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FightCamp has been running since 2004 and has grown
from a small informal gathering between a handful of groups to
one of the largest international HEMA events in the world. In
2010 we moved to a commercial site in the Midlands especially
developed for such events. The event now attracts over 20
instructors and up to 200 students every year.
FightCamp is a
three day event
providing classes, competitions, trading and the opportunity for
free exchange of European martial arts and related subjects.
Classes cover subjects such as medieval knightly combat - using
weapons like longswords, daggers and pollaxes - through to
renaissance rapier duelling, Baroque smallsword techniques,
Georgian pugilism, Victorian bayonet practice and wrestling, and
even modern self-protection and fitness classes.
Unlike most other major HEMA
events, FightCamp is almost entirely held outdoors (though we do
have one indoor training hall and a covered social area
and bar), with
most attendees camping on site. This creates a unique 'festival' feel
to the event and gives us more freedom than other HEMA events to
have things like a permanent sparring arena, melee games, trade demonstrations (eg.
bladesmithing), traders and catering on site. There is no
running backwards and forwards between different venues and
restaurants as at other events. Having
camping on site also gives a more communal feel to the event and
ultimately allows us to keep the costs down for the students,
making FightCamp the most cost-effective major HEMA event you
can attend in the Western hemisphere now (and yet also one of the biggest and
Despite the cost being lower
than other HEMA events we keep the quality high, with leading
instructors from the best known schools giving top notch
instruction. Our tournaments also attract some of the best
fighters and we get some of the leading HEMA traders in
The programme provides full activities for three days, starting
on Friday morning and ending on Sunday afternoon.
Attendees are welcome to come for all three days (recommended to
arrive on Thursday evening) or for one or two days. In
addition to the scheduled activities, attendees will also find
plenty of opportunity if they wish to engage in sparring,
exchange training tips and knowledge, or just relax and see what
our traders have on offer. Attendees of all backgrounds and
experience levels are welcome - most classes are aimed at
beginners and intermediate practitioners.
always a number of official
competitions held at FightCamp. In 2014 there are seven:
Cup (nylon medieval sidearms)
Assault at Arms (nylon backsword/sabre)
Tournament (flexible blunt steel)
(cumulative scores from the Sparring Arena over the weekend)
Waite Sabre Challenge
(flexible blunt steel)
(flexible blunt steel)
The Team Tournament
(teams of 3, nylon weapons)
The evenings at FightCamp are
another draw of the event, with a campfire and a fully licensed bar serving
until late. Some of our talented attendees even bring musical
offers one of the most unique social experiences of any HEMA event.
FightCamp 2014 will again be held at The Grange, between Coventry and Birmingham.
It is a site
specialised for airsoft games and HEMA, with ample camping space, bathroom
facilities, showers, a cafe/restaurant and bar.
The site is easy to get to by car, rail or plane.
It is a mere 15 minutes drive/taxi from Birmingham International
Of course camping is not
everyone's cup of tea and there are a range of cheap local
hotels where attendees can stay at their own cost, if they wish.
You can read an
independent review of FightCamp 2012 here.
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