Archive May 2019

The Art That Adorns You 2019

Several of our fencers attended this awesome event hosted by York School of Defence in April. The Art That Adorns You is an excellent event hosted by an excellent club, entirely in the spirit of good fun and good skilled technical fencing. We’re already counting down the days til next year!

If you had any doubts about how fun the event is, take a look at the huge smiles of everyone in the group photo! (photograph courtesy of Valerie HEMA photographer).

Every workshop we attended was not only excellently run, but exceptional fun, and tied everything back into the sources and background context in a lovely manner. And for a change of pace there was spacehopper jousting at lunchtimes!

One of our instructors, Ross, taught a messer workshop at the event, which not only referenced the historical messer sources and background social context, but also managed to work in Star Trek IV and conkers as well. Ross also picked up the gold in the Discipulus Artis Dimicatoriae tournament, though seemed much more impressed by the chocolate dinosaur that came with it 🙂

The medalists from
the Discipulus Artis Dimicatoriae tournament at The Art That Adorns You 2019.

Morrigan’s Melee 2019

In recognition of International Women’s Day, and the awesome swordswomen across the island in the various HEMA clubs, Medieval Combat Group were proud to host The Morrigan’s Melee in March 2019! Belfast Live dropped into our regular class a few weeks beforehand to give us a bit of promotion, check the video out on the link below!

Our Sarah swapped her pen for a sword this week at the Medieval Combat Club

Our Sarah swapped her pen for a sword this week at the Medieval Combat Club. Here's how she got on!

Posted by Belfast Live on Thursday, 21 February 2019

The event kicked off by a women’s taster class for the longsword, taught by guest instructor Helen Gallagher. By all reports everyone had an amazing time, and there was some excellent technique on display from the attendees!

We also invited as many of the women HEMA practitioners on the island to come up the same afternoon for a mixed weapon Fechtschule style tournament. Again there was some excellent sparring on display, and as the fechtschule rewards any virtue which impresses your fellow fencers, fighting spirit, determination, and respect for your fellow fencers was rewarded as well as technical ability.

Entrants of the Fechtschule with the three medalists, Hannah, Hannah, and Nina, respectively from left to right.

We’re also exceptionally happy to announce we’ve just tallied up and donated the final proceeds of The Morrigan’s Melee 2019 to our chosen charity for this year, Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid. And huge thanks to the The Knight Shop International Ltd for providing the shiny medals for our fechtschule winners!

For a relatively small event everyone did excellent work and raised £451 for charity.

The Morrigan’s Melee will be back in 2020 for International Women’s Day, when The Exiles Galway will host it for another round of taster classes and the fechtschule tournament.