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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby Badgers » 07 May 2013 11:50

Will you be doing the insurance soon? And T shirts? (If I can't fence I can at least wear the T shirt!)
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 07 May 2013 15:06

Afraid not. We'll be changing insurer.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby Badgers » 05 Jun 2013 10:29

Some thoughts from last night:

Does anyone make a nylon cutlass blade?
Would starting with cutlass be easier for beginners (cough)? They could then move up to the heavier, longer sabre.
Would we have to get slightly closer, which might mean improving our range for a good sabre hit rather than connecting with the tip?
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby the_last_alive » 05 Jun 2013 10:30

Badgers wrote:Some thoughts from last night:

Does anyone make a nylon cutlass blade?
Would starting with cutlass be easier for beginners (cough)? They could then move up to the heavier, longer sabre.
Would we have to get slightly closer, which might mean improving our range for a good sabre hit rather than connecting with the tip?


People use the KnightShop Messer blades with basket hilts as Cutlasses.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 05 Jun 2013 10:58

Yuck, I hate those messer blades :).

Cutlasses are actually heavier in general than sabres... The 1845 pattern cutlass weighs 2.5lbs+, whereas the 1845 pattern infantry officer's sword weighs 2lbs. The cutlass has a blade only 3-4 inches shorter, but notably wider.There would be nothing easier for beginners in doing cutlass rather than sabre - in fact it would generally be harder, as we'd be training from low seconde all the time, rather than having the option of playing from tierce!

I thought sabre was easy enough already! :D
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby Reinier » 06 Jun 2013 10:42

Try the Klewang! That is taught from a much more comfortable guard!


I have one nylon messer cut down to make a cutlass, and have a second blade awaiting the same fate.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 14 Oct 2013 15:03

This is our class schedule for the rest of the year:

15 Oct - Sabre
22 Oct - Dagger
29 Oct - Longsword
5 Nov - Sabre
12 Nov – Sparring night
19 Nov - Longsword
26 Nov – Sabre
3 Dec – Sword & Buckler
10 Dec – Christmas Bash!
17 Dec – Sparring night
24 Dec – No session
31 Dec – No session
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby the_last_alive » 14 Oct 2013 15:15

3 weeks between classes. Not sure how I'll cope.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 14 Oct 2013 16:18

the_last_alive wrote:3 weeks between classes. Not sure how I'll cope.


Come round and fight the Surrey HEMA folks over Christmas?
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby the_last_alive » 14 Oct 2013 16:29

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the_last_alive wrote:3 weeks between classes. Not sure how I'll cope.


Come round and fight the Surrey HEMA folks over Christmas?


Weekends, hells yes. Weekdays, gotta work.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 14 Oct 2013 16:51

I'm sure we can manage something on a weekend day. All that time indoors with a baby I'm pretty sure we'll be keen to hire a room at the Spectrum and hit each other.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby the_last_alive » 13 Nov 2013 10:07

Thanks to the Free Scholars (and others) for their help last night. It seemed to go pretty well.

Also, big thanks to everyone who lent out weapons.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby beowulf » 19 Nov 2013 13:52

Hello SG1,

Long-time no see.
At lot has changed from the last time I went to a session down in Ealing. I have seen and heard a lot about some of the changes to HEMA and the way that the 'sport' has changed in general. From various media outlets e.g Facebook, this forum etc.

As I am now a beginner again after being out of the game for a couple of years, I was wondering what I should expect from tonight's session
Is it going to be the same format as before are there some things I should be aware of?

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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 19 Nov 2013 17:03

Hi Martin!
Not much has changed really. We do 50/50 longsword and sabre now, alternating each week. This week is longsword. Doors open 7.45pm. Class from 7.55pm to 9pm. Then sparring hour. You may notice that people spar a little differently now (observing the afterblow more than they did 2 years ago) or you may not notice much of a difference. More steel sparring that previously, now that more people have the right kit.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 09 Dec 2013 22:23

For anyone coming to our Christmas Bash tomorrow, we open doors at 7pm and the address is:

All Saints Parish Church Hall
Elm Grove Road
Ealing Common
W5 3JH
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 09 Dec 2013 22:34

Rules for the Christmas SG1 Tournament, devised by the Free Scholars of SG1:

The following ruleset was designed to provide a fun, friendly environment which will allow everyone to fence and enjoy themselves without requiring people to sacrifice their time to run or judge a tournament. The tournament is optional and there will be spare space for sparring.

