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On Saturday 29th of July 2017 Cork Blademasters will be hosting HEMA Ireland Sparring Meetup in our Little Island Venue in Cork from 11AM till 6PM.

This Meetup is a part of initiative by HEMA Ireland to meet members from other groups and train/spar/socialize together on a regular basis. The initiative is designed to be low cost so all instructors will teach for free and the entry fee covers only hall rental so it’s 10 e per person only!

This is open to everyone and new people are free to come and watch or participate in the classes. If you want to participate in the sparring however you need to meet our sparring equipment requirements:

HEMA Ireland Sparring Meetup – Equipment Requirements

Facebook Event Page:

Official Programme of the Event:

11:00-11:30 Registration

11:30-13:30 Training sessions:

  • Paul Reck (Goat’s Head Historical Fencing, Wexford):
    Der Schlussel – The Key” (Joachim Meyer’s Longsword)The Key is one of the most unusual wards within the German Longsword tradition, almost exclusively associated with the Renaissance sources. We will examine Meyer’s Key, look at how it “unlocks any door” and see how it can used offensively and defensively.
  • Mike Prendergast (Historical Combat Academy, Dublin):
    “Mortal Against Any Weapon” (Fiore de’i Liberi’s Longsword)
    A workshop on the fundamental strategy and mechanics of Fiore de’i Liberi’s fighting system with the longsword.

13:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-17:45 Sparring Time

17:45-18:00 Packing 

Please keep checking this page regularly as we’ll be adding more updates soon!