March Melee - Introduction to Historical Fencing

Inte­res­ted in his­to­rical fencing?
SHMS (Suo­men His­to­rial­li­sen Miek­kai­lun Seu­ra ry) offers an int­ro­duc­to­ry month in March at a special price. During March we orga­nize begin­ner cour­ses in Longsword, Rapier, Sabre and Sword & Buckler. The fee for the enti­re month is 50€ and you can attend the cour­ses you want - one, two or all of them.
- Longsword begin­ners cour­se 2.3.2020-30.3.2020, Tues­days 18:00-19:30
Longsword cour­se teac­hes Ita­lian longsword- and dag­ger figh­ting basics, as Fio­re dei Libe­ri demon­stra­tes in his book: Il Fio­re De Bat­taglia (1410). Tuesday’s les­sons cover basics and on Thurs­days you can apply Tuesday’s les­sons with more advanced students.
- Rapier begin­ners cour­se 3.3.-31.3.2021, Wed­nes­days 18:00-19:30
On Rapier Beginner’s Cour­se you will learn the basics of Ita­lian Rapier accor­ding to Grand Simu­lac­ra, writ­ten by Rido­fo Capo Fer­ro in 1610.
- Sabre begin­ners cour­se 4.3.2020-25.3.2020, Thurs­days 19:30-20:30
On the begin­ners’ cour­se you will learn the basics of mili­ta­ry sabre accor­ding to Char­les Roworth’s The Art of Defence on Foot with Broad Sword and Sabre (1804).
- Sword and Buckler begin­ners’ cour­se 6.3.2020-27.3.2020, Sun­days 12:00-14:00
Sword and Buckler begin­ners’ cour­se teac­hes the basics of figh­ting with sword and buckler. This inclu­des basic stances, footwork, attac­king and defen­ding with side sword and buckler. The cour­se inclu­des drills from Roy­al Armo­ry Manusc­ript I.33 (c.a. 1300 - 1320) and will pre­pa­re stu­dents to progress into spar­ring and freeplay.
Loca­tion: SHMS Sal­le, Luis­ka­tie 8, Helsinki
Sig­ning up by email:
Price: 50€ (stu­dents 35€). Free for paying members.
You will need indoor sports atti­re (black track­suit pants, whi­te t-shirt, and indoor sports shoes) and it is advi­sable to have a pair of glo­ves and a water bott­le. We’ll pro­vi­de all other neces­sa­ry equipment.
The price covers all of the begin­ners’ cour­ses. You can attend all of them with the same fee.
The first les­son is free. After the first les­son you can deci­de if you want to con­ti­nue and pay the par­tici­pa­tion fee. Begin­ners’ cour­se fee also covers the SHMS mem­bers­hip fee.
Due to Covid-19 restric­tions, we’ll issue desig­na­ted fencing masks for each stu­dent in the first class. We recom­mend wea­ring a mask to all trai­ning ses­sions and make sure you take care of your hand hygie­ne. We would also like to remind eve­ry­one not to attend prac­tice if you are sick.
If you are inte­res­ted in star­ting his­to­rical fencing but the cour­se sche­du­le is not sui­table for you, plea­se con­tact and we’ll sort it out!