Higgins Armory Sword Guild

The Guild offers a variety of fee-based training courses and workshops which are open to the general public and are taught by Guild instructors, including: one-hour workshops; multi-day classes; and open-ended classes. In addition, the Guild holds regular general practices and specialized practices that are open to any Guild member free of charge.

Currently scheduled classes and workshops:


Viking duel

Viking Sword and Shield Workshop
a two-hour workshop
offered on three dates this summer
Saturday July 23, July 30, and August 6
from 1:30 to 3:30PM
at Higgins Armory Museum

Were your Viking raids unsuccessful last summer? Were you frozen out by the Frost Giants in your last battle? Do you want to improve your Viking fighting skills? If so, then join us to learn some of the combat skills of medieval Europe's most fearsome warriors: the Vikings.

The course is a active, hands-on workshop consisting of a single 2-hour session at Higgins Armory Museum. Students will learn some of the basics of fighting with a sword and large shield, based on reconstructions of Viking fighting techniques developed at the Higgins Armory Museum. Using a variety of drills and exercises, students will also learn basic safety principles and historical combat fundamentals which will allow successful students to join in the regular Viking combat practice sessions offered at the museum.

No experience is required, and all needed equipment is supplied. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothes and athletic footgear. While drinking water is available in the classroom, students may wish to bring their own liquids to stay hydrated during the class. Students may also wish to bring a thin glove for their shield hand (usually the left), since beginning Vikings often find their knuckles get skinned where they rub underneath the shield grip.

The class consists of a single two-hour session held on Saturday afternoon from 1:30PM to 3:30PM in the basement practice room at Higgins Armory Museum. Participants must be 15 years or older; younger students may be accepted with the instructor's permission. The fee is $25 for museum members, $30 for non-members, and pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 12 students. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


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Historical Combat Symposium 2011
a full day of lectures, discussions, workshops, and demonstrations
for instructors and students of historical European martial arts
August 20, 2011 from 8:30AM to 5PM
at Higgins Armory Museum

The Higgins Armory Museum's world-class historical combat program invites researchers and practitioners from around New England to our first day-long symposium. A series of lectures, hands-on workshops, and roundtable discussions will focus on the state of the art in the region in turning historical combat treatises into living practice. Save the date; more details as they become available.

For questions, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


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School of Swordplay
open-ended class
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday mornings 10:30am-12noon
at Higgins Armory Museum
 

Have you ever wondered what it is like to wield the knightly longsword or the musketeer's deadly rapier? At the Higgins Academy of the Sword you will receive expert instruction in rapier, longsword, and dueling sabre, as well as the classical forms of modern fencing weapons. Our ongoing class is taught by internationally recognized swordsman and fencing historian Ken Mondschein and offers a safe, progressive system of instruction, building overall fitness and coordination as you learn living swordplay traditions handed down from the days when a person's life might depend on their skill with a blade.

We invite you to join a growing community of men and women exploring the art, science, and spirit of the sword. Classes are held on an ongoing basis three times each week. Tuition for a set of eight classes is $180 ($150 for Museum members); all classes must be taken within the space of two months. Gift certificates and discounts for three-month blocks of classes are also available.

The class is open to age 16 and up. No equipment is required. Please wear comfortable athletic clothes with long pants. Low-top sneakers are preferable. These classes are somewhat strenuous in nature, involving aerobic and anaerobic exercise. If you have a preexisting illness, injury, or other condition, please inform us and also consult your physician.

For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.

An introduction to the Academy of the Sword.


Other classes (contact the museum for scheduling information):


Mair longsword

Martial Arts of the Middle Ages
four day class
at Higgins Armory Museum

What was it really like to fight with the knightly longsword, or the outlaw's quarterstaff? In this course you will discover the secrets of medieval martial arts in a variety of weapons forms, including the longsword, quarterstaff, dagger, and wrestling.

This class consists of four 1½-hour sessions held on Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at Higgins Armory Museum. No experience or equipment necessary. Participants must be 15 years or older; younger students may be accepted with the instructor's permission. $100 for museum members, $125 for non-members; pre-registration required. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.

A study guide for the class is available here as a pdf file. Students should download and look through this material in preparation for the class, and prospective students are welcome to review it to get a better sense of the material covered in the class.

