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Academy attends sparring event

A Team from the loughborough Academy Go and fight in the West Midlands
24/02/19

Line Up of the Fighters that took part in the WMHA Sparring Event. Thanks to Mercian Mediecal Fight Club for hosting the day! Photo Credit: Amy Lewis.

Line Up of the Fighters that took part in the WMHA Sparring Event. Thanks to Mercian Mediecal Fight Club for hosting the day! Photo Credit: Amy Lewis.

For many of our club members, we have only really been put to the test by each other, fortunately, at the invitation of the Mercian Medieval Fight Club, we were able to attend a full sparring event with a wide range of fighters and experience more than a normal club session!

Loughborough AoS Team at the end of the day and ready to grab a drink!

Loughborough AoS Team at the end of the day and ready to grab a drink!

Hosted at the training hall of the Mercian Medieval Fight Club, we had the chance to fight other members of the HEMA community in bouts ranging from grappling and knife work, through to Longsword and Sabre. Taking a team with us was the first real outing for the Loughborough AoS group and thankfully, we all got a chance to get involved and show what we have developed so far! While we made a respectable showing, this sort of environment is the perfect ground for reflecting on the next stages of our training, figuring out key areas of improvement for our fighters, as well as the chance to experiment with new techniques and put them through a real pressure testing!

With a range of fighters from not only the local clubs near Birmingham, notably the Birmingham HEMA club, but visitors from Cambridge HEMA as well as Exeter, we had a lot of strong competition to test ourselves against. We will be watching out for the next event and hoping to bring not only a larger contingent drawing from our other clubs, but improve upon or efforts and bring a greater challenge to those we train with.

I would like to thank everyone who sparred with our members. A chance to train with an unknown opponent brings with it many challenges and is a true test of skill and allows us to develop as fighters. I can only hope we provided a worthy challenge and hope to provide more in the future!

Once again, a special thanks to the Mercian Medieval Fight Club for arranging the gathering a hosting the event in their training hall. The event was a great success and we hope to not only contribute further to these events, but also replicate them to fill out the calendar for the year for all to enjoy. For those in the area, I highly advise you checking out the Mercian Medieval Fight Club, please find their contact details below!

Mercian Medieval Fight Club
https://www.mmfchema.co.uk/
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Inaugural Session at Leicester 

The Academy of Swordsmanship Launches its Second Club Venue
13/2/19

Joe getting his hand in at basic cuts, making committed strikes at his opponent

Joe getting his hand in at basic cuts, making committed strikes at his opponent

On the 12th February, the Academy was delighted to begin hosting a new session in the heart of the city of Leicester! This new club saw a good reception for its first outing. giving the Academy a solid grounding with which to grow the club and draw more into the art.

The group had a diverse mix of students, some with experienced in events like re-enactment and other martial arts, and some whose experience with swords amounted to fight scenes in Game of Thrones!

By the end of the session, the beginners were able to make strong attacks, showing off what they learnt by laying into the instructor. Delivering well supported strikes with good edge alignment, making me raise some frantic defenses as they adapted their lessons to allow them to make quick transitions and deliver another clean strike. Very impressive work from people who had never picked up a blade.

David holding a-typical guards to test his stalking opponent

David holding a-typical guards to test his stalking opponent

Those with more experience were treated to a more advance lesson, taken by my partner in crime, David Robson. As a veteran of the Academy, having trained at the Loughborough club for some time, he was able to lay the foundations for the first of our drilled counters, the “High Roller”, a simple hanging guard parry into a strong descending strike on the opposite side. With this work put in by David, I was able to come along and demonstrate variations on the technique, demonstrating the use of the “Thumb Grip”, commonly found in practice from German Traditions. In addition to this, they got a taste of the eastern influence with an adaptation, drawn from Kenjutsu styles, stepping away from the incoming strike and exploiting the flank with a quick strike at optimal range for the counter-cut.

Several were also shown strategies and methods that complimented their previous studies, with alterations to the Hanging Guard which enabled the students to get in close and look into basic grabs and grappling methods, as well as a few select pommel strikes for good measure!

All round, a really promising start for the Academy of Swordsmanship in Leicester! Hoping to grow stronger and develop both of our clubs and look forward to seeing the potential both clubs hold. It was a pleasure to host an event with an engaged crowd and already looking forward to the next session!

Find us in Leicester every Tuesday Night at the Y Centre, 2000-2200
The Y Centre, 7 East St, City Centre, Leicester, LE1 6EY