MKAOD Class Schedule 2019


Class Details


Title: Reach for the Goal – Stretches to Improve Performance
Instructor: Lord Michaelangelo the Long Thorn
Time: 8:30 am – 9:00 am

A brief stretching regiment to help warm up the muscle groups necessary for fencing.


Title: Fundamental Body Mechanics
Instructor: Baron Maximilian von Fallingbostel
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

No armor or weapon needed.  This class started out primarily as a footwork class because so many fighters (rapier and rattan) seem to take footwork for granted. While the human body can only move so many ways, so a lot of footwork is similar across all martial arts, I’ve noticed some nuances in these earlier period footwork techniques that seem to better take into account leg armor, which later period rapier techniques have the luxury to ignore. Over the years I’ve brought in some other basic mechanics to set the stage for some of the techniques I show in later classes.


Title: Have Fun Storming the Castle
Instructor: Baroness Slany bean Uillic
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The neighbors are invading! We need to protect ourselves. We will discuss in-period ways to both defend and take a castle.


Title: La Verdadera Destreza
Instructors: Lady Rosaleen and Master Kai Tseng
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

An Introduction to Destreza, with a focus on body mechanics, basic sword technique, and footwork. We will begin with an overview of the principles of Destreza, and then move on to some basic drills. Students should bring gloves, a single handed sword, and fencing mask.


Title: Giganti’s Rapier – Tempo, Feints, & Invites
Instructor Warder Raphael di Merisi
Time: 10:00 am – Noon

You opponent is trying to kill you, it’s time to lie to them. Save yourself the trouble of having to run after spry youngin’s by encouraging them to jump onto our sword for you. Having previous experience with Italian Rapier is encouraged, but not required. Please bring full rapier kit.


Title: Basic Two-Hander – Lichtenauer
Instructor: Baron Maximilian von Fallingbostel
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Armor optional, steel/rattan/simulator two-hander needed. Some loaners will be available. This class is focused on the German Lichtenauer system of longsword fencing. This beginning class concentrates on guards and thrust-based attacks suitable across all categories: standard rapier, C&T and rattan. Some cuts and disarms may be included if time permits.


Title: Punch, Drop, and Flex Your Rapier Equipment
Instructor: Lord Finn O’Connor
Time: 11:00 am – Noon

This class will drop test different recommended fabrics to evaluate their resistance to puncture, demonstrate how to test a SCA heavy rapier / cut and thrust sword for flexibility. and demonstrate how to punch test a mask.

This class meets the requirements of the Midlands regional rapier marshal for an MIT signature for drop test instruction and practical exercise.


Title: Basic Messer – Lechkuchtner
Instructor: Baron Maximilian von Fallingbostel
Time: 11:00 am – Noon

Armor optional, steel/rattan/simulator single-hand sword needed (preferably without basket/swept hilt – simple cross-guard ideal). The shorter the blade length, the better – ideal is 32″. This class is focused on the German Lechkutchner system of messer. This class closely mirrors the Lichtenauer two-hander class, and a key element is showing how they both use very similar body mechanics for many of the basic guards and attacks. Students should come away from the Messer and Two-hander classes effectively learning one system that covers both weapons.


Title: Mechanics and Mistakes
Instructor: Master Anna Reimer von Wolfenbüttel
Time: 11:30am – 1:00 pm

A practical exploration of common fundamental mechanical mistakes, how to take advantage of them, and how to avoid making them. This tactic-oriented class is ideal of intermediate fencers, but beginners will also benefit greatly, as we will be going over fundamental mechanics many new fencers (and not-so-new fencer) miss. Recommended, but not required for the “Analyzing the Fight” class. This class is hands on. Masks, gloves, and swords are minimum for partial participation. Full kit required for full participation.


Title: How Not to Get Slapped – Personal Contact Do’s and Don’ts When Fencing and Teaching
Instructor: Warder Gwynneth Verch Ieuan
Time: Noon – 1:00 pm

Learn some “best practices” on how to navigate personal contact when teaching fencing and not get slapped while you’re at it. Genders beyond binary will be covered.


Title: Use of Parry Devices – Linear, Planar, and Foldable
Instructor: Master Alexander de Seton of Altavia
Time: Noon – 1:00 pm

Learn how to use a stick/cane/scabbard, buckler, or cloak in SCA rapier combat.  Bring whatever device you have/use/want to use so we can discuss it/them.


Title: Fiore’s Bastoncello (Short Stick)
Instructor: Deorsa MacGhillechearr, CCK
Time: Noon – 1:00 pm

The bastoncello was a symbol of rank and authority in period. A person of substance was always a target of attack and the bastoncello was often their first line of defense. Come learn how to defend yourself in a 14th century Italian alleyway and have fun with Fiore.


Title: Intro to Structure and Footwork
Instructor: Lord Rowland The Clever
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

So you can talk the talk, come learn how to walk the walk! Learn about structure and how it relates to footwork, posture, and possibly reduced back pain*. The class will be taught from a primarily Italian perspective, but I’ll try to teach concepts generally.

Sword and gloves are required, but no mask or other protective equipment.

* Reduction amount not guaranteed.


Title: Looking Good – The Theatrics of Fencing in the SCA
Instructor Baron John of Illiton
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

An overview of rapier combat as a GAME within the Society for Creative Anachronism, this fast-paced class, filled with insight and perspective, has been popular at Fencing Academies and Workshops since before Rapier Combat was a legal Middle Kingdom activity. Students are asked to bring fencing equipment and weapons but NO sparring will take place.


Title: Glasgow Messer – Demonstration of Historical Manuscript
Instructor: Baron Maximilian von Fallingbostel
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This a demonstration of all eleven messer techniques listed in the manuscript E.1939.65.341, R.L. Scott Collection, Glasgow, Scotland. While this is intended as an A&S demo and not a participatory class, if time permits during or after class I can run through the moves with students.


Title: Marozzo’s Dagger
Instructor: Warder Raphael di Merisi
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

One of the first civilian manuals to deal with the dagger, Marozzo teaches us how to show ruffians what’s what and send them along their way. Please bring a mask, dagger, and gloves.


Title: The Ten Commandments (of the Italian Fencing Masters)
Instructor: Warder Gerard Montague
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The primary purpose of this class is to explore the similarities of the late period (1606 – 1610) Italian fencing masters. Specifically, we will discuss the documented teachings of Maestros Salvator Fabris, Nicoletto Giganti and Ridolfo Capoferro in order to look for the fundamental similarities of these uniquely identifiable fencing styles.


Title: Making Your Own Rapier Gear Made Easier
Instructor: THL Oda Umi
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Learn the requirements for creating rapier and cut & thrust gear. Learn basic information to enable you to make your own kit. Hand outs limited to 20.


Title: Mechanical Advantage – How to Break Down the Bind
Instructor: Lord Michaelangelo the Long Thorn
Time: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Having trouble finding your opponent’s blade? In this class we’ll go over the very basics of finding your opponent’s weapon.


Title: Teaching New Fencers from the Ground Up
Instructor: Lady Christina Noëlle
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Too often new fencers are handed a sword and told to “go poke the other guy”, without any thought as to giving them a proper foundation. This class will go over why you should start at the ground, literally, and how to (hopefully!) keep it fun.


Title: The Art of Breaking Down Your Opponent
Instructor: Lord Michaelangelo the Long Thorn
Time: 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) loops and their application in breaking down the fight.


Title: Capturing the Awesome: Techniques for Photographing Rapier
Instructor: Anna Jokinen, CCK
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We all want to make our friends look good – learn some tips and tricks to get great photos from the side of the list. We’ll cover picking your shooting location, framing, camera settings, and reading a fight. Please bring your camera (or cellphone) as we will be shooting photos during the second half of class.


Title: Personal Coaching with Master Kai
Instructor: Master Kai Tseng
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Master Kai will be holding “office hours” – drop in during this window to get one-on-one coaching and feedback.


Title: Analyzing the FIght
Instructor: Master Anna Reimer von Wolfenbüttel
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00pm

Observing and visualization are two key tricks to becoming an exceptional fencer. Learn how to watch and analyze fencing to spot tactical elements and really understand the fight. This class involves participation, so please come prepared to fence if you can. Full kit required for full participation.

It’s recommended, but not required, to take the “Mechanics and Mistakes” class earlier in the day for this class.


Title: Fundamentals of Cutting
Instructor: Warder Raphael di Merisi
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you a rapier fencer looking to cross over into C&T? An armored fighter looking to pick up some steel? Then this is the perfect class for you. Pulling from the Bolognese tradition, we will cover universal principles of how to cut with a sword. Please bring a mask, sword, and gloves. Full C&T kit preferred but not required.


Title: Cross Stitching a Cavendish Knot Favor
Instructor: Lady Katrin Grimsdottir
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $5

Want to make something special for that fencer in your life?  Intimidated by free hand embroidery?  Come and learn the basics of cross stitching. It’s just like painting by numbers but you use thread instead of paint. The take home kit is $5.00 and includes a copy of the pattern, embroidery floss, a cross stitch embroidery needle, a 6″ embroidery hoop, and a piece of Aida fabric. Class limit is 10, but there will be extra kits and copies of the patterns available.


Title: Blade Mechanics – What, Why, and How
Instructor: Master Terrance of Tynedale
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This class will explore the relationship of your blade to that of your opponent. We will cover the concepts of “Weak vs. Strong”, the various ways to gain dominance over the opponents blade, and what to do if someone dominates your blade.

Participants will need a rapier, mask, and gorget. There will be hands on drills but nothing at speed so body armor is optional.


Title: Melee Fundamentals – Defense
Instructor: Anna Jokinen, CCK
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come and learn from that #%?$& shieldmaiden you can’t get out of the corner at LaRochelle how to be a strategic defensive fighter on the melee field. Topics include when to stand them up, how to keep your friends alive and thwarting that hot stick trying to get to your flag.


Title: Melee Fundamentals – Offense
Instructor: Rapier General Cole O’Doran, CBR
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come and learn from the General who can’t quite give up being at the front of the charge how to be a strategic offensive fighter on the melee field. Topics include when to press, how to roll lines, and how to fish that shieldmaiden out of the pocket.


Title: Bolognese Two-Handed Sword
Instructor: Warder Raphael di Merisi
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A tradition of longsword that isn’t often explored, we shall be studying how Italy’s largest school approached the weapon throughout the 16th century. Some loaner longswords and gauntlets will be available to borrow, but please bring your own if possible.