A few photos from a recent class session are here.


Viking Sword and Shield Introductory Course
four day class
at Higgins Armory Museum

Were your Viking raids unsuccessful last summer? Were you bullied by a berserk at the last winter feast? Do you have a hólmganga duel coming up and want to sharpen your fighting skills?

If so, then join us to learn some of the combat skills of medieval Europe's most fearsome warriors: the Vikings.

The course is a active, hands-on workshop consisting of four 2-hour sessions at Higgins Armory Museum. Students will learn some of the basics of fighting with a sword and large shield, based on reconstructions of Viking fighting techniques developed at the Higgins Armory Museum. Using a variety of drills and exercises, students will also learn basic safety principles and historical combat fundamentals.

No experience is required, and all needed equipment is supplied. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothes and athletic footgear. While drinking water is available in the classroom, students may wish to bring their own liquids to stay hydrated during the class. Students may also wish to bring a thin glove for their shield hand (usually the left), since beginning Vikings often find their knuckles get skinned where they rub underneath the shield grip.

The class consists of four two-hour sessions held on four successive Saturdays from 1:30PM to 3:30PM in the basement practice room at Higgins Armory Museum. Participants must be 15 years or older; younger students may be accepted with the instructor's permission. The fee is $100 for museum members, $125 for non-members, and pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 12 students. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.

Photos from a recent class session are here.


Axe, Sword and Shield!
one hour workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum
a second session will be added later in the afternoon if the first session is filled

Learn the skills that made the Vikings the most feared warriors in Europe. In this 1-hour hands-on workshop you will get a sampling of the combat skills and battle tactics of the Vikings, trying your hand at the sword and shield, the spear, and the fearsome Viking axe. Cost: $10. Class is open to age 14 and up, or age 10 if accompanied by a participating parent. Space is limited. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


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Viking Combat Workshop for Younger Vikings
one-hour workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum

Hey, Kids!

Are you joining a Viking raiding party for the first time this year and want to sharpen your fighting skills?

If so, join us at the Higgins Armory Museum for a workshop on Viking fighting techniques for young Vikings and their parents. The class is a one-hour workshop on the Thursday of school vacation week, April 21, beginning at 12:30PM. Students will participate in a hands-on introduction to the weapons and the fighting moves of the Vikings. We use a series of drills, exercises, and games that teach martial fundamentals while being vigorous, challenging, and fun.

No experience is necessary, and all needed equipment is supplied. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and athletic footwear.

Students must be between the ages of 10 and 14, and each student must be accompanied by a participating parent or adult guardian, who will be the student's partner in the drills. Space is limited to 6 pairs of students and adults (a total of 12 participants), so please register in advance. Cost is $20 for each student/parent pair. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.

For parents: These workshops are a wonderful opportunity to bond with your child. While there is some vigorous physical activity, we'll take frequent breaks. Anyone in reasonable physical condition will have no trouble with the workshop.


The Art of Swordplay
45 minute workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum

Experience the arts of the knightly longsword and the Renaissance rapier. In this 45-minute workshop you will sample the historical skills of swordsmanship, using the 2-handed sword of the medieval knight and the deadly rapier of the Renaissance gentleman.

No experience is needed, and all equipment is supplied. Workshop participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing with long pants and athletic footgear. Cost: $10. Class is open to age 14 and up, or age 10 if accompanied by a participating parent. Space is limited. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


Pirate Swordplay Workshop: Swashbuckling 101
45-minute workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum
a second session will be added later in the afternoon if the first session is filled

What do you do when Captain Barbossa draws his cutlass? When Israel Hands is climbing up the ratlines after you, a dagger in his teeth? In this 45-minute hands-on workshop, you will learn how pirates fought with the cutlass. Cost: $10. Class is open to age 14 and up, or age 10 if accompanied by a participating parent. Space is limited. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


14th century sword duel

Knight Training
45-minute workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum
a second session will be added later in the afternoon if the first session is filled

Learn how knights fought visor-to-visor on the battlefield. In this 45-minute hands-on workshop you will sample the martial arts training of the medieval knight with such weapons as the warhammer, dagger, and the knightly longsword. Cost: $10. Class is open to age 14 and up, or age 10 if accompanied by a participating parent. Space is limited. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


Talhoffer

Introduction to Historical Swordplay
three day class
at Higgins Armory Museum

Sample the secrets of the swordmasters of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In this course you will begin with the Italian foil, training weapon of the classical swordsmen, then work back through time to the rapier of the Renaissance duelist and the medieval knight's longsword. The class is taught by internationally recognized expert Dr. Kenneth Mondschein.

