Atlantian rapier academy report (long)
Jean-Micheal and I made the trip up to the Atlantian Rapier Academy this
weekend and had a great time. There were more rapier fighters than you could
shake an epee at and while it is a little wierd not knowing anyone around
you, they were all very friendly & happy to have us there.
Saturday started off with a variety of classes ranging from Rapier 101 to
Morrozzo or Caranza and ended with a heavy rapier tournament (for those of
you unaware, there are two types of authorizations in Atlantia: epee &
schlager). Around 30 people entered the list and the format began as 4 round
robins with the top fighter on each field going into a single elimination.
At the same time (and on the same field) there was a "period master"
tournament being held. Entrants to the master tourney signed up on a list
and stated the period master that they wished to try and portray techniques
from. While the tourney was going on, judges came by and intervewed the
fighters about thier chosen style and watched them fight, then they chose
one period fighter from each field to join the winners bracket in the single
Jean-Michelle entered the list under the teachings of Meyer while I chose to
portray Morrozzo. My Morrozzo did not hold up very long against these
unknown fencers and so I fell back to my trusted style in order to give
these people a good and fair fight. Jean-Micheal tried very hard to stay
true to his chosen form and when the round robin had ended, he was chosen to
go to the second half of the tourney.
Jean-Micheal's first fight (in the 1/4 finals) was long. I mean really long.
When he had finaly landed shot on his opponent, he was so worn out he nearly
had to drag himself of of the field. But he had moved on to the semi finals.
This next was fight was not nearly as long but just as heated. in the end he
had been beaten by a low thrust to the belly that seemed to come from
nowhere. All through this J-M stayed true to his interpretation of a Meyer
The fighters in the Master tourney and the judges all voted for who they
thought best played in their chosen master's style, and during court,
Jean-Micheal was called forth as the winner. As a prize, he was given a new
copy of "Three Period Fencing Manuals", and there was much oohing and
aahing. Huzzah for Jean-Micheal!
In closing, I would like to say that we had a wonderfull time and I for one
would highly recommend the trip to anyone looking for some good people and
good fighting. I look forward to crossing blades with my new friends in
Atlantia very soon.
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My take on the Rapier Academy: there were four tracks of rapier classes,
and 2 tracks of A&S classes. Out of all the classes which were offered the
only one I was really interested in was Marozzo. I was a little let down,
as the class was a lecture, and not a hands on work through an assult or a
play from the master. However I had a ringside seat for the list field.
And that was a good spot to be. They ran a one on one for Provosts and
Free-scholars, basically a timed event for a person to work one on one with
a senior fencer, get some feed back and move on to the next senior fencer.
I enjoyed the tourney format, and learned that merchanting is good for my
fencing. My first bout was called in the midst of completing a transaction,
my customer graciously waited while I ran to the field and dispatched my
opponent (Lady Catalina I think). I was in such a hurry to get back and
finish with the customer, I didn't bother analyzing anything, our first pass
Catalina came in very close and very aggresively, and took my right arm.
The second pass, she beat my blade strongly, I rolled it around and made a
draw cut on her neck. Total bout time less than 1 minute.
My impressions: Atlantian fencers generally use 35 inch swords, they like
to be "up close and personal", and finally they are fun to fight. I had a
PS Those who can need to put this event on the to go to list.