A Day at the Lichtenauer Fighting Academy **UPDATED**

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Event date: September 18th, 2004

Event Last Modified: September 11th, 2004

Event details

On September 18th, Count Rhys of Harlech, fechtmeister of Die Schlachtschule ("The School of Battle"), will hold a seminar on halfsword and pollaxe techniques from medieval fechtbücher (fighting manuals) written by Johannes Lichtenauer, Hans Talhoffer, and Sigmund Ringeck, in addition to 'Le Jeu de la Hache.'

The morning will be spent reviewing the materials, and after lunch there will be hands-on practice of the techniques using wooden "waster" long-swords, and pollaxes.  Students will receive hand-outs with explanations and pictures of each of the techniques and a list of useful website links.  There will also be CD’s for sale containing pertinent information from fechtbücher, plus relevant chapters from Hugh Knight’s book, "Harnischfechten:  The Art of Armored Combat"

In the evening, students will gather at "die Taverne", where there will be board, card, and dice games, a hearty German repast provided by our cooks, Dietrich Schwelgengrubber and Heidrekr Skulason, and a cash bar for those who desire ein Glas Bier with their meal.  The lunch menu will feature Heathen cakes, Chicken Dumplings, Bratwurst, Mustard Eggs, a selection of Cheeses, Grapes, and Bread.  Dinner will include Almond Confits, Mountain Spinach, Almond Garlic Sauce, Pork Roast in Rye Crust, Fried Mushrooms, Beef Roast in wine sauce, Beets preserved with horseradish, and Almond-Cinnamon Tart.

Adult fees will be $11 for the day, plus $5 for dinner (The Non-member surcharge of $3 applies.) Please make checks payable to:  "SCA, Inc.  - Canton of Marwick", and send to Marla Lecin, 362 Cherry Avenue, Bound Brook, NJ, 08805. 

Get your reservation in soon!  There is a limit of 50 students and observers.  As incentive, all those who send in paid reservations by September 15th will have their names entered into a drawing for a copy of Christian Tobler’s newest book, "Fighting with the German Longsword."

With your reservation, please include each attendee's modern name, SCA name, and a contact phone number or e-mail address.  Indicate which attendees will be students, and if they will be bringing their own waster longsword and/or pollaxe.


10:30 the hall opens for check-in
11:00 – 12:30 Lecture on the materials
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch break
1:30 – 4:30 Practical Application of the materials
5:00 – 7:00 Dinner

For more details contact Mistress Jessa d'Avondale (the autocrat/ reservations clerk), at mlecin@optonline.net, or Count Rhys at hughk1066@juno.com.

Site Opens: 10:30
Site Closes: 7:30

Event Location

Edison Moose Lodge #1978
410 Talmadge Rd. (mailing purposes only)
Edison, NJ  08817
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FROM THE NORTH:  Take route I-287 South to Exit #3 - New Durham/Metuchen.  At end of ramp turn RIGHT at traffic light onto New Durham Rd.  Go to the first traffic light and turn RIGHT onto Talmadge Road.  Go to the traffic light and turn LEFT onto Coolidge St.  Go 0.2 miles, make a HARD LEFT at the Moose street sign-post, then RIGHT into Moose driveway/parking lot. 

FROM THE SOUTH:  Take route I-287 North to Exit #2B - New Brunswick/Rt.  27 South.  Ramp traffic flows onto Rt.  27 South.  Go 0.7 miles to third traffic light, and turn RIGHT onto Talmadge Road.  Go 1.8 miles, again to third traffic light and turn LEFT onto Coolidge St.  Travel 0.2 miles, make a HARD LEFT at the Moose street sign-post, then turn RIGHT into Moose driveway/parking lot. 

FROM THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY NORTH OR SOUTH:  take Exit 127 for Routes 440/I-287 (Route 440 West becomes Route 287 North).  Take I-287 to exit #2B, then follow directions above "From the south".

Registration Fees

$11 site fee (adult); reserve by Sept 15.

$5 feast fee; reserve by Sept 15.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA, Inc - Canton of Marwick

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Mistress Jessa d'Avondale:  Marla Lecin, 362 Cherry Avenue, Bound Brook, NJ, 08805; 732-563-1029; mlecin@optonline.net

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