No experience or equipment necessary. Participants must be 15 years or older; younger students only with instructor permission. Pre-registration required. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


Egenolph longsword

Swordplay through the Ages Workshop
one-hour workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum

Experience the arts of the swordsman as they evolved across the centuries. In this workshop, you will try your hand at the knightly longsword, the rapier, and the saber, sampling the elegant art of swordplay from the days when a person's life might depend on their skill with a blade.

No experience is needed, and all equipment is supplied. Workshop participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing with long pants and athletic footgear. Cost: $10. Class is open to age 14 and up, or age 10 if accompanied by a participating parent. Space is limited. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


Mair longsword

What the Manuals Don't Teach:
filling in the gaps for practitioners of historical European martial arts
A look at the "lost" martial arts from the perspective of some continually-practiced martial arts
two day workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum

The historical European combat treatises teach many effective techniques, but clearly, some important material has been omitted: material that is essential for interpreting the manuals in the most martially effective manner. Perhaps the ancient teachers expected their students to have already mastered this material.

Join us in a two-day workshop to learn and practice what the manuals leave out. The workshop will help you become a more effective interpreter and practitioner of the historical techniques taught in the manuals.

The workshop will be led by Reynir Alfreð Sveinsson, an experienced teacher and practitioner of a wide variety of martial arts. Topics include:

  • How the human body moves

  • How to attack effectively

  • How to flow with the weapon

  • Realism in training

  • Where to attack the human body (weak points and vulnerabilities)

  • Empty-hand techniques

  • Drills and exercises to strengthen the body and the mind

The class is a vigorous hands-on workshop consisting of two 3½ hour afternoon sessions on Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6 starting at 12:30PM at Higgins Armory Museum. All needed equipment will be provided. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and athletic footwear. Students must be 16 years or older. The fee is $100 for museum members, $125 for non-members. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 12 students. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.

Reynir Alfreð Sveinsson: For more than 16 years, Reynir has been a student, teacher, and competitor in various martial arts including: Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, Mixed martial arts, Son Mu Do, and many more. Reynir has studied in America, England, Denmark, Norway, Korea, and Canada.

Reynir lives and teaches in Iceland, but works internationally. He has coached and trained international teams, has been the fight choreographer for five feature films, and has taught fighting skills to actors, pilots, skilled martial artists, beginners, security guards, and students of historical European martial arts.


Bows and Broadswords!
The Arms of Robin Hood
one-hour workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum

How would you fare defending Sherwood against the Sheriff of Nottingham’s men? In this 1-hour workshop you will try your hand at the quarterstaff, the single-handed broadsword, and the sword and shield combination used by Robin’s yeoman outlaws.

No experience is needed, and all equipment is supplied. Workshop participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing with long pants and athletic footgear. Cost: $10. Class is open to age 14 and up, or age 10 if accompanied by a participating parent. Space is limited. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


lightsaber demonstration

Jedi Lightsaber Initiation
one hour workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum

The way of the Jedi, easy is it not. To master the lightsaber, many years of practice it takes. For those not attuned to the Force, a few limbs can they lose. Thankfully, at the Higgins Armory Museum, safe practice lightsabers we have developed. Come to learn the basic lightsaber guards, strikes, and parries you will. Perhaps a Force-sensitive you are?*

Cost: $10. Class is open to age 14 and up, or age 10 if accompanied by a participating parent. Space is limited. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.

*Note: As per Galactic Code 211.587, Section B, Paragraph 9, children proven to be Force-sensitive will be taken to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.

