Here the provisional schedule for TaurHEMAchia 2017
Via Antica di Rivoli, 21, 10093 Collegno (TO)
There are few hotels nearby so make sure to book asap. We have a small discount with:
via Torino, 154, 10093 Collegno (TO)
RESTAURANT (Friday evening only)
Wanna taste the flavours of Piedmont? Join us on Friday dinner. You won't regret it.
Via Amedeo Duca D'Aosta, 3, 10093 Collegno TO
Tournaments & Ruleset
This year TaurHEMAchia offers 4 different competitions. Choose you weapon, check the rulesets and register!
Open and female categories, part of the CSEN national championship
Open category, part of the CSEN national championship
Arming sword and Buckler Tournament “elite”
Open tournament reserved for athletes with at least a 4th place result in an international competition
Friendly competition following the “king of the hill” format. Dussacks will be provided by the organization
Instructors & Seminars
Here the list of instructors who will teach during this edition! Check their seminar on the schedule.
Marco Eraclio De Filippo
Moreno Dei Ricci
Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers.
He has authored "Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick" and the "AHA German Longsword Study Guide", and maintains a blog at www.keithfarrell.net where he posts regularly. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011, and was awarded a HEMA Scholar Award for Best Instructor for research published in 2013.
M. Francesco Lodà started his career in historical fencing in 1999.
As a teacher and trainer, he has reached so far the following main titles and appointments: Maestro d’Arme A.I.M.A., Maestro di scherma storica HEMA CSEN, Maestro di scherma storica U.I.S.P., Istruttore Nazionale di Scherma Storica F.I.S. - A.N.S., Athletical Trainer C.O.N.I., plus several others.
As sport executive, he is President of A.I.M.A. - Italian Master-at-Arms Association, delegate member of the HEMA italian national boards in F.I.S., CSEN and UISP.
As an athlete, he got 31 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze medals and 2 technical prize medals, in rapier tournaments he joined in Europe and U.S.A., through 2004 and 2016, including F.I.S. National, CSEN International, SWORDFISH, LONGPOINT, HEMAC-DIJON, TaurHEMAchia, RAPIER, UISP International and National, WMAW, FISAS, resulting as the world most rewarded athlete for rapier fencing.
As a researcher, he has a Ph.D. in History of Religions, and a Ph. D. in Civilization and traditions greek and roman. He published "Rapier handbook: the Roman-Napolitean-Sicilian School", Bonanno editore, Palermo 2014 (soon traslated in English!); "Florius. De arte luctandi", Bonanno editore, Palermo 2013; "From the treatise to the Salle", Bonanno Editore, Palermo 2013; "The atelier of the historician", Il Cerchio Iniziative Editoriali,Rimini 2011; "The methodologies of research in historical fencing", ARA edizioni, Roma 2009; "Origines and outlines of Southern School of fencing", ARA edizioni, Roma 2008. Plus several papers and reviews.
Roberto Gotti started his research and practice of the western martial art around the mid 1990’s. He published articles and books about ancient weapons and martial arts, and in the last years he has been regularly invited to teach in international and national HEMA events.
He is founder and co-creator, and currently the Vice-President, of AIMA, Italian Association of Masters at Arms, for which he cured the renaissance two handed sword technical manual. He received the delegation of the main italian associations for the constitution of SPADA and in 2016 he gathered the founding Assembly. Today he is the President of SPADA: the Society for the Promotion of the Art of Arms. He has also been a member of the FIS Work Group on Historical Fencing where he still operate in the recent composition.
During the last two years he and his club colleagues took part in national longsword tournaments collecting together 4 golds, 2 silvers and 3 bronzes as school; 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze personally.
He is the founder and curator of MAM, Museum of Martial Art, with several expositions of instruments of the martial Art, granting for hundreds of practitioners the chance to take in hand original weapons and treatises.
He is also the creator of Gairethinx, Sala d’Arme degli Erranti, the first european center where the practice of olympic fencing and HEMA are associated to a museum with more than 2000 pieces, including treatises, swords, pole weapons and objects related to the art of the european sword.
