Please find below the longsword tournament videos from this year’s Swordfish.
Swordfish is considered by many as one of the most advanced tournament in Europe and the unofficial World Cup of HEMA thanks to the extraordinary skill levels of fighters participating in this event. And this year we have seen some fresh new faces taking the gold from the scandinavian fighters who although still very strong were not able to reach the top podium.
So BIG congratulations to Federico Dall Olio from Sala d’Arme dell’Appeso (Italy) for winning Gold in mens longsword, Michel Rensen from Zwaard & Steen (Netherlands) for Silver and Kristian Ruckonen from EHMS (Finland) for taking the bronze. In the ladies division we have: Julia Yli-Hukka from GHFS (Sweden) winning Gold, Sara Vertanen from EHMS (Finland) winning Silver and Carla Huvermann from Grün-Weiß Holten (Germany) for taking the bronze.
Again the overall skill level has increased and all the fights were a pleasure to watch though my personal favourite was a bronze match with Anders Linnard vs Kristian Ruckonen who fought an extremely technical bout and won in great style! Longsword final was between two Zwerch masters (Italian winning the Swordfish in German Longsword style!) which was interesting to watch but not so exciting as the bronze match. Still – top class fencing everywhere so sit down and enjoy the show:
Mens Longsword Finals – Gold Match:
Mens Longsword Finals – Bronze Match:
Women Longsword Finals – Gold Match:
Women Longsword Finals – Bronze Match:
And as a bonus here’s another video with the highlights from the tournament – remember it wasn’t only longsword tournament but also sabre, rapier and dagger, sword and buckler and ringen (medieval wrestling), so there’s a lot more to watch!