Higgins Armory Sword Guild

Photographs and Video Clips
of Higgins Armory Sword Guild Demonstrations and Workshops

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Please note that the images on this page do not necessarily represent the Guild's most up-to-date interpretation of the historical techniques.

Guild Workshop: February, 2011
What the Manuals Don't Teach
with Reynir Alfreð Sveinsson

Workshop -- What the Manuals Don't Teach

Workshop -- What the Manuals Don't Teach Workshop -- What the Manuals Don't Teach Workshop -- What the Manuals Don't Teach
Workshop -- What the Manuals Don't Teach Workshop -- What the Manuals Don't Teach Workshop -- What the Manuals Don't Teach Workshop -- What the Manuals Don't Teach

Video shoot: November, 2010
Viking Combat Training
at Higgins Armory Museum

for American Treasures,
a new show premiering on
the Discovery Channel in spring, 2011

Photos courtesy of Peter Graupner

We taught Jason and Kirk, the two hosts of the show, some fundamentals of Viking combat.

We taught Jason and Kirk using the training techniques used in the Viking combat classes offered by the Guild, and in our regular Viking practice sessions.

We played the shield bind game.

We did cutting practice against a pell.

We did cutting practice against a pad.

We did some grappling exercises.

We did the Haugbúinn drill to practice defense with the shield...

and we finished with several rounds of the Klámhögg game.

Viking Day, July, 2009

The Higgins Armory Museum held a full day of Viking activities to celebrate the release of a new book, Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques.

Viking day combat workshop

photos by Lauren Davis

The Sword Guild offered a workshop on Viking combat techniques. Museum guests learned a few fundamentals and then tried some of the techniques using wooden practice weapons.

Viking day combat workshop


Viking day combat workshop

Viking day combat workshop

Viking day combat workshop

Participants over a wide range of ages participated.

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The workshop concluded with an opportunity to participate in a shield wall.

armored poleaxe combat
Armored poleaxe combat
for Modern Marvels
on The History Channel

armored poleaxe combat

armored poleaxe combat

armored poleaxe combat

longsword demo
unarmored longsword demo

longsword demo
clashing blow

longsword demo
grappling

demo
disarm

rapier demo
rapier demo

rapier demo

rapier demo

rapier demo

Sword and Buckler demo
sword and buckler demo

Sword and Buckler demo

Sword and Buckler demo

Sword and Buckler demo

Starhemberg
Starhemberg unarmored longsword demo
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armored combat demo
armored combat demo
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armored combat demo armored combat demo armored combat demo armored combat demo
pike drill
17th century pike drill
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diGrassi rapier demo
di Grassi rapier demo
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disarm

dagger demo
Mair dagger demo

dagger demo

dagger demo

dagger demo

longsword demo
Master at Arms demo

sword and buckler demo

dagger demo

halberd demo

halberd demo
halberd demo

halberd demo

halberd demo

halberd line demo
halberd line made up of volunteers from the audience

Images ©2001-2011 William R. Short

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