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Combat Workshop

A group of delegates holding swords watch an instructor demonstrate sword-handling techniques.Directed by Dean Davidson & Stuart Ivinson, 
Kunst des Fechtens International

When: Sunday 02 July, 13.30-16.00
Where: Refectory
Price: 23.50

Have you ever had a desire to learn how to fight like our historical forbears or study the highly effective fighting style that was taught throughout the medieval period? Back by popular demand, Kunst des Fechtens (KDF) International bring a workshop in the use of medieval longswords to the congress participants.

KDF workshops bring a dynamic approach to training, with a martial application of this historical art, through practical drills combined with interpretations from historical treatises. Our professional and experienced instructors will be on hand to provide tuition in this noble fighting style.

KDF International is an association of like-minded clubs from across Europe, whose aim is to promote the study, development, and practice of the martial arts tradition of medieval and renaissance Germany, in particular those of the Master Johannes Liechtenauer. These martial arts have been preserved in numerous treatises and have been unearthed, transcribed, translated, and interpreted into a modern understanding of a subtle, dynamic, and effective martial arts system that looks at the use of a number of weapons and unarmed combat of the time. Founded in 2006, KDF was born from a desire to focus attention on Liechtenauer’s works as well as bringing a dynamic approach to training, adding the use of protection as well as free play exercises and bouts to drill and practice as a part of trying to triangulate a truth within their interpretations.

Dean has over 20 years of experience in martial arts and training in historical weapons. He is the KDF International Senior Instructor and European Historical Combat Guild Chapter Master at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. He is an active member of the Society for Combat Archaeology, an international organisation committed to the promulgation of systematic knowledge related to combat and warfare in the past. Dean is passionate about sharing knowledge on this subject and regularly presents at renowned international conferences and seminars, providing a unique insight in to the arms and armour used throughout medieval warfare. He is also a founding member of the Towton Battlefield Frei Compagnie and 3 Swords, a prestigious medieval historical and armed combat interpretation group. Dean holds a Masters in Health Informatics from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Leeds.

Stuart Ivinson has been involved with historical combat for 16 years, joining the European Historical Combat Guild in 2000 and KDF upon its inception in 2006. He is currently an Assistant Instructor at the Leeds Chapter of both organisations. Stuart is also a member of the Society for Combat Archaeology and a founder member of both the Towton Battlefield Society Frei Compagnie and 3 Swords. He has made presentations regarding the display of arms and armour for organisations such as the National Archives at Kew, English Heritage, and numerous British museums. Stuart has an MA in Librarianship, an MA in Medieval History and a P.Dip in Heritage Management. When he is not being Dean’s sidekick he is the Librarian at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

All weapons are provided by KDF. Participants should wear indoor training shoes and appropriate and comfortable gym training gear that will allow freedom of movement (i.e. t-shirt and track suit bottoms). Please make the instructors aware of any prior medical conditions.

This workshop can only accommodate a limited number of participants. Early booking is recommended.