Schedule Vasaslaget 2019

There can still be changes to the schedule. There will be an area for sparring during the whole event, but the size of it will vary depending on, e.g., the space required for workshops etc. The duelling competition will be run in designated parts of the sparring area (free to use for sparring if there are no duels). The duelling competition will run at the same time as the tournaments during Saturday (8.30-17.00 with a break for lunch).

Staff should be on site and ready 15 minutes before a tournament starts. Fencers should be ready for gear check 10 minutes before a tournament starts.

On Sunday two workshops will run in parallel.

Time Location: Gamlishallen, Gamla Uppsala
20.00-22.30 Preparing for tournaments.
8.30-10.30 Sword & buckler tournament
10.30-12.30 Rapier tournament
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.00 Messer tournament
14.00-15.15 Longsword tournament: First half Swiss
15.15-16.30 Longsword tournament: Second half Swiss
16.30-17.00 Longsword tournament: Eliminations and finals
18.00-20.00 SvHEMAF annual meeting
20.00- Dinner in town
9.00-10.00 Workshop: Longsword with Carl Ryrberg.
9.00-10.00 Workshop: Sabre with Damian Matuszewski.
10.00-11.00 Workshop: Longsword with Andreas Markehed.
10.00-12.00 Workshop: Cutting (sharp) with Thomas Nyzell.
11.00-12.00 Workshop: Dagger with Björn Rugstad.
12.00-13.00 Workshop: Rapier with Mattias Andersson.
12.00-13.00 Workshop: Sword & buckler with Henrik Persson.
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Cleaning and leaving

Workshop descriptions:

Carl Ryrberg (Örebro HEMA) – Longsword: Zwerch yourself to ringen!

We will work on utilizing the zwerch haw helicopter to get into position for disarms, locks and takedowns. Friendly to all skill levels.

Required equipment: Mask is useful but not mandatory.

Damian Matuszewski (Uppsala historiska fäktskola) – Sabre: Play my game! A few thoughts on controlling your opponent

The goal of this workshop is to reflect on the principle of controlling your opponent’s actions. Damian will demonstrate it on the example techniques from the low guard taken from Polish sabre / dussack. The techniques are relatively easily transferable to other weapon systems and the control concept is universal so all are welcome!

Required equipment: mask + sabre OR any one-hander and a heavy glove

Andreas Markehed (Malmö historiska fäktskola) – Longsword: Deflecting strikes and zornhut

Using strong deflecting cuts from Meyers longsword to gain an advantage.

Required equipment: Longsword. Mask and gloves recommended but not required.

Thomas Nyzell (Uppsala historiska fäktskola) – Cutting with a sharp sword (advanced level)

Pre-registry required. To sign up for Thomas Nyzell‘s workshop on cutting contact him by message on Facebook or by e-mail. Contact any of the organizers if you need his e-mail address. The workshop will take a maximum of 8 people. The workshop is aimed at experienced cutters. With experienced means being able to do Ober- and Unterhau through tatami mats and having managed to do more advanced strikes through mats at least a few times. Bring your own sharp sword. There will be tatami mats for sale for 80 SEK. When applying specify how many mats you want since they need to be prepared beforehand.
Required equipment: Mats for cutting must be bought separately on site. Sharp sword.

Björn Rugstad (Wisby historiska fäktskola) – Dagger: Dagger based on Meyers 1570 Gründtliche Beschreibung der Freyen, Ritterlichen unnd Adeligen Kunst des Fechtens

The core theme will be reversed off-hand grabs viewed through the lens of the guards.

Required equipment: Dagger (a 50 cm wooden stick can work as a replacement) and mask. Leather gloves might be a good thing. There will be some daggers to borrow.

Mattias Andersson (Gävle HEMA) – Rapier: Swede like a Spaniard

don Emanuel Friedrich de Bada was a fencing master in Sweden hailing from Spain who wrote a fencing book in Swedish around 1733. We will go through his basic movement scheme and approach to fencing, focusing on the things he does differently.

Required equipment: Rapier (or sidesword), mask, light gloves suitable for rapier training. Throat protection optional but recommended.

Henrik Persson (Uppsala historiska fäktskola) – Sword & bucker: Working from below

Exploring plays from the underbind in I33. Some previous experience of sword and buckler recommended.

Required equipment: Sword, buckler, mask and gloves.

Tournament schedule

Vasaslaget 2019 will be a Swiss-system tournament. In the first round fencers will be randomly paired, trying to avoid bouts between competitors from the same club. In subsequent rounds competitors will be sorted according to performance to meet another competitor with the same score or as similar score as possible. Exceptions can be made to avoid that competitors meet each other more than once. In longsword the Swiss competitions will be split in two halves (18 fencers each) to reduce waiting times. There will be 5 Swiss rounds for each half. Rapier and Sword & buckler will be run for 5 Swiss rounds, whereas Messer will be run for 4 Swiss rounds. After the Swiss rounds the top 4 fencers will meet in semi finals and finals (including match for third place). It is possible that it will be decided that 8 fencers will be proceeding to eliminations (quarter finals) in longsword. This will be announced no later than before the longsword tournament starts.

This means there are no times when pools start. After each round of fights everyone will be assigned a new opponent and must be ready to fence.

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