For those planning on attending the "Day at the Liechtenauer Academy" event on September 18th, please send your reservations in soon! There is a limit of 50 students and observers. As a special incentive, all those who send in paid reservations by September 15th will have their names entered into a drawing for a copy of Christian Tobler's newest book, "Fighting with the German Longsword" !
On September 18th, Count Rhys of Harlech, fechtmeister of Die Schlachtschule ("The School of Battle"), will hold a seminar on halfsword and pollaxe techniques from medieval fechtbücher (fighting manuals) written by Johannes Liechtenauer, Hans Talhoffer, and Sigmund Ringeck, in addition to 'Le Jeu de la Hache.'
The morning will be spent reviewing the materials, and after lunch there will be hands-on practice of the techniques using wooden "waster" long-swords, and pollaxes. Students will receive hand-outs with explanations and pictures of each of the techniques and a list of useful web links. There will also be CD's for sale containing pertinent information from fechtbücher and relevant chapters from Count Rhys' book, "Harnischfechten: The Art of Armored Combat."
In the evening, students will gather at "die Taverne", where there will be board, card, and dice games, a hearty German repast provided by our cooks, Dietrich Schwelgengrubber and Heidrekr Skulason, and a cash bar for those who desire ein Glas Bier with their meal.
Adult fees will be $11 for the day (plus the $3.00 SCA non-member surcharge, if applicable), plus $5 for dinner.
10:30 - the hall opens for check-in
11:00 - 12:30 - Lecture on the materials
12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch break
1:30 - 4:30 - Practical Application of the materials
5:00 - 7:00 - Dinner
The event will take place at Moose Lodge #1978 in Edison, NJ. Directions are available in Pikestaff and at www.eastkingdom.org.