His main passions are for rapier and sidesword. These are styles which span the mid-sixteenth to late seventeenth centuries.
He has taught a variety of workshops, alongside other leading instructors, in Europe and the United States, which include rapier and cloak, rapier and dagger and sidesword and dagger. The main historical masters he studies are Salvator Fabris; François Dancie; Girolamo Cavalcabo; Pedro De Heredia and Giovanni dall’Agocchie. He has translated a number of French treatises, including L’Espée de Combat (Dancie, 1623); Treatise or Instruction for Fencing (Hieronyme Cavalcabo 1597), and Le Maistre D’Arme Liberal (Besnard, 1653).
Furthermore, he is currently working on a translation of the ‘De Heredia’ treatise (c.1610), which is scheduled for publication in late 2016. In January 2013, Rob was privileged with honorary membership of De Taille and d’Estoc. Rob is active on the international tournament scene, both as a competitor and organiser.
He was the Tournament Manager for Swordfish, the world’s largest Western Martial Arts competition. Between 2013 and 2015 and was a senior judge for the Nordic League.
In 2016 he managed Longpoint, the USA’s premier Western Martial Art event. Also, as a competitor, he has won a gold for Rapier and Dagger at Purple Heart Open 2016 and Rapier 2012. He also has medals from Toledo 2016, Swordfish 2014, and other international events. In 2016 he won the technical medal at Swordfish for rapier and dagger. Aside from teaching, research and competitions, Rob is half of the ‘Alte Herren’ HEMA video blog, with Hans Jornlind. Videos can be found on YouTube here.
Workshops by Rob Runacres
Friday, 29th - 11.30: The Single Sword of Girolamo Cavalcabo
Overshadowed in modern HEMA by contemporaries such as Fabris and Capoferro, Girolamo, Cavalcabo’s
‘Bolognese’ treatise of 1595 was in his time translated into French and German. His fame such that he became
fencing instructor to the sons of Henri IV, Louis and Gaston, with his son, César, serving both brothers until 1642.
This workshop will consider Cavalcabo’s single sword, examining the use of Bolognese methodology into this ‘late’
Students should bring full fencing equipment, including mask and jacket, as well as a single sword, such as a side
sword or ‘heavy’ rapier.
Saturday 30th - 16.00: The Sword and Dagger of Livre Des Leçons
Dating to the early seventeenth century, Livre Des Leçons (Book of Lessons) is a compilation of fencing instructions,
attributed to the soldier Pedro De Heredia, who served in the Spanish Netherlands. Many of these lessons can be
interpreted as vulgar destreza and there is one section dedicated to countering the ‘mathematical form’.
This workshop will concentrate on techniques derived from the sword and dagger forms described in the treatise. In
particular, students will look at straight line attacks and defences against them.
The workshop is suitable for beginners, though some knowledge of sword and dagger forms would be of use.
Students should bring full fencing equipment, including mask and jacket, as well as a single sword, such as a rapier,
and a dagger.
He has been involved in modern fencing since the late '90s, and, passing through the experience of some others martial arts, he arrived to the historical european one in the early 2000's.
After a period in other clubs, he founded his own in 2005, La Compagnia della Rosa e della Spada, now with seven branches in his country. He works as chief istructor in Naples, Caserta, Salerno and his passion has always been the sword and buckler style of I.33.
About this topic he published a manual: Le tecniche di spada e brocchiere secondo il Royal Armouries MS.I.33.
In the last 6 years, however, he is focusing the studies mainly on the late medieval period and early renaissance, with some recent publications as the one about Le tre giornate di Marc'Antonio Pagano (1553). Member and graduated of the Italian Fencing Federation, he also achieved the Phd in Medieval History at the University of Naples, on military and political subject. He is founding member and secretary of AIMA.
Moreno Dei Ricci practiced boxing for 7 years before becoming Roberto Gotti’s student for 2 years.
He has studied Achille Marozzo 1536 “Opera nova” and he developed a great insight on the third book about two-handed sword.
Now Moreno Dei Ricci is the Marozzo's longsword instructor at the Sala d'Armi Guardia Di Croce near Brescia, north Italy.