Slide show of a recent workshop offered to members of 501 New England Garrison/Alderaan Base Rebel Legion is here.


rapier

Rapier Fencing!
one hour workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum

Have you ever wanted to cross swords with the Three Musketeers? Duel with Inigo Montoya atop the Cliffs of Insanity? Swashbuckle with Errol Flynn? In this one-hour hands-on workshop, you'll get a taste of the sophisticated and elegant martial art of the Renaissance gentleman, taught by Dr. Kenneth Mondschein, author of the new translation Fencing: A Renaissance Treatise by Camillo Agrippa. Cost: $10. Class is open to age 14 and up, or age 10 if accompanied by a participating parent. Space is limited. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


The Art of the Rapier
four day class
at Higgins Armory Museum

Learn the elegant and lethal martial art of the Renaissance swordsman. In this introductory course you will enjoy a hands-on experience of the days of legend and romance while developing fitness, improving coordination, and having fun.

No experience or equipment necessary. Participants must be 15 years or older; younger students only with instructor permission. Pre-registration required. For questions or to register, contact the Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


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School of Swordplay: Youth Class
four day class
at Higgins Armory Museum

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to wield the knightly longsword or the musketeer's deadly rapier? At the Higgins Academy of the Sword you will receive expert instruction in these ancient arts handed down from the days of legend. The youth course is open to ages 14-18.

This class, taught by internationally recognized swordsman and fencing historian Ken Mondschein, offers a safe, progressive system of instruction, building overall fitness and coordination as you learn living styles of swordplay that were once a part of the education of every young aristocrat or adventurer.

No equipment is required. Please wear comfortable athletic clothes with long pants. Low-top sneakers are preferable. After you have signed up for a class, please bring the Class Waiver Form with you to your first session. These classes are somewhat strenuous in nature, involving aerobic and anaerobic exercise. If you have a preexisting illness, injury, or other condition, please inform us and also consult your physician.

Space is limited. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


Judging Workshop
three hour workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum

Learn the art of judging a historic fencing match. In this class, we will learn the traditional way of scoring fencing bouts and how to apply this model to historical fencing. Students will learn both how to judge and how to direct. We will alternate judging and fencing. Bring full safety gear. This is a class for experienced historical fencers. Cost: $20.

For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


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The Art of the Bâton
two-hour workshop
at Higgins Armory Museum

Come learn the living descendant of the knightly longsword at the Higgins Armory Museum! Dr. Ken Mondschein, moniteur d'armes, will instruct a one-day class in this unique European martial art, based on traditional martial arts systems from France and Italy. Topics will include manipulating the weapon, footwork, fencing theory as applied to the bâton, attack/defense drills, and the advanced artistic acrobatics that make baton such an exciting spectacle.

Workshop participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing with long pants and athletic footgear. Loaner equipment is supplied, but we recommend bringing fencing equipment and heavy gloves (lacrosse, hockey, Revival kevlar gloves, etc.) if you have them.

Cost: $20. Class is open to age 16 and up. Space is limited. For questions or to register, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


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Historical Combat Symposium: From Page to Practice
a full day of lectures, discussions, workshops, and demonstrations
for instructors and students of historical European martial arts
last offered summer 2010
at Higgins Armory Museum

The Higgins Armory Museum's world-class historical combat program invites researchers and practitioners from around New England to our first day-long symposium. A series of lectures, hands-on workshops, and roundtable discussions will focus on the state of the art in the region in turning historical combat treatises into living practice. Presenters include Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng, author of The Art of Combat: A German Martial Arts Treatise of 1570 by Joachim Meyer, Dr. Kenneth Mondschein, author of Fencing: A Renaissance Treatise by Camillo Agrippa, Christian Henry Tobler, author of In Saint George's Name: An Anthology of Medieval German Fighting Arts, and Jeff H. Tsay, director of Forte Swordplay.

The day's events include:

Meet and Greet
9:45AM-11:00AM
2nd floor classroom

Meet the historical combat groups from around New England: each attending group is invited to offer a short presentation introducing who they are and what they do.

Presentations of current research
11:00AM-12:30PM
2nd floor classroom

Featured lectures include:

 

Reenacting the Living Tradition: The Martial Arts Treatise of Paulus Hector Mair
Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Forgeng, Paul S. Morgan Curator at the Higgins Armory Museum

 

Lessons from Wallerstein: connections from Durer through Mair:
Presented by Jeff H. Tsay, Director of Forte Swordplay

 

The Inverted Left Hand Grip in German Longsword:
Presented by Christian Henry Tobler, author of In Saint George's Name: An Anthology of Medieval German Fighting Arts; In Service of the Duke: The 15th-Century Fighting Treatise of Paulus Kal; Fighting with the German Longsword.

