Clash of the Towers 2019 – Open Steel Longsword Tournament that took place last Saturday on the 4th of May 2019 in Dublin hosted by Dublin HEMA Club was the second leg of this year’s Irish Historical Fencing League.
With great pleasure we’d like to congratulate the winners:
Andrzej Rozycki of Cork Blademasters – Gold
Michael Nolan of Cork Blademasters – Silver
William Wallace of Dublin HEMA Club – Bronze
Technical Prize: Nick Laing of Virtus Sword School Cardiff
Cutting Competition Winner: Michael Nolan of Cork Blademasters
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:
We’d like to officially congratulate our new club instructors: Michael Nolan and Martin Buckley who passed their Cork Blademasters Instructors Exam and are now official Blademaster Instructors!
They have also successfully passed our level 3 rank Exam and gained the title of Free Scholar of Cork Blademasters which was one of the prerequisites for the Instructor’s Exam. This rank (Independent Scholar) acknowledges their full understanding of the system we are training and confirms their ability to both fight and train within our framework.
Second prerequisite was to become an official Hema Ireland lvl 1 Instructor which they both met as well – Michael in 2018 and Martin earlier this year.
We’re happy to have such knowledgeable and passionate people as our instructors and wish them all the best in their future!
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!
We’re happy to announce Martin Buckley to become club’s fifth Hema Ireland certified instructor!
Martin passed his practical assessment in January teaching a class in longsword (his weapon of choice) under the watchful eyes of Hema Ireland certified assessors which along with the documentation provided made him an official instructor certified by Hema Ireland.
Martin has been already helping out as an assistant instructor during many of our club’s recruitment courses and events as he’s already working through his apprenticeship term towards becoming a Blademaster Instructor
Martin’s main focus lies in German Longsword but he recently started working (with great deal of success) on military sabre as well. He participated in all of last year’s IHFL (Irish Historical Fencing League) longsword tournaments finishing the league on 7th place and i’m sure he aspires to go much higher this year!
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We wish him good luck and all the best in the 2019 season!
Let’s kick off the new historical fencing season with Cork Blademasters!
We’re going straight into action with our Meyer Diagram Challenge starting today on the 1st of Jan 2019! It is a daily cutting practice that everyone can do from the comfort of their own home, all that is required is to have a weapon (or a simulator) that can be used for this purpose! Train with us for 30 consecutive days in order to become a better fencer! This is an excellent conditioning for everyone interested in starting HEMA in 2019!
Meanwhile we’re launching our new season recruitment starting with a free Open Day session on Monday 7th of Jan 2019! If you are interested but not yet ready to commit to our 10 weeks course yet then check this out! It’s a free longsword class where you can learn the fencing fundamentals as well as a few longsword specific moves.
One week later we’ll launch our main recruiting event – 10 weeks long German Longsword Course that will start on Monday 14th of Jan 2018 @ Mahon Community Centre 8PM! This introductory historical fencing course is obligatory for all new members who wants to move onto the Scholar rank and start participating in the club activities!
There’s more to come! All 2019 seminars, tournaments and workshops will be announced soon! We’ll be very active locally in Cork as well as outside in Limerick and Waterford where we’ll work on incubating new fencing groups! We’ll work with Hema Ireland as well as IHFL (Irish Historical Fencing League) to bring more quality events and tournaments into Irish Hema scene this year!
Last but not least we’ll be expanding our own crew with new instructors and L3 gradings this year! More weapons, more fencing styles and more classes will become available for everyone who want to start their martial artist career in historical fencing!
Still have questions? Contact us and we’ll get back to you in no time!
1st place: 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, Free entry ticket to one of the Wessex League longsword tournaments in 2019
2nd place: Silver Medal, 50 GBP HEMA Shop voucher, 12.5% Aureus voucher, SPES gift pack, 20 EUR Halfswording.com voucher
It was a good tournament with yet another experimental ruleset that worked out for some but not for all – continuous sparring with light hits being counted until the ‘killing’ blow happened which stopped the exchange. Another related issue seemed to be with only 2 referees which wasn’t really enough to cover all striking angles so the main judge had to take all the pressure and decide on the final scoring alone which wasn’t the ideal experience for fencers.
All in all Blademasters did very well, getting bronze and silver as well as the overall league prize, we’ve passed all feedback to the organizers so we are looking forward to see the improvements for the next year’s League!