He always been a great passionate of martial history and he wrote some articles about historical weapons and armour. Moreno also collaborate with the structure "Gairethinx" which is totally dedicated to the art of the fencing.
In 2017 he took the exam for the first level instructor inside Guardia di Croce. He is currently a supervisor of Gairethinx and MAM.
Victories: AIMA Roma 2017, gold and technical prize Urbino 2017, third place
Luca was born in Trieste in 1977. Today he is president of A.S.D. SeptemCustodie and instructor of the group. Luca starts the practice of the reenactment fencing around the 2000s with the purpose of some generic fitness, but he was touched by the vastity of the discipline and the continuous research of the right and efficient mechanics.
After years of practice and some brief studies in Aikido and Olympic fencing, starting from 2009 Luca dedicated himself to the study of the german tradition, focusing his efforts in the study of the treatise ‘Gründtliche Beschreibung der Kunst des Fechtens’ by Joachim Meyer and the Fechtbuch 3227a, known also as ‘Hanko Dobringer’.
From 2013 he focused particularly on dussack and his practice. Co-founder of SeptemCustodie in September 2007, Author on www.septemcustodie.it Magistro scholare for medieval fencing granted by ANS in 2009 First level technician of olympic fencing granted by FIS in 2013 National instructor for historical fencing granted by FIS in 2013
Alessandro Gallo started the study of Historical Fencing in 2005, after practicing several sports (skiing, snowboarding, volleyball, archery, football).
In 2011 he co-founded “La Sala delle Armi” (SdA) a martial arts club in Turin dedicated to HEMA and, since 2013, he is involved in the organization of TaurHEMAchia, an international HEMA event in Turin.
In 2016 he earned the “Instructor - first level” certificate from A.I.M.A. (Italian Association of Masters at Arms), after an exam based on the Italian Medieval Longsword.
He mainly studies and practices Longsword (Fiore dei Liberi and the Liechtenauer tradition; more recently he added some Marozzo’s and Meyer’s elements), but also Sword and Buckler (Lignitzer and I.33) and Sidesword (the Bolognese tradition). His academic studies (Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, with a particular interest in Orthopedics) and his interest in Sport Sciences bring him to pay specific attention to posture, biomechanics and physical preparation during his teaching.
Since 2013 he took part in several National and International competitions both as athlete and as coach. He collected 3 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze and a technical prize in Longsword and Sword and Buckler so far.
Jacopo Penso started the study of historical fencing in 2006, after more than 10 years of Judo practice. In 2011 he co-founded "La Sala delle Armi" (SdA) and since 2013 he is involved in the organization of “TaurHEMAchia”.
As Instructor he achieved in 2016 the first level certificate from A.I.M.A. (Italian Association of Master at Arms) on “italian medieval longsword” program.
In 2016 he also joined the Board of Directors of A.I.M.A. and S.P.A.D.A. (Society for the Promotion of "Arte delle Armi").
His main studies cover Fiore dei Liberi, german medieval tradition, and the Bolognese School. He recently specialized on the study of Achille Marozzo’s two handed sword, following the interpretations and lessons of M° Roberto Gotti.
Alongside several workshops and lessons helded in Italy, in early 2016 he has been invited by M° Francesco Lodà to join the Italian team who presented HEMA during the Opening Ceremoy of the Championnats du Mediterranée in Algeria. In March 2017 he tought as guest instructor of EHMS in Finland; a month later he assisted Roberto Gotti during the workshop in Hemac Dijon 2017.
From 2013 he joined competitions both national and international. He collected so far 7 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals, mainly in longsword, but also sword and buckler and sidesword tournaments, including AIMA Roma, TaurHEMAchia, Dimicatores Austri Partes and Hema Villenueve.
Born in 1982 in Turin (north-west of Italy), he spent years practicing different sports with passion, inclination that lead him to the comprehension of body mechanics and the search for precision of gesture in every discipline.
