Van Noort Seminars

Dear All,

MACS is please to announce a visit to Pretoria by the renown instructor, Reinier Van Noort, who will be presenting two seminars in May 2018.

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Reinier van Noort started training Historical European Martial Arts in 2005, and has been researching and teaching rapier fencing since 2010. His focus is mainly on the single rapier as used in the Netherlands and Germany in the late 17th century, but in addition he also studies the Italian sidesword, use of the staff, and various other styles. Currently, Reinier teaches and fences with the Fekteklubben Frie Duellister in Oslo (Norway), and shares his research through Ense et Mente. As part of his research, Reinier has produced over 20 translations of fencing texts, has published more than 10 books, and has co-authored several peer-reviewed articles. Examples of translations include the anonymous Vechtboek (UBL BPL 3281), Johannes Georgius Bruchius’s Scherm- ofte Wapen-konste, Johann Georg Pascha’s Kurtze iedoch Deutliche Beschribung handlend von Fechten auff den Stoß und Hieb, Philibert de la Touche’s Vrays Principes de l’Espée seule, and more. Reinier has been awarded the Best Researcher Award at the 2014 and at the 2016 HEMA Scholar Awards. In 2011 Reinier won “Best Technique” in the HEMAC Dijon rapier tournament. In 2017, Reinier won the single rapier tournament at Festival of the Sword in Melbourne, staying undefeated throughout the tournament.

Reinier will be presenting:

MAY 5/6- The Single Rapier according to Bruchius

In 1671, in Leiden, Johannes Georgius Bruchius published a treatise on fencing with the single rapier. In this treatise, he shows a style of thrust-fencing that agrees well with the common German style, and has connections to the style of Salvator Fabris. In this workshop, we will use Bruchius as a gateway through which to explore the basic principles of rapier fencing, digging down to the foundations of measure, tempo and resolution.

MAY 19/20 – Proceeding with resolution

The second part of Fabris’s treatise on fencing presents the “proceeding with resolution” – how to securely walk at your opponent without assuming a guard, and hit them. This proceeding was later reproduced in various German treatises, such as the C13 manuscript (signed by Pascha) and Schmidt’s treatise of 1713. Successfully carrying out the proceeding requires a good grasp on the basic principles of rapier fencing, especially measure, tempo and resolution. Using the Bruchius workshop as a basis, in this workshop we will explore the proceeding with resolution. We will use the texts presented by Schmidt, Fabris and C13 as a basis for doing so.

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  • We will provide accommodation for distant travellers at a reasonable price
  • We will provide all equipment needed
  • The price for each workshop includes tea/coffee and lunch
  • Price per workshop – R500. Price for both workshops- R800.
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