For 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.
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, 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.
My 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. (more…)
We 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!
By: Jefferson Webb
Although my great helm served me faithfully for the better part of a decade, I was starting to look around for another helmet to go along with some upgrades to my harness and gear. As I looked around at the various helmets on the market that are mass-produced, I really did not find anything that I thought would be a good replacement. When I looked at custom helmets from some of the outstanding smiths and forges that exist, the price was just much MUCH more than what I was willing to pay. Some of those custom helms are worth it, but I did not want to, nor could I afford to foot that sort of bill. Part of my issue with my great helm I think came from the human desire to change things up sometimes (like redecorating the house, getting a new house or car…). But my research into a new helm also comes from a knowledge that the great helm (in particular this style) was an earlier helmet and as far as we can tell, did not see much use with a harness of plate armour like the bascinet helmets, sallets, and such did. So, the idea that it would be out of place with my harness was lingering there. That said, as a good friend of mine stated in a conversation recently, “The people depicted in most of the sources in harnesses were royalty or nobility, and were able to afford the most up-to-date and complete harnesses. Others such a lower knights and men-at-arms often had to piece together harnesses and this was not so well depicted.” Something that makes perfect sense, and that I already had lingering in the back of my mind as well. Given this conversation and that fact that my great helm has saved my head and face some pain several times over the span of its service to me, I decided to give it an exterior makeover and continue on with this helm. Since it is historically documented that helms were painted from time to time, why not? I decided to share the basic steps with you. (more…)
There are many types of period helmets/head protection that one can invest in for Medieval/Renaissance/Historical European Martial Arts. In our martial arts organization you still typically see steel armour helmets. Soon enough there will be more and more heavy fencing H.E.M.A. masks involved in our training sessions, but we like the weight and sensory limitations that a period helm places a fighter under to give us a feel for what out forefathers in these martial arts experienced. The helmet we will be looking at is the get Dressed for Battle, Crusader Spangen Helmet.
I’ve recently decided to try out this helmet as a replacement for my great helm that I have been wearing for around eight years, and I’ve decided to write a review on the helmet after having some freestyle matches utilizing it. Firstly, the helmet is comfortable to wear and mounts very well on the head. There is room for an arming cap and coif, and you will need that for this helmet. The helmet have wonderful visibility and the breathability inside of this helmet is also great. That said, the oculars on the helmet’s face mask (it is not a hinged visor helm) are larger enough that I highly recommend wearing protective eye hardware inside of the helmet. I use hard plastic eye protection made for doing yard/garden work (mowing and edging). It is not a guarantee against injury, but an added element to help keep the wearer safer in sparring with rebated swords, etc… (more…)