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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2018 in all Cork Blademasters tournaments have produced some excellent fencing and we are very happy with replacing an outdated concept of right-of-way/afterblow in the favor of more martial and realistic approach.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:



Blademasters League 2017 – Final Results

Hello All!

Below are the up to date results of our 2017 Blademasters League:

Blademasters League Score Table – STEEL
Name no of Bouts Wins Losses Draws Points total
Michael N 44 29 14 1 544
Joe H 46 30 15 1 430
Andrzej R 39 20 17 2 416
Rob L 35 15 16 4 264
Martin B 30 15 12 3 261
Brian M 21 18 3 0 224
Simon H 26 12 13 1 184
Riley L 23 10 12 1 170
Callum O’C 18 8 9 1 149
Maithiu M 12 3 9 0 71
Chris B 7 3 4 0 70
Grzegorz K 9 4 5 0 60
Mattia B 9 4 5 0 55
Edu M 10 1 7 2 42
George T 5 2 3 0 41
Peter M 10 0 10 0 41
Brian L 8 0 8 0 36
Paul D 4 2 2 0 32
Elliott M 4 2 2 0 30
Daniel O’D 4 1 3 0 20
James E 4 0 4 0 17


Congratulations to Michael Nolan – Champion of Blademasters League from 2016 who successfully defended his title in 2017 becoming an overall League winner for 2 years in a row!

Michael has also achieved a third place in 2017 IHFL (Irish Historical Fencing League, you can see this year’s IHFL results >>here<<) despite fighting in only 3 out of 4 IHFL tournaments.

As a winner of our internal club League he will receive a free entry ticket to next year’s Feile na Gaiscigh 2018. Well done!

All videos of our 2017 Blademasters League are available below:


Féile na Gaiscígh 2017 Review

Hello All!

Festival of Warriors is behind us now so it’s time for a short review of the biggest event on the Irish HEMA scene!

Over 15 clubs from Ireland, UK, France and Netherlands have competed in various tournaments over the last weekend. We had Open Steel Longsword, Longsword Novice (Nylon), Rapier and Companion and Sword and Buckler tournaments. There were multiple workshops on all weapons available for beginners and advanced fencers alike. And of course at any given moment you could always find someone available for a friendly sparring session.

The atmosphere was as usual super friendly and relaxed which seems to be the main theme of this event. It’s one of the things that makes people coming back to FnG year after year – you know that you will always enjoy it, no matter what you do: competitions, workshops, sparring or even a simple chat in the canteen.  Not to mention amazing nights out in a local pub afterwards 🙂

Our team did very well and I am quite proud with my beginners Martin and Riley who won Gold and Silver medals in novice tournament! Myself and Michael have won Silver and Bronze in Open Longsword Competition (congratulations to Ties Kool from HVN Netherlands for taking the gold!) Below you can find videos of the Open Longsword Tournament elimination phase up to the final fights:

Looking forward to meet everyone again in 2018!

July 2017 Training Schedule

July 2017 Schedule:

Sun 02/07/2017 – ***Training Cancelled***
Mon 03/07/2017 – German Longsword Course 3/10
Thu 06/07/2017 – Ringen Training
Sun 09/07/2017 – Sidesword Training
Mon 10/07/2017 – German Longsword Course 4/10
Thu 13/07/2017 – Longsword Training
Sun 16/07/2017 – Longsword Training
Mon 17/07/2017 – German Longsword Course 5/10
Thu 20/07/2017 – Longsword Training
Sun 23/07/2017 – Coached Sparring: Longsword
Mon 24/07/2017 – German Longsword Course 6/10
Thu 27/07/2017 – Dussack Training
Sat 29/07/2017 – HEMA Ireland Cork Training
Sun 30/07/2017 – Fight Night: Blademasters League
Mon 31/07/2017 – German Longsword Course 7/10

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

Irish Historical Fencing League (IHFL) 2016

Hello All,

IHFL has ended with a brilliant Belfast Bladeworks that took place last weekend and after 4 tournaments (Cork, Galway, Wexford and Belfast) in 2016 the overall results are as follows:

1st place: Matthew Malcolm of Medieval Combat Group
2nd place: Michael Nolan of Cork Blademasters
3rd place: Adrian Shwapka of Leitrim Longswords

Congratulations to all the winners and to HEMA Ireland and all clubs involved in organization of this year’s League.  It was no easy task but we managed to pull it off nicely and I have to say we have achieved our goal – the overall fencing quality has definitely improved which means we’re ready to put the bar up even higher for the 2017!

Bladefast Bladeworks Tournament was simply spectacular – congratulations to Matthew for winning the gold again, Myself for winning silver and to Adrian for getting the Bronze in an epic fight against Michael 🙂

Videos are in the playlist below: