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House Wars III Results

By Jeff Webb

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New Ulster Steel Fighting hosted House Wars III Combat Tournament this weekend in Woodway, TX in White Hall Park.  Competitors fought in the single combat event with arming sword and round shield (and a back up weapon such as a dagger or a hand ax), the Teams Melee event, and in the Last Warrior Standing Event. Only first place is recognized in the House Wars series. In the Single Combat event, fighters endured a series of round robin rounds of fighting before advancing on to the Single Elimination round where combatants fought to achieve the honor of first place. Read the rest of this page »

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We’re Growing & Would Love To Have You Train With Us

20151017_102544-1We are happy to report that our membership is growing, and there is more and more interest being show in our school. We are blessed to see this growth and interest, and we would love to see you come train with us. If you live in or within driving distance of Waco, Texas, you are in range to join us. We are the only school of our kind in the “Heart of Texas” area and have been operating since 2007.

We offer 2 free training sessions for prospective members to come try us out and see if we are right for them, and if they are right for us. You need no martial arts experience at all to join. We train in both armored and unarmored martial arts. For more information or questions about joining or taking advantage of our free sessions, contact us through our contact page. We hope to hear from you soon!

2015 Saint Olav’s Tournament Results

11221334_1663670177185293_8340400454919292521_nFor the past two years now we have enjoyed keeping up with our friends in Trondheim, Norway and their incredibly popular Saint Olav’s Tournament. This tournament is a competition of mounted skills in Historical European Martial Arts.St. Olav’s Tournament is held every year in Trondheim Norway. It takes place close to the Nidaros Cathedral. The jousting group Ordo Ignis, of Trondheim in cooperation with Olavsfestdagene host an annual invitational jousting Tournament. Six to eight participants compete in Skill at Arms, Joust and Melee on the historical jousting grounds of the kings holding in TrondheimHere are this year’s results for the St. Olav’s Tournament 2015.

Competitors/deltagere:
Bear Steinar Gundersen, Tore Gransæther, Erik Ryen, Bente Andresen, Per Estein Prøys Røhjell (Pelle), Ivar Mauritz-Hansen, Bertold Voss (Bertie)
Tournament Champions and overall placings included their points:

1. Erik Ryen, 288 points11209471_1664721303746847_3144854314929137381_n
2. Skin, 246 points
3. Bente, 166 point
4. Ivar, 98 points
5. Bear, 93 points
6. Tore 75 points
7. Bertie, 60 points
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Joust / dyst:

1. Pelle, 100 points (16 lances)
2. Erik, 88 points (14 lances)
3 Bente, 75 points (12 Spears)
4. Tore, 19 points10568791_1524446444441001_7518904786473560682_n
5. Bear, 13 points
5. Ivar, 13 points
7. Bertie, 0 points
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Skill at Arms:

1. Erik, 100 points (49 targets)
2. Bear, 71 points
3. Ivar 67 points
4. Bente, 63 points
5. skin, 55 points11796353_10153368154210339_6111141596386882344_n
6. Bertie, 51 points
7. Tore, 47 points
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Bohourd / Melee:

1. Erik, 100 points (11 crests)
2. skin, 91 points
3. Victoria, 27 points
4. Ivar, 18 points
5. Bjørn, 9 points
5. Tore, 9 points
5. Bertie, 9 points
We offer up a celebratory congratulations to all of the competitors, both riders and horse of the 2015 Saint Olav’s Tournament for their mounted skills and agility. It takes an immense level of dedication to training and a passion for the arts to achieve the skill needed to participate in this level of competition, and at such a prestigious tournament. Again, congratulations from all of us here at New Ulster Steel Fighting School of Medieval Combat Arts.

By: Jeff Webb

Pictures and printed information used with permission from the Family Hassel-Ryen and The Saint Olav’s Tournament.

The Academie Duello Experience

20150721_181147My family and I went on a vacation for the month of July to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and what an incredibly beautiful land. We decided that we did not want to just go for five days or so and be the average tourists, rushing to see as much a possible in such a short time. We wanted to “live” there. We wanted to take our time,establish ourselves as much as could be done for a month, and attempt to live as much like a local as we could. I have to say, it went pretty well and we had a wonderful time. We enjoyed living in a large city, using public transportation and going about on foot, and found it to be a very efficient mode of getting around. Even when leaving town on a short day trip, the public transportation was fine.

As a martial artist, I did not want to go the better part of a month with little or no training. I had been following a world renowned school of European martial arts on Twitter for some time and checking up on their web site regularly after a student of mine told me about them several years ago. This school is Academie Duello, in Vancouver, directed by Maestro Devon Boorman. Before we left Texas for Vancouver, I went ahead and signed up for their course entitled, A Taste of the Renaissance. It’s main focus is on the use of the rapier, a weapon I have never had any previous training with. So, I was excited to be signed up and getting ready to attend such a well known school. My expectations were more than met, and I had a great time training there. Read the rest of this page »

NOW RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS! COME JOIN US!

20150411_073826We are currently looking for new members from the Heart of Texas Area (Waco, Woodway, Hewitt, Lorena, Killeen, Temple and other surrounding areas). Members train in a curriculum of Historical European Martial Arts involving, swordsmanship (single-hand broadsword, hand-and-a-half swords, and long swords), sword and shield (various shields), pole arms (primarily pole ax/halberd), tactical archery, dagger and empty-handed combat. After the first few months of initial training, students will begin on a course of freestyle sparring that will build their skills for years to come, as well as learning the forms and techniques of new weapons. Sparring takes place one on one, one on two or three opponents, and team melee sparring. There is also the chance at tournament fighting.

We are not a reenactment group and we are not a larp organization. If you are interested in European Martial Arts, and becoming apart of a close-knit group of brothers and sisters in arms, then we are the place for you in the Heart of Texas area. We train Saturday mornings starting at 08:30 and in most weather conditions outdoors at the instructor’s home. For more information, please contact us on our contacts page. We are also on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/steelfighting  Come join us for an incredible martial arts experience!

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