2019 Shield Classes at the History Park
As a medieval re-enactor with a strong interest in sword & shield fighting, you are most welcome to sign up for the 2019 shield classes at the History Park Bärnau in Bavaria, close to the Czech border. Here is your chance to combine living history and historical fighting arts in a unique way: You can practice martial arts proper and at the same time your training is a living history experience. Find images from past events in this public Facebook album.

These are the dates for 2019:

June 22/23: Viking shield

June 29/30: Kite & large heater shields

July 13/14: Smaller late medieval shields & buckler. Watch a video of fights with triangular shields here.

July 20/21: Sword & buckler

I have attached a detailed info PDF for you, but I will most willingly answer any further questions that you may have. Do not hesitate to get in touch

You are also welcome to download the event poster as a hi-res PNG file. Find it attached to this post. Works great as a t-shirt, too, as you can see here with my friend and patron Michal Bazovsk´y who attended Viking shield classes in both 2016 and 2017.

The History Park is the spectacular venue for all shield classes. The park consists of painstakingly reconstructed buildings from the 9th, the 11th and 12th/13th century. The construction of 14th century edifices has begun in summer 2017, a most ambitious project, funded by the EU.

Train medieval fighting technique in a historical fashion without any modern equipment.

Practice correct blade mechanics and close combat application. Learn about the underlying concepts, as well as the historical and cultural context of sword-fighting and the associated combat arts.

Some concepts are easier to comprehend with pole weapons, so duelling with spears has been an integral part of past classes.

Enjoy the company of fellow living history and sword-fighting enthusiasts from all over the globe. At past seminars, attendees had come from all over Europe, the United States, Hong Kong and even New Zealand.

If you feel like extending your living history experience, you are welcome to spend more time  in this unique place. Find out more about the park and see some 360° shots on their website.

During your stay you are welcome to prepare your own authentic food on site, if you wish. Alternatively, there are modern restaurants nearby, too. Enjoy roasted pork and local beer at the Saturday night banquet in the medieval tavern, organised exclusively for us. 

This is the ideal place to use your entire living history equipment appropriately.

Bring your tools if you please – there is always something to do and this is a great venue to show your craft, repair gear etc. Or just relax, have a beer and enjoy the scenery. Or better still: do both!

If you come early or stay on after the weekend seminar, you are welcome to join our daily training. Note that there also is the opportunity to take private lessons. Send a message in advance if this is of interest to you.

The park provides constant access to modern facilities for re-enactors. But on a sunny day, you might just as well take a swim in the lake or wash your sweaty fighting shirt in the stream.

If you or your family do not want to miss modern amenities, shops, hotels and restaurants are within walking distance. Find detailed information in the PDF attached to this post.

Looking forward to training and celebrating with you in the History Park Bärnau in summer 2019.