Other people have put up their reviews of FightCamp up on the intertubes, but that doesn't really appeal. An event like FightCamp is as much an opportunity to socialise and network as it is to study HEMA, and this blog isn't for recounting the delights of Dragon's Tayle fajitas, or who carried who out of the beer tent at what o'clock.
Class-wise, I only took four. Two on ringen (one by Magnus Hagelberg and the GHFS crew, which was a brilliant re-fresher and reminded me how much I want to train wrestling; and one by Predrag Nikolic, which brought to bear quite how deep wrestling is, and how much I need to train at it), one long Longsword drill by Scott Brown (which should have been titled 'Permutations of permutations of permutations in the Rain'; brilliant, frustrating and waiting to be stolen in equal measure), and finally a lesson on Wrestling at the Sword by Martin Fabian &co.
That Martin Fabian &co. I thought the class was brilliant. Everything in it I had either been taught or read about, yet the lesson was the first time I can seen it done and explained with intent, clarity and coherence. The guys drove to FightCamp too, which shows quite how much they love HEMA.
Peter Regenyei's federschwerts (the ones that made it to Britain) were snapped up quickly. Because they were incredibly good training and sparring tools from what I could tell, and very well priced. I still couldn't afford one, but I wanted one!
Sparring wise, I didn't do that much sparring up at the barriers, although I did get to fight a few of the LSDC people, and a guy from Lille who was a joy to cross longsword-like-objects with.
To be honest though, I wasn't too happy with how I sparred with the longsword (more on that later), although the Knights Shop basket hilted one-hander things are stupid-wrong-fun. I didn't enter the tournaments. Although this was supposed to have been The Summer of the Sword, I haven't been able to spend that much time on HEMA lately for various boring reasons. The only thing to do is to go back next year harder, better, faster and stronger.
|But not dressed like this...|
Same again next year?