30 JUNE - 1 JULY 2018
International Lowlands Hema Gathering
Hilversum - The Netherlands


Here you find the workshop description for the ILHG 2013

Lee Smith & Mishaël Lopes Cardozo

Dussack: Sparring through technique

Dussack: Sparring through technique
In this workshop you learn how to spar, while applying specific techniques structured
in one single exercise.
There are multiple exercise variations to this structure and during this workshop and
by going through them step by step, you gradually improve your overview of what is
happening in a fighting situation.
At the end of the workshop we combine these different predetermined drills.
Together these drills will not only enhance your fighting abilities with the Dussack but also give you a clearer overview of what is infact happening in a fight and why this is happening.
These training drills are fun to do and will improve your skills with any single handed weapon.

Level: Medium & Advanced

Equipment: Fencing Mask 

Steaphen Fick & Detlev Schops

Half Swording: Fighting in Armour and Wrestling with a Lever

Half Swording: Fighting in Armour and Wrestling with a Lever

There are three weapons in the sword (the sword in two hands, the dagger [half sword] and the hammer [the pommel]). In this class we will focus on the use of the sword as a dagger and a hammer. We will look gain an understanding of handles on the body and how best to exploit them while using the sword as a lever.
We will also study ways to switch between the weapons of our sword and when are some good times to use one over the other and how that tactical descion can be made within the fight.

The half sword can be used for:
Stabbing (anzetzen, angreifen, mezza spada): starting the fight
Joint locks
Placing the opponent on the ground (wrestling – starting from different positions)
Mortslag strikes

Level: This is a class that is good for beginning, intermediate and advanced students.
Equipment Required:
Students will need a longsword, mask, jacket and gloves for this class

Suggested: Back of the head protection. throat protection, leg protection (shin protection, knee protection, upper leg protection), arm protection (lower arm, elbow, upper arm)

Steaphen Fick

Italian Longsword: Maintaining and Controlling the Center Line

Italian Longsword: Maintaining and Controlling the Center Line
In the Maintaining the Center Line class we will look at the 4 lines.
You have a line of attack, and on your body you have three different lines of potential attack. I
n this class we will look at what these lines are, where they are and how best you can use them to offend your opponent while keeping yourself as safe as possible while controlling where your opponent can attack.
In the Maintaining the Center and Controlling the Center Line class we will look at ways to control the opponent’s line of attack from above and below.
Level: This is a class that is good for beginning and intermediate students.
Equipment: Students will need a longsword, mask, jacket and gloves for this class

Gaëtan Marain & Arto Fama

Longsword: Attack and defend the four openings

Longsword: Attack and defend the four openings

A fencer is divided into four quarters:
The upper and lower, and each into the right and left. Through these divisions all concepts to be learned in combat can be grouped. If the opponent tries to hit this openings, the fencer must know how to move to secure himself. Conversely, the fencer should intend to reach the four openings of his opponent. Each combatant shall probe to hit the four openings and have to guard against same. The workshop will be divided in two parts. Firstly, Arto will put the emphasis on the attack: how one must keep the pressure by changing openings. He will show the manner to maintain the initiative. Secondly, Gaëtan will focus on the defense : how one must parry and take back the initiative. Reverse the trend when your opponent attacks your openings will be the center of his argument.

Level: all levels.

Equipment: Mask, Gloves  Longsword (whether steel or nylon). Fencing jackets are welcome.

Ben Floyd & Nicole Smith

Longsword Reach & Measure

Longsword Reach & Measure
Using and abusing your reach, techniques for the vertically gifted and the vertically challenged.
This class will help both the tall and the short fighter make the most of their stature in a fight.
We will show you how to keep those half-lings at bay and how to slay the giant. 
Our focus in this class will be on timing, footwork, tunneling, and distance management. 

Equipment: Fencing mask & gloves

Level: Beginners to intermediate

Matt Galas

Longsword: Reconstruction of German Fechtschule Practice

Longsword: Reconstruction of German Fechtschule Practice

A Gang-Based Approach to Longsword and Dussack

From the 15th-18th centuries, German fencers tested their skills in public competitions known as Fechtschulen.

