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2018 in all Cork Blademasters tournaments have produced some excellent fencing and we are very happy with replacing an outdated concept of right-of-way/afterblow in the favor of more martial and realistic approach.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


Irish Historical Fencing League (IHFL) 2017


As the last leg of the IHFL – Galway Longsword Open ’26 Commandments’ Tournament has come to an end it’s time for a quick review of the 2017 League!

But first, the results of the Galway Leg – congratulations to Adrian Szlapka from Leitrim Longswords for taking the gold, Joe Hooton and Andrzej Rozycki both from Cork Blademasters for taking respectively silver and bronze!  Check out the tournament videos below!

As for this year’s IHFL i’m proud to say that we as an Irish HEMA have achieved again our goal – the fencing level has improved a lot and there have been lots of new fencers joining our league both from Ireland as well as abroad. This is great as it shows that our small league is becoming more recognizable in the world of HEMA and our fencing standards are already on an international level! Next year I’m hoping for even more fighters, more weapons and more clubs being involved as well as more cooperation between our neighbours from the other side of the Celtic Sea! We have proven it already many many times over – the more fencers you fight the better your fencing will become! Bring it on 2018 IHFL!

For now, let’s enjoy the videos from the Galway tournament below:


Belfast Bladeworks 2017 Review

Hello All,

Belfast Bladeworks 2017 Open Steel Tournament and the Third Leg of the Irish Historical Fencing League (IHFL) is behind us now! Truly great event flawlessly ran by Medieval Combat Group. I’m proud to say that Blademasters have won first two places of the event: Michael Nolan – Gold and myself (his instructor) Andrzej Rozycki – Silver while Adrian Szlapka from Leitrim Longswords got Bronze.  Congratulations to all!

The overall fencing level was excellent (fantastic improvement from Leitrim Longswords, well done guys!) and I was also happy to see lots of new promising faces on the tournament scene this year, especially in Belfast!  HEMA is growing strong in Ireland so let’s keep it going!

While we prepare for the final tournament of this year’s League in Galway let’s take a look back at the final fight of the event (video courtesy of Adam Keys, thanks!):

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:


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: