Research Projects

Dean Projects

Gareth’s Little Black Book of SCA Fencing

Written by: THL Gareth Campbell

One has to take this part with a grain of salt as this is simple opinion and works for me but may very well not work for others. I view fencing first as a mindset. It’s a fine balance. One must be secure in their skill and enter the list with confidence. But one should never be too confident. One must never underestimate one’s opponent, or put them on a pedestal…

Meyer Class Notes

Written by: His Excellency, Maestro Giovanni di Enzinas

Now there are three chief forms of stepping:  Firstly, back and forward; it is not necessary to explain at length what these are, namely when  one steps toward or away from the opponent.  Secondly, there are also steps to the sides, which are described by the triangle, namely thus:  stand in a straight line with your right foot before your opponent and step with your left behind  your right toward his left; and this is the single…

Beginner Agrippa Class Notes

Written by THL Merewen de Sweynesheie

Agrippa was an engineer who wanted to write a practical guide specifically for the practice of fencing with a rapier in duels. His treatise is said by the translator, Ken Mondeschein, to be the first printed instruction manual specifically meant for fencing, which differed in that it was printed for the masses rather than hand-copied, it was specifically for the weapon we use most commonly in the SCA, and it was designed to be a full set of instructions, rather than a memory reminder of a previously learned lesson, highlighting key points. It is written in two books.

Provost Projects

Introduction to Cut & Thrust Rapier

Written by: Master Albrecht Stampfer

This article is intended to give the reader a brief introduction to Cut & Thrust Rapier (C&T), which is now an official part of Rapier Combat in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. Included are a definition of C&T rapier; some historical background for C&T; a discussion of some of the techniques involved, particularly those from Italy in the early to mid 16th century; and a description of the additional armour requirements and authorization process. There is also a fairly extensive list of references for those who wish to explore further.

Melee Drill Day

Written by: THL Gareth Campbell

  • What do people know about melee
  • What are the most common mistakes beginners make
  • Adrenaline, fear, surprise, aggression
  • COMMUNICATION, line commander, communication with other members, i.e. I’m dead, close ranks, watch the flank… ect…
  • Calibration
  • Proper use of death from behind
  • Rules vs. curtsey
  • Special melee stipulations, RBG’s, obstacles
  • Review a hold… Practice it through out the day…

Saviolo Drills

Written by: His Excellency, Maestro Giovanni di Enzinas

Exercises for the practice of Saviolo’s fundamentals from the first ward. Agents of the drill are the Active Agent who starts the sequence and the Patient Agent who responds…

Lessons in Individual Combat from The Art of War

Written by: Lady Merewen de Sweynesheie

The Art of War, an ancient Chinese manual discussing the strategies of combat and engagement, is primarily written as a war manual for generals and commanders. While some of the lessons contained within its pages certainly apply to war scenarios exclusively (“Armies must know there are adaptations of the five kinds of fire attack, and adhere to them scientifically.” Chapter 12, p.165), the advice given within is often broad enough to be equally valuable to apply in single combat situations…


Wiktenauer Historical European Martial Arts Manuscripts