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Blademasters Cup 2019 Review

Blademasters Cup 2019 – Open Steel Longsword Tournament that took place on the 30th of Mar 2019 in Cork hosted by Cork Blademasters was the first leg of this year’s Irish Historical Fencing League

With great pleasure we’d like to congratulate the winners:

  • Sam Gassmann of Goats Head Historical Fencing – Gold
  • Michael Smallridge of The Iron Door Collective – Silver
  • Jurg Gassman of Goats Head Historical Fencing – Bronze

Technical Prize: Michael Smallridge of The Iron Door Collective

Best Newcomer Prize: Matthias Augustin of Medieval Combat Group

Cutting Competition Results:

  • Piotr Szymanski of Leitrim Longsword – Gold
  • Michael Smallridge of The Iron Door Collective – Silver
  • Stephen Lindsay of Goats Head Historical Fencing – Bronze

Videos from eliminations phase are now available on our official YouTube Channel:

Big Thanks to our League sponsors who funded awesome prizes for the winners:

– Aureus Swords – website: https://aureusswords.com/

– Sparring Gloves – website: http://sparringglove.com/en_US/

– The Knight Shop International Ltd and their HEMA focused website: www.thehemashop.com

SPES Historical Fencing Gear – website: http://histfenc.com/    

– PBT Historical Fencing – website: http://pbthistoricalfencing.com/

Blademasters Cup 2019 Prize List:

1st place – pair of 5 fingers Sparring Gloves sponsored by Sparring Gloves, Gold Medal and 50 GBP TheHemaShop voucher sponsored by The Knight Shop International Ltd, 50 Eur PBT Voucher sponsored by PBT Historical Fencing

2nd place: silver medal and 50 GBP TheHemaShop voucher sponsored by The Knight Shop International Ltd

3rd place: bronze medal sponsored by The Knight Shop International Ltd)

Best Newcomer Award: Mathias Augustin (Medieval Combat Group) who received a pair of forearm protectors light sponsored by SPES Historical Fencing Gear

Technical Prize voted by all tournament participants: Michael Smallridge who won a free ticket to next IHFL League event!

Tournament was fought exclusively with a pair of excellent Federschwert Swoosh German Tournament feders sponsored by Aureus Swords!

Thanks to HEMA Ireland and Cork Blademasters for hosting the event!

Results of the tournament have been submitted to HEMA Ratings Website and the Irish Historical Fencing League 2019 Results can be seen on the HEMA Ireland Website.

Blademasters Cup – 1st leg of 2019 IHFL

We’d like to invite everyone – fighters and spectators alike to join us on 30th of March 2019 @ Little Island Sports Centre for our annual HEMA event: Blademasters Cup 2019!

Blademasters Cup is a historical fencing event that consists of:

If you have any interest in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) then this event is for you! You will see the best historical fencers from Ireland and abroad in action testing their fencing skills in multiple disciplines.

Spectators come free, event participants needs to register via link below:

This event is brought to you by Cork Blademasters in cooperation with IHFL, Hema Ireland and the significant support from our lovely sponsors!

Training Schedule – Mar 2019

March 2019 Schedule:

Sun 03/03/2019 – Longsword Training
Mon 04/03/2019 – German Longsword Course 8/10
Wed 06/03/2019 – Longsword Training
Thu 07/03/2019 – Ringen Training
Sun 10/03/2019 – Sabre Training
Mon 11/03/2019 – German Longsword Course 9/10
Wed 13/03/2019 – Test Cutting – Longsword
Thu 14/03/2019 – Coached Sparring: Sabre
Sun 17/03/2019 – ***Training Cancelled***
Mon 18/03/2019 – ***Training Cancelled***
Wed 20/03/2019 – ***Training Cancelled***
Thu 21/03/2019 – Coached Sparring: Longsword
Sun 24/03/2019 – Blademasters League: Longsword
Mon 25/03/2019 – German Longsword Course 10/10
Wed 27/03/2019 – Longsword Training
Thu 28/03/2019 – Longsword Training
Sat 30/03/2019 – Blademasters Cup 2019
Sun 31/03/2019 – Blademasters League: Sabre

Or click here to see our Schedule Page (bookmark it!)

Blademasters Cup 2018 Review

Blademasters Cup – Cork Leg of the Irish Historical Fencing League for 2018 is now over and we’re already preparing for the Dublin Leg in July!

Congratulations to the winners (all from Cork Blademasters): Brian Moloney who took gold, Andrzej Rozycki silver and Joseph Hooton who took bronze and the technical prize! Tournament Newbie Award went to Nuno Valverde!


