A pilot workshop for the series of Polish sabre seminars conducted in Dublin. This will be our first, introductory meeting, where we will be creating first group, we would be able to work with on the wide subject of Polish fencing. This class will be divided into two blocks, which will
What is Polish Sabre?
One of the most important focus of our research is Polish sabre. It is actually a very broad topic, describing rather a tactical approach than a very narrow fencing system. In Rzeczpospolita (16t to18th century Poland) a great diversity of cultures met,also 4 main styles were recognized by the Poles themselves - Hungarian, Polish, Turkish and Russian. While Russian represented a Turkomongolic system, Hungarians and Poles on the other hand, a very distinct system connecting both eastern and western systems, Turkish style described both moulinets and heavy cuts, but most importantly deadly undercuts.
The patterns of sabres differed much, representing most usable features of each style. In 16th and early 17th century, Hungarian design was the most popular sabre, later - since half of the 17th century Polish design with knucklebows starts appearing, a direct influence of slowly appearing method of fencing.
There are several sources regarding the style of eastern fencing - speaking i most cases of series of blows and combination of simple cuts. All of them depict a tactical approach of fencing used in Poland, based on sequences of cuts, which take its origin from the medieval period mechanics, which were ultimately developed by fencing guilds. This approach also defines the training method we are incorporating into our schooling regime.
Workshops and the guild method
Our workshops will be composed of two blocks, which will be focused on different aspects of the seminar. First part will be introductory repetition class that will be dealing with the basic mechanics of cutting, drills, attack sequences and distance management. second part, a more advanced one, will cover a much more specialized topic. Through analysis of a specific sequence, different tactical approaches will be introduced, explaining the most important methods and styles of engagement.
The above mentioned method was designed by the fencing guilds to introduce the most efficient pedagogical system for martial arts adepts. easy to remember sequences of cuts, called Flourishes will be put into different simulations that would allow the fencers to better understand the methods of the weapon use in many fighting situations.
The first part of the classes will require no equipment. As the synthetic sabres and other training tools needed for the first part will be given by the organisers.
Second part will require at least fencing masks. Due to the pilot feature of this workshop, we will not require it from all the students, where they will be able to continue the course without this gear with specially designed exercises allowing to understand the knowledge.
Te workshop will last 6 hours.
The first part will consist of 120 to 150 min depending on the level of attendees,
Second part will take 210 to 240 min.
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Location of the venue
Rivervalley Community Centre
Landline: 01 840 9018
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