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Workshops Fencing



Past Workshops

Kali. The Filipino art of Fencing

Our exhibition "Steel and Magic. Blades of the Malay Archipelago" (opening 30. NOV 2019) is on the horizon, and we present a first highlight to "get in the mood": In July, Deutsches Klingenmuseum will organize a workshop for Kali, the Filipino art of fencing. The history of Kali is generations old, and combines Asian and European influences. A typical characteristic is the use of, and self-defense against, blades.

Teachers of the workshop will be Janne Muhonen and Petri Vaittinen, two outstanding Kali-experts from Finland. Both have a life-long history in the martial arts, and have been training Kali for more than twenty years. They will teach techniques and concepts from their vast experience, e.g. "blow by blow sparring drills" and "crossada" techniques.

As a special treat, the workshop includes a hands-on session at the Klingenmuseum. Participants will have the chance to get a first hand impression of original edged weapons from the Philippines and Indonesia.

Shastar Vidiya

A workshop for traditional North Indian swordsmanship held at the German Blade Museum Solingen

Gurdev Nidar Singh is a master of the North Indian martial arts Shastar Vidiya, in which typical Indian blade weapons such as the Tulwar (saber) play an important role. In a two-day workshop, Gurdev Nidar Singh, at invitation of the German Blade Museum, taught the basics of dealing with the Tulwar: on the program were Body mechanics, technique and tactics, as well as insights into the history of Indian fencing. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to pick up original Edged Swords from Master Singh's private collection and from the collection of the museum to develop an even better understanding of the Shastar Vidiya.

"Tire Machèt": The Haitian art of fencing

Tire Machèt ("pull the machete") is the name of the Haitian art of fighting the machete. It was created around the time of the Haitian Revolution (1791 – 1804) and combines influences from African martial arts such as the Calenda (stick fight) with Western fencing, especially the French military saber fencing. This art of fighting is still alive in the rural areas of Haiti and is passed on from generation to generation.

Please also see The Haitian Fencing Project.

Workshopweekend HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts)

In the context of the special exhibition "The Sword – Form and thought" the German Blade Museum hosted a two-day workshop in swordsmanship. Four famous teachers of the German-speaking HEMA-scene lead the training:

  • Stefan Dieke (Old Art of fencing Wuppertal): Long sword after Lichtenauer
  • Martin Enzi (Dreynschlag Vienna): Long knife after Lecküchner
  • Alexander Kiermayer (Ochs München): Rapier after Meyer
  • Herbert Schmidt (Ars Gladii Dornbirn): Sword and Buckler after I.33

There was the possibility to see some historic edged weapons and orginal prints of fencing books as well.