provost in the HFA and owner and Principal Instructor of the New Jersey Historical Fencing Association. He has studied martial arts for 24 years and has trained in HEMA for the last 12 years. He dreams of one day catching a cutthroat trout. It’s his version of Bigfoot.
Leckuchner's Messer: The Art of Remaining (Bleiben)
Class will explore the various ways one can remain with the messer. Some of the questions that will be explored include: What advantages lie in remaining? What are the martial and defensive benefits of remaining? What end results stem from remaining? How do you remain if the other person chooses otherwise? We will look at plays from Leckuchner's manual to highlight the possibilities. Equipment needed: fencing mask, gloves, messer, or other one-handed sword simulator.
Sean Morgan is an instructor for the Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association Appleton chapter and a Free Scholar Adept in the Historical Fencing Affiliates. He started studying HEMA with the WHFA in 2014beginning with the Longsword and has since added a focus to specialize in the use of the Quarterstaff.
Quarterstaff: Concepts, Mechanics, & Control
Utilizing techniques from multiple treatises as examples Sean will demonstrate general quarterstaff concepts that have remained the same over the centuries. Students will also learn the "how" and "why" to use specific mechanics while executing these techniques with a focus on controlling the weapon to safeguard training partners. Staves will be provided. Masks will be required and light five-finger gloves are suggested.
Tim Hayes is an instructor for Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association Appleton Chapter and a Free Scholar Adept in the Historical Fencing Affiliates. He has been doing Martial Arts for more than 20 years and HEMA for over 7 Years. His focus in HEMA is Bolognese fencing, specifically Sword and Dagger, and Sword alone. He also teaches Longsword, Ringen and Catch Wrestling.
This class will focus on skills and drills used with the sword and dagger. We will cover how to properly use the two weapons together, and coordination drills to help with using the two weapons at the same time. While focused on a cut and thrust style of sword normally referred to as a side sword, many of these drills and techniques can also be used with a rapier and dagger as well so if you do not have a side sword bring a rapier. Students will need to have a mask, gloves and a sword and dagger. A limited number of loaner weapons will be available so please bring your own.
Sean has international success in HEMA, earning medals in multiple weapon sets, including grappling, messer, rapier and longsword fighting as well as cutting. He was event champion of both Longpoint 2013 and 2014, the largest Historical European Martial Arts tournament in North America. Sean's skills as an instructor have been recognized by the community, having instructed at events both locally and abroad. He his best known for his longsword cutting mechanics, his development of the Thibault style of rapier, and being extremely proficient at grappling techniques involving a sword.
Thibault Rapier: Toto, We Aren’t in Spain Anymore
Gerard Thibault d'Anvers created a unique style of rapier fighting which relies heavily on controlling the opponent's blade and working into close measure, rather than the more common approach of looking for openings at a distance and attacking with a lunge. While Thibault's style is a descendant of the Spanish Destreza it has evolved into it's own unique concoction, with a unique approach that differentiates it from other styles of rapier. No disengages, no lunges. If you don't like rapier, this is the system for you. This course will be a survey introduction to the system, so participants get as broad an introduction as possible. Rapiers are required, and a mask is optional.
C. J. Flanigan
C. J. “Dapper Cody” Flanigan is an HFA scholar multi-adept and instructor at Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association Appleton where he leads the saber program, co-leads a smallsword program with fellow instructor Aaron Pynenberg, and provides unbidden fashion criticism. He spends his spare time trying to marry stage combat to historicity.
Courtesy in Combat; or, Why the Gentleman Fights
No part of human history exists in a vacuum, and swordsmanship is no exception. Strap in as we journey through time to take a brief but sexy look at fencing as it existed in Britain during the 18th century. In particular we will be using this lens to examine the context and practices of the smallsword and military sword.
Lars is a free fighting florist with a quick tongue and a mischievous glint in his eyes. He has fallen deeply in love with the explorative lens of self that martial arts can provide, and is passionate about sharing this gift as openly and honestly as possible.
Curing the Dagger, Pt. I: an Ambush in Six Parts
Fiore d’ei Liberi may not be a doctor, but if he had studied law or medicine for as long as he studied fighting, he would be. In this class we will be learning Dr. Fiore’s signature Remedies (plays for you Meyerists) for dagger wounds. As any good doctor knows, preventative medicine is the best medicine. An ounce of cover is worth a pound of blood.
Katy has been practicing HEMA since 2012. She has studied directly under Provost Aaron Pynenberg as well as other top leaders of the HFA. Katy has competed at a national level, consistently placing in tournament finals as well as winning women's longsword tournament at Long Point back-to-back in 2015 and 2016. She has traveled and trained internationally with HEMA groups both inside and outside of the HFA. After a recent move she currently trains with her husband and co-leads an all womens HEMA class as part of the WHFA - Appleton chapters class offering. With a focus on the longsword, Katy enjoys pursuing continued improvement in her fencing and teaching skills.
Perhaps you are new to HEMA or are a bit farther along on your HEMA journey but are looking to expand your core training practices. Work through and experience some of the fundamental drills practiced by the WHFA. During this training session we will cover 4 - 5 core drills, giving ample time to test each drill and ask lots of questions. The benefits of practicing the fundamentals should never be overlooked, and this will be a great opportunity to brush up on key skills and concepts. Mask, gloves, and long sword are required.
Rebecca has been studying German Longsword with the New York Historical Fencing Association since 2014. She competes frequently in women's and open longsword, and has (very occasionally) medaled in women's longsword and paired technique. She has been teaching a year-long "Being a She-Wolf" seminar in Danville, PA, based on the idea of teaching real-life empowerment strategies through the various facets of competitive longsword.
This class, taken from my Being A She-Wolf class, is designed for fencers of all genders who may want to compete in the future but don’t yet feel comfortable doing so, or for fencers who have never felt quite-right in a competitive environment. We will look at goal setting and coping strategies that can help you get through competition - and help you in your daily life outside of HEMA. This will include goal setting to help you reach new fitness benchmarks, strategies to deal with the anxieties of performing in a competitive environment, and coping strategies for when things don't go quite so well. Please bring mask, gloves, and sword. Fencing jacket optional.