Featuring workshops from a host of highly acclaimed international instructors and competitors, an indoor venue, uniformed judges and all the trimmings of a highly polished and professional event.
The competition is set to include steel longsword, single sword and rapier divisions as well as a novice longsword competition. Adjudicated by dedicated officials, a premium pooling system and a state of the art ICT display.
Sword Fight is back for the fourth time. It will be hosted on the 28th and 29th of July at the Tallebudgera Recreation Centre, Gold Coast. More details will follow but we are working towards some big changes.
Once again the event will offer:
A two day tournament,
Our big beautiful double hall with grandstand seating,
Up to three ranked divisions
(Unreasonably) cheap beachside accommodation for the weary fencer,
New sponsors with a tonne of swag,
An electronic scoring system to streamline pools and elimination bouts,
All divisions to be listed on the International Ratings.
A ‘masters’ division for our much celebrated senior fencers,
A return of Australia’s first women’s division.
As always we will be looking to push the envelope and measure the capacity for Australian HEMA. Furthermore we will continue to celebrate the diversity of Australian HEMA alongside the stiffest competition in the opens.
At this stage we are aiming for Tier One status but are expecting Tier Two, either way you will receive a professional and crisp event in the most beautiful city in the country.
The 400 Year Tournaments are an epic test of historical martial arts prowess. There are four tournaments with a competition for an overall winner (the Trifecta)
The tournaments are:
Single handed sword
Two handed sword
The winner of the Trifecta is the fencer who does the best overall in three of the tournaments.
re you a historical fencer? Come join in the Inagural Axel Petterson challenge. Sponsored by Axel himself and St Mark's, this will be an epic test of your Historical Fencing ability.
Saturday 10th will be a morning longsword tournament, and an afternoon sidesword tournament.
Sunday 11th will be the Axel Petterson challenge itself. Each bout will be threefold - first with Longswords, second with Sword and Buckler, and third with Rapier and Dagger. (Rapier may be fought with rapier alone, and the off hand will be considered a mail gauntlet and proof against thrusts). So if you want serious bragging rights of who is the better historical fencer, this is it! In an addition to the overall winner of the challenge (based on points and wins), there will also be a special Laurel award for best technical fencer, based on both the judges and their peers.
Monday will be a morning of workshops, and an afternoon of grading tests. If you wish to take the Meyer Frei Fechter Guild Longsword test, that will be available.
This event should be part of the Australian Historical Fencing League table, and results will be uploaded to HEMA ratings.
Because of the specific sword requirements for sidesword (blades under 95cm, must possess a cutting heft, straight swords only), loaner swords will be available for a small cost. Loaner swords may also be available for other tournaments.
Rules and registration coming soon.
This competition will be part of the Australian HEMA League as a Tier 2 event.
The end of January is the time for Adelaide Sword Academy's annual Australia Day Tournament. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, designed to be accessible and fun to all levels of HEMA practitioners. There is also plenty of time in the schedule for social freeplay and connecting with your peers.
Contact them for help with accomodation or lifts to or from the airport.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY will be held at WINDSOR GARDENS UNITING CHURCH, 3 PITMAN rd, WINDSOR GARDENS.
SUNDAY will be held at BOTANIC PARK, PLANE TREE DRIVE, ADELAIDE.
WINDSOR GARDENS VENUE IS FULLY AIR CONDITIONED. BOTANIC PARK will have SHADE, WATER and ICE. (And Beer after you're finished)
WORKSHOPS to be announced very soon.
There will be LONGSWORD, RAPIER AND DAGGER, SWORD and BUCKLER, and SINGLE SWORD competitions.
LONGSWORD to be fought with longswords and feders from a reputable maker.
RAPIER and DAGGER to be fought with rapiers (thrust centric, over 95cm blade) and daggers from a reputable maker.
SINGLE SWORD and SWORD AND BUCKLER admits all cut and thrust blades under 95cm - arming swords, side swords, back and broadswords, and sabres. They must have a reasonable cutting heft.
COMBATANTS must choose between MEDIUM or OPEN categories for EACH tournament.
There will be an additional WOMENS LONGSWORD competition. Women may compete in both WOMENS and MEDIUM/OPEN LONGSWORD.
Get your tickets on EVENTBRITE.
FRIDAY 26th Jan - WINDSOR GARDENS
9am : HALL OPENS, REGISTRATION
10am-3pm WORKSHOPs and SOCIAL FREEPLAY
3-8 pm LONGSWORD tournament.
SATURDAY 27th Jan - WINDSOR GARDENS
8:30am HALL OPENS
9am RAPIER and DAGGER TOURNAMENT
12 midday-3pm WORKSHOPS and SOCIAL FREEPLAY
3-6 pm SWORD AND BUCKLER TOURNAMENT
7:30pm PUB DINNER
SUNDAY 28th Jan - BOTANIC PARK
9:30am SINGLE SWORD TOURNAMENT