Lunch
12:30PM-2:00PM
basement Guild room

Lunch will be followed by a private conducted tour of the Higgins Armory Museum. Additionally, authors of the Higgins Armory Museum and visiting presenters will be available to sign their books in the first floor Gift Shop.

Workshops
2:00PM-3:30PM
basement Guild room

Hands-on teaching of interpretive work from Christian Tobler of the Selohaar Fechtschule, Jeff Tsay of Forte Swordplay, and Dr. Kenneth Mondschein of the Higgins Academy of the Sword. Mr. Tobler and Mr. Tsay will be demonstrating material from their earlier lectures. Dr. Mondschein will discuss how traditional fencing theory can be used to analyze actions described in the historical sources, which can then be linked together in options drills that enable practitioners to better internalize the material and apply it to an agonistic situation.

Roundtable discussion
3:30PM-4:30PM
1st floor auditorium

With more historical combat groups and more published authors in the field than anywhere else on the globe, New England is a hotbed for the emerging study of historical combat. The day's presenters and all conference participants will look at what we know and what we have yet to learn about martial arts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Optional Dinner

For those who are interested, a group dinner will be arranged at Nick's Restaurant in Worcester after the end of the official program. Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Forgeng (jforgeng@wpi.edu) for details.

Registration Information:

Fee: $25, includes lunch and museum admission.
For questions, please contact Higgins Armory Museum by telephone at (508) 853 6015, or by e-mail at higgins@higgins.org.


Past classes (not currently offered):

Fundamentals of Historical Combat Course

half sword illustration from Meyer

This course is an active, hands-on workshop consisting of four 2-hour sessions at the Higgins Armory Museum. It is designed to teach the basic safety principles, physical skills, and concepts necessary for the study of historical martial arts; successful completion also qualifies participants to join the Higgins Armory Sword Guild. Students receive a companion study aid developed by the Guild in the form of a CD-ROM containing text, photos, and video.

No experience is required. All needed equipment is supplied. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothes and athletic footgear. While drinking water is available in the classroom, students may wish to bring their own water to stay hydrated during the class.

prerequisite:

none

dates:

no longer offered

location:

Guild Practice Room, Higgins Armory Museum (basement level)

cost:

$100 museum members, $125 non-members
A fee for late registration will be imposed. If payment is not received before the deadline, registrants may lose their place in the class in favor of those on the standby list.

maximum enrollment:

12; advance enrollment required

age restrictions:

14 years and over
students under 18 years must have the permission of a parent or guardian

Techniques of the German Longsword Course

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This course is an active, hands-on workshop consisting of four 2-hour sessions at the Higgins Armory Museum. It is designed to teach the basic concepts, techniques, and training for the hand-and-a-half sword in the German tradition, as used from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. This course is strongly recommended as preparation for participating in Higgins Armory Sword Guild activities. Students receive a companion study aid developed by the Guild in the form of a CD-ROM containing text, photos, and video.

Students are expected to have successfully completed the Guild's Fundamentals course; no other experience is required. All needed equipment is supplied. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothes and athletic footgear. While drinking water is available in the classroom, students may wish to bring their own water to stay hydrated during the class.

prerequisite:

Fundamentals of Historical Combat course

dates:

no longer offered

location:

Guild Practice Room, Higgins Armory Museum (basement level)

cost:

$100 museum members, $125 non-members
A fee for late registration will be imposed. If payment is not received before the deadline of March 16, registrants may lose their place in the class in favor of those on the standby list.

maximum enrollment:

12; advance enrollment required

age restrictions:

14 years and over
students under 18 years must have the permission of a parent or guardian

Longsword Techniques of Paulus Hector Mair

Mair

This course is an active, hands-on workshop consisting of four 2-hour sessions at the Higgins Armory Museum. It is designed to teach basic concepts, techniques, and training for the hand-and-a-half sword in the German tradition, as used from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The course material is based on the mid-16th century works of Paulus Hector Mair. This course is strongly recommended as preparation for participating in Higgins Armory Sword Guild activities.

