San Diego Longsword

San Diego Longsword is a Western Martial Arts (WMA), or Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) inte Classes at-
Thursday nights at LionHeart Academy in El Cajon.

Sunday afternoon at Team Touche Fencing

Operating as usual

12/05/2021

Shannon and Scott demonstrate techniques for integrating blade grasps and daggers into the fight in our advanced class.

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Shannon and Scott demonstrate techniques for integrating blade grasps and daggers into the fight in our advanced class.

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#sdls #sandiego #longsword #dagger #martialarts #sdfit

11/07/2021

Loreen has been working hard on those zwerchaus lately. It’s among the most German thing a German sword fighter can do. Keep it up!

#liechtenauer #sword #longsword #sparring #drilling #girlpower #progress #sandiego #elcajon #sd #girlswhofight

07/21/2021

A nice view of historical artwork of sword and buckler.

I recently mentioned this delightful little figure from the choir stalls of Cologne Cathedral to Cornelius, and promised to re-post it.

The choir stalls date from the early 14th century (dendro-dates: 1308–1311). This particular carving shows a buckler fighter in attire of the time. The swordsman has lifted his weapon to his shield-side shoulder. His posture reminds me of I.33's Third and Fourth Wards, although this may not be a pre-fight position at all.
We can see the inside of his slightly domed shield, which curiously sports the same star shaped design often depicted on the front side of bucklers shown in manuscript miniatures. The grip is of the 'lid' handle type which was very common.

Note that the fighter is barefoot. This may possibly indicate a judicial duel context – or maybe he simply enjoys fencing barefoot, just like I do. It is hard to tell if he is wearing hose. He definitely does not wear any gloves. The bottom hem of his cotte is tucked up into the waist belt, which is hidden beneath overlapping cloth. The rich folds indicate a very wide skirt, which is quite typical for the period.

See other figures (not sword-related) here: https://www.koelner-dom.de/bedeutendewerke/chorgestuehl-nord
and here:
https://www.koelner-dom.de/ausstattung/chorgestuehl-sued

Thanks to Timm Radt who originally pointed me to this work of art.

Photos from San Diego Longsword's post 07/15/2021

Looking for a new and interesting hobby but not quite up to armwrestling The Mountain or grappling with Conan the Barbarian? No worries! While the Hollywood image of Henry Cavill wielding a 10-pound chunk of steel is an exciting cinematic image (we enjoyed “The Witcher” as much as anyone!) the historical art of fighting with the longsword is surprisingly complex and subtle. The great master of this art stated that the successful swords-person “fights strength with weakness and weakness with strength”.

This course provides detailed instruction in the basic elements of dueling/fencing with the longsword - it’s a great place for beginners to start their practice of any medieval fencing art, and also an effective way for experienced fencers to get a deeper understanding of basic fencing mechanics.

Follow the link for more information and to sign up!

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07/14/2021

More warrior dodge ball fun! This round @lionheartacademy!

In addition to our longsword summer camps, we now offer warrior dodge ball as an after class activity to our members on Sundays at 3:30! It’s a great way to have a lot of fun and get quite a bit of exercise in!

Interested in warrior camp or our classes? Follow the link in our bio!

#summercamp #sandiego #SD #sandiegolongsword #sdls #instagood #chivalrytoday

06/29/2021

The disarm your coaches warn you about. 101 and CC students, don’t let those thumbs wander too far forward in ochs!

So many things about this exchange bring me joy.

Want to learn to do this? Visit us at SanDiegoLongsword.com to get started.
Our next round of intro classes starts July 8th in El Cajon and July 11th in July 18th at Team Touche.
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06/28/2021

Who do you think came out on top in this exchange? Scott (in the red) or Richard (in blue)? Both? Neither?
Tell us what you think and why!
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Who do you think came out on top in this exchange? Scott (in the red) or Richard (in blue)? Both? Neither?
Tell us what you think and why!
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#hema #wma #reenactment #westernmartialarts #sandiego #delmar #elcajon #eastcounty #sd #swords #swordfight #sparring #steel #picoftheday #ınstagood

06/27/2021

Winding up to take his shot!!! The opposing yeoman are out of range for a block and, as you can see, number 23 on the right, is discretely prepared with a back up ball in case they miss youth coach Reece!

Join us for our next day camp, July 5-9 @lionheartacademy!

Contact the club directly at 619-462-2027 to sign up or check out the link in our bio for more details!

