[Elfsea] A Sword and Buckler Seminar

Wilkerson, Glen D glen.d.wilkerson at lmco.com
Thu Jan 5 14:31:47 PST 2006

This looks pretty cool, I thought Elfsea would like to see this too.

Also, go to www.briarwoodretreat.org for information on the site.


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From: steppes-bounces+glen.d.wilkerson=lmco.com at ansteorra.org
[mailto:steppes-bounces+glen.d.wilkerson=lmco.com at ansteorra.org] On
Behalf Of Catherine Sims
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 8:20 PM
To: steppes at ansteorra.org
Subject: [Steppes] A Sword and Buckler Seminar

Baron Lyelf the Lame asked me to forward this along, as he has lost most
of his e-mail addresses in a computer crash.   If any of you know him,
I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from you.  His e-mail address is:
BLYLE at sbcglobal.net


<snip> I lost most of my email addresses.  I hope you can forward it on
to our more martial SCA friends.

It refers to a Sword & Buckler seminar (based on the
I.33 manuscript) being taught in the DFW area.  The instructor is SCA,
so the Steppes may know all about it already.

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Subject: [CFML] MEDIEVAL SWORD & BUCKLER (RA I.33) seminar, DFW
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Two Days of study on Royal Armouries RA MS I.33 with Dr. Robert Holland
of the Schola Saint George Feb. 11th - 12th, 2006, DFW Texas

With the publication of Dr. Jeffrey Forgeng's book The Medieval Art of
Swordsmanship (http://www.revival.us/index.asp?
PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=98), many students of medieval combat,
fencing and Asian martial arts became fascinated with sword and buckler.
But the text is complex, and the figures difficult to interpret.

But I.33 is an extremely interesting text; it seems to be intended for
civilian self-defense, but may have military roots (many of the
positions or wards can be found in contemporary manuscript
illuminations). It is also the only text that pictures a woman, the
enigmatic Walpurgis. But the system is a self-contained, effective
approach to defense with a sword and buckler that can be used with
blistering efficiency as a tournament form or as a martial art.

Dr. Robert Holland, Principale of the SF branch of the Schola Saint
George (http://www.scholasaintgeorge.org), has been working on the
system since before the publication of Dr. Forgeng's fine book,
distilling the principles into core ideas combined with drills and
exercises designed to help combatants understand the treatise and
integrate the key principles into their fight. 

Dr. Holland, known in the SCA as Viscount Sir Robert of Woodsend (West
Kingdom), has been a well-known combatant and highly respected teacher
for many years. His teaching style is open and effective, combining
solid kinesthetics with a razor-sharp understanding of the treatise.
Students should come away from the seminar with practical skills they
can apply to their art and an appreciation for the depth of the
manuscript's approach. 

In addition to the drills, students will have the opportunity to spar
and to work with Schola instructors. 

Students should bring a single-handed sword, shinai, buckler, gambeson
(or equivalent), gorget, gloves or light gauntlets, and a fencing mask
or light helmet. Medieval shoes are recommended but not required.
Students should also bring snacks and are advised to bring drinks as

More information can be found on the Schola website,
http://www.scholasaintgeorge.org. For advance tickets, purchase direct


or call Brian R. Price at 708-434-1251. Limited crash space is
available, contact Brian at chronique_editor at yahoo.com for more details.

Briarwood Retreat, 670 Copper Canyon Road, Argyle, TX (North DFW)
Fees: $25 Schola members; $40 non-members. $50 at the door. Saturday
lunch, $8 Bucklers & Shinai based weapons will be available for

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