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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby Knife Thrower » 31 May 2012 13:49

Damn, I don't read this forum enough. Thanks Oz! It was altogether surprising and I feel that something like pugilism may end up being one of those things that I can't do :P

As Matt mentioned it was a tournament that gave equal weight to cuts and thrusts anywhere on a person and I would agree with anyone who suggests that the way that I won was in no small part to me being given the chance to effectively use a rapier like a really long sabre. I'd like to think that I did use good technique and timing and distance were all as important but to think of myself as some sort of good rapierist would be somewhat of a lie! I got better the more fights I had and I think the element of surprise helped me too :P All in all, bloody good fun from my point of view :)

I think anyone looking at my fights in the Rapier tournament or overall win with some trepidation with specific regard to how rapier should be done is welcome to do so and I would feel quite literally zero consternation about it. Anyone suggesting that I didn't deserve to win or wasn't a good swordsman however, better be able to back that up with some rather compelling evidence! And for the record, no-one has so it's all good :)

It's probably also worth mentioning that I'd never picked up a buckler before any of those fights either. I think it did make a fair difference given that I managed to catch about 40% of thrusts or strikes with it and thank god Matt Galas gave me some advice about how to use one or I'd have continued to try use it as some sort of crude breast plate :P
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 31 May 2012 14:27

I liked the wearing-buckler-as-breastplate approach. I have previously tried using a buckler as a hat, but with only moderate success. Next time I intend to wear around 20 swords as a suit - Matt's Universal Parry I shall call it.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby T Gallagher » 08 Jun 2012 16:16

To change the subject slightly, I have noticed that sword and buckler is on your class list for SG1. What style are you studying? I am rather guessing Bolognese, though this is just a hunch.

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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 08 Jun 2012 16:17

Bolognesesque. We are very much at the complete novices stage, but the guards, defences and attacks are basically from Manciolino and Marozzo.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 21 Jun 2012 13:14

Schedule for the next few weeks:

26th June - Sabre
3rd July - Longsword
10th July - Sword and buckler
17th July - Sabre
24th July - Longsword
31st July - Sword and buckler
7th August - Sabre
14th August - Longsword/special (pre-FightCamp)
21st August - TBC
28th August - Sabre
3rd Sept - Longsword
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby Stephen P » 23 Jul 2012 09:57

The Olypmic torch relay is going through Ealing tomorrow evening, so traffic may be a problem and will affect anyone coming from the west and ending in Walpole park.

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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 23 Jul 2012 10:19

Great timing!.... :lol:
I wish the Olympic committee would check people's schedules.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby the_last_alive » 23 Jul 2012 19:05

Time

Location

17:00

Olympic Torch arrives at Northala Fields

17:16

Torch leaves Northala Fields

17:19

Kensington Road

17:25

Lady Margaret Road

17:47

Southall High Street

17:50

Uxbridge Road A4020

18:05

Hanwell Broadway

18:15

West Ealing

18:32

New Broadway ( Ealing Town Hall )

18:34

High Street, Ealing

18:37

Ealing Green

18:39

St Mary’s Road, Ealing

18:44

Church Lane , Ealing

18:45

Culmington Road

18:47

Lammas Park Gardens

18:48

Olympic Torch arrives at Walpole Park


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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 23 Jul 2012 19:35

Thanks Martin, that's really useful.
This does however mean that the club weapons may not arrive until a bit later, so if people would be willing to lend longswords to beginners that would be much appreciated.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 31 Jul 2012 15:18

A major revision to the class schedule for coming weeks - we are reverting to having a longsword class every other week:

31st July – Medieval one-handed sword
7th August – Longsword
14th August – Sword & buckler (with Scott Brown from Schwert am Schwert)
21st August - Longsword
28th August - Sabre
4th Sept – Longsword
11th Sept – Sword & buckler
18th Sept – Longsword
25th Sept - Sabre
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 21 Aug 2012 14:06

Tonight, victory cake!
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby Badgers » 29 Nov 2012 13:08

I thought that on Tuesday the hall was getting pretty packed. Are there plans to look for a larger venue?
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 29 Nov 2012 15:48

Hi Nick, in short no, not currently, because the average class size is not enough for a larger venue. Aside from this I have tried to find larger venues in the area in the past and they are all either too expensive or already booked up. :(

Feel free to keep en eye out for and suggest possible new venues though (by email or PM), as I'm always interested in a bigger venue (remember there needs to be a place to park cars and high enough ceilings).

On a different topic, for people coming to SG1, here is the schedule for coming weeks:

4 Dec – Sword & buckler
11 Dec – Christmas bash
18 Dec – Solid sparring and beginner sparring
25 Dec – No training!
1 Jan – No training!
8 Jan – Longsword
15 Jan – Sabre
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 07 Dec 2012 16:57

The Christmas Bash is this coming Tuesday (11th). There will be 3 competitions - longsword, sabre, sword & buckler. Feel free to come along and join in or just socialise. We will have a few guests from other clubs joining us and perhaps trying to beat us up!
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 11 Dec 2012 12:32

If you'd like to join us for the evening, just drop me a PM. Everyone welcome.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 12 Dec 2012 16:05

Thanks to everyone who came to the Christmas Bash last night, especially those who travelled from far, including our School of the Sword buddies and Andy Damms.

The mini-tournament results were as follows, but congratulations to all who took part on the good fighting, especially those who had never competed before.

Sabre:
1st Stephen Parfitt (SG1)
2nd Paul Davis (SG1)

Longsword:
1st Junaid S Rabbi (SG1)
2nd Stephen Parfitt (SG1)

Sword and buckler:
1st Rory Merrall-Wyre (School of the Sword)
2nd Paul Davis (SG1)
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 04 Feb 2013 17:22

Oops, just noticed that I haven't updated the training schedule here for ages.
Here is the plan for the next few weeks:

5 Feb – Rondel dagger and Bowie knife
12 Feb – Longsword
19 Feb – Sabre
26 Feb – Longsword
5 Mar – Sword & buckler
12 Mar – Longsword
19 Mar – Sabre
26 Mar – Longsword
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 27 Feb 2013 13:57

Well done all those who fought in our mini-tournament (longsword) this week. Especially the newest guys for stepping up - special mention to Luke for the multiple parry blur and Jacob for very tidy looking fencing. Gav won it, with Paul and Junaid coming joint second.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby Badgers » 26 Mar 2013 17:57

My shoulder injury is getting better but it's not perfect yet. This means I probably won't be back for another month or so. Any word on what the programme is for the next few months, so I know what I'm missing? :D
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 26 Mar 2013 18:05

Normal schedule I think, unless something changes - so:

26 Mar - Longsword
2 Apr - S&B
9 Apr - Longsword
16 Apr - Sabre
23 Apr - Longsword
30 Apr - S&B

We'll probably have another mini-tournament in the sparring session soon - sabre this time.

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