His journey inside historical fencing began in 2006, to be realized in 2011 with the creation of La Sala delle Armi (a.k.a. SdA; http://www.lasaladellearmi.com) with the help of his brother Alessandro and his friend Jacopo. Since then he dedicates himself to the theoretical and practical teaching of the historical systems of swordsmanship, especially from medieval and renaissance period, as well as of an adequate athletic preparation for his students. He participates to different workshops and tournaments (1 gold and 2 silver medals at the moment), both in Italy and abroad, keeping in constant touch with the fencing community.
In 2016 he obtains the professional qualification of “Professionista dell’Associazione Italiana Maestri d’Arme di I livello” in Medieval longsword. With greater predisposition for the German (mainly Liechtenauer and Meyer) and Italian (Fiore dei Liberi) longsword, he is also strongly interested in sword and buckler (mainly German medieval tradition) and Bolognese one-handed sword. Together with the SdA he realised different initiatives such as public demonstrations of HEMA, the creation of didactical videos on their YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/lasaladellearmi) and teaching in several workshops (6 until now). He also manages, since 2013, TaurHEMAchia, a renowned international event with prestigious workshops and tournaments.
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I have been fascinated by swords and daggers since my childhood. At the age of 14 I have already collected books in this topic and in that time I started participating in historical re-enactment and fencing tournaments. I made my first swords for my personal use and I experienced the stress of impacts that a blade has to be able to withstand.http://www.swordsviktor.com/swordsmith
Malleus Martialis Swords is a little, italian artisan company founded in Florence, born in 2014 from the meeting between design and research on the sources and originals. With accuracy, passion and attention to the feedback, we recreate historical blunt arms and cutlery for sport, collection and re-enactment.https://malleusmartialis.wordpress.com/
The Knight Shop
The Knight Shop is one of Europe’s largest retailers and wholesalers of replica militaria and associated giftware. As the UK’s market leaders their impressive portfolio boasts a 1,000 sq. ft. Shop opposite the World Heritage Conwy Castle, a 12,000 sq. ft. showroom and distribution Centre, a full time Historical Combat Academy and their very own 13th Century Medieval Tower currently housing the Tower Coffee House.https://www.theknightshop.com/
The Sparring Gloves are almost entirely handmade and created as a result of thorough analysis of all kinds of possible fighting injuries based on many years of sparring experience. Thus the gloves may serve as perfect protection against wounds likely suffered in the historical fencing art. Sparring Gloves absorb the energy of any hard blow as well as ensure perfect mobility of wrists and fingers required in accomplishing fighting techniques. Made of high quality materials, i.e. impregnated cordura and kevlar® sewed with fine waxed double thread.http://sparringglove.com/
Thibaud Pascual, born in 1981, is a blacksmith that works on custom swords. After a formation in cutlery, locksmiting and ornamental ironwork with Jean Luc Soubeyras (Couleur de Forge), company referring to Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant, in 2011 he created his own company, Faiseurs d'Epées, in Carcassonne.https://thibaud-pascual-forgeron.book.fr/
Regenyei Armory is a small family business, which make modern swords based on historical research. All of our swords are hand-made and high quality. We make our swords with passion and love.http://www.regenyei.com/
PBT Historical Fencing
PBT historical fencing line is a brand new development of PBT Fencing Company that has been producing and selling sport fencing equipment for more than 20 years. Several World and Olympic Champions use our equipment and are evidence of our success. We keep up the high standards that we established with the help of about 45 people who work in the production and sales.http://pbthistoricalfencing.com/
Leon Paul London
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SPES Historical Fencing Gear
Our web shop came into existence with the thought about all people for whom the historical fencing is a passion. You will find here all fencing equipment necessary for practicing historical fencing in a safe way. We propose a vast range of products sorted into categories which helps you find what you are looking for quick and easy. The quality of our products along with the high level of customer service are appreciated by many people who attend HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts, HEMAC) trainings as well as members of FEDER (Polish Historical European Martial Arts Federation).http://histfenc.com/
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Inheriting of a several years making up idea, Black Fencer arises as a need of innovation in the Historical Fencing world, trying to fill the holes in specialized equipment needed to practice this wonderful martial art. Our goal is to offer quality and specialization, with innovative designs to improve training and competitions. This idea is the product of different projects brought to reality as refined products.http://www.blackfencer.com/