Students are expected to have successfully completed the Guild's Fundamentals course; no other experience is required. All needed equipment is supplied. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothes and athletic footgear. Water is available, but students may wish to bring their own water to stay hydrated during the class.

prerequisite:

Fundamentals of Historical Combat course

dates:

no longer offered

location:

Guild Practice Room, Higgins Armory Museum (basement level)

cost:

$100 museum members, $125 non-members
A fee for late registration will be imposed. If payment is not received before the deadline, registrants may lose their place in the class in favor of those on the standby list.

maximum enrollment:

12; advance enrollment required

age restrictions:

14 years and over
students under 18 years must have the permission of a parent or guardian

Techniques of the Renaissance Rapier

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This course is an active, hands-on workshop consisting of four 2-hour sessions at the Higgins Armory Museum. It is designed to teach the basic concepts, techniques, and training for the cut-and-thrust rapier as used in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Focus will be on the use of the rapier and dagger, but some attention may also be given to single rapier and to other secondary weapons used with the rapier. Course material is based primarily on Giacomo DiGrassi his true Arte of Defence (Italian edition 1570, English translation 1594), but reference will be made to other contemporary systems. This course is recommended as preparation for participating in Higgins Armory Sword Guild activities. Companion study materials will be provided.

Students are expected to have successfully completed the Guild's Fundamentals course; no other experience is required. All needed equipment is supplied. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothes and athletic footgear. While drinking water is available in the classroom, students may wish to bring their own water to stay hydrated during the class.

prerequisite:

Fundamentals of Historical Combat course

dates:

no longer offered

location:

Guild Practice Room, Higgins Armory Museum (basement level)

cost:

$100 museum members, $125 non-members
A fee for late registration will be imposed. If payment is not received before the deadline, registrants may lose their place in the class in favor of those on the standby list.

maximum enrollment:

12; advance enrollment required

age restrictions:

14 years and over
students under 18 years must have the permission of a parent or guardian

Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Sabre

This course is an active, hands-on workshop consisting of four 2-hour sessions at the Higgins Armory Museum. It is designed to teach the basic concepts, techniques, and training for the nineteenth-century sabre in its guises as a military weapon and as a dueling weapon.

The course is based primarily on Captain Alfred Hutton's Cold Steel (1889), with material from other nineteenth-century masters. This course is suitable not only for historical martial artists, but for nineteenth-century (including American Civil War) re-enactors. Companion study materials will be provided.

No experience is required. All needed equipment is supplied. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothes and athletic footgear. While drinking water is available in the classroom, students may wish to bring their own water to stay hydrated during the class.

prerequisite:

none

dates:

no longer offered

location:

Guild Practice Room, Higgins Armory Museum (basement level)

cost:

$100 museum members, $125 non-members
A fee for late registration will be imposed. If payment is not received before the deadline, registrants may lose their place in the class in favor of those on the standby list.

maximum enrollment:

12; advance enrollment required

age restrictions:

14 years and over
students under 18 years must have the permission of a parent or guardian

Swashbuckling 101: An Introduction to Stage Combat

staff

This course is an active, hands-on workshop consisting of four 2-hour sessions at the Higgins Armory Museum. It is designed to teach the basic concepts, techniques, and training for the safe and effective performance of stage combat and theatrical fight choreography with bare hands, quarterstaves, and rapiers.

No prior experience is required. All needed equipment is supplied. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothes and athletic footgear. While drinking water is available in the classroom, students may wish to bring their own water to stay hydrated during the class.

prerequisite:

none

dates:

no longer offered

location:

Guild Practice Room, Higgins Armory Museum (basement level)

cost:

$100 museum members, $125 non-members
A fee for late registration will be imposed. If payment is not received before the deadline, registrants may lose their place in the class in favor of those on the standby list.

maximum enrollment:

12; advance enrollment required

age restrictions:

14 years and over
students under 18 years must have the permission of a parent or guardian

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Students and instructors working together in the Martial Arts of the Middle Ages class.


Students and instructors working together in the Viking Sword and Shield class.

Viking sword and shield training

Viking sword and shield training

Viking sword and shield training

Viking sword and shield training

Viking sword and shield training

Viking sword and shield training