#dodgeball #sandiego #sdcamp #summercamp #warriorcamp #picoftheday #sandiegolongsword #warrior #warriorkids #kidscamp #summercamp #daycamp

Winding up to take his shot!!! The opposing yeoman are out of range for a block and, as you can see, number 23 on the right, is discretely prepared with a back up ball in case they miss youth coach Reece!

Join us for our next day camp, July 5-9 @lionheartacademy!

Contact the club directly at 619-462-2027 to sign up or check out the link in our bio for more details!

#dodgeball #sandiego #sdcamp #summercamp #warriorcamp #picoftheday #sandiegolongsword #warrior #warriorkids #kidscamp #summercamp #daycamp

06/26/2021

Our two fighters voted as best historical technique in their respective tournament pools perform an exhibition match.

That’s a pretty darned good gather thrust from ochs for a kid whose been doing this for less than a week.

Oh and that little girl, she pommel struck three different people that day!

We are very proud of all of our campers and are looking forward to our next camp starting on July 5th @lion. You can visit https://sdlsonline.simplero.com/warriorcamp for more details on the camp or reserve your space with Lionheart now by telephone, now.
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Photos from San Diego Longsword's post 06/25/2021

Kids and l coaches come together for a game of warrior dodge ball.
This game is completely different from its (painful) predecessor and encourages team work and honor over bullying.

How?
1. A new “warrior class” with different abilities is introduced each day. For example, knights can get hit twice before they’re down. Medics can heal downed teammates, for the price of two balls. Campers can also be shieldmen and spearman! Running low on standing teammates? Hire a Landsknechte (I.e. a coach) by sacrificing two balls. But be careful not to get hit on your way over! Choose your team configuration wisely so that your team is well balanced.
2. You may be down, but you’re not completely out! Kids who get hit stay in the game and with their team as yeomen. They pick a spot on the floor and kneel. They can still throw balls at the other team, so be sure to roll some their way. Strategic use of yeomen can win or lose the game.
3. We play with balls that are specifically designed for dodgeball, unlike those outdated rubber balls that hurt. You can fling the new foam balls pretty efficiently across the room, but getting hit with them won’t phase you. Our coaches can tell you from personal experience that the accidental close range hit to the face isn’t comfortable, but it isn’t painful either. We still recommend taking off your glasses though.
4. Teams are picked by coaches to maintain a careful balance in skill level. This keeps the game challenging and the the competition friendly. Also, no more being picked last.

If this sounds like something your kiddo would enjoy consider joining us for our next camp at @lionheartacademy starting July 5th! Reach out to them directly to sign up!

#sandiego #sd #sdsummercamps #sdsummercamp #sandiego #sandiegokids #sandiegocamps #fitkids #longsword #knightcamp #warriorcamp #delmar #elcajon

06/11/2021

Probably one of my all time favorite warrior camp traditions! The kids are always very excited to try on armor and handle the chain mail.

Of course, us coaches always find it pretty funny seeing kids in oversized helmets and gauntlets. Some day though, they’ll grow up and the armor will fit!

This year‘s camp dates are:
June 21-25 at Team Touche
July 5-9 at LionHeart Academy
July 12-16 at LionHeart academy
July 19-3 23rd at Team Touche

To sign up contact the club of your choice! See you all on the field of honor!

#kidscamp #SD #Summer #summercamp #sandiego #sandiegosummercamps #sdsummercamp #sdsummer #swords #armor #kids #honor

Probably one of my all time favorite warrior camp traditions! The kids are always very excited to try on armor and handle the chain mail.

Of course, us coaches always find it pretty funny seeing kids in oversized helmets and gauntlets. Some day though, they’ll grow up and the armor will fit!

This year‘s camp dates are:
June 21-25 at Team Touche
July 5-9 at LionHeart Academy
July 12-16 at LionHeart academy
July 19-3 23rd at Team Touche

To sign up contact the club of your choice! See you all on the field of honor!

#kidscamp #SD #Summer #summercamp #sandiego #sandiegosummercamps #sdsummercamp #sdsummer #swords #armor #kids #honor

Photos from San Diego Longsword's post 06/11/2021

Warrior camp is back!!!!!

In this week-long day-camp, teens get to unleash their inner champions, heroes, and knights-in-shining-armor! Participants will get an up close look at replica historical arms and armor; learn tactics and teamwork with a crew of friendly coaches; and band together in a series of challenging, energetic melee-games that will put their teamwork to the test - all while learning about the ideals of the “warrior’s code” of honor and chivalry.

Register at one of our two locations now to get your tween or teen involved in the fun and excitement of Warrior Camp!

