MKAOD Class Schedule 2019

Do you have a class to teach?  We have traditional classroom space or open list space available, with time blocks as small as 15 minutes or as big as 12 hours – we want to do whatever it takes to enable your class!

Please contact Ursus with any questions, or to volunteer to teach.


Class Details


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


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: Giganti’s Rapier Part I – Measure & Structure
Instructor Warder Raphael di Merisi
Time: 10:00 am – Noon

A period system promoting small controlled actions forcing your opponent to do all the work for you. We’ll be using Giganti to help explore universal concepts in martial arts that allow us to keep fighting longer and more effectively. 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: Polearms of Marozzo
Instructor: Lady Katerina die Herrliche
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This class will provide a basic framework for fighting with polearms by working through Achille Marozzo’s partisan manual. We will learn guards and basic strokes in solo and partner drills. Limited loaner equipment will be available, please bring a trainer or rattan 6-7ft polearm if you have it.


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

This class will also fulfill the MIT requirement for a drop test signature.


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: 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.


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

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


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: Giganti’s Rapier Part II – Tempo, Feints, & Invites
Instructor: Warder Raphael di Merisi
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Getting more into the mental side, we’ll learn how to effectively lie to our opponents in order to encourage them to jump onto our sword for us. Having taken Part I or having previous experience with Italian Rapier is encouraged, but not required. Please bring full rapier kit.


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


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


Title: Introduction to 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, an embroidery needle, a 6″ embroidery hoop, and a piece of fabric (aida) in your choice of thread count. Class limit is 10, but there will be extra kits available plus copies of patterns for those who don’t need the supplies. Katrin will also have copies of the other Midrealm award and officer patterns on hand.


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.