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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!

The Horned Crown 2018 Review

The Horned Crown – Third Leg of the Irish Historical Fencing League  (IHFL) took place on Sat 1st of Sept 2018 in Wexford, hosted by Goats Head Historical Fencing!

First, we’d like to congratulate all winners of the 3rd leg of IHFL:

  • Jack Gassman (Goats Head Historical Fencing) – Gold
  • Sam Gassman (Goats Head Historical Fencing) – Silver
  • Brian Moloney (Cork Blademasters) – Bronze

Technical Prize: Jack Gassman (Goats Head Historical Fencing)

Best Newcomer Prize: Karl Sassenberg (Cork Blademasters)

You can check more photos from the event on the IHFL Page:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/IHFL1/photos/?tab=album&album_id=519082618519709

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 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/

Horned Crown 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

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 – Custom Feder made by Balefire 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 an intense tournament with an experimental ruleset (highly weighed targets and the ability to chain attacks)  which forced us to adapt our tactics during the fight but it was well worth it as four Blademasters went into the eliminations bringing home one Bronze medal won by Brian in an exciting match against Joe!

4th and the last Leg of the IHFL will take place in Galway on the 17th of November 2018!

 

Training Schedule – September 2018

September 2018 Schedule:

Sun 02/09/2018 – Longsword Training
Mon 03/09/2018 – German Longsword Course 7/10
Wed 05/09/2018 – Longsword Training
Thu 06/09/2018 – Sabre Training
Sat 08/09/2018 – Military Sabre Seminar
Sun 09/09/2018 – Sabre Training
Mon 10/09/2018 – German Longsword Course 8/10
Wed 12/09/2018 – German Longsword Course 9/10
Thu 13/09/2018 – Ringen Training
Sun 16/09/2018 – Longsword Training
Mon 17/09/2018 – German Longsword Course 10/10
Wed 19/09/2018 – Sidesword & Dagger Training
Thu 20/09/2018 – Coached Sparring: Longsword
Sun 23/09/2018 – Longsword Training
Mon 24/09/2018 – Open Day: Longsword
Wed 26/09/2018 – Coached Sparring: Sabre
Thu 27/09/2018 – Sabre Training
Sat 29/09/2018 – Synthetic Sabre Tournament
Sun 30/09/2018 – Fight Night: Blademasters League

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

Training Schedule – August 2018

August 2018 Schedule:

Wed 01/08/2018 – Sabre Training
Thu 02/08/2018 – Ringen Training
Sun 05/08/2018 – Sidesword & Dagger Training
Mon 06/08/2018 – ***Training Cancelled***
Wed 08/08/2018 – Sabre Training
Thu 09/08/2018 – Sabre Training
Sat 11/08/2018 – Cork City Military Show
Sun 12/08/2018 – Cork City Military Show
Sun 12/08/2018 – Knife Training
Mon 13/08/2018 – German Longsword Course 4/10
Wed 15/08/2018 – Coached Sparring: Longsword
Thu 16/08/2018 – Longsword Training
Sun 19/08/2018 – Longsword Training
Mon 20/08/2018 – German Longsword Course 5/10
Wed 22/08/2018 – Fight Night: Blademasters League
Thu 23/08/2018 – Longsword Training
Sun 26/08/2018 – Longsword Training
Mon 27/08/2018 – German Longsword Course 6/10
Wed 29/08/2018 – Longsword Training
Thu 30/08/2018 – Longsword Training

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

Clash of the Towers 2018 Review

On the 14th of July 2018 Cork Blademasters have participated in the 2nd leg of the Irish Historical Fencing League 2018: Clash of the Towers – Open Steel Longsword Tournament hosted by Dublin Hema Club.

We’re happy to announce the results and congratulate to the winners of the 2nd leg of IHFL:

  • Sam Gassman (Artes Certaminis) – Gold
  • Andrzej Rozycki (Cork Blademasters) – Silver
  • Joseph Hooton (Cork Blademasters) – Bronze

Technical Prize: Andrzej Rozycki (Cork Blademasters)

Best Newbie Prize: Aaron Meehan (Medieval Combat Group)

You can check the more photos from the event on the IHFL Page:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/IHFL1/photos/?tab=album&album_id=479144705846834

https://www.facebook.com/pg/IHFL1/photos/?tab=album&album_id=476166526144652

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

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: 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.

2nd leg of the IHFL ran very smoothly thanks to perfect organization by the crew from Dublin Hema Club, we had a few tournament newbies who fenced very well even against League veteran’s so big congratulations to them for standing on their own!

From my own perspective it seems that the overall level of fencing has improved compared to last year’s tournaments so the IHFL goal has been reached! We are producing more new fencers and increasing quality of our fencing year after year!

3rd Leg of the IHFL will take place in Wexford on the 1st of September 2018 so let’s get ready!

July 2018 Training Schedule

July 2018 Schedule:

Sun 01/07/2018 – Longsword Training
Mon 02/07/2018 – German Longsword Course 9/10
Wed 04/07/2018 – Longsword Training
Thu 05/07/2018 – Longsword Training
Sun 08/07/2018 – Longsword Training
Mon 09/07/2018 – German Longsword Course 10/10
Wed 11/07/2018 – Longsword Training
Thu 12/07/2018 – Ringen Training
Sun 15/07/2018 – Coached Sparring: Longsword
Mon 16/07/2018 – German Longsword Course 1/10
Wed 18/07/2018 – Sidesword Training
Thu 19/07/2018 – Sabre Training
Sun 22/07/2018 – Sabre Training
Mon 23/07/2018 – German Longsword Course 2/10
Wed 25/07/2018 – Coached sparring: Sabre
Thu 26/07/2018 – Sabre Training
Sat 28/07/2018 – HEMA Ireland Sparring Meetup
Sun 29/07/2018 – Fight Night: Blademasters League
Mon 30/07/2018 – German Longsword Course 3/10

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:

https://corkblademasters.com/blademasters-cup-2018/