Schedule Vasaslaget 2014

The schedule should be accurate regarding workshops. Observe that there is limited time for the tournaments and they might start sooner or later than the scheduled times. The schedule is just a rough guide line for the tournament times.

Time Hall E Hall G Hall G
18.00-19.00 Registration
19.00-21.00 Sparring/Training for judges and referees Workshop, Johan Lundby
21.00-22.00 Sparring/Training for judges and referees Training for judges and referees.
9.00-10.30 Sword & buckler tournament Sparring Workshop, Hans Jörnlind
10.45-12.15 Sword & buckler tournament Sparring Workshop, Mika Keskitalo
12.15-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.30 Wrestling tournament Sparring Workshop, Kristine Konsmo
15.45-17.45 Longsword tournament Sparring Workshop, Ilkka Hartikainen
17.45-18.45 Longsword tournament Sparring
18.45-19.45 Finals, price ceremony Sparring
20.00- Dinner in town
9.00-10.45 Sparring Workshop, Axel Pettersson/SvHEMAF meeting in Olympia
11.00-12.00 Sparring SvHEMAF meeting
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.00 Photography and tournament weapon auctions
14.00-15.00 Cleaning and leaving

Workshop descriptions:

Johan Lundby – Saber

This is not a beginners class. The class will address what to do when the fight ports within the grip distance, the clinch. How do you get there, how do you deal with it, end it or avoid it? We’ll also try it out with sharp blades.


Basic protection (mask, gloves etc.) and sabre or one-hand sword of steel/synthetics.

Hans Jörnlind – Longsword: Controlling the box

We will do this through sparring exercises where we try to attack our opponents head and at the same time stay safe and protect ourselves. The conditions for the exercises will change all the time. The purpose for these exercises is to understand the importance of always keeping a proper guard, always move and always think several steps ahead to open up the opponents defence. Some experience is needed.


Fencing mask, longsword, sparring gloves, gorget & elbow protection.

Mika Keskitalo – Rapier (or sidesword) & dagger: All for one, one for all

An experimental group vs group sparring session with a three musketeer theme. We spar in small random groups (ca 3 persons) using rapiers and sideswords together with companion weapons such as daggers, bucklers and cloaks. There will not be any instructions, but there will be some rules and coaching to make it interesting and safe. We will spar in rounds and have discussions between. We will adjust the rules as we go along.

This is not a competition, but a chance to try team fighting and experiment with different weapons.


Good protective equipment required. Remember that this will be a bit more chaotic than usual sparring.

Bring your own weapons. There will be some stuff to borrow and we can borrow from each other so that we can try different weapon combinations. All weapons have to safe to for both cut and thrust, no stiff or heavy blades allowed.

Kristine Konsmo – Sword & buckler

Naturally, this course it open to all who would like to attend (granted the equipment requirements are met) but I assume most attending have studied S&B at least on the basic level before and therefore will take a more intermediate approach.

The manual of interest for the course is I.33, however It is not necessary to be familiar with the contents of the manual.

I would like to discuss some specific wards and guards and the various interpretations which are popular today.

  • Cuts from 1st and responses
  • Priest Special (attacks to the leg)
  • Walpurgis (creating disturbances)

We will review some cutting drills and take up the discussion on cuts vs. thrusts in S&B.

Further I would like to look at how we use the buckler: both as a supplement to our sword and as a tool in and of its self (e.g. as a weapon).

Additionally, I would like to briefly discuss tournament mentality and some special elements which come into play specifically with S&B tournaments.

I will split up the time between theoretical discussion (participation in the discussion is highly encouraged for all levels) and drills. There will be a number of partner drills as well as solitary exercises.


  • One handed sword (steel preferred)
  • Buckler (steel, leather or wood preferred)
  • Fencing mask
  • Gloves (not too thin, please)
  • Chest protection (as we will engage in thrusting drills)
  • Groin protection (optional for women)
  • Knee protection (as we will be drilling cuts to the leg)
  • Elbow protection – optional but suggested
  • Fencing jacket – optional (a light one should be sufficient)

*Note: If you only have a nylon sword this will probably be okay as long as there is at least one other person with nylon to drill with. We will try to provide what we can of bucklers etc. but our supplies are greatly limited so it would be great if everyone could bring their own gear.

Ilkka Hartikainen – Bolognese Tradition: Style within a style — a look into the different perspectives the various masters give us on the Bolognese tradition

There are four main sources that describe what we today know as the Bolognese tradition of renaissance swordsmanship. They originate from the same area, share terminology and some of them share similar pedagogical structures, all suggesting to us that they are indeed dealing with the same tradition. But these four texts are not the same.

In this workshop we will examine through exercises and plays the different ways masters Marozzo, Manciolino, dall’Agocchie and the one whose name we don’t know decided to lay out their instructions on how to learn to use the sword. We will be focusing on the sidesword without accompanying weapons, but borrowing some material from Manciolino’s and Marozzo’s instructions for sword and buckler.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a basic understanding of Bolognese swordplay and a deeper understanding of the source material and the actions and teaching conventions described by them.


A blunt single-handed sword, preferably a sidesword equally suited for thrusting and cutting. Mask and gloves are highly recommended but not absolutely necessary.

Expected skill-level

The workshop is suited for beginner and advanced practitioner alike. For a beginner the challenge will be learning a new way of fencing, for an advanced student it will be in understanding the different subtleties of the various master’s examples.

Intensity level

Easy to moderate.

Instructor bio

Ilkka Hartikainen has studied historical European martial arts for over a decade, beginning with Italian longsword and rapier styles. For the past five years he has devoted his time to the study of Italian sword arts of the 16th century. His focus is the single handed sword system described by the Bolognese masters, but his work reaches to other weapons and weapon combinations of the period as well. Ilkka has made it his mission to establish renaissance swordsmanship as one of the most widely known and practiced form of European martial arts. To achieve this, Ilkka teaches regular classes in Helsinki and travels around the world to learn more about the European martial arts heritage and to give workshops of his own. In addition Ilkka is active in engaging martial artists and researchers through videos and articles published online.

Axel Pettersson – Longsword

I have had the opportunity to travel alot in the last year and have seen a few patterns on what people know and don’t know, and what techniques people tend to use and tend to omit. In this class we will go through a number of techniques and principles that I think currently is lacking in the community and that can be relatively easily implemented.


Sparring gear is mandatory.

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