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Training Schedule – June 2019

June 2019 Schedule:

Sun 02/06/2019 – *** Training Cancelled ***
Mon 03/06/2019 – *** Training Cancelled ***
Wed 05/06/2019 – German Longsword Course 9/10
Thu 06/06/2019 – Longsword Training
Sun 09/06/2019 – Longsword Training
Mon 10/06/2019 – Coached Sparring: Longsword
Wed 12/06/2019 – German Longsword Course 10/10
Thu 13/06/2019 – Ringen Training
Sun 16/06/2019 – Longsword Training
Mon 17/06/2019 – Blademasters League: Longsword
Wed 19/06/2019 – Open Day: Longsword
Thu 20/06/2019 – Sabre training
Sun 23/06/2019 – Coached Sparring: Sabre
Mon 24/06/2019 – Longsword Training
Wed 26/06/2019 – German Longsword Course 1/10
Thu 27/06/2019 – SabreTraining
Sat 29/06/2019 – Hema Ireland Upskilling Seminar
Sun 30/06/2019 – Blademasters League: Sabre

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

Waterford Longsword Workshop 2019 Review

Last Sunday 19th of May 2019 Cork Blademasters crew traveled to beautiful city of Waterford to teach a 5 hours long HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) Workshop on medieval German Longsword!

We had a small but very dedicated and enthusiastic group that we put through 4 hours of intense training only to test out their newly gained knowledge in sparring environment at the end of the class.

Check out our Official YouTube Channel for more videos of individual bouts as well as a short promo video below 🙂

Clash of the Towers 2019 Review

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:

– 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/

Clash of the Towers 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)

Cutting Competition Winner Prize: pair of Gecko Elbow and Forearm protectors sponsored by SPES Historical Fencing Gear

Technical Prize: 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 Dublin Hema Club 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.

New Club Instructors!

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!

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!

New Hema Ireland Certified Instructor

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!

We wish him good luck and all the best in the 2019 season!

Welcome in 2019!

Happy New Year Everyone!

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!

Galway Longsword Open 2018 Review

Galway Longsword Open Steel Tournament that took place on the 17th of Nov 2018 in Galway hosted by Exiles Galway was the last 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
  • Andrzej Rozycki of Cork Blademasters – Silver
  • Luke Lee of Cork Blademasters – Bronze

Technical Prize: Piotr Szymanski of Leitrim Longswords

Best Newcomer Prize: Fionntan Murphy of ISHC (Irish School of Historical Combat)

IHFL League winner of 2018: Andrzej Rozycki 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:

– 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/

Wessex League – website: http://wessexleague.org/

Black Horse Blades – website: http://blackhorseblades.com

Galway Open 2018 Prize List:

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

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

Newcomer Prize – SPES Gear

Technical Prize – Free entry to one of IHFL 2019  tournament

League Champion prize – 300$ gift voucher for a custom feder from Black Horse Blades!

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.

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!

Open Day with Cork Blademasters!

We’re happy to invite all interested in HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) to come and join our OPEN DAY this Monday 24th of Sept 2018 at 8PM in Mahon Community Centre!

This taster class is a part of larger initiative by Hema Ireland to promote HEMA across the island so each HEMA Ireland affiliated club will organize a free taster class in September this year!

You can find more info about this event on our website:

Open Days

For people who are already interested in joining we do offer a 10 weeks German Longsword Course starting Monday week on 1st of Oct 2018. Please check the following pages for more info:

Recruitment Page >>> here <<<

German Longsword Course Page >>> here <<<

Check it out!