You can check the full photo album from the event on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CorkBlademasters/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2170057566342850

Big Thanks to our League sponsors who funded awesome prizes for the winners of the event:

– The Knight Shop International Ltd and their HEMA focused website: www.thehemashop.com

– Black Horse Blades – website: www.blackhorseblades.com

– SPES Historical Fencing Gear – website: http://histfenc.com/    

– Sparring Gloves – website: http://sparringglove.com/en_US/

– Balefire Blades

– PBT Historical Fencing – website: http://pbthistoricalfencing.com/

– Aureus Swords – website: https://aureusswords.com/

– Halfswording – website: https://www.halfswording.com/

Blademasters Cup 2018 Prize List:

1st place: Blademasters Cup, Gold Medal, Pair of Sparing Gloves, 50 EUR PBT voucher, 50 GBP Hema Shop voucher, 15% Aureus voucher, SPES gift pack, 30 EUR Halfswording.com voucher

2nd place: Silver Medal, 50 GBP HEMA Shop voucher, 12.5% Aureus voucher, SPES gift pack, 20 EUR Halfswording.com voucher

3rd place: Bronze Medal, 10% Aureus voucher, SPES gift pack, 15 EUR Halfswording.com voucher

Newbie Prize – prize for the highest scoring tournament newbie (for people who are starting their first tournament with us): SPES Gear

Technical Prize – free entry for the next IHFL tournament!

Results of the tournament have been submitted to HEMA Ratings Website and the Irish Historical Fencing League 2018 Results can be seen on the HEMA Ireland Website.

On a more personal note i’d like to say that the Survivability Rules introduced from 2018 in all Cork Blademasters tournaments have produced some excellent fencing and we are very happy with replacing an outdated concept of right-of-way/afterblow in the favor of more martial and realistic approach.

Blademasters Cup 2018 tomorrow!

Ladies & Gentlemen!

With great pleasure I’d like to invite everyone to come and watch Blademasters Cup 2018 – Open Steel Longsword Tournament and the first leg of the Irish Historical Fencing League 2018!

Let’s celebrate Historical European Martial Arts together tomorrow! Our event will take place at Little Island Sports Centre, Cork from 11am onwards and all spectactors are welcome!

Check out our event page for more info:



Apr 2018 Training Schedule

Apr 2018 Schedule:

Thu 05/04/2018 – Longsword Training
Sun 08/04/2018 – Longsword Training
Mon 09/04/2018 – German Longsword Course 1/10
Thu 12/04/2018 – Ringen Training
Sun 15/04/2018 – Coached Sparring: Longsword
Mon 16/04/2018 – German Longsword Course 2/10
Thu 19/04/2018 – ***Training Cancelled***
Sun 22/04/2018 – ***Training Cancelled***
Mon 23/04/2018 – ***Training Cancelled***
Thu 26/04/2018 – Longsword Training
Sat 28/04/2018 – Blademasters Cup 2018
Sun 29/04/2018 – Fight Night: Blademasters League
Mon 30/04/2018 – German Longsword Course 3/10

Or click here to see our schedule page (bookmark it!)

Congratulations to the winners of Blademasters Cup 2017!

Hello All,

I’d like to congratulate to all winners of Blademasters Cup 2017, Open Steel Longsword Tournament, first leg of IHFL (Irish Historical Fencing League).

First of all big congratulations to our student Michael Nolan for winning the gold for Blademasters! We’re all very proud of You 🙂

And congratulations to Ken Kot from Scottish Academy of Historical Arts for an excellent showcase of fine swordsmanship which won you Silver and a Technical Prize Award – Black Ensifer Light from a famous swordsmith Ensifer Jan Chodkiewicz.

Least but not last another Big Congratulations to Adrian Szlapka from Leitrim Longswords! Our Arch Enemy in every finals of the league so far 😉 Joking of course! You are a great fencer and it is always a pleasure to fight you Adrian!

Best Beginner’s Prize was awarded to Pablo Urdaibay from Swords of the West in Galway – excellent form Pablo, keep that going!

Looking forward to next leg of the League in June in Wexford! But in the meantime, here’s the video playlist with all elimination bouts up to the finals:


Blademasters Cup this Saturday!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I’d like to officially invite you all to come and watch our Open Longsword Tournament this Saturday 29th of April 2017 @ Little Island Sports Centre, Cork.

Blademasters Cup is the first leg of IHFL (Irish Historical Fencing League), which will be soon followed by similar tournaments in Wexford, Belfast and Galway in order to unveil the new Irish League Champion for the 2017! 

Come join us this Saturday and see it for yourself! Spectators are welcome and come free of charge! 

Facebook event link below for the reference:


April 2017 Training Schedule

April 2017 Schedule:

Sun 02/04/2017 – Longsword Training
Mon 03/04/2017 – German Longsword Course 5/10
Thu 06/04/2017 – Longsword Training
Sun 09/04/2017 – Longsword Training
Mon 10/04/2017 – German Longsword Course 6/10
Thu 13/04/2017 – Ringen Training
Sun 16/04/2017 – ***Training Cancelled***
Mon 17/04/2017 – ***Training Cancelled***
Thu 20/04/2017 – Coached Sparring: Longsword
Sun 23/04/2017 – Cork Martial Arts Expo 2017
Sun 23/04/2017 – ***Training Cancelled***
Mon 24/04/2017 – German Longsword Course 7/10
Thu 27/04/2017 – Fight Night: Blademasters League
Sat 29/04/2017 – Blademasters Cup 2017
Sun 30/04/2017 – Sidesword Training

Or click here to see our schedule page (bookmark it!)