The most common weapons used were the longsword and the Dussack. In these competitions, fencers fought bouts that were customarily divided into three rounds, or Gänge. Each round (Gang) consisted of a set number of blows. Once a bout began, the fencing master would intervene only when each side had struck the set number of blows. The winner was the one who had struck his opponent the highest bleeding wound. Using cutting exercises from Joachim Meyer’s manual from 1570, as well as some extrapolation from the German student duels (Mensur), this class will present an experimental approach to Gang-based fencing with longsword and Dussack. As part of this class, students will focus intensively on cutting mechanics; be exposed to a comprehensive series of 4-cut drills; and will work intensively on parrying skills at close range.
The class will conclude with each student fighting three Gänge (rounds) with their partners. 

Level: All levels

Required gear: Fencing mask; longsword or Dussack; gauntlets, forearm and elbow protection, fencing jacket. Experimental mind-set required!

Axel Pettersson & Dennis Ljungqvist

Longswords: Sparring & Coaching

Longswords: Sparring & Coaching

In this workshop, we will learn both how to spar and receive feedback from our coach, both before, during, between and after bouts, aswell as being the coach and learn how to spot flaws and patterns and how to correct them. As far as possible, Dennis and Axel, both of whom have long experiences as fencers and coaches, will give personal feedback to all fencers during the class.

Equipment: This class will be sparring heavy so sparring gear is a must, steel or synthetic weapons are OK as long as they can be used with your training partners gear.

Level: This class requires that you have sparring experience since at a minimum a year back, and preferably longer.


Ilkka Hartikainen & Reinier van Noort

Marozzo's Fight of the single Dagger

Marozzo's Fight of the single Dagger

In this workshop, we will work with Marozzo's description of fighting with the single dagger.
The style of fighting with the dagger described by Marozzo differs significantly from various Medieval dagger styles, as slashing blows to unprotected areas are a key part of the system.
First we will build a basis from the plays given by Marozzo. Once this basis is built, we will move towards slow free drilling and finally fencing with the daggers.
If time permits, we will also have a look at Marozzo's unarmed presas against the dagger.

Level: The class is suitable to everybody.

Equipment: Mask, training knife or parrying dagger if available.

Merlyn Janssen & Sverre Vijvers

Of Sword and Spear

Of Sword and Spear

The spear has been named the "queen of the battlefield" and has always been a primary weapon in the theatre of war right up until the second world war.
From the simle staf and spear to the more complex pol axe or  the 20th century fixed bayonet , the sword has always played second violin to the simplicety, reach and speed of staf weapons. And although the sword has, in many cultures, become the symbol weapon of the pinnacle of martial might, in manny recorded duel, master swordsmen have been laid low by the huble and unasuming spear.
In this workshop we wil be looking at some techniques that a swordsmen can use against the spear and other staf weapons.

This workshop is based on: Le jeu de la hache, master ringecks comantary on fighting with spear
and master Paulus Hector Mayer.

Equipment: Protective gloves, fencing mask and gorget (throath protection staff (preferably with rubber spear head or top), a wooden, nylon or plastic longsword (as to not damage the staff), a plastron or fencing jacket that can take a thrust from a staff

Level: It is intended for intermediate practitioners of HEMA

Tomek Maziarz & Matthys Kool

Ringen: All dimension of the fight

Ringen: All dimension of the fight
Medieval Wrestling – all dimension of the fight,
This workshop will cover wrestling techniques from different manuals. We teach how to throw your oponent, to put the opponent down and fight on the ground.  You will need a certain measure of humour, readiness for some real effort and loose sportswear.

Level: Beginner & Medium

Equipment: Strong sweatshirt & Optional wrestling shoes or bare-foot

Dieter Bachmann

The longsword in the Cologne Fechtbuch

The longsword in the Cologne Fechtbuch
German Longsword in the year 1500: a workshop on how to reconstruct techniques and how to test one's reconstructions for viability, based on examples from some "minor" German manuals
We are going to look closely at the Cologne Fechtbuch. What are schilt, storz, flogel and gassenhau, and how sure can we be we got them in the way the manuscript's author tried to describe them?

Level: intermediate or advanced

Equipment: longsword, mask, gloves;  optionally more protective gear to try the stücke at full speed.

St Mark
zwaard en volk
Spes - Historical Fencing Gear
Peter Regenyei
PBT fencing
The Renaissance Sword Club
Zwaard & Steen
Götenborgs Historiska Fäktskola
Sumus Soldani