These are the dates for 2018:
June 9/10: Viking shield
September 1/2: Kite & large heater shields
September 8/9: Buckler and smaller late medieval shields. Watch a video of fights with triangular shields here.
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.
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 2018.