Lord Siridean writes:
In October of 2005 there was a Known World Rattan Symposium that was hosted by the Kingdom of Calontir (in the center of the US). It featured instructors from Ansteorra, Artemisa, West, Northshield, Midrealm, and Ealdormere. (More were planned but the schedule did not work out).
The instructors taught classes/lectures that covered a wide range of topics, such as; Glaive, Greatsword, Movement and Mechanics, Sword Theory, Physical Training, Learning Philosophy, Melee Command, Melee discussion group, Spear, period manual technique for SCA Pole Axe, period manual technique for SCA Broad Sword.
It was a grand event and any who could not make it truly missed something amazing. Doing pickups at wars is one thing...but when you have top caliber fighters from across the known world in one place all dedicated to teaching and sharing ideas....it was truly an amazing thing to see. For those that were there it is something that will not be forgotten as new friendships were formed as well as knowledge exchanged.
This type of knowledge is not to be horded but shared so that all may benefit and grow and help "push" our art to the next level. To that end several of the instructors agreed to have their classes taped so the knowledge could be shared. Much thanks should go to these individuals as they demonstrate their Franchise as they willing share their knowledge with others.
The classes/lectures that were recorded with the permission of the instructors have been compiled into a 3 DVD set that we are making available for purchase. These DVDs are not being produced for the purpose of profit. The proceeds from sales goes directing to cover the cost of producing the DVDs and the event itself. (the funding for the event came from private individuals).
The 3 DVD set have about 9 hours (actually more) of video. The list of classes that are available are as follows:
- Duke Paul- Glaive
- Duke Paul- Greatsword
- Duke Brannos- Movement
- Duke Brannos- Spear
- Duke Brannos- Melee discussion
- Earl Duncan- Sword Theory
- Earl Tristan- Physical Training
- Duke Sean- Learning Philosophy
- Viscount Mordain-Commanding 101
The DVD is ready and will make its first appearance at a Kris Kinder Market , a Calontir merchant event, this weekend and is priced at $20.00. For those not able to attend I am working on making it availed for order over the internet. If you are wanting it NOW please send your information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject of "KWRS DVD" and I will work with you to get you a copy.
My first run is only 100 sets, so get one this weekend or send an email TODAY!
If you have any questions please let me know.
Take care and happy holidays,
P.S. Permission is granted to forward to anywhere you think is appropriate.