FightCamp is run by
Easton of Schola Gladiatoria (www.swordfightlondon.com)
– a renowned Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) group based
FightCamp has been running since 2004 and has grown
from a small informal gathering at an historical site 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 from Europe and the USA
and up to 200 students from across Europe and beyond. The 2013
event with be our 10th anniversary!
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 other major HEMA
events, FightCamp is almost entirely held outdoors (though we do
have one indoor training hall, a marquee and a covered social area
and bar), with
most attendees camping on site. This creates a unique 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 attendance (for example
Albion Europe, Peter Regenyei and The Knight Shop).
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 2012 these were:
Cup (medieval sidearms) - won by Simon Thurston (Schola
FightCamp Assault at Arms (backsword/sabre) - won by Mark
Gilbert (Riddle of Steel)
The FightCamp Rapier
Tournament - won by Piermarco Terminiello (School of the
The FightCamp Pas d'Armes
(cumulative scores from the Sparring Arena over the weekend)
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 2013 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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