Camp1: June 21-25, 2021 at Team Touche Fencing Center

Camp 2: July 5-9, 2021 at LionHeart Academy

Camp 3: July 12-16, 2021 at LionHeart Academy

Camp 4: July 19-23, 2021 at Team Touche Fencing Center

Photos from San Diego Longsword's post 06/04/2021

Dad’s gone break out the polleaxes!!!

Scott took a little vacation over the weekend so coach Loreen decided to mix things up with some pollaxe basics and (solo) drills.

We typically leave the pollaxe to our armored team, @ChivalryToday. The weapon is extremely effective - even the blunt light weight plastics we have can put a dent into a brand new 3 gage steel visor. (Sorry Patrick!) A flimsy little fencing mask doesn’t stand a chance, nor does the human skull!

For this reason, we can’t do too much with this weapon without plate BUT it’s still very fun to drill with in a careful and controlled manner.

So why do it? The pollaxe is a great example of how the concept of winding in the Liechtenauer tradition, transfers between weapons and across applications. Also, it’s fun!

#sandiegolongsword #sd #sandiego #delmar #hobby #class #classes #sword #knight #learning #history #longsword #hobby #hema #wma

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05/03/2021

“...transition to the half sword, displace your opponents sword, grab their buckler, twist it from their grasp, and beat them over the head with it.”

A modern addition to Lignitzer’s final play. Lignitzer doesn’t tell the reader what to do once they have the opponent’s buckler. It’s up to the fighter to decide.

Our sword and buckler worship continues.

Don’t try this at home kids. Seriously.
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“...transition to the half sword, displace your opponents sword, grab their buckler, twist it from their grasp, and beat them over the head with it.”

A modern addition to Lignitzer’s final play. Lignitzer doesn’t tell the reader what to do once they have the opponent’s buckler. It’s up to the fighter to decide.

Our sword and buckler worship continues.

Don’t try this at home kids. Seriously.
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#sword #swordandshield #swordandbuckler #lignitzer #sandiego #sdls #swordfight #longsword #hema #delmar #santee #elcajon #classes #classessd #hobbies #instagood #picoftheday

04/28/2021

Blink and you’ll miss it. Textbook abstezen!

If you want to get in on the action our next introductory workshop starts June 6th!

https://sdlsonline.simplero.com/products/127099-Introduction-to-Fighting-with-the

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04/21/2021

Shannon had the center but Colin has started to krumphau!
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Shannon had the center but Colin has started to krumphau!
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04/21/2021

Richard triangle steps to his left as he displaced Marcello’s thrust, and takes the weak of Marcello’s sword. Richard then prepares to wind down to pflug and thrust.
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Richard triangle steps to his left as he displaced Marcello’s thrust, and takes the weak of Marcello’s sword. Richard then prepares to wind down to pflug and thrust.
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04/19/2021

A little sword and buckler on a gorgeous Sunday. Students work on entering and opposing attacks with half shield.
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A little sword and buckler on a gorgeous Sunday. Students work on entering and opposing attacks with half shield.
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#sword #swordandshield #sd #sdfit #sdfitness #swordandbuckler #sandiego #sandiegolongsword #backworkout #shoulderworkout

04/18/2021

Ochs breaks zwech

A nice example of ochs blocking zwerchau during a Thursday night sparring session.

Scott scoots into measure and zerchaus from vom tag. Chris winds to the guard ochs on his left, blocking the cut and trapping Scott’s point, forcing him to back out of the bind instead of zweching to the other side, winding and thrusting, or dropping into a hanging guard.

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04/06/2021

A little loop of a picture I snapped while Scott and Shannon were sparring. Shannon thrusts, Scott displaces and winds as he looks to make a mutieran thrust.

#sundayfunday #sandiego #longsword #sd #sdfit #sandiegonerds #sparring #sword #hema #wma #swordfight #swordfighting

04/02/2021

A little slow work on a Thursday night!

Slow work helps students and instructors to analyze the fight, identify areas of need, and to practice, practice, practice!

It might look relaxing but the truth of the matter is it’s challenging both physically and mentally. It’s a bit like doing math and yoga at the same time!

#longsword #sandiegonerds #sword #instagood #picoftheday #hobby #mindfulness #sd #sandiego #hema #wma #hemasd #sdhema #sdfit

A little slow work on a Thursday night!

Slow work helps students and instructors to analyze the fight, identify areas of need, and to practice, practice, practice!

It might look relaxing but the truth of the matter is it’s challenging both physically and mentally. It’s a bit like doing math and yoga at the same time!

#longsword #sandiegonerds #sword #instagood #picoftheday #hobby #mindfulness #sd #sandiego #hema #wma #hemasd #sdhema #sdfit

04/02/2021

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