There will be two pistes running the tournament simultaneously, each with a pool running (with a third piste available for non-tournament casual sparring). In each pool fighters will have to fight everyone else. This will help maximise the number of fights people can have.

Each fight will be with weapons agreed between the fighters before the fight (nylon is recommended, however, if both parties agree, steel can be used). Any combination can be used (Longsword, Sword and Buckler, Sabre/Backsword, Two Swords, etc). Fighters do not have to meet with equal weapons.

The rules for the fights are based on the rules used at FightCamp, which should mean the majority of entrants are familiar with them:

First to 3, the score being recorded for each fight
Clean hit = 1 point
Doubles = 3 ends the fight, which is then scored as a 1-1 draw
Afterblow = no score (the afterblow cancels the first point)

The only real difference from FightCamp is that doubles are punished by a low scoring draw rather than elimination (as this is not a direct elimination tournament).

To help minimise the work any one person has to do, each fight should be judged by another fighter from the pool. If you have a fight lined up, but no judge, simply ask someone to judge it for you. If you are waiting for a fight, it would be useful if you could volunteer to judge as well.

The scores of each fight are recorded, and once all the fights in the pool have been completed each fighters total is calculated.

The highest scoring fighter from each pool then face off for 1st place, the 2nd highest in each pool face off for 3rd/4th. In the event of tied scores the scores of the previous fights between tied fighters will be used to decide who places higher.

The finals will be to 5 points (3 doubles will not lead to a draw, however if there are too many doubles a punishment may be implemented at the judges discretion, otherwise the rules are the same as above).

Protective equipment: This should be appropriate for the weapons used.
The minimum required for Nylon weapons is: fencing mask, gloves and box for men, chest protector for women.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 29 Jan 2014 13:55

SG1 students - remember there is a closed facebook group for us - that's where most news and a little discussion tends to go up now, so if you're not already on it then let me know.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby beowulf » 10 Feb 2014 13:21

Hi Matt,

Can you add me to the Facebook group.

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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby admin » 10 Feb 2014 13:53

Done! I thought you were on there already.
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Re: SG1: Schola Gladiatoria London

Postby the_last_alive » 19 Jun 2014 18:23

So this week, we had a 17 man multi-weapon (random choice) tournament.

In the first round fights were to 6 points, with thrusts to the head or body and cuts to the head scoring 2 points each. Due to time constraints, the following rounds the higher scoring strikes scored 3 points each, and the 2nd round was to 3 points. Doubles resulted in the fighters having to perform 3 of either Squats, Press Ups or Sit Ups.

To find out what weapons they would be using fighters drew them out of a hat immediately before the start of their bouts to prevent people having time to prepare to use them.

Match ups were decided using Spin the Dagger.

In each round someone had a bye.

Round 1
Ty - Spear and Large Shield - 7
Charles - Sword and Large Shield - 3

Luke - Sword and Large Shield - 7
Pedro - Spear - 4

Debs - Sword and Buckler - 5
Valerie - Arming Sword - 6

Paul - Longsword - 6
Gavin - Sword and Large Shield - 2

Mike - Spear - 6
Junaid - Sword and Large Shield - 4

Rory - Spear - 0
Chris - Sword and Large Shield - 7

Stephen - Spear - 6
Rick - Sword and Dagger - 0

Martin - Longsword - 6
Marc - Arming Sword - 5

Kris had the bye in this round.

Round 2
Martin - Sword and Dagger - 3
Ty - Spear - 0

Valerie - Spear - 0
Mike - Longsword - 3

Stephen - Longsword - 3
Luke - Sword and Buckler - 0

Chris - Longsword - 3
Junaid - Spear - 0

Paul - Spear - 3
Kris - Longsword - 0

Round 3
Paul - Longsword - 6
Mike - Sword and Buckler - 3

Stephen - Spear and Large Shield - 6
Martin - Arming Sword - 0

Chris had a bye.

Semi-Final(s)
Stephen - Sword and Buckler - 2
Chris - Sword and Targe - 6

Paul had a bye to the final.

Final
The finalists were able to choose their own weapons, rather than the random draw.
Chris - Sword and Buckler - 3
Paul - Spear - 8


Congratulations to Paul on winning, and well done to everyone who took part.
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