There is a full slate of Unarmored Combat activities on the Schedule for this year’s Portrero War. We’ve got open practice and sparring sessions, a tourney, and classes! Oh the classes – more classes than we’ve had at a single event in the history of Unarmored Combat! Activities will be going most of the day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so please take a few moments to come by and see what this form is all about! We’re the smallest marshal form in Caid, but growing quickly.
All Unarmored Activities will take place at the erics located just west of the Stone Tables and Merchants’ Row. Closed-toe shoes are required for participation in all Unarmored Activities, including classes. Make sure to bring water and sunscreen, and wear clothes you can move comfortably in. Students should bring their own swords, bucklers, and protective gear if they have it. If not, loaner equipment will be available.
You do not need to have any prior combat/marshal experience to participate in the classes (although the advanced and intermediate classes may not be suitable for beginners). There will be no full-contact in any of the classes – only structured drills and partner exercises. Fighters must be authorized to participate in the tourney. Fighters currently authorized or in process on their authorization may spar during the open practice sessions. Beginners are welcome at open practice sessions to work on training, drills, and get one-on-one time with marshals and experienced fighters.
10AM -Noon: Intro to I.33 Sword and Bucker (teacher: Muirrenn ingen Donnduain)
Learn the basics of 13th Century German sword and buckler combat as presented in theTower Manuscript I.33. Basic footwork and biomechanics, attacks, and defense.
10Am-Noon: Open Practice Session
Noon-2PM: Introduction to German Longsword (Teacher: Orion Martyn)
Learn the basics of mid-period German two-handed Longsword. Basic footwork and biomechanics, attacks, and defense.
2PM-4PM: Open Practice Session
10AM-Noon: Intermediate I.33 - Binding with the Sword (Teacher: Kolbrandr Kolsson)
Learn a more advanced set of techniques for German sword and buckler as presented in the Tower Manuscript I.33. Binding with the sword and counter-binding.
10AM –Noon: Open Practice Session
Noon-2PM: Fiore Longsword (Teacher: Brian Strokes)
This class will cover the four master cuts from Fiore’s Longsword treatise
2PM-4PM: 9 Remedy Dagger Masters – historical combat A&S Class only(Teacher:
This class will cover a total of 19 dagger plays drawn from the nine remedy masters and their counters, with one additional play drawn from Talhoffer.
4PM-5PM: Open Practice Session
10AM-Noon: Advanced I.33 - Covers and Special Wards (Teacher: Guy Rand
This class will build on the basic and intermediate techniques presented in the other classes to develop a more complete understanding of the sword and buckler combat of the I.33 manuscript, focusing on covers between wards and the advanced wards.
10AM-Noon: Open Practice Session
Noon-2PM: Advanced German Longsword (Teachers: Guillaume de Belgique and
Felinah Tifarah Arnvella Memo Hazara Khan-ad-Din)
This class will explore more advanced techniques built on the basics covered at the introductory class.
Noon-2PM: Open Practice Session