Birmingham HEMA Club will be hosting a messer workshop, taught by guest instructors Chris Halpin and Lauren Ireland form York School of Defence. This one-day workshop will explore the langes messeras laid down by Johannes Leckuchner, and will include some basics with the messer and a healthy dose of some of the more esoteric and unusual messer disarms, grapples and exciting ways to humiliate an opponent.Dates:Saturday 26th January 2019 (One-day)Time:10.00am to 4.00pmLocation:Quantum Exhibition Centre, 77 Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth,Birmingham. B9 4EGCost:£25.00 per personTo book a place on this course please click on the link here:Minimum age 18-years+Please read our terms and conditions before booking onto any course.The programme will include a break for lunch (ensure you bring your own food), with plenty of opportunities to snack and refresh - we advise bringing plenty of water! No martial arts background is necessary, though a good level of fitness and mobility is recommended. If you have any allergies or medication (inhaler, epi-pen etc.) you require to be kept with you please let an event organiser aware of them and where they are kept during the session.Comfortable clothes that are easy to move around in are highly recommended - no belts or jewellery should be worn. Judo mats will be in place for any throws or ground grappling, though soft body pads or gloves may be worn if desired. Given that this workshop is in January we recommend lots of layers that can be taken off/put on whenever necessary.If you own a steel or synthetic messer then bring it along; there will be some available to borrow for those who do not (arming swords will also work providing they are not excessively long). We also recommend a mask and light groves if you wish to train some of the techniques at a faster pace (bulky clamshell gauntlets or lacrosse style/red-dragon gloves are not recommended as the day will include some grappling with the sword.
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About the instructors:Chris Halpin has been running the York School of Defence for six-years and teaches classes on langes messer as part of a medieval corpus of arms which includes longsword, dagger, wrestling, staff, spear and pollaxe. When he is not working from medieval source material Chris also runs a Catch-as-catch-can wrestling group. He will be joined by the York School of Defence assistant coach Lauren Ireland.Lauren Ireland is a regular instructor in Victorian and Edwardian anta-gonistics such as Bartitsu and Suffrajitsu, and she has a keen interest in the langes messer.Chris and Lauren have taught at many events including the Noble Science. Fight Camp, Kings of the North, Quadrohemia, the Tremonia Fechten Fechtschule, Swords and Sourcery and a number of private functions for various groups around the UK and Europe.