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I know.......you can't wait!
If you are interested in finding out more about the events and activities listed below then get in touch....
Some description of normality is finally returning to the SMEF calendar as the latest, and hopefully last, CoViD lockdown rules are relaxed. All our current classes have resumed and attendance has been respectable. It was inevitable that student technique would suffer, so we have gone right back to basics to re-establish and re-enforce proper Martial principles. Fitness needs to be recovered as well but that's hardly surprising, we are just grateful that classes have resumed.
Now CoViD restrictions have lifted we were unable to maintain our Cumnor training venue but have fortunately found a new hall in Farmoor. This venue provides adequate space to teach and train. This also means we have plenty of space for a greater number of students and the SMEF will be offering opportunities to learn historical European martial arts within the local area.
We would like to thank the Cumnor Old School Charity for letting us hire their facilities for as long as we did, and also Farmoor Village Hall for allowing us access to their facilities for the foreseeable future.
So the future looks 'normal', or as normal as anything can be after such a long and disruptive period of restricted activity.
If you'd like to contact us about what we do, or future classes, we would be happy to arrange attendance.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Please be aware that the SMEF teaches historical European fighting arts as they should be taught, with its origins rooted in the martial art and not as a sport, re-enactment or LARP . A martial art can be used in every other scenario but NOT the other way around. Classes are disciplined and training intense so if you think you have the dedication and commitment necessary to learn properly, come along.
If you're starting up a HEMA group and require some assistance and support then get in touch. We have a depth of knowledge and resources that can help.
The SMEF are always happy to run seminars if you should so desire. Whether you are a modern martial arts group who want a taste of medieval German longsword, or an existing HEMA group who wants a different perspective, let us know.
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Here are a few events that have been or are coming up on the SMEF calendar:
2021 Hack'n'Snack was, again, an excellent weekend. On site camping combined with good weather, good food, good practice and good company provided us with ample opportunity to discuss, discover and improve technique. A wide selection of weapons from different historical periods allowed for some interesting cross discipline cutting to occur which is always an informative experience. A positive and happy demeanor achieved by all. Thanks to all those usual people who put themselves out to make the weekend successful.
As usual this year's AGM took place in our favoured curry pub and took longer than usual, lasting at least 20 minutes, but they weren't full of unnecessary prevarications, apparently.
The 2020 Hack'n'Snack
This year's Hack'n'Snack was moved from its usual date in July to September in order to remain within the CoViD19 prescribed guideline. Fortunately, this was just before the greater lockdown rules were imposed so the event could proceed unhindered. This year, as last year, we reduced the number of attendees to around 22, which allowed for a much greater sense of unity and common interest within the group. The event proceeded without a hitch and, from the feedback, everyone enjoyed/learned something from the experience. Being outdoors meant that maintaining the current CoViD19 protocols was relatively straight forward.
The 2020 AGM
This took place early in the year and we managed to squeeze it between the drinks and food order at our favoured curry pub. It lasted 20 long seconds, which is a new record for us.
The SMEF 2019 AGM
We didn't beat the 2017 record of 21 seconds but managed to tie it all up in 10 mins and was quickly followed by a curry (which wasn't really the main reason we were there, honest!)
SMEF back at SSS Sheffield
To continue our support for SSS Sheffield's desire to pursue proper HEMA training and reinforce our previous successful visit with another, (and an excuse for good company, good food/beer and a good laugh!)
Excellent event this year and a good crowd generally. No overly silly antics but lots of information exchanged and interest generated. You'll never understand how a sword works unless you use it for cutting, and then you should fully realise why certain techniques are very much associated with certain weapon types. Essential if you're a serious researcher, and an eye opener to anyone as to just how effective these weapons are when used properly.
Teaching Seminar, 'How to teach SMEF HEMA....'
A long but very productive day was spent near Blackpool teaching other Martial Arts instructors how to teach Longsword. The dynamic of explaining not only what we do but also how to spot when your students do it wrong, made for an interesting but also tiring day's tuition. Interesting though and definitely worth the effort.
WHAT'S TO COME.....
Book 2 in the series
The second book in the series 'The Art and Science of Johannes Liechtenauer's German Medieval Longsword, Grade 3' is currently in the pipeline, taking a little longer than we would like but all good things come to those who wait (apparently). A rough estimate for publication and availability is mid 2022, but many things can happen in that time, let's hope they don't get in the way!
The Guild for Historical European Fighting Arts (GHEFA) are running a cross-discipline weekend exchange
It has been discussed within GHEFA that an event involving 'cross-discipline' training (non related martial arts training) will take place in November 2021. We have a date and a venue, and attendance looks good.
Advanced Martial Seminar - How to teach HEMA
A weekend seminar concerning the teaching of advanced martial principles of timing and distance to beginners and experienced students alike. This seminar is likely to take place in 2022.
Seminar in France in 2022?
We are currently looking into the feasibility of running a weekend seminar if France.
SMEF back in Sheffield?
We are always in touch with our SSS Sheffield friends so likely to be there at least once a year.
More to come.....