It’s September and that means Swordplay 11 is just around the corner. In fact, it’s on in less than a week. Yay!
Obviously, all historical fencers in Australia know about Swordplay but there’s bound to be a poor benighted few who haven’t heard of it. Swordplay is an annual event run by the Australian College of Arms which brings together schools of swordplay and historical fencing from all over the country in order to chat, compare notes and, of course, cross blades. It’s been going for a few years now and leaping from strength to strength. You won’t find three days of better value or bigger fun on the planet.
This year, the guest of honour is Puck Curtis who has generously given up his time and is coming all the way from the US to run a workshop on his speciality, the sixteenth century Spanish Destreza rapier.
There’s dinners, lunches, talk-fests, etc. As well as these social aspects, there’s a number of events for the competitively-minded. The Skill-at-Arms contest pits fencers against each other int he categories or sword alone, sword-and-companion (ie: dagger, buckler, cloak, etc) and longsword. You can enter one, two or all categories.
This year, a couple of other schools of swordsmanship have offered to demo some different contests such as a tournament using the nylon wasters that seem to be so popular with the kids these days and a fully armoured longsword bout.
So, if you can’t find me for the next few days, I’ll be in the shed cleaning my weapons under they shine and limbering up the old knees. See you next weekend!