On the 7th to 8th of March Uppsala Historiska Fäktskola is arranging Vasaslaget. Vasaslaget 2020 will offer competitions, workshops, sparring and a welcoming social environment. The base price of the event will be 250 SEK (if participating in workshops, sparring or competitions). The competitions cost an extra 400 to 300 SEK. The duel competition (presented below) is included in the base price.
This year there will be four competitions: Open Longsword (”beginners'” competition) (400 SEK), Women’s Longsword (400 SEK), Sword & buckler (350 SEK), Wrestling (300 SEK) and a repetition of the Duel competition from last year. The Open Longsword competition is for everyone who has not placed top 8 (usually reached quarter finals) in a competition with more than 20 participants the last three years. Beginners’ tournaments (low tier) at Battle of the Bridge do not count and neither do women’s competitions as we want female participants to get the chance to get more varied opponents. The Women’s Longsword competition does not have any ranking restrictions. Both longsword competitions will be part of Eriksgatan HEMA League focusing on beginners as well as women in order to encourage tournament participation. The other two events will be in Linköping and Gävle during the spring.
The Wrestling competition will take place on Sunday, whereas the other competitions will be on Saturday.
For all competitions except the Wrestling tournament according to Swedish law all participants must be at least 18 years of age and everyone who is training in a Swedish club must have a competition license from Svenska budo & kampsportsförbundet. Foreign participants must train in a HEMA club. Remember to follow the equipment regulations of Svenska HEMA-förbundet.
As some of you notice there are no single rapier or messer competitions this year. The reason is that there will be no participant cap in the longsword competitions and therefore the whole Saturday afternoon will be reserved for the longsword competition. However, if we notice that there will be no more than 36 fencers in the Open Longsword competition we will arrange a single rapier competition, but this will be announced with short notice (one or two weeks before the event).
Like last year, there will be a duel competition running on Saturday. Anyone who is eligible to compete (over 18, with gear meeting the requirements and having a competition license, if training in a Swedish club) are allowed to participate in this competition. In this competition you issue a challenge to anyone (in the competition – or not yet in the competition) and the participants agree on a set of weapons (polearms not allowed). We strongly recommend to use the same kinds of weapons, but if both participants, and the referee for the match, agree to fence with different sets of weapons there are no rules against it. There will be a strong suggestion, but not a strict rule, not to fence the same opponent with the same set of weapons without at least one match with a different set of weapons in between. There will be one referee for the match, who will also do a quick gear check. The fencers must find a volunteer referee on their own, preferably an experienced fencer. The duel will stop at the first valid hit. The winner will be the fencer who was not hit – both fencers can lose if there is a double hit or a valid afterblow. Two out of three people (the two fencers and the referee) must agree that the hit was valid. There will be a secretariat recording the results. These matches will not be fought on mats – only a designated area marked by tape. Therefore throwing, lifting, pushing or tripping will not be allowed. The plan is to select three winners at the end of the competition: the one with most wins, the one with most fenced matches and the one with the best win/loss ratio (having fenced at least as many matches as the median number of matches fenced). These duels will be considered self judged and will not be entered into the HEMA tournament rating.
There will be two workshops this year and they will be on Sunday:
Rickard Vesterberg – Montante
Damian Matuszewski – Rapier
No accommodation will be arranged by the event.
Register using the form at https://forms.gle/sjg48dU5qxv1aEWu6.